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East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual picnic and auction at noon Aug. 14 in Elma Town Park (Shelter No. 1), 3011 Bowen Road, Elma. In case of rain, picnic will be at the St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold its club picnic at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in member Sally…

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Thousands of people visited the gardens of Western New York in July and early August, many from distant states and countries. This week 344 of the visitors were garden writers (or bloggers, photographers, teachers) coming from as far away as Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, California, Florida and Iowa. They cast their eyes upon the gardens, met the gardeners, dined and …

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This weekend you may see six large motor coaches driving to the Southtowns, roaming the gardening neighborhoods of Buffalo, and visiting our parks and public gardens. The giant buses are filled with tourists we very much want: guests who will write about us, take pictures, post, blog and publish. It’s the garden writers from across the United States and Canada, who ha…

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We recently hosted a sizable gathering and, for the first time ever, I used a large glass drink dispenser with a spigot at the bottom for one of the beverages we served. I have seen those dispensers for years at places like Pottery Barn, Bed Bath & Beyond and, well, just about everywhere. For our party, I considered buying one but quickly dismissed the idea. Thos…

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The public is invited to a Meet the Authors gardening event from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. More than 25 garden book authors are expected to participate. No ticket required. The event is free to attend and coincides with the GWA/Association of Garden Communicators Annual Conference taking place in Buffalo. The 13th annu…

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Astoundingly, many people in our region have not yet experienced Garden Walk Buffalo although it’s the largest garden tourism event in the country. An estimated 70,000 people walk The Walk every year. (It’s an elusive number, almost uncountable, but it’s a guess based on the number of maps picked up.) I have guidance for new walkers and endorse the event with unfe…

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Visitors to Garden Walk Buffalo are likely familiar with the spectacular garden of Arlan Peters and Dom DeFillippo. It’s been on every walk except the first one in 1995, and it’s open to visitors again July 29 and 30 during this year's Garden Walk. From the handcrafted gate and charming shed to the salvaged fountains and moss garden dotted with a miniature village,…

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The 23rd annual Garden Walk Buffalo featuring about 400 gardens is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 and 30. The tour is free and self-guided. Maps with garden addresses and descriptions can be picked up during the hours of Garden Walk Buffalo at two headquarters: Richmond-Summer Senior Center, Richmond Avenue and Summer Street, and Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Park…

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I like our yard. I like the shade garden in the back corner with a path leading to a bench. I like the patio with the white wicker furniture and the green awning that we can lower on one side when it rains. I love the magnificent Sargent crabapple and the red maple that we planted years ago in memory of the family dog, the late, great Rascal. The tree has grown so sp…

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The 15th annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 and 23. The annual Night Lights evening tour is planned for 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 21 and 22. Gardens are located in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Tour day headquarters is at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Town of Tonawanda. The event is free. The West Se…

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Summer is in full swing and so are the garden walks and tours. There are self-guided weekend walks, including some in the evening. There’s the Open Gardens event in which residents welcome visitors to their gardens during certain hours on Thursdays and Fridays in July. And there are guided bus tours. The Buffalo Beyond Flowers: Sustainability in Action tour on Aug. 5 …

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It’s been a busy summer in our suburban abode, but I’ve recently noticed an increase in a habit that baffles me: People leaving drawers and cabinet doors open. I can’t blame the dog. “What’s with this?” I’ll say with an exasperated sigh, shutting the door to the cabinet next to the sink where we keep the glasses. Someone needed a pen, I’ll mumble t…

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Last weekend I had only limited time to visit gardens during the Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk. Still, the experience in just three gardens reminded me of the value of the whole regional phenomena. (Western New York offers five weeks of walks, tours and Open Gardens that comprise about 1,000 private gardens that you can visit.) No matter where you go, gardens will sur…

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The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk of 36 gardens is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15. A Night Lights tour of 15 gardens will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. July 14. The event is sponsored by the City of Tonawanda Board of Visual & Performing Arts in conjunction with the Garden Club of the Tonawandas. Maps are available in city hall, the police department, the publi…

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Summer is here and the living is easy if you’re in a hammock. The slight summer breeze, the gentle side-to-side motion, the chance to nap – or pretend to nap so as not to be disturbed. “A hammock lazily suspended between now and forever is a natural attraction. A hammock can teach marvelous lessons like how to ignore the phone, the buzzer on the dryer and that lon…