Archive for September, 2010

Take a peek at some of the 400 varieties of ivy on display in Buffalo

September 28, 2010
glacier winter hardy ivy on display in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a peek at some of the approximately 400 varieties of ivy that you can see during the Victorian Week and Ivy Show that is running until this Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5...
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Mums are nice, but think outside the box for autumn color in your garden

September 28, 2010
caryopteris wide angle

Adventures in Organic Gardening By Laura Sileo-Lepkyj Mums are everywhere now. Heck, you can even buy them at gas stations. I’ve got fifteen dollars on pump number three, this Slim Jim, and oh, a burgundy cushion mum, please. While I do love mums’ bushy blooms and their pungent smell, I have other plant friends...
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What is a tussy mussy?

September 28, 2010
tussy mussy at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

We received a question about our article last week on the Victorian Week and Ivy Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: What is a tussy mussy? A tussy mussy is a nosegay or an herbal bouquet or a small bunch of flowers, explained Lee Schreiner, a member of the Western New...
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Beautiful and versatile, ivy gets its own exhibit at Botanical Gardens in Buffalo

September 21, 2010
ivy arch in Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you think ivy is boring, you don’t know ivy. Consider: Ivy can be grown indoors and outdoors. It can be sculpted into topiaries small enough to fit on a tabletop, or grown into huge swags that drape across an entire room. Ivy is lovely by itself in a pot,...
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Hospital food gets zest with herb garden on roof of Kenmore Mercy

September 21, 2010
plum tomatoes in Kenmore Mercy roof garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Unused space on a roof has been turned into an herb garden at Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Kenmore, and it is adding fresh taste to meals there. “We’re trying to change institutional food,” said Kathy Kubiak-McAlpine, food service manager at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. “We want people to view it in...
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Make or buy a cold frame to extend growing season

September 14, 2010
Brad and Scott from Buffalo ReUse with cold frame

by Connie Oswald Stofko A cold frame is a terrific way to extend the gardening season. These can be used like  mini-greenhouses during the autumn in raised beds to keep lettuce or spinach growing, and in the  spring to keep tender tomato seedlings warm. Buffalo ReUse recently held a free workshop on how to...
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Bloggers spread the word on Buffalo, the quintessenial gardening community

September 14, 2010
blogger in Buffalo garden

“Buffalo, New York. The quintessential snow storm city, forever pictured in the minds of out-of-towners as a place where snow is ever present.  Forget about all of that! “Now it’s Buffalo, New York.  The quintessential gardening city, forever pictured in the minds of gardeners and other people as a place where gardens are everywhere....
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How to find past articles on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

September 14, 2010
search box for Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko Readers have asked me how they can find articles that have been previously published. There are several  easy ways to do this. To find a particular article You may have heard that a friend’s garden was featured in our magazine, or you may want to go back to an article...
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Plant exchanges are helpful for both beginning and experienced gardeners

September 7, 2010
black-eyed Susan

by Connie Oswald Stofko Plant exchanges can be a good way for beginners to get started in gardening. For experienced gardeners, plant exchanges provide a way to find good homes for their excess plants, and perhaps even find something new and unusual for their own gardens. “You tend to see a lot of the...
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Surprisingly large backyard is hidden in Buffalo

September 7, 2010
swing set in large Buffalo yard

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s plenty of room for the Thomson children to play in this huge backyard in the City of Buffalo. From left are Hunter, 11; Mackenzie, 5, and Evelyn, 8. The Thomsons shared their yard during Garden Walk Buffalo on July 24 and 25, and visitors were amazed that such a...
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