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PLANT WNY (the Professional Landscape & Nursery Trades) will hold its annual Trade Show & Education Conference Feb. 7 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road.For a list of seminars, vendors and registration information, go to www.wnysnla.org under “Education” heading in the main menu.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its regular membership meeting Feb. 6 in the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.Sign-ups are at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at noon. Program at 12:30 p.m. Ellen Neumaier, natural research chairwoman for the League of Women Voters and member of the Tree Board in East Aurora, will present “Gardeners Enhance Your …

When Margaret A. Jendrejzak and her sister, Mary, were cleaning out their father’s home in the months following his death, the folded-up pieces of aluminum foil reminded them of his frugality. The jars of screws of his ability to repair anything. And the teacups of a tradition he followed for many years.“Every fishing trip my father took to Canada, he brought my mother…

• When the time comes to start, “do not go into every room and start ripping stuff apart all at once. You will get nothing done,” said Michael Starks, who runs Star Estate Liquidators & Appraisers and Star Senior Relocation Services (www.starestatesales.com). Instead start in one corner in one room and complete that before moving on to the next area.• Save time and…

“The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff” (Thomas Nelson, $14.99) By Julie Hall, who specializes in estate liquidation.“Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help Seniors Downsize, Organize and Move”(Mountain Publishing, $14) By Vickie Dellaquila, a professional organizer and senior move manager who ru…

The Western New York Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at 5755 Genesee St., Lancaster. Dave Baehre will discuss the 2013 Siberian Convention in Michigan and present photos of American Iris Society gardens, which specialize in beardless Iris and include the 2013 Morgan-Wood Medal Winner, ‘Swans in Flight,’ hybridized by Bob Hollingworth.The Hamburg House and Garde…

The home of the future – complete with helper bots and automated appliances – has long been the stuff of science fiction. The tech world is determined to make it a reality.Soon, the vision goes, everything from garden products to bathroom appliances will be controlled by the touch of a smartphone. Without setting foot in the door, a person headed home could turn off th…

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 40 Embry Place, Lancaster. Members will view a slide show from the national convention. For more information, call 662-9434.Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Amherst. Following the b…

If you can’t afford a rooster or running deer weather vane, or any other 19th century weather vane made by an important company, you might be able to find a homemade example.Most folk-art collectors consider all weather vanes, commercially made or homemade, to be folk art. Prices are highest for the most elaborate 3-D vanes by known makers. Homemade vanes often are cut f…

Kenmore Garden Club will hold a breakfast meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Following the meeting, club member Maryann Jumper will conduct a PowerPoint presentation featuring the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia. Guests are welcome. ...Evans Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the home of Deb K…

Amana Garden Club will meet and welcome prospective members at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. Connie Trawinski will talk on propagating houseplants and using them in dish gardens that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. All welcome; green thumb not required. For additional information, call 875-5563....Garden Fr…

A toast to the New Year is part of the New Year’s Eve celebration, along with music, noisemakers and a New Year’s wish and kiss. In the early 1900s, bars were the hub of much social activity.Neighborhood folks would eat, drink and talk as they do today. Gifts from the saloon management to regular customers were expected. In the 1880s, a popular gift was a special small…

Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its regular membership meeting Thursday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. Sign-ups begin at 11:30 a.m.; lunch is at noon. Lyn Chimera, master gardener and member of the East Aurora Garden Club, is the guest presenter. Business meeting to follow.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Marti…

The days passed very quickly between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it may seem you barely had time to wrap the gifts and put up the Christmas tree. So why rush to take it down? Yet there are those who can’t wait to get the house back to normal, and others who worry about fire safety as trees get dry. (If that’s your worry, most trees will stay green if you keep the wa…

Company’s coming. Is your dinnerware ready? Now is the time to take stock of your fine dinnerware and make sure it’s looking its best for entertaining.China, crystal and silver deserve careful handling, so we turned to the experts at Replacements Ltd. for advice on cleaning and caring for them. The North Carolina company is known for selling individual pieces to replac…