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New York State tree lovers and plant industry professionals have a new reason to be proud: Draves Arboretum in Darien was recently accredited by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, which was created by the Morton Arboretum and is the only international program that evaluates arboreta. Thanks to arborist and plantsman Tom Draves, Western New York can claim a destina…

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The 2017 Decorators' Show House has been selected and it, like previous local Show Houses dating back to 1981, has an interesting story. Located at 766 Ellicott St., the August Feine House is currently empty but being restored as part of the Expansion Campaign for Kevin Guest House, located next door. For 44 years, Kevin Guest House has served as a healthcare hospitality h…

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I've always gotten a kick out of the names companies give to nail polish and paint colors. I love the visuals that pop in my head when I come across a nail lacquer called Snazzy Hound (MAC, its creator, describes the color as a mid-tone gray) or a paint named Swimming (an aquatic blue, of course, from Sherwin-Williams). But since paint companies and trend forecasters are c…

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A very big show is coming to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens bringing orchid lovers from across the country and offering you a chance to embrace this diverse and dazzling plant family. If you are a casual orchid fan, with a couple of moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) in your window or fond memories of Grandma’s corsage, prepare to be amazed: There is so much more t…

A fall ritual at our house, as it is at suburban homes in wintry climes across the land, is to clear out the attached garage to make space for the cars. In our case, two cars. One (mine) has been happily at home in there all summer. Each night, I would pull into the right side of the two-car garage while my husband would park his car on the left side of the driveway.…

We live in a world of news-by-soundbite, and often there’s no time for in-depth thinking about what we hear - including about the weather. Yet for farmers, gardeners, garden centers and the landscape community there’s nothing more important than weather, especially when it comes to frosts and freezes. What does it mean when the meteorologist mentions a frost warning or …

Our year of firsts turned into our year of lasts this week, as kindergarten drew to a close. The first bus ride, the first day of school, the first cafeteria lunch, the first show-and-tell, the first field trip . . . they all are memories now. Our 6-year-old -- now seasoned at these things -- today begins her first official summer vacation. "Mom, yesterday was our la…