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If you want to give a gift to someone with a yard or garden, I have ideas for you. None of them require mall shopping or time online. A few could lead you to visit a pretty garden center or nursery, and the rest can be done by telephone. Your gift will be a hit. My qualifications for this? I love getting presents and for 30-plus years people knew that my passion was gar…

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Most people use plants to decorate living rooms, doors and holiday tables, but how much do you know about them? Let’s test your holiday plant knowledge. Answers are at the end. Part 1: True or false 1. The most popular plants used during winter holidays are evergreen trees (first place) and poinsettias (second place). True or false? 2. The most popular Christma…

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Even good gardeners and horticulture professionals struggle with this question: “How can I keep this plant alive over the winter?” The problem is not about knowing what the plants need – science is clear on temperatures, moisture, care for most plant groups. The problem is: How can we provide the right conditions in our houses, basements, garages or yards? We don’t have…

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No matter how long we try to prolong the season, let’s face it: Mostly gardening time is over… except for cleaning up, putting away, and preparing for next year. This is the Top 10 To-Do list for wrapping up the season. 1. Clean up Remove and discard any flower, fruit, or vegetable plants that were diseased or insect-infected. Also discard weeds that have gone to se…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of fall vignettes. After we narrowed it down to four, readers voted. Courtney Gorman's display received 82.4 percent of the votes. "I love to decorate," she said. Her outdoor display includes such seasonal items as cornstalks, a variety of pumpkins, mums, a friendly ghost and planters filled with grasses, pepper…

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Susan Cherry Redino and her husband, Rick Redino, have lived in their Eggertsville home for 32 years. She is an interior decorator who calls her business Cherry Tree Design – Lost & Found. He owns a metal recycling business. They have two grown children. Here is how Susan Redino described their place in an email for The Buffalo News’ Home of the Week online feature.…

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Many people love to decorate for fall. For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of fall vignettes – inside or out. We couldn't show every photo we received, but we thank everyone who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week you have four options from which to choose. Look at the photos below and then scroll to the bottom to…

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One of the best thrills for a gardener is seeing the green shoots of bulbs pop up in spring. It always feels miraculous (actually they are) and yet it’s such an easy miracle to make happen. You just have to plant them now. Hint: Do you know any new homeowners or beginning gardeners? Give them a bag of bulbs, with instructions. Not only will they be appreciating you n…

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The showy flowers and berries of September remind me of ladies at a cotillion in Scarlett O’Hara’s time – the full skirts and puffed sleeve dresses, all ruffles and flounces, adorned with huge hats and jewels. Our gardens are the ballrooms, and nothing is subtle about this end-of-summer dance. Even the plants know it’s their last chance for full-out performances. These …

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Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex on Jewett Parkway, is featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Country Gardens magazine (Meredith, $4.99). The topic is the botanical wreaths she makes from flowers she grows at Flower Fields, her specialty cut flower farm. She dries the flowers herself, along with seed pods, berries, grasses, …

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Last fall, Judy and Alan Duchan moved into Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, after selling their home of 43 years in the Parkside neighborhood. This is how Judy Duchan, a retired University at Buffalo professor, and Alan Duchan, a retired economist at Canisius College, described their new apartment at Canterbury Woods, a continuing care retirement community: "Our 2,000-…

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It is exciting for seasoned gardeners to help new ones. As baby boomers move over for millennials and those that follow, many of us are happy to share tools, plants, and most of all knowledge. It is also gratifying that you younger folks have strength and energy to haul, dig, and build when it starts to look daunting for us. (Mind you, that’s just some of us, some of the t…

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This summer we launched a feature called Outdoor Spaces that ran online weekly at BuffaloNews.com and also in the Sunday Home & Style print edition. We saw lovely porches, decks and patios at homes throughout Western New York – along with many glorious gardens. You can see some of the highlights in our photo gallery. We're not done yet. Even though summer is draw…

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Courtney Gorman said she fell in love with her home the moment she saw it. Since buying it nearly six years ago, she has furnished and accessorized it with meaningful family pieces. She also has made several updates and, inspired by her late mother, developed a love for gardening. Here is how she described her background, her home and the style in which she has decorate…