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Like most gardeners last Sunday, I imagine, I was outside for as many sunny hours as I could manage, doing spring yard and garden tasks. Most of us don’t need lists: We just go out there. Even without a plan, what-to-do leads us forward. It was a joy to clean up the deck, patrol the yard for branches, and to make a small start in flower, fruit and vegetable beds. As a…

Piles of brush, leaves and sticks are mounting at curbsides all over Western New York (and in many other regions). I understand people’s urge to clean up after winter leaves its debris behind – fallen leaves, dead branches, and trees knocked down after windstorms. But it is disturbing to me, at an elemental level, to see so much organic matter pushed to the curb whe…

Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 26 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. Joe Manuel, master gardener and educator, will present “12 Steps to Beautiful Roses.” Forest Stream Garden Club will host a luncheon and fashion show May 6 at Fox Valley Country Club. Reservations are $25. All are welcome. Call Eileen Markzon, 689-8653. …

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Greenfield Health & Rehab facility. Topic: Show preparation. Email: judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Lancaster Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 19 in St. John's Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Ave. John Farfaglia will present "What Bugs You: 10 New and …

Learning directly from impassioned teachers is still better than all that Google and websites can offer. At least that is my experience from attending seminars and conferences in the gardening and landscaping world. It was obviously true for the 50-some attendees who came to hear Roxanne McCoy teach "Creating a Cutting Garden" at Lockwood’s Greenhouses last Saturday. …

When it comes to kids, I think that very few of us – gardeners or simply grown-ups – are really experts on how to share our love of gardening or nature. We’re lucky we have elementary school teachers who know how to engage children in science topics, and what material is suitable at what age. We’re lucky to have our Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with…

Western New York Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. April 8 in the home of Maria Gerbracht, 125 Lafayette Blvd., Williamsville, for a Design Techniques demonstration. This will feature a foreign item not usually found in a design. The demonstration is in preparation for the WNYIS iris show June 17, with the theme "Tiptoe Through the Iris." Call 632-8069 or email:  mrgerbra…

How interesting it was last weekend to meet hundreds of you at Plantasia, the garden and landscape show of PlantWNY. I began to make notes, collecting questions and looking for trends. Then I asked other landscapers, experts, and “plant people” what questions they were hearing. At risk of sounding overly proud of the Western New York horticultural community, I wi…

The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show theme was “Holland: Flowering the World.” It was my favorite and one of the best ever according to many. Imagine walking among 30,000 tulips all in bloom, under a floating floral canopy, and passing a 30-foot windmill – with light show and music performed on the hour. My band of travelers had left a blizzard-riddled world the day bef…

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. March 28 in the Community Center, 107 Prospect St., Hamburg. Richard Price, from the Urban Roots Advisory Board, will present “Four Seasons of Gardening.” For club information, call Nancy Kalieta at 826-7462. Plantasia, the garden and landscape show, is scheduled for March 23-26 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Ar…

Pruning is, in my opinion, the landscape job that more people do badly than any other task. (Watering is a close second.) Many homeowners do it poorly – typically flat-topping shrubs that don’t deserve it – and often at the wrong time of year. Some untrained landscapers might prune poorly as well. The educated landscaper (CNLP) has been trained in correct pruning …

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Greenfield Health & Rehab Center. Contact judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Topic: Problem Solving Discussion. Judges Council of 8th District of Federated Garden Clubs of New York State will meet at 10 a.m. March 23 in Brighton Community Church, 1225 Bri…

Pamela Dayton and her husband, Jon, used to plant a vegetable garden on their Genesee County property. Then they had four children. Busy lives and the demands of parenthood meant something had to give. Out went the garden –  but not the couple's commitment to helping Olivia, Jack, Henry, and Elliott, ages 7 to 14, eat right, enjoy meaningful family time and apprec…

Gardeners are eager for spring, no doubt, but we must restrain our impulses to uncover the plants, pull back the mulch, and walk around the garden. You do not have to tie yourself to the living room chair, however. Some early yard and garden tasks and preparations are best done in March and many people miss the moment. Let’s get going on the early season planning and …

East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. The annual cold potluck salad luncheon will be followed by the installation of officers. Guests welcome.  For meeting or club information call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Banchetti by Riz…