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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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. …

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The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Greenfield Health & Rehab facility. Topic: Show preparation. Email: judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Lancaster Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 19 in St. John's Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Ave. John Farfaglia will present "What Bugs You: 10 New and …

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Learning directly from impassioned teachers is still better than all that Google and websites can offer. At least that is my experience from attending seminars and conferences in the gardening and landscaping world. It was obviously true for the 50-some attendees who came to hear Roxanne McCoy teach "Creating a Cutting Garden" at Lockwood’s Greenhouses last Saturday. …

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When it comes to kids, I think that very few of us – gardeners or simply grown-ups – are really experts on how to share our love of gardening or nature. We’re lucky we have elementary school teachers who know how to engage children in science topics, and what material is suitable at what age. We’re lucky to have our Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with…

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Western New York Iris Society will meet at 2 p.m. April 8 in the home of Maria Gerbracht, 125 Lafayette Blvd., Williamsville, for a Design Techniques demonstration. This will feature a foreign item not usually found in a design. The demonstration is in preparation for the WNYIS iris show June 17, with the theme "Tiptoe Through the Iris." Call 632-8069 or email:  mrgerbra…

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How interesting it was last weekend to meet hundreds of you at Plantasia, the garden and landscape show of PlantWNY. I began to make notes, collecting questions and looking for trends. Then I asked other landscapers, experts, and “plant people” what questions they were hearing. At risk of sounding overly proud of the Western New York horticultural community, I wi…

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The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show theme was “Holland: Flowering the World.” It was my favorite and one of the best ever according to many. Imagine walking among 30,000 tulips all in bloom, under a floating floral canopy, and passing a 30-foot windmill – with light show and music performed on the hour. My band of travelers had left a blizzard-riddled world the day bef…