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Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its Marketplace Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the railroad depot behind the Orchard Park Library. Sale items will include Christmas crafts, terrariums and hypertufa containers, pantry items, garden art, fabric art, critter/bird feeders, dried flower arrangements, wreaths and swags. Profits from the sale will go toward colle…

Not just this year but every autumn I see flowers blooming in my yard and wonder why so many people give up on the garden so soon. Why isn’t an October garden a popular thing, or at least a garden we tend all through September in the hope of a few more weeks? Aren’t there some people who have a summer cottage somewhere else, or who travel all summer, or who just starte…

I’m old and tired enough now to tell you the dirty, dirty truth about gardening. When I finish my story I think you’ll wonder why any sensible person would engage in it. (Warning: This article contains adult material. Younger or newer gardeners who have not yet been exposed should not proceed further.) The Dirty Truth: Gardening demands time. Tasks expand exponentia…

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will hold its Fall Orchid Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be orchid displays, growing demonstrations and orchid vendors. Your admission to the Gardens includes the Orchid Show. In addition, a seminar of national speakers …

New York State tree lovers and plant industry professionals have a new reason to be proud: Draves Arboretum in Darien was recently accredited by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, which was created by the Morton Arboretum and is the only international program that evaluates arboreta. Thanks to arborist and plantsman Tom Draves, Western New York can claim a destina…

Homeowners and gardeners face some tasks and ask predictable questions at this time of year about what to do and not to do for their plants, indoors or out. This little trivia quiz is about November tasks, tips, and wisdom — much of it not trivial at all.   True or false Turf grass experts say you should cut your grass short when you cut it for the last t…

A very big show is coming to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens bringing orchid lovers from across the country and offering you a chance to embrace this diverse and dazzling plant family. If you are a casual orchid fan, with a couple of moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) in your window or fond memories of Grandma’s corsage, prepare to be amazed: There is so much more…

We live in a world of news-by-soundbite, and often there’s no time for in-depth thinking about what we hear - including about the weather. Yet for farmers, gardeners, garden centers and the landscape community there’s nothing more important than weather, especially when it comes to frosts and freezes. What does it mean when the meteorologist mentions a frost warning…

Remember the devastating snowstorm 10 years ago? The freak storm took its greatest toll on the trees. Some 57,000 trees were lost on public streets and in parks – 11,100 in Buffalo alone, including the Olmsted parks. Amherst and Williamsville were right behind with 11,000 downed trees. Tonawanda and Kenmore lost 8,500 trees, while Cheektowaga lost 7,000 and C…

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society is expanding its Fall Orchid Show to include speakers from the Mid-American Orchid Congress, which will be holding its fall conference in Buffalo. The Orchid Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. There …

Most fine gardeners eventually discover the power of tropical plants. Mostly you’ll see these plants in containers, many of them huge. We use them for drama, and for bold colors. Among the most popular tropical plants are elephant ears, bananas, cannas, angel trumpets and caladiums. In recent decades dahlias – loved by connoisseurs since the 1800s – have seen a resur…

East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. Maria Gerbracht, Federated Garden Club design judge, master iris judge and member of the Western New York Iris Society, will present “Growing Fresh Air with Houseplants.” Guests welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985....Kenmore Garden Club …

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda, for a program on the history of the Salem witch trial. Terry Skura will also talk about uses, historical symbolism and lore of herbs. All welcome....Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its regular membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thu…

Kenmore Garden Club will present a Standard Flower Show, “Legends,” from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. The public is invited; admission is free....Friends of Kenan Herb Club will host a program at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport, in the Taylor Theater meeting r…