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Plan for spring - before the snow melts

When February arrives, it’s time to make note of some home- and garden-related events that can help you prepare for the warm days ahead. Looking forward to spring? Here are a few ways to get an early start.

Happening now: the Great Plant Sale Pre-Order event offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. You can see the selection of 36 annuals, perennials and shrubs on and order them online now for best selection.

Hot picks this year include the perennial Echinacea ‘Fiery Meadow Mama’ (“a must for the Echinacea enthusiast”); the shrub Cornus Golden Shadows (“a stunning plant with robust variegated foliage”); the shrub Calycanthus ‘Venus’ (“delightfully fragrant in early summer”), and others.

Orders are due by April 9. Plants will be available for pick up at the Great Plant Sale on May 17-19.

A special treat on A photo gallery showcasing gardens throughout the region that News staff photographers have visited in recent years. Get inspired and before you know it, you’ll be out in your own garden digging away.

Other events:

• The two-weekend only Buffalo Home Show is scheduled for March 9-11 and March 16-18 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. This is the all-in-one place to check out products and trends from a long list of exhibitors, pick up tips and advice from experts speaking on the Feature Stage, visit the 1,400-square-foot Design Home and attend the ever-popular “Make It and Take It” workshops.

Visit for other show features, list of exhibitors, ticket information and updates.

The Orchid Show, presented by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, is scheduled for March 3-4 at the Gardens. The Spring Flower Exhibit is planned for March 10-April 8 at the Gardens. Note, too, that the 4-H Farm coincides with the exhibit. For details on these and other spring events at the Gardens, visit

• The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host the 2018 Education Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at Classics V Banquet & Conference Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. It’s open to the public.

Featured speakers: Doug Tallamy, well-known author of “The Living Landscape” and “Bringing Nature Home.” He is a professor and chairman of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. Buffalo News gardening columnist Sally Cunningham, a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) and author of “Great Garden Companions” will also speak. Advanced registration is required.

To receive registration information, including fees, contact the CCE Master Gardener Program at 652-5400, Ext. 177 or visit

Plantasia, the garden and landscape show, is scheduled for March 22-25 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. This year’s theme is “Cityscapes into the Night.” Attractions include fully landscaped theme gardens; a Children’s Discovery Garden hosted by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with play area; educational seminars; a garden market for shopping, and more than 100 vendors.

Visit for ticket and seminar information. Plantasia is presented by PLANT WNY – the Professional Landscape & Nursery Trades.

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