Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Botanical Gardens in May 2016

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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, helps Buffalonians get ready for May planting with their annual Great Plant Sale.
  • Arcangel Gallery: South Towns Camera Club –now through May 15.
  • National Public Gardens Day – May 13 - $1 admission for all visitors, members and kids 2 and under always free.
  • Medicinal Garden Feature – Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month –May 14 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Great Plant Sale – May 19-21 – special hours for members and volunteers: May 19 from 4-7 p.m., open to public May 20 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and May 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Rachel and Matthew Norvilitis, “Sibling Revelry” – May 21-August 7.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit buffalogardens.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival – April 30-May 7, 2016

The Buffalo History Museum and the Japanese Garden are the
backdrop for the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival
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The third annual Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival, happening in Delaware Park’s Japanese Garden, runs from Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, May 7. The event will feature guest speakers, music, entertainment and more, and many of the events are free to the public.

The festival’s opening ceremony begins on Saturday, April 30 at noon at the Buffalo History Museum, located in front of the Japanese Garden at 1 Museum Court. Admission to the ceremony, featuring a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, is included with BHM admission ($7 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+) and students (13-21), $2.50 for children (7-12) and free for members and children under 7).

On Thursday, May 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Sakura Cocktail Party will be held at the History Museum, featuring music from the Buffalo Tango Orkestra, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the Great Hall and on the Museum’s Portico – find out more about the Party and purchase tickets here.

Away from the Museum, Delaware Park’s Marcy Casino will host a Cherry Blossom-themed Hoppy Hour on Friday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m., and the North Park Theatre, located at 1428 Hertel Ave. in Buffalo, will host a Japanese Film Festival on April 30, May 1 and May 8.

Other programs scheduled for the eight-day event include Family Day at the Museum, a lecture on President Millard Fillmore and Japan, self-guided tours and Music Day on Saturday, May 7. There will also be an orienteering event, the Cherry Blossom Challenge, taking place May 7 at 11 a.m. – see the listings for these and other events here.

A full list of events for and more information about the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival can be found at www.buffalocherryblossomfestival.org

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Gardens Buffalo Niagara 2016: More garden fun

Larkinville is one of the sites on Sally Cunningham's "The
New Greener Buffalo" tour
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The National Garden Festival is now Gardens Buffalo Niagara, and it will feature a number of bus tours, open gardens and the popular Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale. Here are a few of the dates for other garden activities beginning June 25 and running through August 13.

Garden Travel – join Sally Cunningham for these upcoming bus tours:
  • Friday, July 15 – Stars of Amherst, Williamsville and Snyder-CleveHill
  • Saturday, July 16 – The New Greener Buffalo: What’s New on the Buffalo River, Canalside, the Outer Harbor and Larkinville
  • Friday night, July 22 – Nightlights in the Gardens and Bistro Dinner
Call 1-800-242-4244 for more information.

Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale – the annual sale will be two days this year – Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 – and be held at a new location – the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo.

Open Gardens – more than 70 gardens will be open at various times on Thursdays and Friday through July – these are currently listed in the Open Gardens and Garden Event Guide that was available at Plantasia and will soon be available at other venues.

Beyond Flowers Tour – Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring eight prominent sites with strong environment-friendly approaches in Buffalo. Reservation will be required – stay tuned for updates.

East Side Momentum Tour – Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring some of the diverse, sometimes overlooked garden projects in the Buffalo area. Reservation will be required – stay tuned for updates.

More information can be found at the event Facebook page.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Gardens Buffalo Niagara 2016: Area garden walks

Gardeners can get great ideas from garden walks!
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The National Garden Festival is now Gardens Buffalo Niagara, and like years before, it will be highlighted by more than one dozen garden walks and tours throughout the region. Here’s a list of garden walk and tour dates beginning June 26 and running through August 6.
  • June 26 – Parkside Garden Tour
  • July 9 – Town of Amherst Garden Walk
  • July 9-10 – Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk and Fair
  • July 9-10 – Lockport in Bloom (July 9 – Twilight in the Garden)
  • July 10 – Grand Island Garden Walk
  • July 10 – Snyder Cleve-Hill Garden View
  • July 15-16 – City of Tonawanda Garden Walk (July 15 – Friday Night Lights)
  • July 16 – Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk
  • July 16 – Village of Williamsville Garden Walk
  • July 16-17 – Lancaster Garden Walk
  • July 17 – South Buffalo Alive Garden Walk
  • July 22-24 – Ken-Ton Garden Tour (July 22 – Night Lights)
  • July 23 – Garden Walk of Niagara Falls, USA
  • July 23-24 – West Seneca Garden and Home Tour
  • July 30-31 – Garden Walk Buffalo
  • August 6 – Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens and Starry Night Garden Tour
Stay tuned for more Gardens Buffalo Niagara information!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Images from Plantasia – April 2, 2016

Yep, it snowed this weekend…in April…and it was cold.

Hey, it’s Buffalo – it’s what makes us a hardy folk (and makes us appreciate summer even more!).

I wandered out to Plantasia at the Hamburg Fairgrounds on Saturday because I needed a taste of spring – here are a few images to tide you over until we’re able to actually plant ourselves!






Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Proven Winners 2016 preview: New “cool-toned” annuals for your garden

Proven Winners, which was kind enough to send me a box of beautiful plants last year, has given us a sneak peak at their 2016 introductions, including some brand new “cool-colored” annuals and chartreuse foliage to brighten up your gardens and containers.

Sedum Lemon Coral
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Sedum Lemon Coral was one of the plants in my box last year, and even though I lost one of them early on, it was a really cool plant that I would definitely try again. It has unusual bright green foliage – very succulent-esque – and looks great in rustic or stone containers.

Superbells Garden Rose is good not only for containers – it looks and does great in the landscape garden as well. It has a very pretty lavender-rose flower.

Verbena Meteor Shower
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Verbena Meteor Shower was also in the 2015 box from Proven Winners. Unlike other verbena, this lavender-toned plant is “compact” – about three feet tall as opposed to six feet and floppy. It also reseeds less than your typical verbena, and makes a great “thriller” in containers.

A fun “spiller” for your containers would be the sweet potato vine Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Lime – but don’t just limit it to containers, because it works great as a ground cover as well.

Find a complete preview of Proven Winners’ “cool-toned” annuals here.