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Gardening and More: Draft agricultural protection plan is released and other news

INDOOR GARDEN — A dresser held plants during last year’s succulent show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Attendees can expect more surprising displays this year. The show runs from Saturday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 7. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko.

BUFFALO — Erie County’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board has released its Draft Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.

The goals of the plan are to:

– Create innovative strategies to guide the county to identify and protect agricultural land with development pressure.

– Support new farms in and attract new farmers to Erie County.

– Identify strategies to increase the financial viability of agriculture in the county.

– Connect rural and urban farmers with consumers and new markets.

– Increase the accessibility of healthy, local food for consumers.

View the draft plan on the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning’s website,

Succulent show, fall plant sale at Botanical Gardens

The annual succulent show will be held from Saturday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., in Buffalo. The show will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Designed by Botanical Gardens’ Gardeners Julie Hughes and Teresa Mazikowski, the succulent show was visitors’ favorite last year. The Botanical Gardens will be full of interesting container gardens, hanging shapes covered in succulents, wreaths, window boxes and small landscapes. Highlights include a “succulent lady” and a tribute to Buffalo.

Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, 55 and older, and students, 13 and older, with ID, $5 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for members and children younger than 3.

The Botanical Gardens will also hold its second annual fall plant sale from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the new administration building. The sale will include fall interest perennials, flowering shrubs, spring bulbs and more.

Free landscape classes available at Arbordale

Create outdoor living spaces, increase your property value and love your yard, with help during free classes at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, in Getzville.

The 45-minute class will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 29.

Bring photos and measurements of your own yard to discuss in class.

Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, visit Arbordale, email or call 688-9125.

Share views on sustainability plan for Western New York

The Cleaner, Greener New York Program, which aims to create more sustainable communities by funding smart development practices, is looking for input on its draft plan.

The plan is considering the areas of land use and livable communities, agriculture and forestry, transportation, waste management, energy and water management.

Read more about the draft Western New York Regional Sustainability Plan at

You can mail comments to Deepali McCloe, Ecology and Environment Inc., 368 Pleasant View Drive, Lancaster, NY 14086, or email

Take a garden tour at Martin House estate

Take the “Landscape Tour: Plants, People and Design” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the Martin House estate, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo.

It will be led by Nellie Gardner, Horticulturist Martin House and Director of Operations Margaret Stehlik.

Visitors will view three distinct types of gardens, all with the same theme. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of the natural world is expressed in his vision for the gardens and influenced by the desire of Isabelle Martin, owner of the home, to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors. See what is planted, what is planned and the backdrop and structure that prompted the design.

The tour will last for 90 minutes. The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

Connie Oswald Stofko is publisher of, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. Email

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