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From beginning bloggers to developers: join me at WordCamp May 5

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you want to get started in blogging, learn how to make money from your blog, improve your website or learn how to develop apps, there is something for you at WordCamp Buffalo. The daylong workshop for users of WordPress, a free website platform, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in 103 Center for the Arts on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. Registration opens at 8 a.m. I’ll…

Lewiston GardenFest

Lewiston GardenFest seeks vendors & gardeners; register now

The 13th annual Lewiston GardenFest is looking for residents who want to share their gardens as well as vendors for the event to be held 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 on Center St. in Lewiston.  The event is presented by the Lewiston Garden Club. It is free to attend. Lewiston GardenFest will include gardens open to the public as well as nearly 80 vendors offering flowers, plants, garden décor and more. There will also be speakers, and Master Gardeners…

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Don’t be misled by gardening myths; learn more at Plantasia

by Connie Oswald Stofko “I finally got fed up with the baloney I saw on the Internet,” said Carolyn Stanko, associate professor of horticulture and biology at Niagara County Community College and a senior CNLP. She’d see posts of bogus gardening information, but other readers would think it was true and share it. “I finally had to stand up and preach the truth!” she said. She will help you separate gardening fact from fiction when she presents “Garden Myth Busting –…

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Sign up by May 15 to share your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo

  Gardeners from the Peace Bridge to Main Street and from Canalside to the Scajaquada can be part of the 2018 Garden Walk Buffalo. May 15 is the deadline to sign up to share your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo. You can sign up online.  There is no contest and no prizes; the objective of the garden walk has always been to encourage neighborhood beautification and to promote community pride. Just fill out the registration form and your garden can become part…

Cassia didmobotrya flower

Plant that smells like buttered popcorn offered at Great Plant Sale

by Connie Oswald Stofko “I’m pretty excited about this plant,” said Kristin Pochopin, director of Horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. She was referring to an annual called Cassia didmobotrya, whose unique feature is that when you rub the leaves, it smells like buttered popcorn. The scent is most noticeable in late summer and early fall. Popochin was familiar with this plant when she worked for a wholesale grower in Pennsylvania, but hasn’t seen it much in our area. It’s…

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Call for vendors for Garden Art Sale

You can apply now to sell your artwork during the Garden Art Sale. The application deadline is Friday, March 30. This year you can apply online.  The Garden Art Sale will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1 at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo. Items for sale must be garden-themed or nature-themed artwork, or they must be works that can be displayed in a garden setting,…

poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk 2017

Artwork sought for Capen Garden Walk; deadline is Feb. 28

Artwork is being sought for a garden art competition that offers multiple opportunities for artists including publication in a book, feature on a garden walk poster, and an exhibition. The “Beauty in Our Backyard: 2018 Gardening Art Competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work. The first-place winner’s art will be used to create the official poster for the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The cash prizes are, first place, $100;…

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Learn with Master Gardeners in upcoming events

Master Gardeners are planning educational events in Batavia, Alfred, Buffalo and East Aurora. See all the details below. Genesee County The Genesee County Master Gardeners will hold a monthly Garden Talk series from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Cooperative Extension office, 420 E. Main St., Batavia. Take your lunch. The series is free. Registration is not required. The first Garden Talk of the year will be “A Photo Garden Tour of Chanticleer Gardens” on Tuesday,…

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Look for ‘two-fers’ for your garden; hear more at PLANT WNY event

by Connie Oswald Stofko Home gardeners aren’t planting acres and acres of gardens anymore, so we have to get more out of the few plants we choose to include in our landscapes, Kerry Ann Mendez told me in a phone interview. The award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer noted that the two largest age groups in our country now are millennials and baby boomers, and both groups are choosing smaller spaces. Millennials are gravitating toward urban settings rather than sprawling suburbs, and…

Lumagination at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Lumagination kicks off Friday with Launch Party

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will kick off its popular lighting event called Lumagination with a Launch Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers and be among the first to see the Botanical Gardens lit up with light displays, creative designs and interactive features. Tickets for the Launch Party are $45 and are available online. Lumagination continues on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 and 28;  Thursday through…