Posts Tagged ‘ Gardening crafts ’

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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Hands-on workshops, presentations set at Lockwood’s

April 1, 2014
Hands-on workshops, presentations set at Lockwood’s

Presentations on gardening as well as hands-on floral workshops will be among this season’s classes to be offered at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Registration is necessary for all classes. You can register for most of the classes online now (some of the classes aren’t posted on the Lockwood’s site yet– check back...
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Got clay or rocks in your soil? Use pallets to create a raised bed– It’s simple!

March 25, 2014
Got clay or rocks in your soil? Use pallets to create a raised bed– It’s simple!

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may be reluctant to start a new garden bed if you have a site that’s less than ideal. Maybe it’s full of stones that you would have to sift out or pick out by hand. Or maybe the soil is compacted or riddled with clay, so you face the prospect...
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Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens offers $200 prize for artwork to use on cover

March 25, 2014
Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens offers $200 prize for artwork to use on cover

The Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens Committee is seeking original artwork to use on the cover of their beautiful 12-page color map guide, as well as on posters  and other promotional materials, including T-shirts. The winning artist will receive a $200 cash prize. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 30. The...
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Cool table decoration: colorful frozen spheres

February 11, 2014
Cool table decoration: colorful frozen spheres

I have been fascinated with making decorations out of frozen spheres. I made a large arrangement of frozen spheres for my porch, then I added candle holders made out of ice. I kept thinking that you should be able to use this idea inside, too, but I quickly recognized some drawbacks. The spheres in...
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Rain barrel-painting contest set for high schools in Erie & Niagara Counties; register by Feb. 24

February 11, 2014
Rain barrel-painting contest set for high schools in Erie & Niagara Counties; register by Feb. 24

Students in grades 9-12 in Erie and Niagara Counties can enter a rain barrel-painting contest with cash prizes held in conjunction with Earth Day 2014. Schools are encouraged to enter a team, either through a class or an after-school program. The team will design and paint a rain barrel provided by the Coca-Cola Bottling...
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