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BUFFALO REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS  African Violet & Gesneriad Society of WNY meets the third Tuesday of the month, September–August, at 7 p.m., Greenfield Health & Rehab Facility, 5949 Broadway, Lancaster. [email protected].  Alden Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except July and August) at 7 p.m., Alden Community Center, West Main St., Alden. New members and guests welcome.…
4.07.2024
Rain chains are all the rage, and for good reason. These decorative metal chains redirect water from your gutter to the ground instead of your traditional downspout. There are lots of options online and in stores, but you can make a simple one at home.  MATERIALS  Metal shower curtain rings  Assorted glass beads (larger size with wide holes)  28-gauge galvanized…
4.07.2024
Beech bark disease canker; Photo courtesy Flickr: Plant Image Library Beech leaf disease; Photo courtesy Flickr: Matt Borden. I was dismayed to learn about the beech bark and beech leaf diseases that are threatening these majestic trees. Below is a summary of a recent webinar from the EPA on the beech tree diseases.  Beech trees are “a pillar of the…
4.07.2024
Monarch butterfly on a coneflower. Bee balm, salvia, coneflower, milkweed, and butterfly bush often come up in the conversation about plants for butterfly gardening. There are, however, some other (possibly unexpected) plants you can add to your garden in order to attract a larger number of butterflies and in turn other pollinators. With garden season now in full swing, I…
4.07.2024
Flower border in August I frequently give tours of my suburban yard, but it’s not the typical garden featured on most tours–those “ooh and ah” gardens of flowerbeds constantly in bloom, neatly mulched, surrounded by perfect velvety lawns. My yard is a habitat garden, full of native plants, self-mulched, with a narrow border of good-enough lawn, interspersed with log-lined mulched…
4.07.2024
A glorious white oak (Quercus alba) at White Haven Memorial Park, a Level I ArbNet Certified Arboretum in Pittsford (where the staff is lovely, and it's more than safe to look behind the curtain!) When I was fresh out of grad school, I worked for a botanical garden in the education department. I’d gotten a master’s degree and racked up…
4.07.2024
Jed Fox's garden. CANANDAIGUA BOTANICAL SOCIETY  One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Canandaigua botanists began meeting in their homes to discuss and appreciate the native plant life around the Finger Lakes region. They read poetry, collected specimens for analysis, and went on field trips to explore neighboring biomes. In 2024, they are the second oldest botanical society in the US and are still…
4.07.2024

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