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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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March/April, 2017 – Upstate Gardeners’ Journal

Odyssey to Ithaca 2017 tickets officially for sale…

This trip sells out—purchase your Odyssey tickets today! A wonderful spring tradition—inspiring gardens shopping at great nurseries—unusual plants—gorgeous scenery—a delicious Herbal Lunch and…a surprise treat compliments of Crafty Cathy! Read more about this trip here. ONLY $77/person. Please choose pick up location: BuffaloBataviaVictor

Garden Hose Guards

by Cathy Monrad MATERIALS PER HOSE GUARD 2 foot piece of ½ inch rebar 1 foot length of ½ inch copper pipe ½ inch copper pipe cap 1 cabinet door knob; type with bolt attached TOOLS Scrap wood Pliers Drill and bits Hammer or mallet Cathy Monrad is the graphic designer and the self-proclaimed garden …

New York Owls

by Liz Magnanti Last winter offered some great opportunities to see many of the owl species we have here in Upstate New York. Owls are birds of prey that are primarily nocturnal. They are characterized by their large, forward facing eyes, circular flat faces, and sharp beaks and talons. Owls’ eyes are so large that …

The Tree of (a Secret) Life

story and photos by John Ernst One summer during college, I worked as a landscaper at Genesee Valley Park. I savored the chance to work outside. Each day I would drive my Gator through the misty sunrise at 5 a.m., surveying the park and ensuring that all was well before hikers and picnickers arrived. And …

“Plantasia Gardens Through the Ages” Seminar Schedule

 March 23–March 26, the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg All seminars to take place in the large seminar room unless otherwise noted. Large seminar room is located to the left of the concession stand. Small seminar room is located to the right of the concession stand. THURSDAY , MARCH 23, 201711 am: Don’t Just Gawk—Learn on Garden Walks – Connie …

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