Archive for June, 2012

100-year-old house features large perennial border in long side yard

June 26, 2012
garden by pool in Parkside area of Buffalo NY

The weather was seasonably warm on Sunday, and that made the cool, blue pool below look even more appealing. Michael and Claudette Rivera of 268 Crescent, Buffalo, shared their lovely landscape during the 15th annual Parkside Garden Tour on June 24. Their home was built in 1913 by the Kelly family that established Hens...
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Lewiston resident loves her shady gardens and grassless yards

June 26, 2012
grassless front yard in Lewiston NY

“I hate lawns,” said Gina Camodeca of Lewiston. “They’re unnatural. They can’t look good without the help of pesticides. You have to mow it, so it’s labor- and resource-intensive.” Camodeca has created grassless yards in both the front and back of her home at 360 N. 4th St., which she shared on the garden...
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Native Plants Day, tips for aphids & more stuff too good to miss

June 26, 2012
Rubus ordoratus by Ken Parker

Native Plants Day set at Lockwood’s Native Plants Day, part of the National Garden Festival, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Topics include the significance of native plants, revitalizing neighborhoods by creating beautiful livable growing places, and the impact of individual...
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What should she do about neighbor’s bamboo?

June 19, 2012
bamboo and fountain in Niagara County

From time to time, we post a question and ask for input from our readers. If you have an idea on how to help, please leave a comment. I hope you can help with a gardening concern I have. My neighbor has bamboo growing in their front yard. Right now it’s sending shoots out...
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‘Fungi & great moments in history’ among talks at ReLeaf Conference

June 19, 2012
trees in Amherst NY

If it weren’t for fungi, we wouldn’t have the Ten Commandments or the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. That’s the tongue-in-cheek assessment of George Hudler, professor at Cornell University, who will speak on “Great Moments in History and How Fungi Got Us Here.” His entertaining talk will be part of the 20th annual...
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Go on a garden walk, diagnose your veggies & lots more!

June 19, 2012
view from deck of Maldovans' garden on Parkside Garden Tour in Buffalo

Summer begins and so do the garden walks! What an exciting week: Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer, and garden walks start this weekend! (If you’re going to show your garden on a garden walk this summer and would be willing to spread the word about Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, I will gratefully send you...
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Memory garden of perennials makes a lasting gift

June 12, 2012
completed memory garden in Williamsville NY

A memory garden is an arrangement of perennials– still in their pots– that later can be transplanted into a corner of a garden. The flowers come back year after year and become a living memorial to the deceased person. This idea comes to us from Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses,...
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Orchid workshop, a bit of history & other items too good to miss

June 12, 2012
orchid in Buffalo NY

Orchid Care Workshop at Arbordale Nurseries You can learn basic orchid care from John Kociela of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society during a workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at  Arbordale Nurseries, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Kociela will show how to grow and maintain the most popular type of orchids. His presentation will include...
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Army worms reach epidemic levels; wacky weather spurs other damage

June 8, 2012
armyworms hiding in turfgrass from University of Nebraska closeup

Wheat and hay crops in Western New York are being damaged by an epidemic of armyworms, but unless your yard backs up to a wheat field, your lawn probably won’t be affected. That’s according to John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. Cooperative Extension is also fielding calls from gardeners...
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You can enter a hosta show, tour artists’ gardens & more!

June 5, 2012
artist gardens in Buffalo NY

There are so many fun and educational gardening events happening at this time of year, and we wanted to highlight just a few. Be sure to check our Upcoming Events Page often so you don’t miss anything. __________ Visit artists’ gardens on motorcoach tour The first in a series of motorcoach garden tours sponsored...
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