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Bulbs have been on my mind all week. Last Friday I was in Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, where about 5 million tulips and other bulbs provide breathtaking plantings over a 70-acre park. This year’s theme: The Romance of Flowers. Five indoor pavilions provide education on tulip history and science as well as exciting plant introductions. If you love flowers, this …

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Western New York Hosta Society will hold its spring meeting at 2 p.m. April 22 at the East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Photographer Jim Charlier will present “Garden Photos: Grow Your Know-How.” Pick up some tips and techniques for improving your garden photo skills. All welcome; free admission. Refreshments. Hamburg House and Garden Club will hold …

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I have been just two days in the Netherlands, but how suitable that the first excursion from the river boat took us to a tulip farm. This trip on Ama Waterways will take my band of 15 travelers to visit historic villages and the city of Gouda, to learn about building a country half below sea level, and to see windmills and a spring flower show called Floralia. The trip’…

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Lewiston GardenFest is accepting applications from vendors as well as local residents interested in showcasing their gardens during this year’s event, 10 a. to 5 p.m. June 16-17. Go online for details and to download applications. Application deadline for vendors is May 1. The application deadline for residents to participate in open gardens is May 5. GardenFest is present…

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As I patrolled my yard this week I had the feeling that St. Patrick’s Day must be soon. Yet the calendar says it’s April. In the yard and garden everything is happening slowly, which is not a bad thing. Gradual seasonal changes are ideal. We often lose some flowers and fruit when a premature warm spell causes plants to plump up their buds and then ‑ boom ‑ a deep freeze…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon April 9 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Kristy Schmitt, director of education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, will offer a hands-on presentation, “Indulge-Delectable Botanical Luxuries,” which will include a chocolate tasting and making essential oils and bath salts. Guests a…

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Have you made plans to celebrate spring by heading out to Plantasia, the garden and landscape show? It’s happening March 22-25 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. This year’s theme is “Cityscapes into the Night.” Among the highlights: • Landscaped theme gardens that I read cover 15,000 square feet ‑ that’s more than the area of three basketba…

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Last weekend the Western New York Land Conservancy and Erie County Master Gardeners hosted the leading American spokesperson for ecological health, Douglas Tallamy. His messages are crucial for everyone, but he was speaking largely to audiences who already care about ecology and environmental issues. It’s my job to tell you about it – and your job to help me and professor …

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The African Violet and Gesneriads Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation facility. Contact Judy Oneil at judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Western New York Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Steve Styn will pre…

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The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show’s theme was “Wonders of Water.” Even if you wandered in, urged by your gardening partner, without knowing the topic, you would have figured it out: Water, water everywhere! Walking through the entrance garden was a fantasy stroll beneath a rainforest canopy. The PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) chief of shows explained, “We want…

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Outdoor skating season will draw to a close this week. This is the last week of outdoor public skating at The Ice at Canalside, as well as at the Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora. Skating, a free yoga class and a presentation about how to plant more native plants in your yard or garden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutriti…

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The Western New York Land Conservancy will bring award-winning author Doug Tallamy to Western New York this week to talk about the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of the region. “A Case for Native Plants” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. The event is free but space is limited, so those …

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Is this the season to invest in some new patio furniture? Dreaming of serving dinner under the stars? Whether your outdoor living space is large or small, make this the year to make it as comfortable and inviting as your favorite indoor space. Here are just five trends to watch for as spring arrives (and scroll to the end for information on two local events - the Buffal…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon March 12th in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. The club’s annual potluck salad luncheon will be followed by an installation of officers. Guests welcome. Call 655-6736. Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. March 12 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room, Mapleview Road. Use the play…