Posts Tagged ‘ Gardening crafts ’

Start seeds outside now using milk jug, other containers in ‘winter sowing’

January 27, 2015
Start seeds outside now using milk jug, other containers in ‘winter sowing’

by Connie Oswald Stofko This is actually an update of a tip from David Clark, the nationally known horticulture speaker who teaches at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Winter sowing is great because it gives us gardeners in Western New York something to do when it’s cold and snowy out. You plant...
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$100 prize offered for artwork for Capen Garden Walk 2015 posters; deadline is April 3

January 12, 2015
$100 prize offered for artwork for Capen Garden Walk 2015 posters; deadline is April 3

A competition will be held to select original artwork to use on the 2015 posters for the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. It is free to enter your artwork and a prize of $100 will be awarded. Anyone may enter. The University Heights Arts Association (UHAA ) will jury the competition. The theme for...
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Learn how to make spooky fairy gardens in workshops at Mischler’s

September 30, 2014
Haunted Lagoon fairy garden from Mischler's in Williamsville NY

Learn how to make a fairy garden with a Halloween theme in workshops to be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Each workshop will last about two hours. The first half...
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Get inspired by another peek at garden art in Lancaster yard

September 23, 2014
fire extinguisher as garden art in Lancaster NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko I visited the garden of Karen Deutschlander of Lancaster last summer as she was preparing for the Lancaster Garden Walk, then I showed you how she uses vignettes in her garden. She has quite a collection of other garden art, too. On this first day of autumn, let’s take another peek...
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Wall decoration with staghorn fern is one of the new workshops at Lockwood’s

September 16, 2014
staghorn fern craft from Lockwood's in Hamburg NY

A staghorn fern mounted on a rustic plaque is one of the intriguing floral crafts you can make in the series of classes to be held this fall at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The staghorn fern has fronds that look like the horns of a staghorn deer. It’s an epiphytic plant or...
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There’s more to flower shows than large arrangements; here’s a darling 3-D craft

August 12, 2014
There’s more to flower shows than large arrangements; here’s a darling 3-D craft

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m always delighted by the creativity on display at flower shows. Yes, there are flower arrangements, but there is so much more. Here’s a darling three-dimensional baby bed made of plant material. Wouldn’t something like this be cute for a baby shower? I saw this at the annual flower show...
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Trellis can support vines & shade lettuce; see 3 examples from Lockwood’s community garden

August 5, 2014
Trellis can support vines & shade lettuce; see 3 examples from Lockwood’s community garden

You can provide support for vining vegetables such as squash or cucumbers, while at the same time providing shade for lettuce, which likes cooler temperatures, with a simple trellis. I saw three different examples built by clever gardeners earlier this summer at the community garden at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Anyone can...
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Upcycled items add interest to 7-year-old garden; see it on Williamsville Garden Walk

July 1, 2014
Upcycled items add interest to 7-year-old garden; see it on Williamsville Garden Walk

By Connie Oswald Stofko Linda and Jaime Klubek of 48 Cadman Dr., Williamsville, have so many gardens they have named them. There’s the Asian garden featuring decorations influenced by that part of the world; the art garden, which features original glass creations made by Linda as well as statues and recycled items; the frog garden,...
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Mushroom decoration for your garden– Get more craft ideas at Lewiston GardenFest

June 17, 2014
Mushroom decoration for your garden– Get more craft ideas at Lewiston GardenFest

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’m excited to be part of a new feature this year at the ninth annual Lewiston GardenFest: Garden Talk demonstrations. The Lewiston GardenFest is held by the Lewiston Garden Club and kicks off the garden walks of the National Garden Festival. I’ll be giving a new presentation, “Get Crafty in...
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Grow tunnel and herb garden under leaves: Did the plants survive this cold winter?

May 13, 2014
Grow tunnel and herb garden under leaves: Did the plants survive this cold winter?

by Connie Oswald Stofko In November, Caesandra Seawell, garden manager, showed us how she extends the growing season in the Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School in Buffalo. She insulated the herb bed by adding a thick blanket of leaves and, after two frosts this fall, the parsley was still green. On another...
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