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Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Hamburg Community Center. Carole Melnik of A Snail’s Place in Elma will demonstrate a holiday floral design using a vegetable. A business meeting will follow. For club information, call Nancy Kalieta at 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St…

The autumn leaves call for choices. Raking them can be a chore for tired homeowners who would rather do something else on the weekend. Raking leaves can be fun with children: As proof I have pictures of little Alice with cousin Elizabeth jumping in the piles. Raked leaves can be collected at the curb, at a cost to your city or village. (Only some towns compost them). Raked…

If there were ever an autumn that begs us to plant bulbs, this is it. We’ve had lots of time. I’m imagining the garden center shelves are emptied. You all have new beds that will bursting with daffodils and crocuses next spring – right? But maybe not: I also know that new homeowners and gardeners start from scratch every year without much gardening knowledge, time…

Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room on Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Use the playground entrance. Mark Carra, of Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, will present “Hummingbirds – Their Behavior and How to Attract Them.” Guests and new members welcome. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Williams…

Some of the showiest plants in the fall landscape are shrubs, and many of them are native. Shrubs are commonly called the work horses of the landscape, as they do important jobs as hedges, windbreaks, backdrops, focal points, foundation plants, or as the important middle layer between trees and grasses or perennials. Even more important, the right shrubs provide food, h…

Last week I bought some white pumpkins. Not large ones for carving but a few smaller ones to add a touch of fall. It felt a little weird walking past all the orange pumpkins at the garden center – were they glaring at me? – but I found myself drawn to the white ones, some of which were more creamy colored than others. White pumpkins and gourds are hardly new. I f…

East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Oct. 9 in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Parking is in rear lot. Mary Ann Jumper will present a slide show on the 12th World Association of Floral Artists flower show, “Flowers In Paradise,” which took place in Barbados. Guests are welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club w…

Andy Wolf showed up to the Great Pumpkin Farm Sunday in his pickup, pulling a trailer and a ton of pumpkin. That's right. Singular, as in one pumpkin. Standing proudly with his two children next to their giant orange fruit, the farmer from Little Valley didn't just take home top honors and $4,500 in cash for this year's heaviest pumpkin at the annual festival in News…

I write about overwintering tropical plants with several emotions this week. I have gotten to know some Florida plant growers in recent years. Twice FNGLA (Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association) hosted garden writers from across the country to tour historical tropical plant gardens and growers, so we would understand and use more of their plants. Then they …

Mum time already? My annual outing for fall mums is quickly approaching. Once I get them home, I’ve tried to get a little more creative in recent years, rather than just plopping them on the front porch and remembering to water them when necessary. Placing them in clay pots, around which I tie a bunch of raffia for a rustic touch, has always worked for me. So has plac…

It’s “triage time,” the toughest time of year for me and many other gardeners. What plants can I take inside, store outside or in the basement, or plant now? And which plants must I let go – turn them into the soil or compost pile? Outside plants Perennials, shrubs and trees still in pots require a decision now. They are the plants you were so excited to find. …

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Community Center, Hamburg. Bonnie Bullivant will present “Easy to Grow Houseplants.” Business meeting to follow. Call Nancy Kalieta, 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in St. Johns Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. At 10 a.m. Lois Shriver, chairwoman of the Amhe…

Storms are on our minds this week, as we have watched the people, animals, buildings and shorelines of Florida assaulted by Hurricane Irma. We don’t worry much about hurricanes here: A recent report listed Buffalo as the fourth-safest city in terms of natural disasters, even if we experience some much-publicized snowstorms. What we do and should worry about: wind and …

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. Nancy Kalieta, former volunteer coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and president of Hamburg House and Garden Club, will present "The Victorian Language of Flowers." The Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Sep…

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host three fall gardening classes in September: Making Hypertufa Containers (10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Hamlin Park, East Aurora); Making Kokedamas: Japanese Moss Balls (7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the CCE office, 21 S. Grove St., East Aurora); and Overwintering, Propagation and Making Cuttings (7 to…