Archive for October, 2011

The coolest plant ever: Jerusalem artichoke (also known as sunchoke)

October 25, 2011
Jerusalem artichole or sunchoke flowers in Amherst NY

I don’t know why everyone doesn’t grow the Jerusalem artichoke, also known as sunchoke. This plant starts out from nothing and grows a dramatic ten feet tall in one season. It flowers in September, adding autumn interest to your garden. You can plant it in fall, so it gives you a chance to putter...
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Chrysanthemum enjoys a long tradition in Buffalo

October 25, 2011
Purple Light chrysanthemum in Buffalo NY

The chrysanthemum has been enjoyed for thousands of years. It was cultivated as a flowering herb in China as far back as the 15th Century B.C., according to the National Chrysanthemum Society. The City of Buffalo is a mere upstart compared to ancient China, but we have enjoyed chrysantheums throughout our history, too. For...
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Are you growing poisonous plants?

October 18, 2011
Rachel Gordetsky in Buffalo NY

Are you growing poisonous plants? If you have foxglove, hydrangea or even tomato plants, the answer is yes! In this video, Rachel Gorodetsky, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor at D’Youville College in Buffalo, discusses common garden plants and indoor plants that can be poisonous when eaten. Her presentation was part of the kick-off event for...
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Take a lesson from this elementary school garden in Hamburg

October 18, 2011
two boys in Hamburg NY school garden

“All of this is to teach our children where food comes from,” said Tricia Miller, volunteer coordinator for the Giving Garden at Union-Pleasant Elementary School in Hamburg. “If children grow it and taste it, their willingness to eat it and try more things grows.” The garden at Union-Pleasant Elementary School started three years ago...
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Herbal remedies & pharmaceuticals both start with plants

October 11, 2011
Yolanda Smith Seneca Nation

by Connie Oswald Stofko Whether you treat your maladies with an herbal tea or a pill from the drugstore, your medicine probably got its start in the garden. At the kick-off event for the medicinal gardens at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Wednesday, a proponent of herbal medicine and  pharmacists from D’Youville...
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On 5th anniversary of October Storm, cooler temps on the way

October 11, 2011
asters in Amherst NY garden autumn

Sunny and warm– even hot!– day after day. We’ve enjoyed splendid gardening weather this October in the Buffalo area. But this spate of summery weather isn’t all that unusual for October,  according to Aaron Mentkowski, meteorologist at WKBW Channel 7. This warm weather will end soon, as it does every fall. While our current...
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Medicinal gardens are kicked off at Botanical Gardens in Buffalo

October 10, 2011
Marla Tscheider designed medicinal garden in Buffalo NY

The  healing properties of plants will be showcased in two medicinal gardens– an outdoor garden and an indoor garden– at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The medicinal gardens will provide visitors with a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants and how the plants are used...
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It’s autumn, and this Amherst garden is still blooming!

October 4, 2011
Have a seat in paradise Amherst NY

“We like to have our coffee out there,” said Ann M. Bednarek, referring to her beautiful garden that you can see in her photo at left. She named the photo, “Have a Seat in Paradise.” Ann and her husband Jack have lived in the duplex at 136 Fairgreen Dr., Amherst, since 2004. They have...
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An autumn tip for your sunflowers in Buffalo, and two tips for spring

October 4, 2011
sunflower in Amherst NY

The sunflower is wonderful in so many ways. If you’re not growing them now, there are many reasons why you should consider growing sunflowers next year. They have beautiful flowers. Sunflowers grow rapidly and reach a magnificent height. They offer food for people and wildlife. They blossom from summer to fall. You start sunflowers...
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