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…

vases Garden Art Sale from Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara

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…

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Poinsettias make a stunning backdrop for holiday photo at Mischler’s in Williamsville– It’s free!

Looking for a festive backdrop for your holiday greeting card? Pose with a backdrop of hundreds of colorful poinsettias at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. It’s free! Take your camera and pose your family or friends anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 2. The family pet is welcome, too. This opportunity is part of the Holiday in the Village of Williamsville celebration presented by the Williamsville Business Association. While you’re there, enjoy…

miniature holiday garden from Mischler's

Make a gift during Mischler’s holiday workshop

This year give a special gift created by you. Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will hold an open session for you to do a couple of holiday decorating projects– decorate a fresh pine wreath or decorate a pre-planted dish garden. It isn’t a class where you have to arrive at a certain time. You can do the projects anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Mischler’s, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. All of the supplies will be…

party at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

New: Plan now to hold a party during Lumagination

For the first time, you can hold a party during Lumagination, the great light show to be held in January and February at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. This would be fun for garden clubs, folks from community gardens, block clubs, businesses, and groups of friends or relatives. Lumagination party rental space is in the community room in the Administration Building. You can choose two hours between 4 and 8 p.m., based on availability, for $200. Additional time…

mushroom craft to make for garden in Western New York

‘Get Crafty in Your Garden’ to be presented in Kenmore

by Connie Oswald Stofko I will present “Get Crafty in Your Garden” at the meeting of the Ken-Sheriton Garden Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at St, Mark’s Lutheran Church. 576 Delaware Rd., Kenmore. In my presentation, I’ll show you tips on crafts you can make for your garden as well as from your garden. One of the crafts is the inexpensive and easy-to-make glass mushroom decoration for your garden seen here. Like all the events we list on…