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As a newcomer to gardening in the 1980s I learned to identify and grow all kinds of perennials and vegetables. Yet while driving the roads of Western New York I did not know what I was seeing: “What are those flowering trees and shrubs in people’s yards and on village streets? What are the wildflowers stretching across the fields?” Later as a certified nursery and…

East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon June 12 in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. Dorothy Julius, co-owner of Along Garden’s Path, will present “Think Spring, Think Green,” which will include a demonstration on how to incorporate natural materials in home decor and timely tips on recycling and gardening. Guests wel…

Thousands of people are flowing through checkout lines in garden centers this month. They have chosen their plants. The cashiers scan the plant tags, and often ask, “Do you have the compost (or mulch or potting mix) you’ll need?” Those questions are more than add-on sales techniques. Sales staff or cashiers ask them because the customer probably does need some pro…

Youngstown Garden Club will hold its annual plant and garden decor sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 in the Youngstown Civic Center (Red Brick School), 240 Lockport St., Youngstown. Profits are used to support three community gardens and fund local scholarships. Call Karen Noonan, 745-1283. Garden Club of the Tonawandas will hold its sale of member-grown perennials from…

It’s easy this time of year to dig into the farm-to-table movement and become a kind of “farm” that supplies your food, no matter where you live. “We do a big garden in the back, but I like the container gardening closer to the house,” said Allyson Odachowski, a registered dietitian who lives in Akron. “Not everyone lives in the country, where they have lots…

As many Western New Yorkers gear up for holiday weekend planting, a Catholic Health physical therapist offered some tips about how to avoid the toll that can come from repetitive bending, kneeling, reaching, and twisting. “Spring time is a great time to get outside and do yard work. But, I can’t stress enough to make prevention a priority,” said physical therapist…

Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County master gardener volunteers will hold their annual plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26 and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 27 at First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle. Featured will be sun and shade perennials, natives, herbs, annuals, shrubs and vegetables from the gardens of master gardeners, who will be on hand to offe…

When is it time to take the houseplants outside? It’s not about the calendar. It’s about the weather, especially nighttime outdoor temperatures. Most houseplants are comfortable when night temperatures remain above 55 degrees. Many survive lower temperatures, but some plants do not. Each genus has its own limits of tolerance. Timing is also about you – how warm…

Weekends are packed with parties, garage sales, barbecues and festivals, but gardeners and nongardeners alike know there are other events that scream summer around here: Garden tours and walks. Beginning in early June and continuing into August, it will be possible to check out one – or several – almost every weekend. Daytime too busy for you? You’ll find evening …

Every year I am amazed to witness the speed of changes in the garden in spring. Especially this season, on the rare days when cold and rain turn to warm and sunny, the plants appear to be producing leaves and shoots at record rates. We may spot a few failures – plants that could not tolerate soggy conditions – but most plants should look lush and green as the rains …

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual Great Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 in the Administration Building. Free admission. Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will hold its sixth annual plant and garden sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig Circle at Parker Boulevard, Town of …

Menne Nursery is planting the seed for a move from its longtime home on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst to make way for a Delta Sonic car wash, gas station and restaurant. The family-owned nursery, which started at the site in northwest Amherst in 1939, would move its landscaping business to a smaller property in East Amherst and move its retail store to one in Nort…

The annual Knox Art and Garden Show with more than 90 artists will be held at the main house at Knox Farm State Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 14. Paintings, handcrafted jewelry, garden-related items and more will be available. The show, a fundraiser to support improvements to the park, is organized by the Friends of Knox Farm. Admission is $5; free for children un…

Mother’s Day calls for flowers, and your choices are many: the old classic orchid corsage, a bouquet of cut flowers, or the popular spring baskets of violas, fragrant Lobularias or myriad other container plants. For something more lasting for Mother’s garden, thousands of you are likely to choose a rose. No flower elicits nostalgia and tender memories quite like a r…

Pamela R. Miskey recalls the summer in the late 1950s when she and her mother stepped out on occasion wearing matching dresses. “My aunt sewed for a hobby, and she made us matching dresses with ’50s-style pouffy skirts in white piqué fabric with red tulips,” she said. “I think I was 3. After age 5, our fashion sense went in different directions,” she laugh…