Archive for April, 2012

Want something different? Grow native woodland plants

April 24, 2012
Zizia aurea -Golden Alexanders by Ken Parker

If you want something in your garden that your neighbors don’t have, try native plants, suggests Ken Parker, CNLP, native plant specialist and manager of trees, shrubs and perennials at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. He will talk about native woodland plants that you can grow in your own garden at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at...
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Make this leaning tower of pots– It’s easy when you know the secret

April 24, 2012
tilted pots in Buffalo NY

Awhile back, I got a flurry of comments on the photo at left. People wanted to know how to make this leaning tower of pots that I photographed in Cherie St. Pierre’s yard in Eggertsville. It turns out that St. Pierre didn’t make hers; she bought the inner workings at a garden show. What...
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Clay-filled yard is nurtured into a colorful Buffalo garden

April 17, 2012
overall view of front garden 81 Johnson Parkway in Buffalo NY

“I took a plot where even grass wasn’t growing because there was too much clay and turned it into this,” said Marilyn Rodgers of 81 Johnson Park, Buffalo. She shared her colorful garden during Garden Walk Buffalo last year. This year the event will be held July 28 and 29. Rodgers’ garden is another...
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Celebrate Earth Day in your garden

April 17, 2012
Jerusalem artichole or sunchoke flowers in Amherst NY

Gardeners treasure the chance to get outdoors and work with plants. They feel the rhythms of the seasons. They’re in tune with nature and want to make their corner of the world a better place. Earth Day is coming up this Sunday, April 22, so this seems like a good time to review ways...
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Vertical gardens add color to a fence or wall; great for small spaces

April 10, 2012
vertical gardens in Buffalo NY area

Vertical gardens are a great way to add color to a fence or wall. They’re terrific if you don’t have much space for gardening. With vertical gardening, you could install an herb garden right outside your kitchen door, and vertical gardens can be used inside, too. The trick to the vertical garden is the...
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Earth Bowl Festival to feature plant sale, concert, dinner

April 10, 2012
Earth Bowl Festival in Grand Island NY 2012

An interesting new event called the Earth Bowl Festival will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY, overlooking the scenic Niagara River. Parking is available along the river. The Earth Bowl Festival features a delicious, full...
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6 tips for growing your own tomatoes in Buffalo area

April 3, 2012
plum tomatoes in Buffalo NY area

There’s nothing like a freshly picked tomato, and tomatoes are easy to grow everywhere in the Buffalo area. You don’t even need a garden– a very simple container will do. Thomas Mitchell, a horticulture teacher at Niagara County Community College, shared tips on growing vegetables during a presentation at Plantasia, Western New York’s premier...
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Grants given to community groups by Garden Walk Buffalo

April 3, 2012
Fargo Estate Neighborhood Community Garden in Buffalo NY

Garden Walk Buffalo announced grants, including a $2,500 grant to Re-Tree WNY, at its Beautification Awards event held last night at D’Youville College in Buffalo. “With the grants we’re giving out, we’re sort of spinning green into gold,” said Jim Charlier, president of Garden Walk Buffalo. Garden Walk Buffalo is a free event that...
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Garden-related vendors sought for Lewiston Garden Fest

April 3, 2012
Lewiston Garden Fest vendors needed

Vendor applications for the seventh annual Lewiston Garden Fest are now being accepted by the Lewiston Garden Club, which sponsors the event. Businesses and vendors who sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists, builders and others who enhance beauty in the garden, are encouraged to apply. The...
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