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Change happens fast in our yards and gardens during June and July. Wonderful plants dazzle us with their growth and some soar through their peaks of performance. Problems also show up quickly: weeds, a few troublesome insects, and several weather-related diseases. Let’s take a walk around our collective gardens, share some observations, and see if I can answer some q…

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Jamestown Audubon’s 2017 Secret Gardens Tour of six gardens is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 1 on the grounds of the Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, and throughout the region. In addition to purchasing them at Audubon, presale tickets are available for $12 in Falconer at Robert’s Nursery (3172 Dry Brook Road) and in Jamestown a…

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On a hot and muggy Saturday afternoon this week I had just about the most fun a gardener could have. On Friday I’d received a surprise crate of summer flowering bulbs from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, and it was my time to play. It was Christmas. It was my birthday. Someone watching might think the project looked like a lot of work, but gardeners know: This is the kind of work…

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The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 on the front lawn of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. Vendors will offer nature-themed items or works that can be displayed in gardens including sculpture, metalwork, paintings, woodwork, architectural remnants, found art, jewelry,…

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My daughter bought a house. It’s an exciting moment for a parent, but even more so for this parent because the place has no garden or landscape. It’s a blank slate, and she wants my help. Even when it’s not in the family, it is good when a landscape professional can help a new homeowner – before mistakes are made. The right adviser can save you, young buyer or downsizin…

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The Western New York Rose Society will present its annual rose show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 at Walden Galleria. Free admission. Western New York Iris Society will present an iris show, “Tiptoe through the Iris,” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 at Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence. Anyone interested in flower design is invited to enter the Design Divisi…

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As a newcomer to gardening in the 1980s I learned to identify and grow all kinds of perennials and vegetables. Yet while driving the roads of Western New York I did not know what I was seeing: “What are those flowering trees and shrubs in people’s yards and on village streets? What are the wildflowers stretching across the fields?” Later as a certified nursery and lands…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon June 12 in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. Dorothy Julius, co-owner of Along Garden’s Path, will present “Think Spring, Think Green,” which will include a demonstration on how to incorporate natural materials in home decor and timely tips on recycling and gardening. Guests welcome. …

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Thousands of people are flowing through checkout lines in garden centers this month. They have chosen their plants. The cashiers scan the plant tags, and often ask, “Do you have the compost (or mulch or potting mix) you’ll need?” Those questions are more than add-on sales techniques. Sales staff or cashiers ask them because the customer probably does need some products …

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Youngstown Garden Club will hold its annual plant and garden decor sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 in the Youngstown Civic Center (Red Brick School), 240 Lockport St., Youngstown. Profits are used to support three community gardens and fund local scholarships. Call Karen Noonan, 745-1283. Garden Club of the Tonawandas will hold its sale of member-grown perennials from…

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It’s easy this time of year to dig into the farm-to-table movement and become a kind of “farm” that supplies your food, no matter where you live. “We do a big garden in the back, but I like the container gardening closer to the house,” said Allyson Odachowski, a registered dietitian who lives in Akron. “Not everyone lives in the country, where they have lots of space, s…

As many Western New Yorkers gear up for holiday weekend planting, a Catholic Health physical therapist offered some tips about how to avoid the toll that can come from repetitive bending, kneeling, reaching, and twisting. “Spring time is a great time to get outside and do yard work. But, I can’t stress enough to make prevention a priority,” said physical therapist Josep…

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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…

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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 you k…

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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 tours …