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49 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Bonnie Eaton-Mackie on June 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Connie I am having difficulty subscribing to your gardening website…….please advise.

  2. connie on June 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I’m so sorry you’re having difficulty. If you tell me what your Zip Code is, I’ll register you myself.

    Can you tell me what went wrong so I can fix it for others?

    I’ll contact you directly by e-mail. Thanks for letting me know.


  3. Sue Moran on January 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Hi, I am also having trouble clicking on after giving my e-mail address… nothing happens. Zip code is 14075
    thank you,

  4. connie on January 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m so sorry you had problems signing up. Thank you for letting me know so I can investigate. In the meantime, I have added you to our list.

  5. david clark on April 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    hi, Connie.
    Wanted to let you know that I am going to be teaching a carnivorous plant class at Lockwood’s in Hamburg on June 4th at 1:00 pm…we will have fabulous specimens for sale after class…

  6. Penny Durnin on May 4, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Connie,
    The Hummingbird spring migration is in full swing right now and there have been several reports in and around Western NY. Remind your viewers if they haven’t already hung a feeder to please do so since there are so few natural nectar sources available yet due to the long cold spring we have had this year. Several of the early spring plants that they use here are not blooming yet. My first male showed up May 4th at 7:11 in the evening and he must have been in need of some instant energy as he made about 6 visits to the feeder before dark while he was perched in the bushes right next to the feeder. This is a stressful time for hummers having to locate food sources after such a long journey.

    I would also advise your readers NOT to use the commercial nectar mixes as we are not sure what affect the red dye has on these tiny jewels. It is just as easy and much cheaper to make your own from 1 part plain wbite granulated sugar and 4 parts water. No other ingredients are needed nor safe to use.

    Thank you Connie for a wonderful local gardening ezine.


  7. Barbara Brant on May 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Connie, Thanks for taking the time to come out to Holland for our flower show. Your pictures are lovely.
    Barb Brant
    President of H.G.C. and chairman of our flower show.

  8. david esis on June 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Hey Connie…the site looks great. Think you hit a nail on the head here. How do I subscribe? David

  9. Debbie Shepler on July 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I love the stacked clay pots. Is it made using a straight piece of rebar? I am in Texas and this project looks like a great way to have a vertical herb garden. I’m on my way to the home improvement store now! If you have a weekly email that you send out, please put me on your mailing list.

  10. connie on July 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Okay folks, here’s what Cherie has to say about how she stacked the pots:

    “I purchased a long bar with a large fork at the end to be placed in the ground. The fork prongs give the rod more stability. Just above the fork is a small piece of metal welded in a slanting position. I purchased this rod at a garden show at the Agricenter in Hamburg for about $18. The seller told me to go buy the clay pots at Home Depot or any garden store. I find that Portulaca is a great plant for this design because the top pot dries out quickly and Portulaca is stuff in the sun and does not need so much watering. I’m sure someone could make his/her own rod, but that small welded slanted piece is the key component. I’m happy so many people were interested in my pots. I think it has a Mexican flair to it.”

  11. barbara sperry on July 19, 2011 at 11:01 am

    help i cant find the article on my garden from sat jul16 course i am computer illiterate

  12. Bonnie Eschborn on July 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I would like to know if we could get some coverage for our garden walk Aug 6th. We also will be having a night showing it’s our 7th one maybe more garden walks would join the night showings if they could see that 2 groups are doing this with great success

  13. connie on July 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Absolutely! I’m looking forward to the Starry Night Garden Tour, which is part of the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens. Last year I covered the daytime portion of the walk because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get usable photos at night with the camera I had. This year I have a digital SLR or manual camera, and I can take photos in low light. I was pleased with the photos I got at the Ken-Ton garden walk. I understand they got the idea of doing a nighttime walk after going on your tour.

    Here are the articles from the 2010 Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens:
    Nick Fratello, 11, offers tips on attracting birds to your garden

    Gracious patio garden graces once-abandoned lot in Buffalo

    Don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free to subscribe, and when you subscribe, the newest issue is emailed to you every week!

  14. SAXON C. DECK on November 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    i would like to be sent your newsletter – a friend at work has shared this and i love it!
    thank you

  15. Penny Durnin on December 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Just want to wish yu a very Merry Christmas and to congratulate you on a wonderful job you have done with the Buffalo-Niagara Gardening website and newsletter.

    Winter Solstice begins on Dec. 22 and after that the days will start to slowly lengthen and rift toward spring!

    Thank you Connie


  16. connie on December 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I was just thinking of you the other day! Thanks so much for your kind words!

    Will you let me know when it’s time to put up feeders back up for hummingbirds in the spring?

    The weather may get colder as winter progresses, but the days grow longer, and that sunlight means so much to me. Thanks for reminding us!


  17. dale nikitas on April 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I have two quite lovely healthy looking schefflera plants, each about 5-6 years old. Have noticed over the past two year much sticky dripping from these pretty plants. Drips onto other surround plants, etc.
    I have sprayed them on a regular basis with a Dawn,vinegar, water mixture. Not much help with the
    stickiness but the plants all remain healthy looking. Can I continue to ignore or is it something horrible that will destroy my lake room jungle. HELP!!

  18. connie on April 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Dale, I don’t really know what’s going on with your plants, but I’ve contacted a master gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension who is looking into the problem. I’ll let you know when I hear back.

  19. Sharon Barker on May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Sounds like you have a problem with scale or aphids attacking your schefflera causing the sticky substance. Giving your plant a regular shower will help prevent insects from making your plant their home. Make sure the underside of the leaves are showered since that can be a favorite home for insects to hide.
    Now that the insects have found your plant, you need to get aggressive with kicking them out. If the weather remains warm, move your plant outdoors to a shady protected location. Give your plant a weekly shower first with water, then using either insecticital soap or a homemade version of six tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, a few drops of dish detergent, added to a gallon of water, Spray the leaves once a week making sure to include the undersides of the leaves and soil. This should be done for a few weeks or until they are gone. After it looks like things are inproving, you may want to change the soil before bringing the plant back into the house.

  20. connie on May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Thanks so much for that great answer. The master gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension are so helpful!

  21. Jeanine on September 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have three rose bushes that I want to transplant. Any suggestions to how I go about doing this and any fertilizers I should use? Also should I cut them down to 2 to 2 1/2′ prior to the transplant?

  22. connie on September 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Great questions. I will include them in tomorrow’s issue and see what information we can get for you. Thanks for writing.

  23. dabluenoggin on October 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Has anyone else ever dealt w/ these guys? one stop @ the shop & I went from newbie to having a clue.

    I hope that sharing this info isn’t a problem. I’m a newbie to this site, but I thought that I’ld share the following experience since I benefited so much from it.

    I stopped into Buffalo Roots 3231 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214 (716)240-9074

    last week for the first time. I spoke w/ Chris (or should I say Professor Chris PHd (proper hydroponics defined)) regarding the many problems that I was having w/ my hydroponic setup. Let me tell you that I was blown away by the level of service and knowledge that this guy gave me.
    Chris basically set me straight and gave me the knowledge & tools to resolve my many issues / problems that I was experiencing with my setup. He explained to me the in’s & out’s of correct PH level, how to correct the PH Level, what types of lights/lighting that are best for my needs (LED, Metal Halide, HID, HPS, etc. ), overall design options, energy costs of a hydroponic setup, insect & spider mite indentification and problem solution, nutrients (including when & how to use throughout the growing & flowering cycle), what hydroponic medium I should be using for my setup, the options for air filtration including systems that use activated Carbon & charcoal, the different kinds (including the best) of hyroponic pumps that were available, etc.
    With in 8 days from the time that I spoke w/ Professor Chris & following his instructions I have seen an incredible improvement in my setup.
    I’m telling you that Buffalo Roots is passionate about hydroponics, gardening, and making this world greener even if it is only happening one customer at a time. It literally only takes about 20 seconds (or less) to realize how much these people care and the high level of hydroponic growing knowledge that Buffalo Roots has to offer.
    Oh ya, I forgot to mention the best part, I never even felt like I was talking to a sales associate or had a type of product pushed on me. To sum it up I felt like I was dealing w/ my own private technical support team who actually know what they were supporting!
    Professor Chris, I just want to thank you for saving my investment and helping me get back on track. Let me know if you ever publish a book on hydroponics (if you haven’t already) – I’ll be the first inline to purchase it.

  24. dabluenoggin on October 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Just wanted to post an update regarding the progress of healing my sick hydroponics setup. It has been over two weeks since I stopped into Buffalo Roots Hydroponics & Organics, speaking w/ Chris (my new Go To guy) & following his instructions.

    I now have my PH level at 6.3, no more burnt plants and I’ve noticed a vigorous increase in growth.

    FYI for you Hydroponic newbie’s, burnt plants can often be caused by not having the correct balance/level of nutrients. I’m an obvious NEWBIE who is on a steep learning curve. Prior to talking w/ Chris, I thought that the burnt appearance of the plant leaves was caused by lighting ( can be a cause, but not in my case). But, by adjusting the nutrients that I was adding to the system, my plants have responded incredibly well.
    I’m starting to get really excited now that there is very strong possibility that I’ll be enjoying fresh home grown veggies all through this winter.

  25. dabluenoggin on October 12, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Does anyone have any suggestions/info regarding the indoor growing of lichen(such as British Soldier (Cladonia Cristatella), Cladonia Pixie Cups, etc), lycopdium (Princess Pine), Cushion Moss, Fern Moss,
    I’m looking for specific info on ideal humidity level, ph level, growing mediums, terrarium setups, H2O (when to water & how much), levels of light (what amount is too much or too little), etc.

    I’m particularly interested in the British Soldier Lichen.

    Also, has anyone ever had any luck w/ gathering & germinating Lichen and Lycopodium spores. I have heard about recipes that use buttermilk, oats(oatmeal), yogurt, etc mixed with the lichen to make a type of shake/slurry that is applied to rocks or wood. Again, any info on light conditions, humidity, ph levels etc. including recipes will be greatly appreciated.

    I am aware that lichen is very sensitive to pollutants & toxins in both the air & soil.


  26. connie on October 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Interesting question. I don’t have any experience growing lichen. I’ll post this as a question in our next issue and see if some of our readers can help us out.

  27. D C Heidenburg on October 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

    When do I cut scapes? If & when do I fertilize my garlic. When do I harvest.

  28. connie on October 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Thanks so much for your question.

    Now (October) is the time to plant garlic. Harvest garlic scapes in the spring. See detailed answers in this article:

    I don’t fertilize my garlic. Mix some nice compost in you soil and you should be fine.


  29. Sharon hart-duffy on January 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Good Morning Connie,
    I did what you suggested and got another email address other than my work one. Please subscribe me to your Gardening website.
    Thanks and stay warm.

  30. Connie on January 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Sharon, you’re all set. I’m taking my usual short winter break, so you’ll get the next issue on Jan. 21.

  31. Sharon hart-duffy on January 9, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Thanks so much for your help.

  32. R on April 15, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Do you have any contact info with the local gardens clubs and also the African violet club in the WNY area and Herb Club. I would like to join but dont know who to contact…Please advise

  33. mike on April 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The Town of Amherst is no longer an inexpensive source for bulk compost. Do you or the readers have any suggestions on where go?

    Thank you,

  34. Connie on April 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    CJ Krantz took over the Town of Amherst operation, so you might try them.

  35. dawn on July 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Transcandentia (spiderwort). Have several, love them but they close bloom in late afternoon. Anything I can do to extend the bloom time or is it just the nature of the plant? When should they be cut back to bring a new young bloom? Thanks.

  36. Connie on July 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Dawn, I happen to have spiderwort and I think the flowers just close up in the afternoon. I don’t know anything about pruning it to make it rebloom. However, I’m not a gardening expert. What I do when a reader asks me a question that I don’t know the answer to is to publish the question in an article and ask my readers, many of whom are Master Gardeners, to respond. If you’d like me to do that, please tell me what town you live in. Also, do you happen to have any photos of your spiderwort plants? I’d like to use one or more to illustrate the article. (I didn’t take any of mine and they’re almost done blooming.) If so, please email them to me at I look forward to hearing from you.

  37. Dawn on July 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Connie, you are so on top of things! As a former Publicity Chair for my club I am so grateful for your past and present input to our mutual gardening endeavors! I don’t know if I am taking the right route to get answers about my spiderwort but if you could take my question forward to the right resources I would appreciate it. Will try to get some pictures of the plant to you. Thank you so much for the reply, Dawn

  38. Marcia on September 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Hi. Do you have any advice for what to mulch a potted rose with for winter? I have an OSO Easy “Italian Ice” in a 16″ pot that I planted this June. In the past, I’ve used leftovers of hay from my pet rabbit piled up several inches, but I’m worried that’s not enough if we get another winter like 2013/14. Thanks!

  39. Laurie Roth on September 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I got a beautiful rosebush for Mother’s day, but I’ve never grown roses. Do I have to do something special to help it get through the winter? The poor thing has gotten eaten by caterpillars and had some sort of blight, but still has given me some beautiful yellow roses. I’m hoping it will still be around in the spring.

  40. Connie on September 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Laurie, I love yellow roses! I had a yellow rose bush, but it got squished by a maple tree during the October Surprise Storm. This article has some fall tips for roses. Unfortunately, the person quoted in the article has passed away, but you can get lots of great information from the Western New York Rose Society at I hope that helps.

  41. Connie on September 15, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Marcia, I’m glad that you contacted the Western New York Rose Society directly and got information. Thanks for writing.

  42. Trudy Stern on January 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Connie;
    Here’s a Cherry Blossom Festival update.
    Help us get the word around. Spring will come and we will be celebrating.

    We have a meeting of volunteers on Jan. 7th at 7pm at Panera Bread at 765 Elmwood in Buffalo. can’t come – that’s OK. Sign up at

    This one should interest your followers: Sunday Jan 18, 2015, 4pm an Ikebana Workshop at RO 732 Elmwood in Buffalo. Instruction and supplies will be included. Dr Takako Michii of the Japan Culture Center will lead. The workshop will be concluded with Japanese food and drink across the street at Sato Elmwood. This one is a fundraiser for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Donation 50.00 minimum requested. buffaloblossoms@gmail.comfor more information and to register.

  43. Trudy Stern on January 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    correction: Help us get the word around. Spring will come and we will be celebrating.

  44. Connie on January 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Trudy, I have added the Ikebana workshop to our Events page. Thanks. You can also email me with this kind of information at

  45. sara baker michalak on March 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Hi, Connie, enjoyed your presentation yesterday at Gardens and Landscapes Day” in Jamestown, very informative. will subscribe to this neat online resource!

  46. Connie on March 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Sara, thanks so much! Your presentation on native plants was so thorough. I learned a lot.

  47. Laurie on April 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I was looking to bookmark the hummingbird migration map, so I know when to be ready to put the feeders up (I know I’m anxious about it! Come on warm weather!)Is it just too early to find it on the site?

  48. Connie on April 8, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Laurie, we’ve written about hummingbirds and published the link to the map in previous articles. You can find the information by searching this site for hummingbirds. The search box is between the subscribe box and the topics box on the right hand side. You’ll get articles that mention hummingbirds. It’s a handy way to go back and find information when you need it. The particular link you’re looking for to get to the map is

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