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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…

Last week the shorts and tees came out of the dressers. Joggers jogged and dogs ran in the parks. Some people as well as plants became confused. Is it spring already? While the record-warm days of mid-February felt great for most people, it was not a good thing from a horticulture perspective. Wine grape producer Rick Walker commented: "The winter weather certainly has …

Western New York Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Public Library, 5466 Broadway, Lancaster. Neil Houghton, vice president of the Greater Rochester Iris Society, will present a garden photography workshop focusing on basic techniques that apply to any photos, especially Irises, from any camera, click and shoot, cell phone or high-end digital SLR. Cal…

Winter is a great time to learn, plan and review, so I am presenting some basic gardening principles and practices this month. Most recently – if you missed a Friday – I covered groundcovers and vegetable gardening, especially the timing for spring planting and what to grow from seeds or seedlings. This week the topic is basic perennials: what everyone should know t…

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society will meet Sunday in the East Aurora Senior Center, King Street at Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; program begins at 2 p.m. Lyn Chimera will present “Soil is KEY:  Taking Care of Garden Soil.”  Mike Johnson will present a beginners’ program: “Starting Daylilies from Seed.” Free admission; beginners and visi…

Sometimes I teach vegetable gardening, as it was my original gardening passion and the topic of my first book writing for Rodale. I have learned to clarify some basic premises to make vegetable gardening easier for new gardeners or the experienced-but-confused. One of the most helpful things to understand is which plants are worth starting from seed, and which ones do best…

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main Street (at Oakgrove), Williamsville. Donna Lipowicz will present "Floral Serenity: Orchids! Orchids! Orchids!" She has 20 years of experience growing and showing orchids and is a fourth-year student orchid judge. If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send i…

The topic of “Groundcovers” sounds mighty dull. Experienced gardeners and landscapers might even skip it, when it appears in a lecture or article. With the help of FLCC (Finger Lakes Community College) instructor Rochelle Smith I hope to provide some surprises and create some enthusiasm for these hardworking little plants – including many that aren’t so little at a…

Western New York Hosta Society will meet Sunday in the East Aurora Senior Center, King Street at Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; program begins at 2 p.m. Kathy Guest Shadrack will present “Shady Characters: Common and Not So Common Plants for the Sun-Challenged Garden.” Free admission, door prizes and refreshments. Beginners and visitors welcome. …