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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…

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Did you laugh at me last Friday when my column showed bluebirds (of happiness) and little spring bulbs? It was sunny and exhilarating weather that hinted at spring – and then the snow came. That’s March in these parts. It’s normal and most Western New Yorkers know how to live with it. A late snowstorm, however, does present some danger to trees, and sometimes to people. …

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The Orchid Show is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4. Featured will be displays of award-winning orchids, educational programs, vendors. It is presented by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens. Tickets available at the door. Admission…

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During the last month I caught myself thinking “Why do I live here?” The ice dam over the deck was beyond my control. I had to get garbage cans over the snow drifts to the road. In town I was tiptoeing to avoid slipping on ice. Windstorms were threatening old trees, and I was tired of bundling up just to go to the car. Then the darkness was creeping in long before dinne…

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Here is something I thought about after visiting the Town of Wales home of Ken and Maureen King last week: Tall vases of flowers are lovely but, as I saw here, there are spots for smaller-scale arrangements, too ‑ whether the flowers are real or faux. Think round or square vase. Big blooms. Short stems. While taking a tour of this soon-to-be-revealed February Home of th…

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February is orchid season for orchid lovers, and it could be for you too. First come the shows all over the country, attended by thousands. If you can travel, the New York Botanical Garden is presenting its 16th one (through April 22). If you’re getting to the Philadelphia Flower show, also see the thousands of orchids at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pa.) until March …

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The Buffalo Area Daylily Society will hold its “Souper Bowl” meeting Feb. 25 at the East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Program begins at 2 p.m. Mike Shadrack will present “A View of Daylilies from the Hosta Side of the Garden.” All welcome. Free admission. Soups and other refreshments. Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet…

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Some people buy their loved ones a bouquet of flowers. Dave Davis gave his beloved alma mater a whole garden center. The former owner of Queen City Garden Town Nursery donated its Harlem Road property to Hobart & William Smith Colleges, allowing the schools to make $200,000 by reselling it. This is the second time that Davis, also well known locally as a boost…

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Scene Garden Club will host a lecture by herbalist Jackie Swift at 10 a.m Feb. 19 in the Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Springville. The presentation, “Organic Kitchen,” will be followed by a workshop at 11 a.m. on making butter. Fee is $5. Participants are asked to bring a wooden spoon and rubber spatula. Call 592-2764. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p…

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Winter doldrums, the time of wishing and waiting – that’s February for most gardeners. It’s a fine time for planning and reading, but there are some practical things to do as well, both outdoors and in. First, go outside when the sun is shining. You can go do these things outside when it’s cloudy too, but a February warm-up is the time you’re most likely to put on the w…

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It may seem early for you to think or read about your lawn – or turf, as it is called in the lawn and landscape business. February is indeed too early for us to do anything about the lawn, but it’s necessary to talk about it this soon for one reason: The lawn care ads begin this month. They glamorize perfect lawns and press you to commit to product lines that are allegedly…

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Lackawanna sixth-graders explore the topics of pollution and responsible water usage at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The educational program "Not a Drop to Drink" will allow middle-school students to build a terrarium and tour greenhouses while they learn how to prevent pollution. On a mini-tour of the gardens, students will explore the ways plants …