Martin Luther King Jr. Park Greenhouse

Martin Luther King Jr. Park Greenhouse The greenhouse is a City Buffalo facility, located in a public park at the corner of Best and Fillmo

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Since the fishing opener is upon us, we have earthworms on our minds! Some of you may have seen this information before, but lots of folks are surprised to learn that earthworms are an invasive species here in Minnesota and surrounding states.

As gardeners, we often hear about how great worms are for the soil, increasing air circulation, water infiltration, and adding fertilizer. While the benefits of worms in an agricultural setting have been well documented, worms in North America have a downside.

Unless you live in the southeast or parts of the Pacific Northwest, your region has no native worms. Vast regions of the continent have evolved without worms present, which has left a considerable legacy on the soils as well as the plant species that rely on them.

That's right, worms are bad for our native plants! Their burrowing activity mixes organic and mineral soil layers and allows for greater infiltration of water. This leaches valuable nutrients from the soil that plants, especially forest herbs, desperately require. It also increases runoff and erosion. Worm f***s, or casts, speed up microbial activity as well, which eats up vital stores of nitrogen in the organic soil layers. The loss of carbon from areas where worms have invaded has been likened to a complete functional loss of the forest floor. Worms have also been shown to eat vast quantities of small seeds, especially those of our dwindling orchid species.

The US has no restrictions on the import of worms, and new invasions are happening every year. Research has shown that epicenters of worm invasions are significantly correlated with roads and fishable streams. The Minnesota DNR advises that the best way to slow the spread of worms into new areas is to not release them. Worms are very slow to expand their populations, often moving less than 5 meters a year. Since humans are the most considerable vectors for worm movement, if we use the proper methods to discard worms used for bait, or composting, we can slow their spread across this continent.

*Please visit this link to read more articles about invasive earthworms.


What is the best thing to do with grass clippings?

Use them as mulch! They’re one of the best free sources of mulch out there. It will help retain moisture and build up your soil.
Spread out, the grass clippings decompose in a few weeks. In a pile, they’ll break down over the course of a few months. They’re a great addition to compost piles for this reason.
As a soil conditioner. They’ll add a little bit of phosphorus and potassium to the soil, with higher amounts of nitrogen.


The majestic 40 year old cactus in the Greenhouse is certainly enjoying the warmer temperatures🌵

East Side Garden Walk

East Side Garden Walk

The East side garden walk was organized to show case the positive side of how a common interest in gardening can united all communities. We love to work with the earth and allow our hands to guide and nurture seedings into beautiful flowers by our love.


🎉DERBY DAY FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY!🎉 We love looking back on all the wonderful hats and bowties of our previous Spring into Summer luncheons, cannot wait to see all the styles this weekend!

Join us at The Terrace from 5:30pm to 8pm for Derby inspired fun AND a chance to win tickets to next year's Kentucky Derby!

Still not got your tickets? Please visit:

Beautiful Examples of Olmsted's Buffalo Legacy
Beautiful Examples of Olmsted's Buffalo Legacy

Beautiful Examples of Olmsted's Buffalo Legacy

Visit some of Buffalo’s most beautiful parks and neighborhoods, and you’ll see the enduring work of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted was already renowned for designing Central Park in New York when he came to Buffalo in 1868 and convinced city leaders to create a whole system o...


Myth busted: You don't need to put gravel in the bottom of plant pots! 😱 That's right, gravel in the bottom of plant pots does not improve drainage.

After watering, most of the water will drain out through the holes, whether you have gravel or not. But, because of the way the growing media interacts with water, the bottom part of your media wants to stay extra wet and gravity isn't enough to pull this extra moisture down and out through the holes--this is called a perched water table. Gravel won't help the water drain from the perched water table. The gravel just moves the perched water table up higher in the pot closer to plant roots.

If you want to prevent holes from clogging or leaking growing media, try a broken terracotta pot, paper, or square of wide mesh.

Read more about how gravel in the bottom of pots can contribute to saturated soils:

Image text:
Title reading "Myth busted: Gravel in plant pots does not improve drainage" two side-by-side pots with identical plants and roots growing towards bottom of the pot. In one pot, a blue layer of wet soil sits at the bottom of the pot. In the other, a blue layer of wet soil sits atop a layer of gravel, moving it up so roots are touching the wet soil. Text reads: The wettest soil is at the bottom of the pot. and Gravel moves the wettest soil up in the pot, closer to the roots, which can lead to rot (bad for plants). That's right! You do not need to put grave in the bottom of your pots.

Native Milkweeds By State

Native Milkweeds By State

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

W**d barrier (landscape fabric) is bad for plants and soil...


Golden ragwort (Packera aurea) is a beautiful spring perennial with evergreen winter foliage. Indigenous to the most northern counties of Georgia, it also grows very happily further south. In fact, it’s a bit rambunctious! But the deer don’t seem to eat it and it thrives in part shade so it gets high marks from us! On dry roadsides, you may see another ragwort species blooming now (you have to see the leaves to tell the difference), Packera anonyma, or Small’s ragwort. In moist areas you might find butterweed (Packera glabella), an annual species.


National Garden Week June 4-10, 2023
Distribute floral arrangements to local businesses or sponsors who have contributed to your club to say “Thank you.”

Post a daily tip on your social media page related to gardening, beautification, or environmental education throughout the week.
Host a National Garden Week themed flower show to educate your community while also helping your members get involved with a flower show.
Post signs or banners throughout the town or city to let people know about National Garden Week.
Have the Proclamation (which can be found on the NGC website and edited) approved and signed by the Town/City Mayor or Council, and ask the local newspaper to attend for photographs to be taken and published.


Eight weeks until the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival! The Festival Fundraiser is Thursday, April 27. The weekend events are April 29 & 30.

Photos from Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's post

Photos from Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's post


Take care out there! We’re looking at a substantial snowfall, even by Buffalo standards! Make sure to be careful if you are planning to be out in the parks today through the weekend, and if you see anything call 311.


Stunning shot of Chapin Parkway this morning! Perfect blue skies after all that snow ❄️


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