Archive for February, 2012

6 ways you can benefit from maintaining your waterfront habitat

February 28, 2012
riparian habitat Buffalo NY

If you own land on a lake, creek, river or other body of water, you may know that using native plants in the landscape can benefit the environment. But it can benefit you, too. You can learn more on how to care for your waterfront property at a series of workshops scheduled by Buffalo...
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National garden club convention coming to Buffalo– you can attend!

February 28, 2012
Buffalo Niagara National Garden Clubs convention 2012

You don’t have to be a member of a garden club to attend the spectacular events of the 83rd national convention of the National Garden Clubs Inc., which will be held May 15 to 20 in Buffalo. This is the first time the national convention will be held in Buffalo, said Babbidean Urban Huber,...
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3 great annuals for constant blooms in your Buffalo-area garden

February 21, 2012
Superbells Cherry Star Basket at Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

My garden is built around perennials, and I would recommend that strategy to anyone. But this year I vow to use more annuals. Yes, perennials are great because they stay in your garden year after year–you don’t have to spend money buying them every year. Plus, they tend to spread. You can start with...
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You don’t need grass in your front yard– make it a garden!

February 21, 2012
grassless front yard in Buffalo NY

You don’t have to have grass in your front yard. I loved the grassless front yard of Anne Gareis, which I saw on Garden Walk Buffalo in 2011. A spectacular evergreen takes up most of the space in the front yard. She could have planted grass in the space around the tree, but instead...
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Decorate your Buffalo garden for Valentine’s Day with these lights

February 14, 2012
patriotic heart light for garden in Buffalo NY

Your garden in the Buffalo area might not have much color this time of year, but you can change that by making your own Plexiglass light toppers. You can decorate for Valentine’s Day and other holidays, show your support for the Buffalo Sabres or other teams, or express your personal interests with these simple...
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Orchid Show will bring vibrant colors to the Botanical Gardens

February 14, 2012
moth orchid or phalaenopsis close up

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will hold their Annual Orchid Show and Sale on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo NY. Check out these articles to learn more...
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We welcome new readers from Springville and Hamburg NY!

February 14, 2012
gardening tips Buffalo NY daisy photo

In addition to publishing Buffalo-Niagara Gardening.com, I am delighted to announce that I am now writing the “Gardening & More” column in the Springville Journal and Hamburg Sun. I want to welcome readers of those publications as well as all my new readers. Whether you’re a new reader or have been a subscriber for...
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What does climate change mean for Buffalo-area gardeners?

February 7, 2012
garden closeup in Amherst NY

by Mike Van Der Puy Climate change is here. What does that mean for gardeners and farmers in Western New York? Should we alter our growing plans? If so, how? Evidence that the climate is changing in Western New York You may have noticed migratory birds arriving earlier than they used to or see...
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Milk jug allows you to sow seeds outside in Buffalo area– now!

February 7, 2012
mini-greenhouse made from recycled plastic milk jug in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko At a recent workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, David Clark shared this ingenious way to plant hardy annual seeds right now in the Buffalo area– outside! I love this idea because I always get itchy to do some gardening at this time of year, but there’s...
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Get a glimpse of Night Lights at Botanical Gardens in Buffalo

February 7, 2012
palm fans in Buffalo NY

There are still two weeks left to see Night Lights at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Check out this brief video to get a glimpse of what you’ll experience at Night Lights. If you have already visited Night Lights, you can share your photos. Email them to me,...
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