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Blah. That’s probably the nicest thing that can be said about a lot of rental housing.Apartments, dorm rooms and other rented spaces often share the same bland decor – builder beige walls, utilitarian cabinets and flooring that’s uninspired or just plain ugly. Yet rental contracts or residence hall rules may prohibit permanent changes such as painting or putting hole…

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. Arlene Leising will present fresh arrangements using fall flowers and one or more named herbs. Members will share photographs of their experience growing “Plant of the Year” and bring along their Erie County Fair entries (or pho…

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society and Western New York Hosta Society will hold their annual public plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harvey D. Morin, VFW Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. Hundreds of named hostas and daylilies locally grown will be available.Hamburg House and Garden Club will hold a members’ garden walk Tuesday. Time and featured gardens …

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Supply lists! Sneaker shopping! Last-minute doctor appointments! No wonder many parents feel like pulling out their hair this time of year.We can help. Here’s our A-to-Z guide filled with tips and ideas that will make things run a little smoother.A is for Alarm clock. Even kindergartners can use an alarm clock with some practice. Imagine the fun they will have picking on…

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Before long, you may be tempted to let the dust settle on your porch furniture. Give up tending your window boxes. Trade nights under the stars for sofa sessions in front of the TV.Then, again, you can embrace late summer around the house – and even stretch it out some.Putting up peaches, enjoying long- or late-blooming plants in a garden or simply buying a bunch of fres…

Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Holland United Methodist Church and carpool to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. After a guided tour of the gardens, members will have lunch at Curly’s Grill, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For information, call Linda Savage, 537-9445, or Diane Doyle, 537-9039. New members w…

East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual picnic and auction at noon Monday in Hamlin Park, East Aurora....Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold its annual picnic for members from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in Cheektowaga Town Park, shelter 1. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair. RSVP to Ruth Diebold.Kenmore Garden Club will hold a tour of five members’ gar…

Western New York Iris Society will hold its annual Rhizome and Plant Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Tonawanda Farmers’ Market, 310 Robinson St. at Payne Avenue, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Clarence Flea Market, 11111 Main St., Clarence. Society members will be present to answer questions about all types of iris. For further information, call…

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As the last remaining admirers bid adieu to gardens around the city and the 19th annual Garden Walk Buffalo drew to a close Sunday evening, all indications were that this year’s edition of the natural scenery showcase was a resounding success – a little rain notwithstanding. “I think things went very well” said Cindy Loomis, who, in addition to her duties as first-…

A Concert and Luminaria display to mark completion of garden plantings in the first phase of a multistage beautification of Sisti Park will be presented from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin and North streets, immediately adjacent to Linwood Avenue. It’s free and open to the public. Performers include the Six String Circus, a six-person jazz guitar ensemble from Hutch…

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Like many gardeners preparing for this weekend’s Garden Walk Buffalo, Joe Hopkins has been spending several hours a day watering, trimming, staking and, yes, even fretting.“You’re hoping that everything is still in bloom by this time, and that everything is straight up and not wilted. I get up early on Garden Walk Buffalo weekend and water and make sure everything is…

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Last year at this time, a seasoned gardener bemoaned, “My ferns are fried.” This year, it’s a different story. Last summer was dry. This summer, June’s rains and July’s humidity have made ferns deliriously happy.“I have a huge patch of ferns, and they are more beautiful than they have been in any other year. I measure my rain in a rain gauge, and in a matter of…

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This weekend is a busy one for local self-guided garden tours. Six of them are scheduled. The real biggie – Garden Walk Buffalo with more than 380 gardens – takes place July 27 and 28; see www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com. But there are plenty of gardens in local communities to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. And the Ninth Annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and Sta…

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When the weather is windy, the porch garden that fronts the house of Renate Yuhnke on Lafayette Avenue gets pretty noisy.Yuhnke, a retired schoolteacher, thanks her husband for the sound serenade.“The wind chimes and gnomes are my husband’s,” she said. “There’s no place like gnome.”More than 40 wind chimes and almost as many gnomes are at home each summer among…

Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale and basket raffle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Cheektowaga Town Park, in conjunction with Cheektowaga Family Days. Perennials, herbs and houseplants will be featured. ...Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Holland United Methodist Church to carpool to three open gardens …