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If anyone knows gardens – and Buffalo Niagara gardens in particular – it’s Sally Cunningham and Jim Charlier. The two collaborated on a book published earlier this year – “Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs” (St. Lynn’s Press, $24.95). The key word here is “quirky” – as many Western New York gardeners – and …

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When planning your weekend outings to the self-guided, mostly free garden walks and tours throughout the region, keep in mind that some are walkable, others drivable. Some are held one day; others will take place an entire weekend with evening hours as well. The best part? This is your chance to go into neighborhoods, towns or villages you’re not familiar with and meet …

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Gardeners have been eager to get outside, and some of them were happy to submit photos for our latest Reader Challenge – watering cans! Thank you to those who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are four options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would e…

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There is still time to be included in South Buffalo Alive's 19th annual Garden Tour. The tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21. Gardeners interested in participating can register their gardens by calling 826-3158 by June 30. Volunteers will assemble from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21 at Tim Russert's Children's Garden at 2002 South Park Ave. to distribute Garden …

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For our next Reader Challenge, we are looking for photos of watering cans. The one you photograph can be functional or purely decorative. It can be new and shiny – or old and rustic. You can photograph it solo, as part of a collection, in a garden setting – anything eye-catching. It doesn't have to have flowers in it, like the one in the photo above, but it can. E…

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The White Rabbit ran frantically around Wonderland saying, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” Gardeners are acting just like that. The weather was cold, our yards were wet, and we couldn’t do much in the garden in the first three weeks of May. Many yards still have saturated soil, so our lawn and gardening projects are pushed back even later. How can we ca…

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Cindi Kisiel-Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, enjoy as much time as they can at the cottage they bought and renovated in Wanakah. Although they are residents of Lilburn, Ga., Kisiel-Smith has many fond memories of Wanakah. She spent her childhood summers in a nearby cottage owned by her mother, the late Loretta Kisiel, who was born and raised in Buffalo. After her moth…

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We’ve had a lot of rain lately, so for our newest Reader Challenge it's only fitting that we asked for photos of rain boots. Thank you to those who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are two options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that.…

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Picture a gardening day: A warm sun is shining on your bare arms. Your sharpened shovel lifts soft soil as you plant the first tomatoes into a weed-free bed. Flowering flats of marigolds and begonias sit nearby, awaiting your tasteful placement. The birds are chirping ... It’s May, at last! Here is the darker picture: The month of May isn’t all merry. There are hard …

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You see them room after room. Topiary, philodendron and snake plants in the sitting nook. Fiddle-leaf figs, hydrangeas and rosemary in the sunroom. Orchids, boxwood, Boston ferns, succulents, palms, tulips, mosses – all of these and more can be found throughout the 2019 Decorators’ Show House. Even some wallcoverings are botanically inspired. There’s more outside, fr…

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The votes are in for our latest Reader Challenge and, for the first time, we have a tie. No, we will not be going into overtime. Readers were invited to send in photos of pitchers that show how they use them or decorate with them. For the online voting, there were three from which to choose. Photos submitted by Patty Williams and Courtney Gorman are tied for To…

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Decorators’ Show House offers ideas that appeal not just to humans but also to the dogs in their lives. That’s right, the site of this eagerly anticipated community fundraiser has two canine-inspired spaces. It’s all part of the 20th Decorators’ Show House, the Palmer Centennial House at 288 Lincoln Parkway that begins its three-week run April 27 and continues through M…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of pitchers that show how people use them or decorate with them. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are three options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would ever do that. 🙂…

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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has announced the dates of its annual "Great Plant Sale." The sale will be held May 16, 17, and 18. On May 16 the sale will only be open to Botanical Gardens members and volunteers from 4 to 8 p.m. The sale will open to the public on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It is free to the public and …

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One of the handiest accessories we have in our homes is the classic pitcher. It can be used in many ways from holding cooking utensils to displaying fresh flowers to showcasing fancy beverages. Design-wise, it might be clear, solid colored, patterned or textured. Large or small. A family heirloom, wedding gift or thrift store find. Now we want to see photos of some o…