Archive for May, 2011

Hurry, don’t let the bus leave without you!

May 31, 2011
bus with flowers

Tours of some of the best gardens in the Buffalo area– led by an expert guide– will be available starting in June, and now is the time to register. The day-long bus tours have been organized by the Automobile Association in partnership with Horizon Club Tours as part of the National Garden Festival in...
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New Yorkers favor corn over onion as New York State vegetable

May 31, 2011
corn

by Ruth Syron The battle is still on for declaring a state vegetable, but sweet corn is favored over the onion by seven out of ten New Yorkers in the Marist – NY1/YNN Poll released on May 13. State Sen. David Carlucci has a large area of “black-dirt” onion growing in his home district...
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Statue collection decorates gardens, ponds at home in Lancaster

May 24, 2011
statue with bleeding heart flower in Lancaster NY garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko When Janice Hetrick sees a statue that reminds her of one of her kids, she buys it for her gardens. Janice has six children, but the statues outnumber the kids 36 to 1. Her collection includes more than 220 statues, which are displayed in a number of gardens and around...
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‘Wicked Bugs’ author to speak at Clearfield Library May 25

May 24, 2011
Amy_Stewart

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may have heard Amy Stewart speak last year during the National Garden Festival in Buffalo on her book, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. If you did, you already know what an engaging speaker she is. If you missed her last year, hurry...
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Front garden makeover in Buffalo shows off architectural details

May 17, 2011
side garden at 2 North Parade in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Showing off the beautiful brickwork of the house was one of the goals in the makeover at 2 North Parade St. during last year’s Front Yard Contest, part of the National Garden in Festival in Buffalo. Check out this article to get ideas for your own yard, and make a...
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Holland Garden Club had us singing in the rain with show this weekend

May 17, 2011
Stormy weather getaway from Holland NY Garden Club

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Singing in the Rain” was an appropriate name for the Holland Garden Club’s standard flower show, held during soggy weather Friday evening and Saturday. But what a delight to step inside! The show included a horticulture division, and the smell of so many spring blossoms was wonderful. At left is...
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Cold spring means hummingbirds need feeders now in Buffalo area

May 10, 2011
hummingbird at honeysuckle

by Penny Durnin If you haven’t already hung your hummingbird feeder in your garden, do it now. The spring migration of hummingbirds is in full swing right now and there have been several reports of hummingbirds in gardens in and around Buffalo. My first male showed up Wednesday, May 4 at 7:11 in the...
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Learn about growing and tending roses in Buffalo area

May 10, 2011
David Clark rose class in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Growing roses in the Buffalo area isn’t as hard as some people think. In the video below, David Clark, professional horticulturist, gives quick tips on selecting roses, caring for roses and managing pests. Want more in-depth information? Clark will give a class on the topic at 1 p.m. Saturday, May...
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Herbs: versatile, tasty and easy to grow in Buffalo area

May 3, 2011
archer's gold thyme in Buffalo NY area

by Connie Oswald Stofko “People are so afraid of growing herbs, but herbs are easy to grow,” said Sue Duecker, past president of the Western New York Herb Study Group at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Duecker will present a free class called “All About Herbs” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14...
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Lily of valley is flower for May

May 3, 2011
lily of valley

by Connie Oswald Stofko Tiny yet powerfully fragrant, the lily of the valley (also called May bells)  is a favorite for spring gardens. It is the flower for birthdays in May and symbolizes sweetness, purity and return of happiness. The scientific name for the plant is Convallaria Majalis. Lily of the valley is easy...
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