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Garden Notes / News from area clubs and other events

Western New York Hosta Society will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at East Aurora Senior Citizens Center, Oakwood and King streets. Walter Cullerton, of Oxford Gardens in Pineville Pa., will speak. Slide show; beginners' corner; upcoming events, tours and competitions. New members welcome. For information, call 655-1762.

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Herb Gardeners of the Niagara Frontier will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Forest Elementary School, North Forest and Union roads, Williamsville. Linda Hedley will present "Cleaning With Herbs and Natural Products."

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Richard Groblewski, head of Water Gardening at Menne Nursery, will present "Backyard Water Gardening" to the Bowmansville Garden Club at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Bowmansville Fire Hall.

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Takako Michii, an Ikebana instructor and educator, will present "An Overview of Ikebana," at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Museum of Science during the meeting of Ikebana International Buffalo Chapter 50. Program will feature a creative Ikebana workshop. Guests welcome. Call 688-6691 for information and reservations.

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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding its Great Plant Sale. Annual and perennial pre-orders are being accepted through Tuesday and will be ready for pickup May 19-20. The sale has a fragrance theme this year, and more than 30 types of plants and flowers are included.

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Jeff Leyonmark, of Lockwood's Greenhouses, Town of Hamburg, will provide a hands-on container gardening seminar at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the dining hall at Immaculata Academy, 5138 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. The event -- the final of the Alumnae Association's Distinguished Speaker Series -- is free. Space is limited; reservations are required by Tuesday. Contact Mary Keough, alumnae director, for reservations at 649-6161, Ext. 155.

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The Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Doris Mohr, club president. Newly elected officers will receive duties and records; 2006-2007 program will be discussed.

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Genesee County Master Gardeners are offering a series of programs at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 420 E. Main St., Batavia: "Wild Flowers of Western New York," by Ginny Tiede (6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday); "Kitchen Herb Gardens," by Ginny Tiede and Gail Culver (6:30 to 8 p.m. May 10), and "Butterfly Gardens," by Ginny Tiede (6:30 to 8 p.m. May 17). Cost is $10 per program; coffee and desserts will be served. Space is limited. For information or to register, call (585) 343-3040, ext. 106.

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The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at noon Thursday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. Following a business meeting, a program on "Container Growth" will be presented by Jeff Leyonmark, of Lockwood's Greenhouses, Town of Hamburg.

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The Williamsville Garden Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bob Evans Restaurant, 6635 Transit Road for a "Spring Fling" luncheon.

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The Town and Country Garden Club will hold its installation dinner Thursday at the Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St., Snyder.

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Applications are now being accepted for this year's Garden Walk. Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of over 200 Buffalo gardens centered in the Allentown, Elmwood, Kleinhans and near West Side areas. Gardens entered will be open for public touring on July 29 and 30. Entries must be received by May 15. For an application, visit www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com; call 879-0123, or email gardenwalkbuffalo@yahoo.com.

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Applications are being accepted through June 9 for the 2006 KenTon Garden Tour, featuring the gardens of Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda residents and businesses. The tour runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. Visit www.tonawanda.ny.us for an application.

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The Parkside Community Association is sponsoring its 9th Annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25. To participate, contact the Parkside Community Association at 838-1240 for an entry form. Or visit www.parksidebuffalo.org.

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The North Tonawanda History Museum is sponsoring its second annual citywide Historic Gardens Contest. Neighborhood groups, civic organizations, businesses and individuals are invited to participate. Judging is May 1 to July 31; tour runs June 15 to Aug. 31.

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A historic theme is required to participate. Contact the Museum at 213-0554 or by e-mail at nthistorymuseum@aol.com for further information and application form. You may also download an application form from the Museum Web site at www.nthistorymuseum.org.

If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240. 1

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