There is lots to learn at Plantasia, with a huge lineup of speakers set for Thursday through Sunday, March 19-22 at the Fairgrounds Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg.
The garden and landscape show is held by PLANT WNY. See details in the article below.
Here’s the entire amazing schedule of speakers:
Thursday, March 19
11 am: Re-Treeing of Forest Lawn – Sandy Starks, Interpretive Program Director of Forest Lawn Cemetery
Noon: Late Blight: What You Should Know – Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener, Garden Writer, Speaker
1 pm: Think Green, It’s Spring – Dorothy Julius, Floral Designer, Along Gardens Path
2 pm: Open Gardens from Western NY – Margaret Raupp, Open Gardens Coordinator
3 pm: Container Gardening – 10 Easy Steps for Success – Joe Manual, Speaker; Master Gardener
4 pm: Horticulture Mistakes, We All Make Them – Dan Robillard, Horticulture Teacher, McKinley High School
Friday, March 20
11 am: (small conference room) Bulbs, Tubers and Corms, Oh My – Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener; Garden Writer; Speaker
11 am: Open Gardens in Western NY – Margaret Raupp, Open Gardens Coordinator
Noon: Useful Plants in the Landscape – Nellie Gardener, Flower Fields; Darwin Martin House
1 pm: Tree and Shrubs – Plant Health – Glenn Gentzke, Tree Services of Western New York
2 pm: Soil is the Key – Understanding Soil – Lynn Chimera, Lessons from Nature
3 pm: Tour of the Buffalo Garden Walk Gardens – Jim Charlier, JCharlier Communication Design
4 pm: Saving Your Landscaping: What to Do about Damaged Trees and Shrubs – Sally Cunningham, CNLP; Author; Lockwood’s Greenhouse
5 pm: Manipulate Your Landscape to Attract Wildlife – Russ Lis, Aquatic Ecology Teacher, McKinley High
Saturday, March 21
11am: Get Crafty in Your Garden – Connie Oswald Stofko, Publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com
Noon: (small conference room) Better Roses With This 12 Step Program – Joe Manual, Speaker; Master Gardener
Noon: Green Roofs and Green Walls – Kathy O’Donnell, Botanicus Interior Landscaping Inc.
1 pm: Weeds – Identification and Control – Tom Mitchell, Horticulture Instructor NCCC; Mitchell Landscaping Inc.
2 pm: Organic Garden Techniques for Success - Dave Clark, Horticulture Speaker; Instructor at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
3 pm: Great Plants for WNY Gardens – Flowers And Flowering Shrubs – Sally Cunningham CNLP; Author; Lockwoods Greenhouse
4 pm: Pollinators and Their Importance – Mike Masterson, Masterson’s Garden Center
5 pm: Horticulture Projects for Children – Ron Callea, Horticulture Teacher, McKinley High School
Sunday, March 22
11 am: Herbs, Herbalism and Medicinal Gardening – Dave Clark, Speak; Instructor at the Buffalo Erie
County Botanical Gardens
Noon: Indoor Plant Care – Kathy O’Donnell, Speaker; Botanicus Interior Landscaping Inc.
1 pm: Sustainable Gardening for the Home Owner – Lynn Chimera, Lessons from Nature
2 pm: Landscape Design – Tips and Tricks – Carolyn Stanko, CNLP, Horticulture Instructor, Niagara County Community College
3 pm: Veggies – Ken Brown, Field of Dreams
“Every Garden Tells a Story” is the theme this year for Plantasia, Western New York’s great garden and landscape show presented by PLANT WNY.
This year the children’s garden will be coordinated by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, who do such a great job with their indoor Wegmans Family Garden and outdoor Children’s Garden.
The event kicks off with a Preview Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
The event will be held in the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg.
Plantasia will include:
• Theme gardens will cover 15,000 square feet with blooming trees, shrubs, flowers, water gardens, patios and more in a breathtaking spring display.
• Free education seminars will be given every day by Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals and garden experts. There will be an extensive variety of topics and demonstrations. Bring your questions!
• Vendors will be located in two buildings where you can shop for garden accessories and services. Choose from a wide selection of plants and garden equipment, tools and unique ornaments.
• The Children’s Discovery Garden is an activity center with play areas and educational events every day.
• Special events include nightly entertainment, live broadcasts, a balloon artist, the Easter Bunny and more.
Nurserymen’s Foundation awards two scholarships
The foundation of PLANT WNY, the WNY Nurserymen’s Association Foundation, has awarded scholarships to two students.
Kristin Colvin, a student at Niagara County Community College (NCCC), has been awarded the George O. Adams & Kenneth E. Isaac Memorial Scholarship.
Maureen Daley, also an NCCC student, has been awarded the Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship.
The George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship is named after garden industry leaders through the 1950’s and 1960’s. Together George and Kenneth started Buffalo Garden Supply in 1953 and operated very successfully until they sold it and retired in 1965. Kenneth Isaac was the first Man of the Year recipient of the WNYSNLA. George O. Adam’s family continues to support the scholarship fund each year in memory of George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac.
The Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship is recently named by the Foundation trustees in memory of Fred Howarth. Fred was former owner and president of Menne Nursery and one of the founders of the WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation. Fred was also a very active member of WNYSNLA, a past president (1968) and recipient of the Man of the Year Award (1975).
Applications to apply for a scholarship and are accepted twice a year – fall and spring. Applications are due June 15, 2015 for the fall 2015 semester and Oct. 15, 2015 for the spring 2016 semester. Please contact Joyce at (716) 741-8047 for more information.
Schichtel named CNLP of Year in New York State
Kim Schichtel, an active member and board officer of PLANT WNY, was named Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) of the Year for New York State.
The award was presented in August by the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association (NYSNLA) at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.
Ms. Schichtel was nominated by her fellow PLANT WNY board members, who call her “dependable,” “honest,” and their “number one go-to person.”
She has maintained her CNLP status for more than 12 years and has demonstrated an extraordinary level of dedication to providing continuing education opportunities to others.
Ms. Schichtel has been involved for many years in PLANT WNY’s Plantasia show. In 2015, she will serve her second term as president of PLANT WNY.
Ms. Schichtel is the garden center manager at Murray Brothers Nursery in Orchard Park.
NSYNLA’s Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional program provides special recognition for individuals who demonstrate a high level of competence in the principles and practices of the industry and commitment to ongoing professional education. To maintain their certification, CNLPs must meet minimum continuing education requirements every three years.
The CNLP of the Year is an individual who helps enhance public perception of the value of the industry and the CNLP program through extra effort and service to their profession and their community.
Fall scholarship winners announced
The Western New York State Nurserymen’s Association Foundation, the foundation of PLANT WNY, has announced its 2014 fall scholarship recipients.
- Aaron Lilly – Niagara County Community College. He received the Western New York State Nurserymen’s Association Foundation, Inc. Scholarship.
- Nathan Gowan – Cornell University. He received the George O. Adams & Kenneth E. Isaac Memorial Scholarship.
- Sara Johnson – Niagara County Community College. She received the Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship, named for Fred Howarth, former owner and president of Menne Nursery and one of the founders of the WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation. He was also a very active member of WNYSNLA, a past president (1968), recipient of the Man of the Year Award (1975).
Applications to apply for a scholarship and are accepted twice a year – fall and spring. Applications are due October 15, 2014 for the spring 2015 semester.
WNYSNLA is now known as PLANT WNY
The Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, a not-for-profit corporation of green industry professionals, has changed its name to Professional Landscape And Nursery Trades Western New York. For short, you can call it PLANT WNY.
PLANT WNY includes teachers, nurseries, garden centers, growers, landscape architects, landscapers, tree care firms and lawn care firms.
It funds the Western New York State Nurserymen’s Foundation, which makes scholarships available to college students who show promise and interest in the industry. The foundation supports all educational activities held by the association throughout the year.
Plantasia set for March 18 to 22, 2015
“Every Garden Tells a Story” will be the theme of Plantasia 2015 at the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg.
It will kick off with a Preview Night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and continue 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
PLANT WNY members receive awards
Ed Dore, Senior Lifetime CNLP, Dore Landscape Associates – Ed received a Travel & Tourism Beacon Award from Visit Buffalo Niagara for his work with PLANT WNY, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and Re-Tree WNY.
Kathryn O’Donnell, Botanicus Interior Landscaping – Kathryn received the Platinum Award from Green Plants for Green Buildings.
The following PLANT WNY member firms will be receiving an Environmental Beautification Award from the New York State Nursery & Landscape Association in October:
- Night Lighting Category - Luminated Landscapes for “Wind Project”
- Garden Structures (over $25,000) Category – The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping for “Engel Residence Fireplace Patio”
- Commercial (under $25,000) Category – Jacrist Gardening Services Inc. for “Washburn Community Garden”
Landscape and Plantasia awards announced
PLANT WNY honored local landscapers for their work in the community as well as their displays at Plantasia.
The 2013 Landscape Awards were given for work done in the community. The winning landscapers and the project that they received the award for are:
Commercial: Dore Landscape Associates, Inc – Niagara County Produce
Residential over $10,000: Beautiful River Landscape Design – The Pailler Residence
Residential under $10,000: Jacrist Gardening Services, Inc. – The Keller Residence
Hardscapes over $10,000: The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping, Inc. – The Engel Residence
Awards were given for displays at Plantasia. 2014 award recipients:
Overall Best of Show: The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping
Best Garden (Large): A Growing Business, Inc.
Best Garden (Small): The English Gardener
Best use of Plant Material (Large): Menne Nursery Garden Artistry
Best use of Plant Material (Small ): Niagara County Community College Horticulture Program and McKinley Continuing Education
Best use of Hardscapes (Large): Chevalier Outdoor Living and Buffalo Tree House LLC
Best use of Hardscapes (Small): Nature’s Design
Best use of Water (Large): Chevalier Outdoor Living and Buffalo Tree House LLC
Best use of Water (Small): Todd Fitzer’s Timberline Hardscapes, LLC
Best use of Color: Menne Nursery Garden Artistry
Best Vendor Green: Lockwood’s Greenhouses
Best Vendor Equipment/Hardscapes: A Growing Business, Inc.
Guest Director’s Choice Award: Beautiful River Landscape Design, Inc.
People’s Choice Award: Chevalier Outdoor Living and Buffalo Tree House LLC