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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…

Suzy Redino, a local interior designer and gardener, has a well-established backyard for entertaining. There’s a stamped concrete patio, whimsical sculptures, a pond and perennial beds. But she and other winter-weary Western New Yorkers each spring look for ways to spruce up and enhance their outdoor living spaces. “This year, I want to finally put in a fairy gar…

Evans Garden Club will hold workshops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m. to noon May 10 to prepare for the annual plant sale scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13 at the Evans Center Fire Hall in Angola. For locations of the workshops, call 947-4571. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold a Fairy and Gnome Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 and…

After a rainy period weeds come out easily, and there’s no better time than now to get ahead of the problem. The old adage – “One year’s seeds, seven year’s weeds” (English proverb) – quite like Ben Franklin’s “A stitch in time saves nine,” is relevant. Weeding now will prevent mass reproduction and save you from future back strain and aching hands. …

Like most gardeners last Sunday, I imagine, I was outside for as many sunny hours as I could manage, doing spring yard and garden tasks. Most of us don’t need lists: We just go out there. Even without a plan, what-to-do leads us forward. It was a joy to clean up the deck, patrol the yard for branches, and to make a small start in flower, fruit and vegetable beds. As a…

Piles of brush, leaves and sticks are mounting at curbsides all over Western New York (and in many other regions). I understand people’s urge to clean up after winter leaves its debris behind – fallen leaves, dead branches, and trees knocked down after windstorms. But it is disturbing to me, at an elemental level, to see so much organic matter pushed to the curb whe…

Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 26 in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. Joe Manuel, master gardener and educator, will present “12 Steps to Beautiful Roses.” Forest Stream Garden Club will host a luncheon and fashion show May 6 at Fox Valley Country Club. Reservations are $25. All are welcome. Call Eileen Markzon, 689-8653. …