Posts Tagged ‘ Gardening crafts ’

Vertical garden made from old gutters draws attention on last garden walk of year

August 11, 2015
red tire container garden in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We just really like recycling,” said Carrie Madigan, who gardens with her mother Patty Connors at 180 Crowley Ave., Buffalo. “I don’t want to buy something super expensive if I can make it.” Visitors saw many examples of her creative gardening on a budget during the 11th annual Black Rock...
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Artwork made from old road signs to be discussed by artist at Jamestown Audubon

August 11, 2015
Amara Geffen's work in the Poetry Park in Erie, PA. Photo courtesy Audubon Nature Center.

How old road signs are being converted into artwork that will be displayed at the entrance to the Audubon Nature Center will be discussed by the artist in a talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug, 13, at the center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and...
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Artists: Plein Air Day at Mischler’s set for July 11

July 7, 2015
Plein Air Day at Mischler's Florist

Painters and other artists can get inspiration from the outdoor flowers during Plein Air Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The event is free and no registration is necessary. “En plein air”  is a French expression that means “in the open...
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Creative garden retaining wall is made of books; see other examples of walls

April 21, 2015
garden retaining wall made of books in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now is a good time to install hardscapes in your yard—things like paths, trellises and retaining walls for raised beds and slopes. Here’s a creative idea for a retaining wall that I saw at Plantasia in March. It’s made out of old books. While this wall was in place for...
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Make the most of these low temperatures by creating molded ice centerpieces

February 24, 2015
ice sculpture with ribbons in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko The winter I heard about making colored spheres out of ice, I thought it was a great idea. But I waited an entire year before I could try it outside because the previous winter had been too mild. Temperatures would repeatedly bounce up above freezing. The forecast never seemed to...
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I want that: How to apply what you see on garden walks to your own yard

February 10, 2015
red windows and trellis at DiMino in Lockport

by Connie Oswald Stofko What is this garden showing me? That’s what gardening expert Sally Cunningham will help you learn in one of four talks she will present during the WNY Home & Garden Expo at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The expo will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb...
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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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