Archive for August, 2010

Rain gardens are low maintenance, help the environment

August 31, 2010
rain garden at Crane Library Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you’re striving to protect our natural resources, or you just want to create a low-maintenance garden, a rain garden may be what you’re looking for. Pictured here is a rain garden that was created in June at the Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood at the corner of Highland, in...
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Library exhibit looks at historic obsessions with tulips, orchids, roses

August 31, 2010
tulip from garden exhibit in rare books in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Tulips, orchids and roses are flowers that people have enjoyed through history, and at times, interest in these flowers has bordered on obsession, said Amy Pickard, rare books librarian at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. She put together the exhibit “In the Garden: The Art of Botanical Illustration”...
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A minimalist approach to vegetable gardening

August 30, 2010
tomatoes organic gardening

Adventures in Organic Gardening By Laura Sileo-Lepkyj You know the “Set it and forget it” motto on the infomercial? That’s the kind of gardener I am. I set the plant in the ground and forget about it. I describe my method as survival-of-the-fittest gardening. No special coddling, practically zero watering, and certainly no umbrellas...
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Medians get makeover on Minnesota Ave. in Buffalo’s University Heights

August 24, 2010
tall grass in median garden in Buffalo NY

The median gardens that were started 10 years ago on Minnesota Ave. in Buffalo had begun to fade. Residents who had been active in maintaining the gardens “moved, passed away or got tied up with their busy lives,” said Yvonne Brown, a member of the Minnesota Avenue Block Club. The median gardens got new...
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Nick Fratello, 11, offers tips on attracting birds to your garden

August 24, 2010
Nick Fratello of Black Rock in Buffalo

“I’ve been into birds for a really, really long time; probably six years,” said Nick Fratello, 11. That’s why he prepared an exhibit on garden plants that attract birds, which he displayed at a booth at headquarters for the Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens on Aug. 7. He also handed out tip...
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Gardeners can play a role in conserving Great Lakes

August 24, 2010
gardeners conserve Great Lakes

Clean water is a precious commodity, and as a gardener, you can play a role in conserving in the Great Lakes. That was the message of Larry Brooks, who does communications for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, in a Gardening Mondays talk downtown at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Living on the shores of...
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Native plant sale to benefit WNY Land Conservancy

August 16, 2010
false Solomon's seal sale to benefit WNY Land Conservancy

A sale of native plants and mums is being held to benefit the Western New York Land Conservancy. You must order by Sept. 4. Pickup is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 11 at Orchard Glen Retirement Community, 6055 Armor Duells Rd., Orchard Park. Native plants are vigorous and hardy and, once...
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With Western New York’s dry weather, measure your watering by the inch

August 16, 2010
watering garden in Western New York

Because we’ve had a few showers lately, Western New Yorkers think their gardens have gotten enough rain. Unfortunately, “Our gardens are actually facing near drought conditions,” said Ken Re, who is in sales and is the director of marketing for Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm in East Amherst. “In this dry weather you should...
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Flower demonstration to celebrate Ikebana’s 50th anniversary

August 14, 2010
Chiko school of Ikebana

Ikebana International Buffalo Chapter 50 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the international organization with an event called “Friendship Through Flowers” to be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Transit Valley Country Club, 8920 Transit Rd., East Amherst. The ticket deadline is Thursday, Aug. 19. Tickets cost $20 and are...
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Water features highlight garden on Ken-Ton Garden Tour

August 10, 2010
water feature in Tonawanda NY

A waterfall, pond and giant water wheel beguiled visitors to the backyard of John and Joanne Perrello at 2674 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, during the Ken-Ton Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 8. While they grew vegetables for about 30 years, the Perrellos started the water features just three years...
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