Archive for January, 2011

Capture the beauty of your snowy Buffalo garden in photographs

January 31, 2011
grass in winter by Natividad Lopez

Buffalo gardens have been covered with white, fluffy snow pretty much all winter, and more snow is on the way. Put the snow shovel aside for a few minutes and pick up your camera instead. This is an opportunity to capture the beauty of your Buffalo garden through photography. If you don’t see beauty...
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Plan a garden to enjoy year-round in the Buffalo area

January 25, 2011
tulip in Buffalo garden

Last week we gave you tips on creating a garden you can enjoy during our Buffalo winters. In this article, we’ll give you ideas for creating a garden that looks great in the Buffalo area during the other three seasons as well. For examples of what you might plant, we’ll look to the garden...
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Want to start seedlings? Build this frame to hold a grow light

January 25, 2011
Marcus at garden workshop in Buffalo

You can start seeds anywhere– even in your basement– by building an inexpensive frame that holds a light. At a well attended workshop Saturday at Buffalo ReUse, Danielle Rovillo, ReUse’s community programs director, and Tom Arrigo, volunteer, gave a demonstration on how to build frames using recycled materials. The directions for building two different...
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Enjoy your Buffalo garden, even during the snowy winter!

January 18, 2011
winter photo Jaime Pabilonia

Too many of us in the Buffalo area ignore our gardens during winter and miss out on what can be a spectacularly beautiful season. Because it’s too cold to sit outside in your garden during this time of year, you want to create a gardenscape that can be admired while you’re snuggled up inside....
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Botanical Gardens chooses Swarts as new president/CEO

January 18, 2011
icicle mum in Buffalo

David J. Swarts has been named the new president/chief executive officer of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A lifelong resident of Erie County, Swarts previously served as commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Erie County Clerk. He also was a Buffalo teacher. Swarts will be responsible for...
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Do gardening indoors during Buffalo winters by growing orchids

January 11, 2011
phrag kovachii orchid in Elma NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “The whole reason I got into orchids was that it gave me the ability to play in the wintertime,” said Joseph A. DiDomenico Jr., president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society. You can have fun gardening inside with orchids, too. In a previous article, we explained how easy it is...
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Ash trees threatened in Buffalo area

January 11, 2011
emerald ash borer

by Connie Oswald Stofko The emerald ash borer, an insect that might  be admired for its beauty if it wasn’t so destructive, is threatening ash trees in the Buffalo area. Although the beetle hasn’t yet been spotted in Erie or Niagara Counties, “Unfortunately, it’s pretty much all around us,” said John Farfaglia, extension educator...
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