Email:  
View our Gardening Directory
patio pot

Gardening gift ideas for Mother’s Day– Save this list for Father’s Day, too

by Connie Oswald Stofko Hanging baskets and gift certificates. Those were the items suggested most frequently when I asked my Premium Partners what the most popular gift items were for Mother’s Day, which is coming up on Sunday, May 8. (And these gifts work just as well for gardening dads– Use these suggestions again...
Read More »

May 3, 2016
plants for sale in pots illustration copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

Plant sales, other activities set by Master Gardeners in various counties

Plant sales and other activities will be held by the Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara and Erie Counties. See more events on our Events page as well as on the websites of Cooperative Extension in the various counties. Chautauqua County, May 14 The Chautauqua County Master Gardeners will hold a sale...
Read More »

May 3, 2016
monarch on milkweed

Author Doug Tallamy to discuss how gardeners can help rebuild nature

Historically, we have landscaped to add beauty to our yards, without much thought to the role that plants provide in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The way we think about our yards needs to shift, according to award-winning author Doug Tallamy. In an event organized by the Western New York Land Conservancy, Tallamy will present “Rebuilding...
Read More »

May 3, 2016
Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

by Connie Oswald Stofko Articles are now available in the May edition of the new online publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. These articles are free. The Master Gardeners tell me when the newest articles are available and I share them with you. In...
Read More »

April 26, 2016
waterfall at Plantasia by A Growing Business

Plantasia updates: people’s choice winner announced, trees planted at the Fairgrounds

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here are some updates from 2016 Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show. It’s organized by PLANT WNY, a not-for-profit corporation of green industry professionals. Mark your calendar for Plantasia 2017: Thursday -Sunday, March 23 – 26 with Preview Night on Wednesday, March 22 at the Fairgrounds Event Center...
Read More »

April 26, 2016
white trillium

See wildflowers on guided walk; date to be determined

Stunning blankets of wildflowers coating the forest floor are one of the surest signs of spring, but wildflower season is a moving target that changes with the weather. This year, the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center is offering a wildflower walk with a date to be determined. The Wildflower Wander will be held from 1-3...
Read More »

April 26, 2016
Stella Niagara Preserve

Grant to WNY Land Conservancy to aid restoration of Stella Niagara Preserve

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded $70,000 in two separate grants to the Western New York Land Conservancy. A transaction grant will support the Land Conservancy’s work in creating the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston—the most important and highest profile project in the Land Conservancy’s quarter-century...
Read More »

April 25, 2016
Constant Contact All Star logo

Thanks for getting me named an All Star!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com has been named an All Star for 2015 by Constant Contact, and you helped make it possible. Constant Contact is the company I use to send out the emailed version of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. In selecting its All Stars, Constant Contact rates small...
Read More »

April 25, 2016
composters

Rain barrels & composters for sale, plus gardening tips for Earth Day

by Connie Oswald Stofko Just in time for Earth Day, a sale of rain barrels and compost bins is being held by Erie County and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition. This year, a kitchen compost container and a compost turning tool will also be offered. Orders must be placed by May 20. You...
Read More »

April 19, 2016