Buffalo’s Best Garden Store: Hi-Way Garden Center

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Spring is here and gardeners are getting ready to get their plants in the ground.

For many, the first stop of the season is at Hi-Way Garden Center in Amherst. After all, Western New Yorkers have voted to say it’s Buffalo’s Best garden store!

“It means a lot that the customers feel that way about us,” said owner Jack Olson. “We work very hard to provide good quality plants at a great price.”

Customers flock to Hi-Way Garden Center this time of year to get everything they need for their gardens, from seeds and bulbs to beautiful baubels to the annuals, perrenials, and vegetable plants the garden center is famous for.

“A lot of people don’t realize right behind the retail facility here we’ve got eight acres of growing space and so we grow 98% of the plants that we sell,” Olson explained.

The Hi-Way Garden Center staff prides itself on helping make sure all of those plants grow well at people’s homes. They love sharing their expertise with gardeners of all skill levels.

“We get lots of people who know exactly what they want, they come in and grab it and they’re out, and then we have people who come, they have their landscapes drawn out and we help them put their plants where they would fit best,” said Steve Parker, store manager.

Whatever plants they take home, they also get beneficial insects for their gardens.

Hi-Way Garden Center has moved almost entirely away from using chemical pesticides in recent years and puts good bugs to work instead.

“We try and load our greenhouses with good bugs to take care of the bad bugs,” said head grower John Cianchetti. 

“A lot of the traditional chemistries don’t work. We’re losing the efficacies of some of the pesticides to control them,” he explained. “There’s no resistance really to good bugs.”

With the good bugs knocking out the bad bugs, gardeners can get the perfect plants, and at the height of the growing season, they turn out in droves to do that.

Many families come out to look for Mother’s Day presents or gifts for their own gardens as soon as the weather gets nice.

The lines for the cash registers have been known to stretch through the one-acre retail greenhouse, but generally, the lines move quickly and few people seem to mind. Standing in line just gives them more of a chance to browse inside Buffalo’s Best!

“Whatever you’re looking for for sun or shade, for your porch or patio, we’ve got it here,” Olson said.

To learn more about what you can find at Hi-Way Garden Center, click here.

News 4’s Katie Alexander got to check out Hi-Way Garden Center Friday morning when we revealed the winner of this week’s Buffalo’s Best poll. Watch the videos below to see our full Wake Up coverage.

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Each week, we will have an open call for nominations on that week’s topic which runs from Friday 5 a.m. until Tuesday 9 a.m.


Voting on the top four nominees runs Tuesday 12 p.m. until Thursday 9 a.m.

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The winner will be revealed, as voted on by you — Friday morning on News 4 Wake Up!

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