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Don't miss a rare visit from a true garden know-it-all



Are you as sick of the word diva as I am? Everyone’s a diva now, for various reasons that go well beyond the term’s original association with feminine operatic virtuosity. But I’m asking you to forgive the promoters of garden expert Stephanie Cohen when they call her the Perennial Diva.

Cohen has the credentials to deserve her flattering sobriquet. It is rare that we get garden experts of this stature in WNY; unlike the garden shows in such centers as Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco, we can’t often capture the likes of Allan Armitage, Tony Avent, Susie Coelho, or P. Allen Smith. Well, now we have captured the likes all those horticultural luminaries in one small package, who will be at Lockwood’s Saturday, and at Nichol’s Saturday night.

Cohen is perhaps best-known for her book The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer, published by Storey in 2005. She has written other books since then, and has become a much-sought-after speaker throughout the U.S., addressing such practical topics as “Best and Worst,” “Native Perennials,” “Fallscaping,” and “Perennials with Attitude.” She has won awards for her books from the Perennial Plant Association and the Garden Writers Association, among other honors, and has a new book out called The Nonstop Garden, which instructs on maintaining a four-season garden.Cohen is also in the top 25 of the "Who's Who in the Gardening Industry.

Find out how you can have a great-looking garden at all times, even in winter, this weekend. Cohen will be at Lockwood’s Greenhouses at 10:45 on Saturday and at Nichols Flickinger Theatre at 7 p.m. Both events are ticketed; the Lockwood's event requires reservations, while you can pay at the door at Nichols. Find out more here. It is all part of this summer's National Garden Festival, which culminates in Garden Walk Buffalo.

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