Poisonous plants may seem a strange topic for a plant lover to write about, but gardeners should not duck the subject. Nothing would take the joy out of gardening like having a child or pet get sick after chewing on a houseplant or something in your garden. With a little knowledge we can avoid bad things happening for nice gardeners. The logical concept would be for gar…

Current wisdom is that everything has changed in the world of books: how frequently people read online rather than in print, how people get their information, and what books sell. Some of these changes affect gardeners and naturalists too, but I see differences in this particular community’s relationship to books. Some books will remain on our shelves and have roles in o…

Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following the business meeting and luncheon, members will discuss and plan for their 2017-2018 yearbook as well as the club’s May flower show. New members welcome. Call 537-9710. Cinderella Isle Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Trin…

Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road. Lyn Chimera will present "Container Gardening." Guests welcome. Evans Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Angola Public Library. New officers will be elected; members are asked to bring ideas for the plant sale and auction to be held in May. Hamburg Garden…

Jan. 1, 2017: I did some gardening today, unexpectedly. The sun had come out, the ice dam on the roof was melting, the deck needed shoveling, and I wanted to get away from the computer. I intended to shovel a little bit, fill the bird feeders, and hang up a large suet-seed cake. How surprising then to find out all the other jobs my garden and landscape called me to do. It …

A national news show carried yet another story about Christmas tree prices rising sharply. That is not the case in Western New York (and certainly many other regions). But the widespread story is out, declaring that drought in many regions and wild fires in others have killed so many trees that there may even be a shortfall. Hearing all this, a family might give up its tra…

Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will hold its holiday luncheon at noon Saturday at Squire on Main, 4548 Main St., Amherst. Cash donations will be collected for a charity. Gift exchange; pirate bingo. East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual Christmas party and gift exchange at noon Monday in East Aurora Country Club, 300 Girdle Road. Guests welcome. For meeting/group…

I cannot predict which future years will have autumn weather lasting into December. I can predict that the final months of 2016 won’t be the last time we’ll experience mild days just three weeks before Christmas. We citizens of the northeast may have adjusted to wide-swinging seasonal fluctuations, but I believe that most gardeners have not learned to take advantage of…

Garden Club of the Tonawandas members have decorated for Christmas the Historic Benjamin Long Homestead, 24 E. Niagara St., Tonawanda. The community is invited to tour the home during the Winter Walk of the Tonawandas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free that day. In addition, decorations may be viewed from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Admission …

William Faught's black-and-white and color photographs take center stage in "Allentown: A Photographic Journey in the Heart of Buffalo, NY" (Buffalo Heritage Limited, 102 pages, $49.95/$29.95). Faught is a retired architect and urban planner, and Allentown is his adopted home. He lives on Irving Place, but grew up a world away in Arkansas. Living in the Washington, …

Instead of a hectic mall, how about spending some time in the calm, pretty atmosphere of a favorite garden center? Most of them have lovely gift possibilities. Some of the very best gifts are plants, especially these four classic holiday beauties. These notes will tell you what to expect from these plants and how to care for them. It should be easy to choose one or seve…

Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its Marketplace Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the railroad depot behind the Orchard Park Library. Sale items will include Christmas crafts, terrariums and hypertufa containers, pantry items, garden art, fabric art, critter/bird feeders, dried flower arrangements, wreaths and swags. Profits from the sale will go toward colle…

Not just this year but every autumn I see flowers blooming in my yard and wonder why so many people give up on the garden so soon. Why isn’t an October garden a popular thing, or at least a garden we tend all through September in the hope of a few more weeks? Aren’t there some people who have a summer cottage somewhere else, or who travel all summer, or who just starte…

I’m old and tired enough now to tell you the dirty, dirty truth about gardening. When I finish my story I think you’ll wonder why any sensible person would engage in it. (Warning: This article contains adult material. Younger or newer gardeners who have not yet been exposed should not proceed further.) The Dirty Truth: Gardening demands time. Tasks expand exponentia…

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will hold its Fall Orchid Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be orchid displays, growing demonstrations and orchid vendors. Your admission to the Gardens includes the Orchid Show. In addition, a seminar of national speakers …