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Gardeners and homeowners are asking about the effect of this deep freeze, especially if they invested in new trees and shrubs recently. I spoke with a Spectrum customer service rep in North Carolina this week (who solved my problem very well by the way) and even she was worried about her plants – just different ones. Which plants will be damaged depends upon the spec…

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Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m Jan. 17 at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following the business meeting and luncheon, members will discuss and plan for their 2018-2019 yearbook as well as the club’s May flower show. New members welcome. Call 537-9710. Western New York Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. Stephen…

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We’re in the depth of winter. Extreme cold challenges people and animals. Discarded holiday trees are collecting on the roadsides. The piles of snow make pickup difficult for road crews but most towns have programs to collect the trees and turn them into mulch. If you live in a house and have a yard you have an alternative to putting the tree on the curb, and you can pr…

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A man walks into a garden center. It’s Dec. 24. He asks the sales person, “What should I get for my … ?” Here the story can go several ways. The gift could be for (a) his wife because he is late (again), (b) a dinner party, (c) his mother in the senior residence, (d) his tennis partner who gardens, or (e) his niece the new chef. He doesn’t know anything about plants, and h…

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The next two weekends are good times to buy a cut Christmas tree, preferably fresh from local farms. The Western New York Christmas Tree Farmers Association lists 17 member growers in Erie County and seven in Niagara County and surely there are others who aren’t yet members. You might consider hurrying out to a farm this year a little sooner than in the past. While a snowf…

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For at least one day colorful gourds have a prominent place at the table. They are associated with harvest. Maybe they spill from cornucopias at the Thanksgiving table or harvest dinner, or they hang on autumn wreaths on the door. These plants have history and many uses, well beyond the decorative crafts you’ll find on Pinterest. They’re all worth growing for next season, …

Lancaster Garden Club will be at Westwood Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 26 to help children decorate ornaments. Members will prepare Visions of Sugar Plums-themed decorations at 9 a.m. Nov. 27 for the Victorian Christmas event at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.  The club will decorate the Lancaster Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Hamburg House…

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This week kindly offered one more day of sunshine. I needed the sun to motivate myself to go out there – I confess to getting the blues from gray November days. So outside I went to plant the last bulbs and get on with winter mulching. Last bulb planting I will never tell anyone to do as I do. I told you (and myself) to plant the bulbs in September or early October b…

Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room, Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Members will bring their own supplies to create Thanksgiving centerpieces. Garden therapy at Garden Gate will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 2. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 13 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Barb Klein, design specialist at Seneca Greenhouse, will present a demonstration and workshop on creating holiday centerpieces. Guests welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will hold a business meeting at 10 a…

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During a rare patch of mild weather this week, I spent a few hours in my barn. This barn, built about 1827, was the centerpiece of this farm – one of the first in this area south of East Aurora. Long before my arrival in the 1980s, it was probably a cow barn and later housed horses, including some that were part of my family for many years. For about 15 years we loaded …

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Thousands of people visit other people’s gardens every year (more in our region than in most places) and drive or walk away saying “Wow!” Or maybe they just say “Hmmm ... not so sure about that one.” Sometimes they take pictures and write down plant names and ideas about furnishings and art. Quite often it just stops there. Why is there so often a gap between viewing…

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East Park Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 3 and Nov. 27 at the Grand Island Public Library. Members will prepare decorations for the Victorian Christmas event at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (Wilcox Mansion). Call 773-5838. Tickets are now available for Victorian Christmas events at the TR Site. The events run Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 and include …

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Monday felt like the last good day to work outside in comfort. The bright sunshine and warm breezes did not hint at late October but I knew there wouldn’t be many more days like this in 2017 – maybe none. Never mind writing deadlines, piled-up emails, looming laundry, and errands in town. I claimed the time for me and the garden. What to do first? My deck and garden sti…