fairy gardens in South Buffalo NY

Fairy garden– or fairy village– to be seen on South Buffalo garden walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko Lyn Rezabek of Julius St., South Buffalo, got into fairy gardens about four years ago. Her husband Bill suggested creating a raised bed for her fairy landscape. Over the years, her collection of fairy items has grown, and they added three more raised beds. Now they have something of a fairy village. You can see her fairy garden on South Buffalo Alive, a garden walk that will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday,…

Hand tie a bouquet using your dried roses and preserved leaves

by Connie Oswald Stofko In a previous video, you learned how to dry roses, and last week you learned how to preserve leaves using glycerin. This week, David Clark, horticulturist, shows us how to pull those elements together by making a hand-tied bouquet. It’s easy once you see how it’s done! You can get more great tips from Clark during a series of upcoming workshops that have been organized as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Blessed Sacrament Church in…

Preserve leaves with glycerin for dried floral arrangements

by Connie Oswald Stofko I had never even heard of using glycerin to preserve leaves until David Clark, horticulturist, showed me how. It’s a simple and inexpensive technique. You can learn how to do it in the video below. Last week we showed you how to dry flowers. Next week we’ll show you how to combine the preserved leaves and flowers by making a hand-tied bouquet. You can learn even more in a series of upcoming workshops led by Clark…

David Clark drying flowers

Video shows you how to dry roses; workshops coming up in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Learn how to dry roses using silica gel in the video below with David Clark, a nationally recognized horticulture instructor, gardening expert and event judge. You can learn more in a series of three hands-on workshops to be led by Clark as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Blessed Sacrament Church in Buffalo. The sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, March 6 and March 20 in the gymnasium of the Catholic Academy of…

Brierly explains hypertufa in Buffalo NY

Hypertufa: additional tips on using this material to make planters

Hypertufa is a concrete-like material that you can use to make planters that can stay outside all winter. In December, Anne Brierley of the Parkside area of Buffalo took us through the steps of making a hypertufa planter. But she had so many great tips, we couldn’t squeeze them all into one video. In the video below, Brierley gives tips on using leaves to make impressions, talks about coloring hypertufa and goes into more detail on the process of making…

Brierly explains hypertufa in Buffalo NY

Hypertufa: What it is and how to use it to make a planter

Back in the 1930s, it was found that some Alpine plants grew well in tufa, a porous rock formed when water seeps through limestone. Tufa was scarce and expensive, so a few gardeners worked to find an inexpensive and accessible alternative. The product they came up with is called hypertufa. Hypertufa is similar to concrete, but lighter and more porous. You can use it to make planters in whatever size or shape you need. Anne Brierley of the Parkside area…

fall planter in barrel in Amherst NY

Today’s video demonstration: Make a larger & more complex fall planter

Last week Colleen Morrissey of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses showed us how to make a super simple fall planter as well as a hanging fall planter in nontraditional colors. Today she demonstrates a more complex project: how to plant a very large container garden using a whiskey barrel planter. Morrissey packs in a large number of plants, which is a key to making the planter look full and lush. Here’s a tip: It’s nice to have a large variety of…

fall containers video in Buffalo NY area

Watch video to make super quick fall planter & hanging pot

Add some autumn color to a porch, patio or other spot in your yard with a fall container. This video demonstration is presented by Colleen Morrissey, herb manager and container designer at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd. Williamsville. Morrissey starts out by giving suggestions for plants that are frost resistant and should take you into the middle of November. They include annuals, perennials, herbs and grasses. Plants are available now at Mischler’s. She shows you how to…

succulent garden by Opportunities Unlimited

How to make a cactus garden– without hurting your fingers!

Learn lots of great tips– including how to handle cactus without getting the thorns in your fingers– in the great video above. Bob Bracikowski of Opportunities Unlimited demonstrates how to make a cactus and succulent garden. He covers plant selection, design and decorative touches and gives lots of great tips along the way. You can learn how to make other planters and arrangements with Bracikowski during hands-on seminars for the public at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities…

Lockwoods entry in Front Yards Contest in Buffalo NY 2012

From boring to wow! Take a tour of front yard makeover

“I’ve always had the best flowers and best hanging baskets on the street,” said Melissa, the tenant at 75 Crowley St., Buffalo. But after the staff from Lockwood’s Greenhouses finished the makeover of the front yard, she was happy to see that they had outdone her. The Front Yard Contest is part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. A block facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Riverside Park was chosen, and professional landscapers, Master Gardeners and teams from the Buffalo…