Events from previous years

 

Gardening Events in Buffalo, NY area for 2012

Monday, December 31
See details here.

Now through Monday, December 31

See Youngstown Garden Club decorations at Old Fort Niagara

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See the holiday decorations created by the Youngstown Garden Club at Old Fort Niagara, 4 Scott Avenue, Youngstown.  (The fort is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.) Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 6.

 

Sunday, December 30

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free Family Day, powered by National Grid, will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.The Poinsettia Show and Garden Railway Exhibit are included at no extra cost. In addition, the first 300 visitors will receive a free ice scraper courtesy of National Grid.

 

Now through Sunday, December 30

Poinsettia Show at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thousands of poinsettias will make spectacular displays at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3.

 

Now through Sunday, December 30

Garden Railway Exhibit

The Western New York Garden Railway Society will present this exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There will be two train exhibits: Thomas the Train and a traditional set-up will be a part of the family fun. The exhibit is included in admission.

 

 

Saturday, December 22

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KI

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 22

Castle by Candlelight at Old Fort Niagara

7 to 8:30 p.m

The Youngstown Garden Club created holiday decorations for Old Fort Niagara, and you can see them by candlelight during the fort’s annual Castle by Candlelight program. Historic characters will regale visitors with tales of Christmas from the 18th and 19th centuries. Demonstrations of 18th and early 19th century trades and period music will be performed. In the Castle’s Boulangerie (bakery), cooks will demonstrate the preparation of a traditional holiday feast, including wild game. The highlight of the evening will be a grand feu de joie (firing of joy), a traditional military ceremony involving running fire by muskets and artillery to mark a special occasion or victory. That will take place at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the Castle by Candlelight are $8 per person, and will be available at the door. Guests can arrive at the Fort Niagara Visitor Center, 4 Scott Avenue, Youngstown, at any time between 7 and 8:30 p.m. and are asked to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear, and bring a flashlight. Additional admissions stations will speed your entry this year.

 

Sunday, December 23

Make a Christmas centerpiece at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

Make a Christmas centerpiece under the guidance of Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. You will use greens, cones and natural material. The cost is $40. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 


Thursday, December 20

Make a fresh holiday arrangement at Botanical Gardens

6:15 p.m.

Design a beautiful arrangement just in time for weekend guests and your holiday table in this Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and $35 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece.  Go to the Botanical Gardens website for more information or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Thursday, December 13


Make a fresh table-top tree
6:30 pm
Make a fresh table-top tree in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. Enjoy the beauties of the holiday season by creating a unique table top tree with fresh greens and holiday trim. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is December 3. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program.

 

Saturday, December 15, 22

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KI

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 15

Make a kissing ball at Lockwood’s
10:30 a.m.
Make a kissing ball in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. This is a fun class in making the traditional English kissing ball. The cost is $35. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 15

Castle by Candlelight at Old Fort Niagara

7 to 8:30 p.m

The Youngstown Garden Club created holiday decorations for Old Fort Niagara, and you can see them by candlelight during the fort’s annual Castle by Candlelight program. Historic characters will regale visitors with tales of Christmas from the 18th and 19th centuries. Demonstrations of 18th and early 19th century trades and period music will be performed. In the Castle’s Boulangerie (bakery), cooks will demonstrate the preparation of a traditional holiday feast, including wild game. The highlight of the evening will be a grand feu de joie (firing of joy), a traditional military ceremony involving running fire by muskets and artillery to mark a special occasion or victory. That will take place at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the Castle by Candlelight are $8 per person, and will be available at the door. Guests can arrive at the Fort Niagara Visitor Center, 4 Scott Avenue, Youngstown, at any time between 7 and 8:30 p.m. and are asked to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear, and bring a flashlight. Additional admissions stations will speed your entry this year. The event will be held again on December 22.

 

Wednesday, December 12

6:30 p.m.
Design an elegant wreath of mixed greens and berries in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $37. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Sunday, December 9

1 p.m.
Mary Trifunovic, floral designer, will help you make a boxwood tree in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. You’ll make a 16-inch tabletop tree designed with boxwood cuttings and minature decorations. The cost is $40. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 8

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The club will hold its party and gift exchange. Decorate a bonsai for the holidays. Prizes will be given for first and second place. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, December 8

Holiday wreath workshop at Darwin Martin House
Noon

Join Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at the Darwin Martin House, as she guides you through a wreath-making workshop at the Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. You will design and craft a holiday wreath using simple methods and natural materials gathered from Gardner’s Flower Fields farm. Using yew, boxwood, cedar, rosehips, brilliant red chili peppers, celosia, amaranth and other dried flowers, seed pods and cones, make a beautiful 18-inch wreath that will last all winter. All materials are provided. Bring your favorite clippers. The cost is $44 for members of the Martin House and $54 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 856-3858 or go to the Martin House website.

 

Saturday, December 8
Design an elegant wreath at Lockwood’s
10:30 a.m.
Design an elegant wreath of mixed greens and berries in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $37. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 8

Santa’s Workshop at Botanical Gardens

11 .m. to 2 p.m.

Visit Santa’s Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission to the Workshop entitles your child to a few precious moments with Santa (Don’t forget your camera for your own photo op!), as well as participation in fun holiday crafts. Admission to Santa’s Workshop $2 per child or $5 for 3 or more children; adults are free. Admission to the Botanica Gardens is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3. For more information, call 827-1584 ext. 291 or go to the Botanical Gardens website.

 

Thursday, December 6
Make a wreath at Lockwood’s
6:30 p.m.
Make a wreath in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. You’ll make a full, beautiful natural greens wreath with bow. The cost is $25. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

Thursday, December 6

Orchard Park Garden Club

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will host its annual Christmas luncheon at the La Galleria Restaurant, 3923 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.  A Friendship Gift Exchange will follow the luncheon.  All arrangements are to be done in a cup/mug container.

 

Wednesday, December 5

Amherst Garden Club holiday luncheon

Doors open 11 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon “A Cozy Country Holiday” at Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence.  The luncheon will be at 12:15 p.m.  Tickets are $25.  The event will include  Betty’s Bakery, a Chinese auction, boutique and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit Amherst Garden Club’s scholarship fund and civic, conservation and other garden club projects.  The reservation deadline is November 18. For further information call 688-2784.

 

Wednesday, December 5

Jasmine & Jade Holiday Brunch at Romanello’s

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual holiday party at at Romanello’s South, 5793 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Spend an afternoon with friends, enjoy a delicious brunch, participate in an outstanding basket raffle, go home with a free gift and shop for some holiday gifts. The cost is $25 for Botanical Garden members and $28 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827.1584 ext. 204.

 

Wednesday, December 5

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club: holiday party

8 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The group will tour the Botanical Gardens and hold a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish or dessert to pass. Bring your project plants and/or any seeds and seedlings you would like to donate.

 

Saturday, December 1

Design a Welcoming Entryway workshop at Lockwood’s

10 a.m.

Learn how to design a welcoming entryway in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Designers Mary Gurtler and Samantha Platt will give you nature-inspired ideas for your doorway using wreaths, swags and container arrangements. The cost is $10. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 1

Make a Gift workshops at Lockwood’s

11:30 a.m. and Noon

Make a seasonal gift using fresh and faux materials in these workshops at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. In the 11:30 a.m. workshop, make a candle ring, and at noon, make a door handle basket. The cost for each workshop is $20, or both for $35. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 1

Make a Decorated Boxwood Tree at Botanical Gardens

9 to 11 a.m.

Get into the holiday spirit as you design your own unique boxwood tree in this Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Bring hand clippers and a large box to transport your masterpiece. The cost is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 1

Make a fresh conifer wreath at the Botanical Gardens

Noon to 2 p.m.

Add a fresh new look to your home this holiday by making a beautiful, fragrant conifer wreath in this Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a large box to transport your masterpiece. Latex gloves are provided but if you prefer, bring your own. The approximate size of the wreath is 14 inches. The cost is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 1, 15, 22

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KI

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Sunday, December 2

Decorate your Mantel or Sideboard workshop at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

Learn how to decorate your mantel or sideboard with style in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. David Clark, floral design professional, will show you how to create eye-catching holiday tablescapes. The cost is $10. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Monday,  December 3

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar on making a fresh table-top  tree

See details at December 13 listing.

 

Monday, December 3

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Wednesday, November 28

Amherst Garden Club: “Gardening in the Shade” and “Invasive Plants”

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. A business meeting will take place at 10 a.m. followed by a horticulture presentation by member,Linda Zeder.  The topics will be “Gardening in the Shade” and “Invasive Plants.”  Members will then make  table centerpieces  and package home-baked cookies in preparation for the club’s annual holiday luncheon taking place on Wednesday, December 5 at Bookfield Country Club.

 

Wednesday, November  28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.


Sunday, November 25

For kids: Pine cone holiday craft

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activity for this day is a pine cone holiday craft. The activities are included in the price of admission. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, November 26, December 3

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, November 24

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KH

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, December 30

Poinsettia Show at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thousands of poinsettias will make spectacular displays at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3.

 

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, December 30

Garden Railway Exhibit

The Western New York Garden Railway Society will present this exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There will be two train exhibits: Thomas the Train and a traditional set-up will be a part of the family fun. The exhibit is included in admission.

 

 

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, January 13

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Saints Peter and Paul School

Artworks of sixth- and seventh-graders from Saints Peter and Paul School in Williamsville will be showcased in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included in the price of admission.


Wednesday, November 21, 28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, November 19

Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement 

6:15 p.m.

Make a fresh Thanksgiving arrangement at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and $35 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece.  Go to the Botanical Gardens website for more information or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, November 19

Smallwood Garden Club: Hosta author

7 p.m.

Smallwood Garden Club will meet in the cafeteria of Forest Elementary School, 250 N. Forest Road,
Williamsville. Kathy Shadrack, co-author of The Book of Little Hostas, will give a presentation called “Shady Characters” about those lesser used plants that thrive in shady garden spots. Guests are welcome.

 

Monday, November 19, 26, December 3

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Now through Sunday, November 18

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Autistic Services

“Selected Works, Past and Present“  will be the exhibit presented by Autistic Services in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. The Arts Work Program at Autistic Services celebrates its 10th anniversary. Its  mission is to give people with autism the opportunity to become involved in the visual and performing arts. Communication is one of the main challenges participants face; visual art provides them with an alternative means of expression. Since the program began, Autistic Services has mounted more than 50 art exhibitions throughout Western New York and its artists have reached milestones such as solo exhibitions, community recognition, and awards.

 

Sunday, November 18

Deadline to register for Amherst Garden Club’s holiday luncheon

See details at December 5 listing.

 

Sunday, November 18

Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece using real flowers with the help of professional florist Mary Trifunovic in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The cost is $40. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, November 17

Christmas Open House at Lockwood’s

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome the Christmas season at the open house at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, home-baked desserts, spiced cider, music, prizes and a preview of holiday gifts and decor.

 

Saturday, November 17

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Advanced Propagation

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program follows the Certificate I program. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, November 17, 24

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KH

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

 

Wednesday, November 14

Youngstown Garden Club : Bonsai

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Alayne Werner, a past-president of the Buffalo Bonsai Society, will demonstrate the art of bonsai. The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

Wednesday, November 14, 21, 28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, November 14

Lancaster Garden Club: Floral design with David Clark

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will hold an open meeting  at The Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral,  6298 Broadway,  Lancaster,  New York.   Doors will open at 7 p.m.  There will be a Chinese auction of theme baskets. Refreshments,  appetizers and desserts will be served. David Clark,  award-winning floral artist and horticulture instructor at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens,  will be entertaining the audience with creative floral arrangements for fall,  winter and the holidays. Tickets are $6 and will be available at the door. For more information, call 684-8199.

 

Tuesday, November 13

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society: Talk on use of fire as conservation tool

 7:30 p.m.
Capt. Daniel Richter, New York State Regional Forest Ranger, will discuss “The Use of Fire in WNY as a Conservation and Restoration Tool” at the meeting of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street in Snyder. Capt. Richter has participated in controlled burns at Rush-Oak Openings preserve near Rochester. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

Tuesday, November 13

Kenmore Garden Club

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd, Kenmore.   In a presentation called “Let’s Party,” Terry Skura will create three holiday table designs to be raffled during lunch.

 

Now through Sunday, November 11

Chrysanthemum Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chrysanthemum Show is celebrating more than 105 years at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Enjoy all the colors of the fall season with many different varieties of mums. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 3.

 

Sunday, November 11

WNY Hosta Society

1:30 p.m.

The WNY Hosta Society will meet in the East Aurora Senior Center at the corner of Oakwood & King, East Aurora. The guest speaker will be Oscar Cross of Hilltop Farms in Missouri who will discuss “Perennials to accompany your hostas in the garden.” In addition there will be a slide show featuring members’ gardens. All garden enthusiast are welcome!

 

Saturday, November 10

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be making a spruce forest.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, November 10

Flower show by East Aurora Garden Club

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold a standard flower show with themes of “Everything Aurora” and “Holiday How-to” at Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 East Main, East Aurora.

 

 

Saturday, November 10, 17, 24

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KH

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, November 10

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Basic Propagation

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.  It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Friday, November 9

South Town Garden Club: Small table decoration

9:30 a.m.

South Town Garden Club will meet  at the Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Rd. at Clinton St., West Seneca. They will be making a small table decoration. New members are welcome. For more information, contact okon9@verizon.net.

 

Thursday, November 8

Grassroots Gardens Harvest Celebration
5:30-8 p.m.
Grassroots Gardens will hold a Harvest Celebration to mark its 20th anniversary at the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St., Buffalo. There will be food, wine and beer, a silent auction, shell game and door prize. It will be catered by Chef Kathleen from The Whole Hog. Admission is $30.

 

Wednesday, November 7

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club meeting: Get carnivorous plants ready for winter

6:30 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Please park in the back lot. Now that the temperatures have cooled down, it’s time to get your carnivorous plants ready for the winter. When do I bring my plants indoors? Which carnivorous plants go dormant? How do I maintain health all year round? These questions will be discussed in the main presentation. Bring any seeds you would like to share. There will be an open discussion; bring plants or general questions. Other topics will be carnivorous plants in the news and the club’s Christmas party. Please RSVP to wnycpclub@aol.com or on their Facebook page.

 

Wednesday, November 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, November 5, 19, 26, December 3
Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Monday, November 5

Bowmansville Garden Club: Workshop with David Clark

7 p.m.

The Bowmansville Garden Club will hold a workshop at the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main St , Bowmansville. David Clark, horticulturist, will demonstrate how to make a Kissing Ball for the Christmas holidays.

 

Sunday, November 4

Deadline for photo contest of Burchfield Nature and Arts Center.
4 p.m.
See details here.

Thursday, November 1

Orchard Park Garden Club: Make arrangements for holiday season

10:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.  Irene Saville Stedman, owner of Savilles Country Florist, will present a program on how to decorate and make arrangements for the holiday season.

 

Wednesday, October 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28

Pumpkin celebration at Lancaster Market

A pumpkin celebration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Sunday, October 28

For kids: Pumpkin crafts

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activity for this day is pumpkin crafts. The activities are included in the price of admission. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

 

Monday, October 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, October 27

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Soil Science

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program follows the Certificate I program. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Thursday, October 25

Canning workshop at University Heights Tool Library

7 p.m.

Learn how to can the food you grow (or buy) during a workshop at the University Heights Tool Library, 5 W. Northrup Place, Buffalo.

 

Thursday, October 25

Make pumpkin flower arrangement

6:30 pm

Make a pumpkin flower arrangement in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. With Halloween just around the corner, bring home a fresh pumpkin filled with dried and fresh flowers. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is October 16. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

 

 

Wednesday, October 24

Amherst Garden Club: “Christmas Naturally”

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. A business meeting will take place at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 11:15 a.m.  The presentation will be “Christmas Naturally” by Dorothy Julius from “Along Garden’s Path” in Lancaster.  Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Wednesday, October  24, 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, October 22, 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, October 20

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Basic Botany and Plant Environment

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.  It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21

Pumpkin carving  contest  at Lancaster Market

A pumpkin carving contest will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, November 11

Chrysanthemum Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chrysanthemum Show is celebrating more than 105 years at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Enjoy all the colors of the fall season with many different varieties of mums. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, October 20

Spuria irises, new to Western New York, to be discussed at annual meeting

Spuria irises will be the topic of a presentation when the Western New York Iris Society hosts the annual meeting of the affiliated clubs of the American Iris Society Region 2. Jim Hedgecock, a renowned hybridizer and president of the Spuria Iris Society, will speak following a luncheon at noon Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main Street, Snyder. The price for the luncheon and presentation is $25. For reservations and more information, contact Judy Tucholski-Zon, Western New York Iris Society president, at 836-2573.

 

Thursday through Sunday, October 18-21

The Roycroft Conference

Many exciting and informational events including lectures, book discussions, and a special dinner highlighting locally grown and produced food will be part of the Roycroft Conference to be held on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. Get details here.

 

 

Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Tuesday,  October 16

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar on making a pumpkin flower arrangement

See details at October 25 listing.

 

Tuesday,October 16

Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Spectacular Succulent Wreath

6:15 p.m.

Create a living wreath of desert plants to grace your home for years to come during this workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece. Approximate size:  12-16” in diameter.   The cost is $35 for Botanical Gardens members and $40 for nonmembers.

 

Tuesday, October 16

Putting Your Garden to Bed workshop

5 p.m.

Grassroots Gardens will hold a workshop on “Putting your Garden to Bed.” Caesandra Seawell will be teaching this timely class on preparing your garden for winter. Expect a hands-on, outdoor experience! The class will be held in the Pelion Garden, 206 Best St., Buffalo. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens by calling 716-783-9653 or emailing ggbprograms@gmail.com

 

Monday, October 15

Cheektowaga Garden Club: Garden Revolution- Call to Trowels

6:45 p.m.

The Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet in the Cleveland Hill High School cafeteria, 105 Mapleview Dr., Cheektowaga. “Garden Revolution- Call to Trowels” will be presented by Albert Gilewicz. Guests  are welcome. A business meeting will follow.

 

Monday, October 15

Smallwood Garden Club: How To Put Your Garden to Bed

7 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Club will meet in the cafeteria of North Forest Elementary School, 250 No. Forest Road, Williamsville. Julie McIndoo from McIndoo Farms Arts and Flowers will give a presentation on ”How To Put Your Garden to Bed.” Guests are very welcome.

 

Monday, October 15, 22, 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14

Pumpkin bowling contest  at Lancaster Market

A pumpkin bowling contest will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, October 13 through Sunday, November 18

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Autistic Services

“Selected Works, Past and Present“  will be the exhibit presented by Autistic Services in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. The Arts Work Program at Autistic Services celebrates its 10th anniversary. Its  mission is to give people with autism the opportunity to become involved in the visual and performing arts. Communication is one of the main challenges participants face; visual art provides them with an alternative means of expression. Since the program began, Autistic Services has mounted more than 50 art exhibitions throughout Western New York and its artists have reached milestones such as solo exhibitions, community recognition, and awards.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14

Orchid Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
The Orchid Show is presented by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society & the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. See some of the most spectacular orchids in the world that are colorful, fun, interesting and exciting! Enjoy some super exotic varieties that you have never seen in full bloom.  Orchid workshops, vendors and informal Q&A’s will all be part of this wonderful show. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members children under 3.

Saturday, October 13

Medicinal Garden Feature: Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Prevention Month

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Prevention Month will be the topics of the Medicinal Garden feature at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. Activities include educational displays about the possible role of botanicals in preventing the seasonal flu, and also the use of plants in treating and researching cancer. Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be on hand to answer questions and provide informational materials.  Rite Aid Pharmacists will also be available to give flu shots to attendees 18 or older. Please bring your health insurance card and your driver’s license.  Shot supplies are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Abbott Road Rite Aid with questions about the flu shots and/or insurance coverage at 827-9268. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by the generous support of D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

 

Saturday, October 13

Pruning & Shaping the Landscape

11 a.m.

A presentation on “Pruning and Shaping the Landscape” will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Learn how and when to prune, tool selection,  the difference between pruning and shaping, and long term plant health. Also hear about gas powered hedge trimmers and why you shouldn’t use them. The class is free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, October 13

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be winter bonsai care.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

Wednesday, October 10

Lancaster Garden Club hands-on workshop with David Clark

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. David Clark conduct a hands on workshop where members will make a fall arrangement.

 

Wednesday, October 10

Youngstown Garden Club: Fall cleanup, chili supper & demonstration

5 p.m.

Members and guests of the Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the Youngstown Village Center, 240 Lockport Street, Youngstown for fall cleanup of the Youngstown civic beds. A chili supper, meeting and a workshop demonstrating how to make an herbal tussy mussy will take place following the clean up at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Guests are always welcome.

 

 

Wednesday, October 10, 17, 24, 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Tuesday, October 9

Kenmore Garden Club

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd, Kenmore.   John Percy, town historian, will give a slide presentation of historical places in our area that are no longer here in a talk called  “The Way We Were.”

 

Sunday, October 7

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Now through  Sunday, October 7

Succulent Show at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A visitor favorite, the annual Succulent Show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This show will feature many different types of cacti and succulents displayed in unique ways.  Some will be common landscape succulents used in rock gardens such as sedums and sempervivums (hens and chicks).  The staff will also showcase many unusual plants such as the Split-Rock plant native to Africa.  There will be many different types of succulents such as echeverias, aeoniums and euphorbias on display.  New designs this year will include some whimsical surprises! Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. The show is sponsored by John & Carol Kociela.

 

Now through  Sunday, October 7

Glenn Kroetsch– Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens

Glenn Kroetsch will exhibit his art in a show called “Visual Parables” in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. Kroetsch writes: “The subject matter for my paintings & colorized digital photos comes from my love of scripture & nature.  I make frequent retreats to the Botanical Gardens & other WNY nature sites to find endless inspiration.  I create abstractions from plant forms, with the integration of light, color and texture to express my spiritual journey.”

 

Sunday, October 7

Victorian Tea

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget to don your Victorian bonnet for this event at  the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There will be a light lunch, tasty tea and an entertaining presentation.  Unique teapots will be available for your shopping pleasure. Registration is required. The cost is $20 for Botanical Gardens members and $24 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

 Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7

Fall Festival featuring the Agricultural Fair at Genesee Country Village and Museum

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fall festival will be held at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. It’s an authentic, 19th-century country fair with something for everyone. There are exhibitions in more than 150 categories of judged baked goods, preserves, hand-made needlecrafts and the industrial arts—including tin, iron and wooden wares; pottery; cooperage (barrel making); printing,  and broom and soap making. Youth compete in 60 different aged categories, from penmanship and pottery to photography and pumpkin pie. The popular produce tent features specialty vendors offering cheeses, baked goods, maple products, spices, honey, cider, fresh vegetables and other specialty items.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7

Apple sauce demonstration at Lancaster Market

An apple sauce demonstration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, October 6

Pond winterization class

11 a.m.

Learn how to prepare your pond for the winter in this class at at Arbodale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville, NY. In 45 minutes you’ll learn what to do with pond equipment, fish care, cleaning and plant care , and a few old wives’ tales will be bashed. Classes are free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, October 6

Things Gardeners Should Know But Don’t

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

WBEN’s gardening guru Ken Brown will discuss soil quality, disease resistant plants, garden nutrients and more in his talk at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The cost is $8 for Botanical Gardens members, $10 for nonmembers, and $5 for students. (This is included as a Bonus Class in Horticulture I.) For more information, go the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The event is sponsored by the Botanical Gardens and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.

 

Saturday, October 6

Approaching Garden Design workshop

10 a.m.

Beaufort Willbern will be teaching approaches to basic garden design, centered around creating spaces that encourage and enhance community building. This class has limited seating. Participants MUST RSVP. The class will be held in the Grassroots Gardens office,  2495 Main St, Suite 408, Buffalo. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Thursday, October 4

Orchard Park Garden Club: Auction

10:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The program will be a Gardening & Designing “Treasurers” Auction, with  Janet Schram, auctioneer. A business meeting will follow, after which lunch will be served.

 

Wednesday, October 3

Creating Healthy Soil workshop

6:30 pm
Katy Brown of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers will be leading a workshop discussing soil fertility, testing and modifying soil pH, and using natural fertilizers. This workshop will be hands on. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! It will be held in the Grassroots Gardens office,  2495 Main St, Suite 408, Buffalo. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Wednesday, October 3

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Club Member Matthew Candeias will lead a presentation and discussion about a fossil discovery of a pitcher plant from the Cretaceous period. The group will discuss the implications of this discovery for plant evolutionary history. Please RSVP on Facebook or to wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Wednesday, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, October 1, 15, 22, 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

 Sunday, September 30

It’s Time for Garlic
2 p.m.
Tom Szulist, the Garlic Guy, will introduce you to the health benefits of garlic and how to grow it in your own backyard in a talk at will be at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The presentation is free.

 

Sunday, September 30

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30

Blood drive at Lancaster Market

A blood drive will be held by Upstate New York Transplant Services at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, September 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, September 29, October 6, November 3

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KF

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Friday, September 28

Gala at the Gardens 

6:30pm

“Honoring Harmony in Nature” will be the theme of this year’s Gala at the Gardens at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Join Robert and Mary Ann Kresse along with co-chairs Michael and Alex Montante. This year’s Gala at the Gardens will feature a cocktail reception with silent and basket auctions followed by a sit-down dinner. Special thanks to this year’s major sponsors, including Uniland Development and Eric Mower Associates. Individual tickets are $150.
Now through September 30

Sale on perennial grasses at Lockwood’s

All perennial grasses will be 20 percent off for the remainder of September at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. They have a wide variety to choose from. It’s not too late to plant perennials!

 

Now through September 30

Coupons for roses, perennials at Murray Bros.

Print out this online coupon to get specials at Murray Bros. Nurseries,  4735 Transit Road at the corner of 20A, Orchard Park. Buy one rose, get one free. Buy one perennial, get one free (excludes hostas). The specials are good through Sept. 30.

 

Thursday, September 27

Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Autumn Angel Vine Hydrangea Wreath

6:15 p.m.

Fashion a dried door wreath to welcome your guests this fall at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and of course, a large box to transport your masterpiece.  Approximate size: 12-16 inches in diameter. The price is $35 for Botanical Gardens members and $40 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call  716.827.1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, September 26

Weekday Trolley Tour: Preserving Our Landscape

2 to 3 p.m.

Join Matt Quirey, Forest Lawn Horticultural Manager, for a one-hour trolley tour of Forest Lawn as he talks about its  Landscape Renewal Plan, which will return the “forest” to Forest Lawn. Along the way, Matt will point out the many varieties of trees and bushes that  grace the landscape, including seven Bald Cypress trees transplanted to Forest Lawn after the Pan American Exposition in 1901. Tickets are $15. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. Please call the office at 716.885.1600 to reserve your seat. Forest Lawn is located at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

 

Wednesday, September 26, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, September 26

Composting Options Workshop

Learn about winter indoor composting options from local expert Nicole Dionne in this workshop sponsored by Grassroots Gardens to be held at the Grassroots Gardens office, Suite 408, 2495 Main St., .Buffalo. Dionne will discuss Bokashi composting, vermicomposting, and other options while demonstrating how to build a worm box out of inexpensive and found materials. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Wednesday, September 26

Amherst Garden Club: photo contest

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221. A business meeting will take place at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 11:15 a.m.  This will be Amherst Garden Club’s first annual photo contest.  Members will bring pictures of their summer garden to the meeting.  Club members will be the judges. The horticulture presentation will be “Garden Basics and Container Upkeep” by Linda Zeder.  Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Tuesday, September 25

Growing and Preserving Herbs Workshop

6 p.m.

A Growing and Preserving Herbs Workshop will be held by Grassroots Gardens at the Art Space Community Garden, 1070 Ellicot St., Buffalo. Colleen Morrissey of Mischler’s Greenhouse will be discussing best practices for harvesting and preserving your herbs as well as extending their life indoors over the winter. This is the new date for the workshop, which was previously rained out. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Tuesday, September 25

Pond winterization class

6 p.m.

Learn how to prepare your pond for the winter in this class at at Arbodale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville, NY. In 45 minutes you’ll learn what to do with pond equipment, fish care, cleaning and plant care , and a few old wives’ tales will be bashed. Classes are free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Monday,  September 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Sunday, September 23

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Sunday, September 23

For kids: Seed Gathering Activity

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activity for this day is seed gathering. The activities are included in the price of admission. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

 Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23

Trade show at Lancaster Market

A trade show will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, September 22

All About Hydrangeas

Two classes will take place at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. There will be a hydrangea wreath-making class with Mary Trifunovic at 10 a.m. and Growing Hydrangeas talk at 11 a.m. by Joan Mariea. Fee is $10. Please pre-register so they can plan materials and seating.

 

Saturday, September 22

Pruning & Shaping the Landscape

11 a.m.

A presentation on “Pruning and Shaping the Landscape” will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Learn how and when to prune, tool selection,  the difference between pruning and shaping, and long term plant health. Also hear about gas powered hedge trimmers and why you shouldn’t use them. The class is free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Friday and Saturday, September and 21 and 22

Fall plant sale at Botanical Gardens

Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual fall plant sale will be held in the new administration building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sale will include perennials, flowering shrubs, bulbs and more. See the list of plants.

 

Friday, September 21

Buffalo Garden Symposium at UB

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Panelists will discuss topics centering around gardening in Buffalo during the Buffalo Garden Symposium to be held in the Harriman Hall ballroom on the University at Buffalo South Campus, Main Street and Baily Avenue, Buffalo. Topics include garden tourism, indigenous “green gardening,” beautifying the yard and reclaiming the area’s historic landscapes.  See the full program with the speakers and topics. The event will include refreshments and lunch, but space is limited so an RSVP is required to Audrey Kubiniak  at adjones@buffalo.edu by September 17. The event is sponsored by UB’s Gender Institute in anticipation of October’s “Engendering Gardens,” its extensive 2012 Gender Week program.


Wednesday, September 19, 26, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, September 19

Ellen Biddle Shipman Lecture by Judith Tankard

7 p.m.

Judith Tankard will spead on Ellen Biddle Shipman at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The cost is$10 for the public and $5 for members of Graycliff and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. No RSVP needed; you can just pay at the door.  Shipman (1869-19950) was considered the “Dean of American Women Landscape Artists.” She designed public and residential gardens throughout the United States, including additions to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gardens at our own Graycliff Estate here in Western New York. Other clients included the Fords, Astors and du Ponts.

 

Wednesday, September 19

Weekday Trolley Tour: Preserving Our Landscape

2 to 3 p.m.

Join Matt Quirey, Forest Lawn Horticultural Manager, for a one-hour trolley tour of Forest Lawn as he talks about its  Landscape Renewal Plan, which will return the “forest” to Forest Lawn. Along the way, Matt will point out the many varieties of trees and bushes that  grace the landscape, including seven Bald Cypress trees transplanted to Forest Lawn after the Pan American Exposition in 1901. Tickets are $15. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. Please call the office at 716.885.1600 to reserve your seat. Forest Lawn is located at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

 

Monday, September 17

Deadline to register for Garden Symposium at UB

See details for the event at its listing under September21.

 

Monday, September 17

Smallwood Garden Club to hear about bonsai

7 p.m.

The  Smallwood Garden Club will meet at Forest  Elementary School, 250 North Forest Road, Williamsville. This month’s program will be “Introduction to the Art of Bonsai.” It will be presented by Paul
Pearson, who  has maintained the bonsai collection at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for years. Guests are welcome for this presentation.

 

Monday,  September 17, 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Sunday, September 16

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16

Recycle weekend at Lancaster Market

Recycling will be available at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, September 15

Reinstein Woods Annual Fall Festival
The Reinstein Woods Annual Fall Festival will be held at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew. In addition to activities for children, exhibitors will include the Buffalo Zoo, Cheektowaga Historical Association, Cheektowaga YES, DEC Division of Wildlife, DEC Division of Law Enforcement, DEC Spill Response Program, Earth Spirit Educational Services, Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District, Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve, Lost Ladybug Project, Messinger Woods, Niagara Frontier Koi & Pond Club, Penn Dixie Palenotological & Outdoor Education Center, Sierra Club, Tifft Nature Preserve, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, WNY Energy Smart Communities/Cornell Cooperative Extension and WNY Stormwater Coalition.

 

Saturday,  September 15 and 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Friday, September 14

Research study: Please come if you are over age 65 and participated in a community garden

9:30 a.m.

Beryl Milstein, a master’s student doing research at D’Youville College, would like to talk to gardeners over age 65 who have participated in community gardens. The discussion will take place in the Westside Community Services conference room, 161 Vermont St.,  Buffalo, NY 14213. Find more details here. For more information, contact Milstein at  BerylMilstein@gmail.com or at 845-781-6051.

 

Friday, September 14

Landscape tour: Plants, people and design

10:30 a.m.

Join Martin House horticulturist Nellie Gardner and Director of Operations Margaret Stehlik for a stroll through the Martin House estate, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. You will see 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 owner Isabelle Martin’s desire to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors. See what is planted, what is planned, and the backdrop and structure that prompted the design.Tour is 90 minutes.The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

 

Friday, September 14

Deadline to enter contests at Genesee Country Village and Museum

You can enter your heirloom vegetables, cut and dried flowers, herbs and more in the annual exhibition and fair to be held at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 14. Anyone can enter. Entrants will receive a one-day free admission to the fall fair. Many of the categories include a 19th-Century as well as a 21st-Century section. In addition to plants and flowers, categories include cooking, preserves, needlework, baskets and  photography. There is a youth division in addition to the adult division. See the list of categories and entry form here. The fair will be part of the museum’s fall festival to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.

 

 

Wednesday,  September 12

Lancaster Garden Club meeting: Saving seeds

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York.  Joe Manuel, Master Gardener, will present the program “Saving Seeds and Successfully Germinating Them.” Members will learn how to identify seeds to save and when and how to dry and store them for winter.  He will also instruct how to germinate and successfully plant in the spring.

 

Wednesday, September 12, 19, 26, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, September 12

Youngstown Garden Club: Publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com to speak

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of the Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York,  will present gardening tips and hints. She will also talk about how gardens match a gardener’s personality. The public is welcome to attend. New members may join after attending three meetings.

 

Wednesday, September 12

Alden Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

“A Taste of Your Garden” will be held at the Alden Community Center, 13116 Main St., Alden. There will be a short business meeting followed by a sampling of food from members’ gardens.  Guests and new members are welcome.  For more information, call Jane at 937-7055.

 

Tuesday, September 11

Kenmore Garden Club

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd, Kenmore.  Lee Pera will speak on using herbs in a talk called “Flavor Your Life.”

 

 

Now through Saturday, September 15

Mum sale at Heimiller’s Greenhouses

Nine-inch mums, regularly $5, are buy three get one free through September 15 at Heimiller’s Greenhouses, 3038 Ewings Road, Newfane.

 

Monday,  September 10, 17, 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

 

Monday,  September 10

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Orchard Park. Members will give a demonstration on “Basic Line Design.”

 

Sunday, September 9

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oil

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Let the rich colors of early fall inspire you during this workshop at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. In this weekend workshop you will focus on capturing the essence of the landscape through direct painting outdoors.  You will learn how to select a subject, develop a composition, and apply a basic oil technique to complete a painting in a short amount of time. Saturday morning will begin with a painting demonstration, which will cover paint application, color mixing and a discussion of atmospheric perspective. You can expect plenty of painting time, individual guidance and a group critique to support your learning.  This is a great plein air painting introduction or refresher.  Some experience with oils is helpful. A materials list will be sent upon registration. The cost is $140. The registration deadline is Friday, August 31.

 

Saturday, September 8

Fall Garden Fair at Lockwood’s

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fall Garden Fair, Lockwood’s biggest event of the year, will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. You’ll find quality vendors of garden-themed art, crafts, and accessories – many not commonly seen at other shows.  The fair includes classes on garden and landscape topics. Lockwood’s will have many specials that day, too!

 

Saturday, September 8

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be fall bonsai preparation.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

 

Saturday, September 8

Cholesterol: Medicinal Garden Feature at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

September is Cholesterol Awareness Month and you can learn more during this Medicinal Garden feature at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Activities include educational displays about healthy foods from plants that may be beneficial in maintaining a low-cholesterol diet and medications and botanicals that may be helpful in managing cholesterol levels. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by the generous support of D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, September 8

Second Saturday Sale at The Foundry

Noon to 5 p.m.

Net+Positive, a new not-for-profit operating on the East Side of Buffalo,will hold its Second Saturday Sale at The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo. Artisans will sell their work, musical guests Babik will perform,  fresh produce will be sold by the Arden Farm of East Aurora,  and Chef Stefan of Larkin Filling Station will give cooking demonstrations incorporating refreshments vegetables harvested from neighborhood community gardens. The artisan sale and farmer’s market is held the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9

Fall celebration at Lancaster Market

Celebrate fall at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

 

Now through Friday, September 7

Sale: Spreading junipers 50 percent off at Lockwood’s

Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, has spreading junipers for 50 percent off. These are the varieties:Gold Star Juniper, Mint Julep Spreading Juniper, Gold Lace Juniper (available in 3 sizes), Blue Chip Juniper, Saybrook Gold Juniper, Gold Coast Spreading Juniper and Siberian Cypress. Quantities are limited.

 

Wednesday, September 5
WNY Carnivorous Plant Club meeting
6:30 p.m.
The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery & Florist, 3100 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst.

Thursday, September 6
Orchard Park Garden Club meeting
10:30 a.m.
The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369
S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The guest speaker will be Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener, president of Niagara Frontier Herb Group and education director with Cornell Co-operative Extension. Her topic will be “What am I doing with all these herbs?” The presentation will be followed by a business meeting and lunch.

Thursday, September 6
Make dried floral arrangement
6:30 pm
Make a dried floral arrangement in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. Enjoy the beauties of the upcoming season by creating a unique arrangement of dried flowers. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is August 28. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

Week of August 28
Hostas are 20 percent off on sale at Lockwood’s
This week all sizes and varieties of hosta are 20 percent off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg.

Week of August 28
Fresh this week at Goodman’s Farm Market
Find fresh, home-grown produce and plants at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY. This week you’ll find cauliflower, seedless grapes, acorn squash, ginger gold and Paula red apples, sweet corn, peppers, hot peppers, pickling cucumbers, plums, green beans, green leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, long zucchini, yellow summer squash, green cabbage, green onions and peaches. You can also find house plants. Niagara County maple syrup and honey is also available: raw honey, comb honey and three other varieties.

Week of August 28
Hostas are 20 percent off on sale at Lockwood’s
This week all sizes and varieties of hosta are 20 percent off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg.

Sunday, September 2
Sunday In The Cemetery Tours
Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15). Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required. Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

Sunday, September 1 to Sunday, October 7
Glenn Kroetsch– Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens
Glenn Kroetsch will exhibit his art in a show called “Visual Parables” in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. Kroetsch writes: “The subject matter for my paintings & colorized digital photos comes from my love of scripture & nature. I make frequent retreats to the Botanical Gardens & other WNY nature sites to find endless inspiration. I create abstractions from plant forms, with the integration of light, color and texture to express my spiritual journey.”

Saturday, September 1, 15 and 29
Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions
Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions. Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

Saturday, September 1
Guided walk: Flowers, Ferns and Fungi
Learn about local plants and fungi during this guided walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Registration is required. To register, call (716) 683-5959.

Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2
Labor Day celebration at Lancaster Market
Celebrate Labor Day at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target. Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden, pottery, jewelry and more.

Now through Labor Day
Bikes in Bloom in Clarence Center
See bikes decorated with flowers during the third annual Bikes in Bloom, which continues through Labor Day, in Clarence Center.The event is sponsored by the Meet in the Center Merchants Association. Bicycles of all kinds have been decorated by nurseries, business owners and residents. Find maps on the Bikes in Bloom Facebook Page.

Now through August 30

Coupons for discounts at Murray Brothers Nurseries

Get coupons for discounts at Murray Brothers Nurseries, 4735 Transit Rd., Orchard Park (corner of 20A & Transit Road.) Get 20 percent off a 40-pound bag of topsoil or 20 percent off perennials (excluding hostas and perennials already marked down). Click here for the coupons.

 

 

Now through Wednesday, August 29

Garden photography exhibit

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Garden Walk Buffalo,” a collection of garden photography by Don Zinteck, will be on display in the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery, located within the Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St., Buffalo. The exhibit features 11 stunning photographs from Zinteck’s book, Garden Walk Buffalo.  Zinteck, a local photographer and owner of Photgraphics2, captured hundreds of Buffalo gardens throughout the city for his book.   Admission is free. For more information, go to www.visitbuffaloniagara.com or call 716-852-2356.

 

Tuesday, August 28

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar on making a dried floral arrangement

See details at September 6 listing.

 

Monday, August 27 and September 10, 17, 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Sunday, August 26

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show

The sixth annual Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show will take place at the church, 695 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.  Several vendors’ work is specific for the garden, including hypertufa troughs, copper and glass bird baths, natural stone oil lamps, and other garden ornaments. All of the art work is hand-crafted by the artists and of high quality.

 

Sunday, August 26

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26

Tent sale at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping

During Customer Appreciation Weekend, a tent sale will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Everything will be on sale including plants, ponds and garden supplies. Scratch & dent and discontinued merchandise will be on sale in the greenhouse.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26

Health fair weekend at Lancaster Market

A health fair will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

 

Saturday, August 25

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show

The sixth annual Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show will take place at the church, 695 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Several vendors’ work is specific for the garden, including hypertufa troughs, copper and glass bird baths, natural stone oil lamps, and other garden ornaments. All of the art work is hand-crafted by the artists and of high quality. Will also continue on Sunday.

 

Saturday, August 25

Japanese Iris Festival

6 p.m.

Judy Tucholski-Zon, president of the Western New York Iris Society, will present a slide program featuring the beautiful Japanese  iris during the Japanese Iris Festival to be held at the Serene Gardens, 2800 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. The program will include culture and growth patterns of the Japanese iris. The festival is being organized by the non-profit Japan Culture Center of WNY, Inc. Ikebana flower arranging using Japanese irises will also be demonstrated and displayed, followed by music in the theme of flowers by the Buffalo Philharmonic’s Sal Andolina (clarinet) and Dr. Joshua M. Smith (shakuhachi bamboo flute). Tea and coffee will be served. A $10 donation to the Japan Culture Center of WNY, Inc. is appreciated.

 

Saturday, August 25

Annual public daylily and hosta sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society and Western New York Hosta Society will hold a public sale at the Harvey D. Morin VFW Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. There will be hundreds of named hostas and daylilies in many colors and in all sizes and types. Members will be available to answer questions. Go early for the best selection.

 

 

Week of August 21

Sale at Murray Bros. Nurseries Inc.

All Butterfly Bush are now 20% off at Murray Bros. Nurseries, Corner of Rte. 20A & Transit Rd., Orchard Park.  The perennial of the week is Veronica.

 

Now through August 26

Sale at Lockwood’s: Roses and butterfly bushes

Beautiful, healthy roses and butterfly bushes are 30% off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg.   If your garden is looking a little tired from all this heat and not a lot of water, these are the perfect plants for you. Butterfly bushes and roses love the weather this summer and they are looking better than ever right now. These plants will add color to your late summer garden for years to come. Stop in soon for the best selection.

 

Now through August 26

Art exhibit at Arcangel Gallery

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spectrums of Me by William Smyers will be shown at the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included with admission.

 

Friday, August 24 and September 14

Landscape tour: Plants, people and design

10:30 a.m.

Join Martin House horticulturist Nellie Gardner and Director of Operations Margaret Stehlik for a stroll through the Martin House estate, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. You will see 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 owner Isabelle Martin’s desire to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors. See what is planted, what is planned, and the backdrop and structure that prompted the design.Tour is 90 minutes.The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

 

Now through entire growing season

Gift coupon sale by 8th District Garden Clubs

The 8th District Garden Clubs are selling gift coupons redeemable at Mischler’s  Florist  and  Greenhouses,  118  South  Forest  Rd., Williamsville  NY, and Turnbull  Nursery  Garden  Center, 10036  Versailles  Plank  Rd.,  North  Collins  NY. These coupons will be  sold  in denominations of  $10  and  $20. Use  the  coupons anytime throughout the growing season. To  purchase  coupons contact Lily  Zendano, fundraiser  chair,  at  692-3081  or lzendano@aol.com.

 

 

Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 24

Art Camps for Kids

Strictly Watercolor II

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, August 18

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19

Pickle demonstration at Lancaster Market

Learn how to can pickles at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Sunday, August 19

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Now through Sunday, August 19

Erie County Fair

This is the 173rd year of the Erie County Fair. See all the events here.

 

Saturday,  August 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Now through Saturday, August 18

Help the Martin House gardens bloom again

Make a $100 donation toward the restoration of the Martin House gardens and receive a large bouquet of gorgeous fresh-cut flowers from Stettner Homestead, the cut-flower farm of  Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at the Martin House. Bouquets will be available for pick up in the greenhouse at the Martin House Complex on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To make your $100 donation, visit the Martin House website, call 716-856-3858 or stop by the Wisteria Gift Shop at the Martin House Complex, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. Pre-orders only.

 

Now through Friday, August 17

Art Camps for Kids

Multi-Medium Art Camp II

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday, August 16

 

Make tropical planter

6:30 pm

Make a tropical planter in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. Fill that summer void for your home or office when you create a container of tropical house plants. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is August 13. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

Monday, August 13

 

Deadline to register for seminar on making a tropical planter

See details at August 16 listing.

 

Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17

Art Camps for Kids

Multi-Medium Art Camp II

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12

Food Bank drop off at Lancaster Market

You can drop off items for the Food Bank at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12

 

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Bas-relief Sculpture

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A two-day workshop called “Bas-relief Sculpture: Nature Imagery and Moldmaking” will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. It is designed to give participants a comprehensive hands-on experience in the process of bas-relief sculpting. You will spend the first day sculpting images based on the observation of nature, chosen ahead of time by the participant. Participants will be provided with an 8 x 10-inch slab of clay and will be assisted in creating a bas-relief of their chosen image. On the second day you will mold the clay image in alginate and then cast a reproduction of the sculpture in plaster. To finish the project, different options for putting a patina on the plaster bas-reliefs will be shown. Materials will be provided. The cost is $140. The registration deadline is Monday, August 6.

 

Sunday, August 12

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Wednesday through Sunday, August 8 to 19

Erie County Fair

This is the 173rd year of the Erie County Fair. See all the events here.

 

Saturday, Aug. 11

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club will meet at the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY. The presentation will be “Why Stop Now?” by Margaret Postle. She will share tricks, tools, ideas and adjustments to help us keep a favorite activity for years and years.

 

Saturday, August 11

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The club will hold its auction.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, August 11
Noon to 5 p.m.
Net+Positive, a new not-for-profit organization on Buffalo’s East Side, will be hosting its Second-Saturday Artisan Sale and farm stand at The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo.

 

Sunday, August 5

Western New York Iris Society iris sale

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its iris sale in a new location at the  Clarence Flea Market, 11111 Main St. , Clarence, NY.

 

Sunday, August 5

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5

Demonstration: Canning salsa at Lancaster Market

A demonstration on canning salsa will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday, August 4

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starry Night Garden Tour: 8 to 10 p.m.

Daytime and nighttime garden tours are part of this event in Black Rock, Riverside and West Hertel areas. It is free. Maps are available online at www.brrgardenwalk.com or during daytime hours at St. Mark’€™s, 311 Ontario Street, Buffalo, and Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo.

 

Week of July 31

Deer-resistant, butterfly-attracting plant on sale at Lockwood’s

This week all varieties of Thalictrum Meadow Rue are 20 percent off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Thalictrum, or Meadow Rue, is a deer-resistant, butterfly-attracting wildflower that prefers a shady, moist location.  It is available in several varieties at Lockwood’s including Hewitt’s Double, Black Stockings, Flavum, Tukker Princess and Splendide.

 

Wednesday through Sunday, August 1 to 5

Niagara County Fair

The Niagara County Fair marks its 75th anniversary. See all the events here.

 

Now through Sunday, August 5

Celebration of Color

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nature has so much color to offer and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo is going to highlight it!  From the front walkway, outdoor perennial shrub garden to the indoor tropical paradise,  the Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers! The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, August 4

Western New York Iris Society iris sale

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its iris sale on two days at two new locations. The Saturday sale will be at the North Tonawanda Farmers Market, 310 Robinson St.,  North Tonawanda, NY. There will also be a sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at the  Clarence Flea Market, 11111 Main St. , Clarence, NY.

 

Saturday,  August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Friday, August 3

 

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Thursday and Friday, August 2 and 3

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Late Day Painting

3 to 8 p.m.

Set up during the late day sun and observe the lengthening shadows and subtle shifts in color during these long days of summertime at at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. From the beautiful vistas at Linwood, participants will create expressive compositions. Learn to edit, crop, and simplify forms while experimenting with color combinations. You need an outdoor painting rig and acrylics or oils. A detailed materials list is provided upon registration. The cost is $125. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26.

Now through  Friday, August 3

Art Camps for Kids

Drawing Camp

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Now through end of July

30 percent off sale at Mike Weber Greenhouses

Stock up on perennials and mixed planters at Mike Weber Greenhouses, 42 French Rd., West Seneca, NY, while they’re 30 percent off. Phlox and delphinium are 40 percent off! Get a gift with purchase.

 

Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3

Art Camps for Kids

Drawing Camp

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Sunday, July 29

 

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Sunday, July 29

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29

Garden Walk Buffalo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of more than 370 Buffalo gardens. It’s the largest garden tour in America! Find a list of locations where you can pick up a paper map of the garden locations. Get a pdf of the map right here.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29

Canning demonstration at Lancaster Market

A demonstration on canning local harvests will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday, July 28

Summer wildflowers program at Reinstein Woods

10:30 a.m.

Search for seasonal wildflowers and learn their uses and folklore in this program at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. The program is for adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Friday, July 27

Sally Cunningham is known as a plant expert and will host this tour for people who want to know more about the plants they are seeing. Guests will receive a handout of some unusual plants found in each of the specialty gardens chosen, and during the tour Sally will identify plants and help guests understand how and where to grow them. Stops will include Northtowns and Buffalo gardens with large perennial borders, mixed shrub and flower beds, large yards featuring unusual trees, alpine plants and other specialties, and one enormous display of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The trip will conclude with a guided stop at the Marina Trial Gardens to see dramatic planters and display beds featuring new offerings from the plant industry.  Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27

Art Camps for Kids

Multi-Medium Art Camp I  

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday, July 26

Motorcoach bus tour: Southern Tier Scenic Tour: Flowers & Farm Gardens

The popular and entertaining international hosta expert Mike Shadrack will show you one of the best private perennial gardens in the region. Your tour will also include visits to the all-natural Someday Maybe Farm, the Burton Garden and Farm in Stockton, and Eagle Bay, a rare conifer and hosta nursery owned by hybridizer Ran Lydell. Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Sunday, July 22

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

 

Blood drive at Lancaster Market

Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold a blood drive at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  There will also be a Dilly Bean demonstration. Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10th anniversary

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with night tour on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

This self-guided tour will take place in the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda. The night tour, called Saturday Night Lights, will be held 8:30 to 10:30 pm. Saturday, July 21.  Look for a guide to the gardens here.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

Lancaster Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 9th annual Lancaster Garden Walk is a free self-guided tour of gardens. Programs are available at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 720 Aurora Street in the Town of Lancaster, and at Petals to Please,  corner of Central Avenue and Pleasant Avenue in the Village of Lancaster. For more information visit lancastervillage.org or visit them on Facebook. See the list of gardens on the 2012 Lancaster Garden Walk and a map of the walk.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

West Seneca Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The West Seneca Garden Walk will take place for the first time this year. Pick up maps at Ebenezer Greenhouse, 1347 Union Rd., West Seneca. Get maps right here. Maps will also be available on the Burchfield Nature & Art Center website.

 

LAST DAY TO VOTE:  Saturday, July  21

 

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Voting will take place.

 

 

Saturday, July 21

Amherst Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free. Get maps here. Amherst Garden Walk maps are also available in front of Town Hall, 5583 Main Street, Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 3 Culpepper Rd corner of Maple after 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

 

Saturday, July 21

Motorcoach bus tour: Grassroots Community Gardens

Buffalo’s gardening movement isn’t just about the flowers – we’re strong on urban gardening and green living too. Tour dynamic community gardens with Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo. See an urban working farm, green roof garden, a straw house, and even a fish farm. Includes organic and locally-grown picnic lunch. Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Saturday,  July 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, July 21

Hunters Creek splash hike

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a Hunters Creek splash hike at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. Hikers will meet hike leader John Sly at the parking lot of Hunters Creek Park off of Centerline Road. Hikers will slosh hike to the creek bed from the Centerline Bridge to the office of the Land Conservancy at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve. This is a special, by reservation only, event. There will be frequent stops with short talks about the creek and a lunch stop at the base of Mossy Point. Bring a bag lunch and water. The creek bed may be slippery with sharp shale. Wear sturdy footwear. Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Reservations are required to attend as space is limited. Please call (716) 687.1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is a public event and is free of charge.

 

Friday, July 20

Motorcoach bus tour: Preview Tour – Best of Buffalo Gardens 

Garden Walk Buffalo is America’s largest garden tour, and this is your chance to see some of the best private gardens – including some you can’t see on the Garden Walk Buffalo weekend – without the crowds. The tour is hosted by Jim Charlier, president of Garden Walk Buffalo. Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Thursday to Saturday, July 19 to 21

20th Annual ReLeaf Conference

The 20th annual statewide ReLeaf Conference will be held at Canisius College in Buffalo. Community volunteers, tree board members,  arborists, tree care workers, public and private sector foresters, landscape architects, horticulturists and government officials are all encouraged to attend. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from across the country and Canada and to tour local community forestry projects, a green housing development and a tree nursery. Registration is required by July 10. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.  The conference is hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

 

Thursday, July 19

Make “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arangement”6:30 pm

Make a “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arangement” in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. This hot-colored assorted fresh flower arrangement is sure to brighten your home or patio. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is July 6. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

 

Thursday, July 19

Native plants panel discussion

 

5:30 to 7 p.m.

A native plants panel discussion will take place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Hear featured speakers discuss how we can contribute to healthy communities that support and sustain our unique local ecology. Topics include the significance of native plants, revitalizing neighborhoods by creating beautiful livable growing places, and the impact of individual decision making on the quality of life in Western New York. Panelists include Sally Cunningham, author, consultant and director of the National Garden Festival; Renata Kraft of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; Joy Kuebler, Landscape Architect Studio; Daniel Oles, Promised Land CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); Ken Parker, native plant specialist and Tree, Shrub & Perennials manager at Lockwood’s, and Joan Calder of California, speaker and author.  For more information, contact the Western New York Land Conservancy at info@wnylc.org. The event is part of the National Garden Festival.

Wednesday, July 18

Kenmore Garden Talks

7 p.m.

“Landscaping with Native Plants” will be discussed by Brittany Rowen during the Kenmore Garden Talks series. The talks are free and will be held at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building.   The series will conclude on  Thursday, July 19, with “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Tuesday, July 17

Kenmore Garden Talks

7 p.m.

“How to Grow Better Roses” will be discussed by Joe Manuel during the Kenmore Garden Talks series. The talks are free and will be held at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building.   Other talks are: Wednesday, July 18, “Landscaping with Native Plants” by Brittany Rowen, and Thursday, July 19, “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Monday, July 16

Smallwood Garden Club flower show

7 to 9 p.m.

Smallwood Garden Club will present a Small Standard Flower Show titled, “Summer Pleasures and Garden Treasures” at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. All will be warmly welcomed.

 

Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20

Art Camps for Kids

Strictly Watercolor I  

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, July 16

Kenmore Garden Talks

7 p.m.

“Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and the Wise Use of Water in the Garden” will be discussed by Kerri Bentkowski during the Kenmore Garden Talks series. The talks are free and will be held at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building.   Other talks are:Tuesday, July 17, “How to Grow Better Roses” by Joe Manuel; Wednesday, July 18, “Landscaping with Native Plants” by Brittany Rowen, and Thursday, July 19, “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Sunday, July 15

South Buffalo Alive Annual Tour of Gardens

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The South Buffalo Alive Annual Tour of Gardens will will showcase the gardens of South Buffalo and the Old First Ward.  People can pick up maps the day of the event at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2010 South Park Avenue, Buffalo 14220.

 

Sunday to Sunday, July 15 to 22

Kenmore Garden Week

Five garden talks and a two-day garden walk will be part of Kenmore Garden Week. The talks are free and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building. The dates and topics are: Sunday, July 15, “What’s Hot in Western New York in July” by Sally Cunningham; Monday, July 16, “Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and the Wise Use of Water in the Garden” by Kerri Bentkowski; Tuesday, July 17, “How to Grow Better Roses” by Joe Manuel; Wednesday, July 18, “Landscaping with Native Plants” by Brittany Rowen, and Thursday, July 19, “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Sunday, July 15

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15

 

Recycling weekend at Lancaster Market

Recycling will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk is a free, self-guided garden walk. Maps are available at the Memorial Park bandstand, corner of Lake St. and Union St., Hamburg. Coupons for village restaurants and businesses will be included in the brochure.  Visit the vendor fair at the park and then start your tour.  All participating gardens will be clearly marked with “garden participant” signs. The event takes place rain or shine.

 

Saturday, July 14

Grand Island Garden Tour

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presale tickets are $12 and are available by calling 716-773-2421 or 716-773-4946. On the day of the tour, maps and tickets, which are $15, are available at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Proceeds go for the preservation of the Gothic Revival country church.

 

Saturday, July 14

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk is a free self-guided tour of more than 60 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces. It showcases the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus, including University Heights, Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst. The Capen Garden Walk is designed to encourage neighborhood beautification and to build community among neighbors. Samuel P. Capen was the first full-time, salaried chancellor of the University of Buffalo. Maps will be available at the Capen Garden Walk websiteand at University Community Farmers Market on Main St. (at Kenmore Ave.), Buffalo, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tool Lending Library at 5 W. Northrup, Buffalo, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 135 Capen Blvd., Amherst; 38 Brinton St., Buffalo;  22 Larchmont, Amherst;  and 1069 Eggert Rd., Amherst. Visit the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk on Facebook or contact them at capengardenwalk@ourheights.org.

 

Saturday, July 14

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be wiring and shaping (raft style demonstration). Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Friday, July 13, August 24 and September 14

 

Martin House landscape tour: Plants, People and Design

10:30 a.m.

Stroll through the Martin House estate, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, with Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at the Martin House, and Margaret Stehlik, director of operations. You will see 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 owner Isabelle Martin’s desire to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors. From the landscape of Toshiko Mori’s 21st Century Greatbatch Pavilion, to the Victorian influence at the turn of the century, to the planned Floricycle (or Hemicycle), learn about the common thread uniting the dwelling with the landscape. See what is planted, what is planned, and the backdrop and structure that prompted the design. The tour is 90 minutes. The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

 

Friday, July 13

Motor coach tour:  Southtowns Bouquet, with the Shadrack Garden

Led by international hosta author and raconteur Mike Shadrack, this tour includes superior gardens of the scenic southtowns, including the Shadracks’ Smug Creek Gardens. Other private gardens include a rare conifer and topiary collection, and a garden of 1,000 named hostas. Catered luncheon at Lockwood’s Greenhouses; shopping and guided tour by garden author Sally Cunningham. Rochester pickup available. Get details here.

 

Friday, July 13

Last day of work in Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Thursday through Friday, July 12- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Monday through Friday, July 9- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Thursday, July 12 and/or Saturday July 14

 

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Interpreting the Landscape

A workshop on interpreting the landscape will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. This workshop emphasizes interpreting the landscape in ways that encourage going beyond faithful description.  The leader will guide you in filling up a sketchbook in a short period of time using colored drawing media such as dry, oil or watercolor crayons and graphite sticks.  A painting is then started using the drawing as well as the location as reference. The cost is $75 per day or $60 per day if you sign up for both days. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 1.

 

Thursday, July 12

Orchard Park Garden Club picnic

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will honor their past presidents at a picnic at the Hillcrest Fire Company’s grove, 7125 Ellicott Rd., Orchard Park. Members are urged to bring a decorated picnic or unusual basket incorporating a design using fresh flowers, fruit and/or vegetables in any combination. The baskets will be displayed on a buffet table for everyone to see and enjoy.

 

Wednesday, July 11

80th anniversary of Federated Lancaster Garden Club

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the club with a celebration at the Lancaster Country Club,  6061 Broadway,  Lancaster,  New York.  A social hour will begin at 5 p.m.,  followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m.  Members and past members are cordially invited to attend.  For more information and reservations (due by June 13)  please call Debbie at 681-0744.

 

Wednesday through Friday, July 11- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Tuesday, July 10

Deadline to register for statewide 20th Annual ReLeaf Conference

The 20th annual statewide ReLeaf Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday, July 19 to 21 at Canisius College in Buffalo. Community volunteers, tree board members,  arborists, tree care workers, public and private sector foresters, landscape architects, horticulturists and government officials are all encouraged to attend. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from across the country and Canada and to tour local community forestry projects, a green housing development and a tree nursery. Registration is required by July 10. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.  The conference is hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

 

Tuesday through Friday, July 10- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

Monday, July 9

Bowmansville Garden Club annual picnic

6 p.m.

Bowmansville Garden Club will enjoy a stroll  through the gardens and gift shops at the Country Cottage, 10448 Harper Road, Darien,  followed by dinner for their annual picnic. Short meeting and announcements after.

 

Sunday, July 8

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, now in its tenth year, is a self-supported community garden tour. It consists of roughly 25 private gardens and carefully tended public spaces in the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods of Amherst and Cheektowaga. All types of garden styles and plants are represented in a backdrop of architecture from 1910s to 1950s. The gardens range from newer to well-established, smaller to larger, and vegetable to perennial. Several gardens include water features and garden structures. Get maps at Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Avenue, Amherst. A $3 donation is appreciated.

 

Sunday, July 8

Western New York Land Conservancy’s Natural Gardens & Habitats Tours, National Garden Festival

1 to 6 p.m.

Experience first-hand what can be done with native plants in your own garden to foster natural native habitats! This self-led tour will include stops at a selection of Western New York Land Conservancy member gardens and properties that represent the diverse benefits of native plant gardens and habitats. Locations include gardens in Amherst, East Aurora and Tonawanda; an Amherst 35-acre grassland restoration for bird habitat, and Lytle Nature Park in Lockport. Suggested donation $10 advance, $12 day of event. All proceeds benefit the Land Conservancy. For more information, contact the Western New York Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or info@wnylc.org

 

Sunday, July 8

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 8th annual Lockport in Bloom is a free self-guided garden walk featuring more than 40 beautiful private home gardens and five city parks. You will see fountains, ponds, flowers, ironwork and even some unusual pets. Maps are available at Lockport City Hall, One Locks Plaza, Lockport;  Erie Canal Discovery Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Maps are also available at many area nurseries and at all of Lockport in Bloom’s sponsors’ locations; visit the Lockport in Bloom website for a complete list of sponsors.  Maps will  also available on the days of the event at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., where the tour begins. You can call 716-434-2380 for more information.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8

 

Demonstration: Canning jams and jellies at Lancaster Market

A jams and jellies demonstration will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday,  July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, July 7

Native Plants Day

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Native Plants Day will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Topics include the significance of native plants, revitalizing neighborhoods by creating beautiful livable growing places, and the impact of individual decision-making on the quality of life in Western New York. Panelists include Sally Cunningham, author, consultant and director of the National Garden Festival; Tim Fulton, executive director of Groundwork Buffalo; Joy Kuebler, Landscape Architect Studio; Daniel Oles, Promised Land CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); Ken Parker, native plant specialist and Tree, Shrub & Perennials manager at Lockwood’s, and Joan Calder of California, speaker and author. Pre-register at www.weknowplants.com. Individual programs are $10 each and the full program is $25. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Garden Festival. For more information, call (716) 649-4684 or email info@wnylc.org.

 

Saturday, July 7

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Friday, July 6

Motor coach tour: The Outliers: Superior Gardens of the Northtowns

Garden Walk visitors often miss some of the best private gardens that just happen to fall a bit farther out on the map in suburban areas. This tour focuses on Amherst, and includes three of the popular gardens from last year’s tour on Berryman, Darwin and Sargent, as well as three new gardens. You’ll see four sunny, flower-filled gardens of the sort that everyone wishes for, as well as two beautiful, multi-green shade gardens that are the reality for many of us. The gardens range, too, in size from small suburban plot to a surprising one acre in the heart of Amherst, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. The tour will be led again this year by Mary Van Vorst, a Master Gardener, whose name and voice you may know from her years in radio. As chair of Open Gardens for three years, Mary has been able to select truly superior gardens that highlight our regional styles. Get details here.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 5 and 6

 

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Tuesday, July 3

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Now through July 1

Garden railway exhibit

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A garden railway exhibit is running at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There are two setups this year. The first is  a circus-themed train that will be full of lively colors and whimsical fun.  The second will feature Thomas the Train and friends.  The exhibit is included with admission. It is brought to you by the Botanical Gardens and the Western New York Garden Railway Society

 

Saturday, June 30

Village of Williamsville Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of Village of Williamsville residents’ gardens will be open to the public during this free garden walk. Pick up your garden map at the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville, on the day of the event. Come for a delightful stroll while gathering great garden tips and plenty of inspiration. There will also be village merchant Main Street sidewalk sales.

 

Saturday, June 30

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-206 Landscape Design 2: Landscape Remediation and Grasses

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 30

Earth Bowl Festival

4 p.m.

The  Earth Bowl Festival will take place at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY, overlooking the scenic Niagara River. Parking is available along the river. A vegetarian dinner will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, which you can take home with you. There will be a plant sale, concert, food demos, film screenings, games and family activities. You can also visit a straw bale building, walk a labyrinth and enjoy woodland trails. Tickets for the event are $40 for an adult and you can take home a handmade bowl. The Earth Bowl Festival is a fundraiser to help support the ninth annual World on Your Plate, a community food forum that will take place Oct. 12 and 13 at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. For more information, contact June Licence at 716-773-1426 or jlicence@acsu.buffalo.edu or Eveline Hartz at 716-741-8815 or aehartz@roadrunner.com.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1

 

Health fair and Fourth of July celebration at Lancaster Market

A health fair will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Sunday, July 1

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Thursdays and Fridays, June 28 to July 27

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed hereby neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Friday, June 29

Free BPO concert

Join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for a free outdoor concert at the beautiful Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.  Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer will lead the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of light classical favorites.  This concert is part of the BPO 2012 Summer in the Parks Concert Series and is sponsored by First Niagara.  This concert will be rain or shine. For more information, visit www.bpo.org.

 

 

Friday, June 29

Motor coach tour: Buffalo’s Historic Gardens and Architecture

Sample Buffalo’s astounding architectural and historic heritage, including the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Delaware Park, the Japanese Garden, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin Complex, Forest Lawn Cemetery, and Millionaire’s Row – homes of the great industrialists of the 1900s. Picnic lunch in the Rose Garden near Hoyt Lake. Rochester pickup available. Get details here.

 

Monday, June 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Sunday, June 24

The inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park, 84 Parkside Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.  Buffalo-style garden are eclectic, funky mixes in which found objects and exotic-looking rooftops figure prominently. The Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale will take place during, and in the footprint of, the Parkside Garden Tour, which includes more than 60 gardens in a beautiful and historic Buffalo neighborhood. In addition to the artist booths, the event will feature the Western New York Hosta Society’s Hosta Show and Judging and “Plant Society Avenue,” a section with members of area garden societies who will be available to answer gardening questions.

 

Sunday, June 24

Parkside Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 15th annual Parkside Garden (and Architecture & History) Tour is sponsored by the Parkside Community Association. Pick up maps at the Church of the Good Shephard, 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. There is a $5 suggested donation. There will be a Parkside audio-visual presentation at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and an architecture guided walking tour at noon and 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 24

Hosta show

1 p.m.

The Western New York Hosta Society proudly presents an American Hosta Society Accredited Hosta Show called “An Arts and Crafts Garden”in the Parkside Lodge, Delaware Park, Buffalo. Anyone may enter. Exhibits will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Judging starts at 10:30 a.m. Categories include Individual Cut Leaves, Container Grown Hosta and Container / Trough Arranged for Effect. There are two special classes in the last category: container arranged for effect with a theme of “Stained Glass” and trough garden with a theme of “A Walk in the Garden.” There will also be educational displays and artistic designs featuring hostas—registration for designs is necessary. For more information, contact Dianne Giordano at deg888@verizion.com.

 

Sunday, June 24

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Sunday, June 24

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24

Lewiston GardenFest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 7th annual Lewiston GardenFest will be held along historic Center Street in the Village of Lewiston. The Lewiston GardenFest is part of the Buffalo National Garden Festival. The charming Village of Lewiston will showcase vendor booths from area nurseries, landscapers, garden and outdoor suppliers line a portion of Center Street, which is closed for the event to allow carefree shopping. Enter to win a prize for your favorite potted container of flowers to be judged by the public.  There is a free garden walk. Sally Cunningham, author,  gardening expert and garden host for WIBV’s Wake Up, will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Jackie Albarella, gardening expert and garden host for WGRZ TV. will speak at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24

Demonstration: Canning jams and jellies at Lancaster Market

A jams and jellies demonstration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday, June 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, June 23

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-106 Garden Design

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 23

Orchid Care Workshop at Arbordale

2 p.m.

You will learn basic orchid care from John Kociela of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society during this workshop at Arbordale Nurseries, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. John will instruct on how to grow and maintain the most popular type of orchids including proper pruning, feeding and selection techniques. Free with preregistration. For more info call 688-9125. Like Arbordale on Facebook to keep up to date on events.

Saturday, June 23

National Fairy Day workshops at Mischler’s

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In celebration of National Fairy Day, Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will hold two  workshops at 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Staff will help you design and plant a fairy garden of your own using plants, fairy garden accessories and containers available in their Garden Center.  Each workshop will last approximately two hours. The first half of each workshop will consist of an explanation and demonstration by Mischler’s creative staff. The second half will be hands-on as Mischler’s staff assist you with planting your own fairy garden. Reservations and a fee of $20 are required to reserve your spot. The reservation fee includes a 12-inch bowl, potting mix, plants and a fairy figurine. In addition, Mischler’s will offer a 10% discount on any item purchased from their Fairy Nook during the workshop. Bring your child or grandchild to share in this unique gardening experience of fun and fantasy! Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop so make your reservation today by calling Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses at 632-1290.

 

Saturday, June 23

 

Volunteer to plant trees and shrubs with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

9 a.m. to noon

Join volunteers in planting trees and shrubs to create habitat for wildlife and protect water quality along the waterfront. This planting will take place at Forest Lawn, 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. All tools and equipment are provided. Register on the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper website,  email Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org, or call 852-7483, ext. 31.

 

Saturday, June 23

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KE

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday through Sunday, June 21-24

Buffalo Citybration

Buffalo Citybration is a four-day event that showcases Buffalo’s assets, highlights opportunity and celebrates the city’s many successes. Thursday’s activities include Buffalo Waterfront Photography Contest Exhibit Opening, the Buffalo Shuffle and Twilight Tour of Mansions and other tours. Other activities are: Friday, Sunset Reception at City Hall, Hot Air Balloon Rides and tours; Saturday, Scanvenger Hunt,  Floating Cocktail Party and Boat Parade,24 Hour Musical Festival, Hot Air Balloon Rides, The Ride for Roswell 2012, Artists, Authors, and Architects, Buffalo Living Tour and other tours, and Sunday, Festival @ Canal Side,  Citybration 5K Race and Fun RunCheerios vs Chicken Wing Challenge on the Boardwalk, Buffalo Public School Alumni Reunion, Waterfront Bike Rides, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Artists, Authors, and Architects and tours. Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com will be one of the exhibitors at the Festival @ Canalside, so stop by and say hello!

 

Monday, June 18

Smallwood Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, will present at the Smallwood Garden Club meeting at Forest Elementary School, 250 North

Forest Road, Williamsville, NY. Her topic is “Lessons From Garden Walk Gardens.”  Visitors are welcome.

 

Mondays, June 18, 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17

Food Bank drop-off at Lancaster Market

Drop off items for the Food Bank at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

 

Sunday, June 17

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Sunday, June 17

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Painting Italian Landscapes

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A workshop on painting Italian landscapes will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $125. See the Linwood Gardens website for more information.

 

 

Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, August 5

Celebration of Color

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nature has so much color to offer and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo is going to highlight it!  From the front walkway, outdoor perennial shrub garden to the indoor tropical paradise,  the Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers! The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, June 16

Super Saturday Sale

Homemade strawberry shortcake made with berries harvested from community gardens will be featured at this sale where you can buy local arts and handcrafted objects. See list of vendors. In addition to sales, there will be craft demonstrations on making decorated paper and glass art, local music and “live art” happening throughout the day.  The event will be held at The Foundry,  a new artisan work space on Buffalo’s East Side, located at 298 Northampton Street.  The space is currently in development, but already a woodshop, a glass shop, a carpentry shop, and a local architect are carving out spaces to innovate and create with reclaimed and found materials. The event is sponsored by Net+Positive, a new community organization based on Buffalo’s East Side.

 

Saturday, June 16

 

Volunteer to plant trees and shrubs with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

9 a.m. to noon

Join volunteers in planting trees and shrubs to create habitat for wildlife and protect water quality along the waterfront. This planting will take place at Fontana Boathouse, 1 Rotary Row  Buffalo.All tools and equipment are provided. Register on the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper website,  email Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org, or call 852-7483, ext. 31.

 

Saturday, June 16, 23

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KE

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 16

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-205 Water Gardening

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 16

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Friday, June 15

 

Deadline to order in native plant sale

The Western New York Land Conservancy will hold a sale of native plants. An order form with available selections will be coming soon. You order in advance and pick up your plants between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Amherst. Native plants are those that evolved naturally for particular areas, and thus provide essential and beneficial habitat for butterflies, insects, hummingbirds and other small birds and animals we know and need. They are vigorous and hardy and, once established, require no irrigation or fertilization.Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden, a native perennial nursery located in Springwater New York, will be available at the pick-up location Saturday morning, June 23, to answer questions. Ellen has a degree in agricultural and natural resources from SUNY Cobleskill and has worked in the horticultural field for 29+ years. Ellen is a New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional.You can also visit two native plant gardens close to the pick-up location that will be open Saturday, June 23, 9am to 1pm. The first is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville.The second is a private garden created by longtime Land Conservancy members Eileen Watson & Greg Garten at 373 Reist Street, Williamsville.

 

Now through June 15

The Garden Center will be open until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 15  at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. It will be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of June.

 

Wednesday, June 13

Joint meeting of Federated Lancaster Garden Club & Bowmansville Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will conduct a joint meeting with the Bowmansville Garden Club on at St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, New York. The program, “Lessons from Garden Walk Gardens,” will be presented by Sally Cunningham.

 

Wednesday, June 13

Deadline to register for Federated Lancaster Garden Club’s 80th anniversary commemoration

See details for the event’s listing on July 11

 

Wednesday, June 13

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, at 100 Church Street, Youngstown, NY. The program will be presented by Carolyn Stanko, Niagara County Community Colllege’s Horiculture Program Coordinator. She will speak about plant selections and landscape design. Ms. Stanko received her MS from Michigan State College and is a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional.

 

Tuesday, June 12

 10 a.m.
The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. The theme will be “Contain Yourself.” A representative from Menne’s Nursery will give a program on window boxes and container gardening. The Kenmore Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

Monday, June 11

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Sandra Barnes, New York State certified landscape professional, will speak on trees for landscaping at the meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club at St. Mathias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. She will discuss how last winter’s mild weather coupled with an early spring freeze will affect the trees, what trees you should plant and how you should care for them.

 

Mondays, June 11, 18, 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Saturday,  June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10

Demonstration: Canning strawberry jam at Lancaster Market

10 a.m.

A strawberry jam demonstration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Sunday, June 10

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday, June 9

Perennials Day at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about the perennials in your garden—and a great lunch too!—will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Lockwood’s will have fine speakers on a range of perennials topics as well as a catered luncheon. More details to come.

 

Saturday, June 9

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be pruning and styling. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, June 9

“Kitchens in Bloom” floral show and plant sale

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In conjunction with the Lewiston Tour of Kitchens, this year, for the first time, the Youngstown Garden Club will present “Kitchens In Bloom,” a show of kitchen-related floral arrangements at the Bistro Restaurant at the Old Fort Inn, 110 Main Street, Youngstown. There will also be a plant sale for the general public and botanical craft demonstrations by members of the Youngstown Garden Club. No ticket is required.

 

Saturday, June 9

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-105 Annuals and Perennials

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 9 CANCELLED

 

Wildflower hike on the Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Join Mary AliceTock for a wildflower hike sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy in Eighteen Mile Creek County Park, Hamburg. Walk down into the gorge off of South Creek Road in Hamburg, which leads to the confluence of two branches of Eighteen Mile Creek and is interesting both geologically and botanically. Here hikers can find many late spring/early summer wildflowers. It’s located off of South Creek Road between Route 20 and 62. Bring a lunch & “water sneakers.” Ms. Tock has led walks in a variety of settings from the Adirondack Mountains to the streets of downtown Buffalo and for groups such as the National Wildlife Federation and the Buffalo Museum of Science. She is a past president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. Reservations are required.  Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.  The hikes are public events and are free of charge.

 

Saturday, June 9

The Mill Road Project Spring Gala

7 to 10:30 p.m.

A  fundraising event to support the Mill Road Scenic Overlook Project in East Aurora will be held at the Roycroft Power House, 39 South Grove Street,  East Aurora, NY 14052. The Friends of Mill Road is a citizens group formed to raise funds to preserve 60 acres of open space on Mill Road in East Aurora. The group has embarked on a $630,000 capital campaign to raise funds to acquire the property, construct a scenic overlook and place a conservation easement on the property to protect it so that future generations can enjoy this unique and beautiful open space. This event will include  jazz guitar music by Natural Elements Duo and a silent auction featuring items such as a fly-fishing trip, a balloon ride and a yacht tour of the Buffalo waterfront.  There will be light fare and a cash bar.  Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online, at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora or from committee members.

 

Friday, June 8

 

Deadline to register your garden for Ken-Ton Garden Tour

5 p.m.

All gardeners in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda are welcome to open their home garden for public viewing in the 2012 Ken-Ton Garden Tour. This year’s Garden Tour will be held rain or shine on Saturday and Sunday, July 21and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the annual daytime event, gardeners may register for the Saturday Night Lights evening tour, held on Saturday, July 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 8. Late applications will not be accepted. See registration details here.

 

Thursday, June 7

Orchard Park Garden Club meeting

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, S. 4369 S.Buffalo St., Orchard Park.Following a business meeting, Alisa Harrison, winner of the Orchard Park Garden Club Marion A. Wilhelm College Scholarship will be the guest speaker. Alisa is studying landscape architecture at the State University of New York School of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse.

 

Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Sunday, June 3

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature canning demonstrations.

 

Saturday, June 2

Lancaster Market: canning demonstrations

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature canning demonstrations.

 

Saturday, June 2, 16, 23

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KE

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 2

Make a summer planter

10:30 am

Make a summer planter with Mary Gurtler in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $35. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Saturday, June 2

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-204 Hydroponics

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 2

Orientation for volunteers for Buffalo in Bloom

9:30 a.m. (registration at 9 a.m.)

An orientation for volunteers for Buffalo in Bloom will be held  at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. (at West Ferry St.), Buffalo. For Buffalo in Bloom, volunteer scouts, working in a team of two to four people, are assigned a several-block section of the City of Buffalo. They scout their area between July 1 and 22 looking for “bloom-worthy” front yards. You don’t have to live in the City of Buffalo to volunteer.

 

Saturday, June 2

 

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In addition to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week the Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club will perform.

 

Saturday, June 2

Herb and Plant Sale

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Herb and Plant Sale sponsored by Friends of Kenan Herb Club will be held at the Kenan House Gardens at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. There is no admission charge for this event, which coincides with 100 American Craftsmen.  An extensive variety of common and unusual herbs and other plants will be featured, along with free samplings of herbal recipes. Garden-related items will also be sold. Because some Herb Club members are Master Gardeners, you can also bring your inquiries or samples of plants you have questions about. Friends of Kenan Herb Club meets regularly and tends to the Kenan Gardens. Membership information will be available.

 

Saturday, June 2

Grand opening of Unity Peace Park labyrinth

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Featured in a recent article, the labyrinth in Unity Peace Park at Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, will hold a grand opening.The guest speaker is Sam Richardson of North Carolina, who has 14 years experience dousing for and creating labyrinths along the East Coast. He will share some of the  fascinating history of labyrinths, their stylistic differences and global significance.

 

Friday, June 1

Deadline to enter your garden on Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk showcases the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus, including University Heights, Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst. If you would like to share your garden on the garden walk, register by June 1.

 

Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Late Day Painting

3 to 8 p.m.

Set up during the late day sun and observe the lengthening shadows and subtle shifts in color during these long days of summertime at at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. From the beautiful vistas at Linwood, participants will create expressive compositions. Learn to edit, crop, and simplify forms while experimenting with color combinations. You need an outdoor painting rig and acrylics or oils. A detailed materials list is provided upon registration. The cost is $125. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 24.

 

Thursday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 6

Museum Week

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day, $7 Adults, $6 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $4 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free!

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo will be offering free mini tours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.! Visit your local museums during this state-wide Museum Week!

 

Now

Sale at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping

Impatiens flats of 48 are on sale for $10.99 at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. They’re grown in Niagara and arrive fresh daily. Click here for coupons.

 

Sunday, May 27

Lancaster Market: blood drive

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature a blood drive by Upstate New York Transplant Services.

 

Saturday, May 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, May 26

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In addition to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week there will be soil testing and questions & answers with Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, as well as crafts. Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com will also be there, so stop by to say hello.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Early birds and tree peonies

7:30 to 9 a.m.

Join ornithologist Celia Lewis on a morning bird walk through the fields, woods and gardens at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. Look for bobolinks in the field, wood thrushes in the woods and northern orioles among the peonies. Afterward, enjoy coffee and muffins and take a stroll through the gardens while the blossoms unfold, before the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers opens for the day. Wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars if possible. The cost is $20. The deadline to register is Friday, May 25.

 

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 26, 27 & 28

Tree Peony Festival of Flowers

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tree Peony Festival of Flowers will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525 (35 miles southwest of Rochester). The historic gardens feature a distinguished collection of tree peonies. Each spring when the tree peonies are in bloom, Linwood celebrates this special event with the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. (The dates for the festival were revised this year due to the early spring weather.) Linwood Gardens is listed on the National and The New York State Register of Historic Places. Linwood Gardens is a not-for-profit organization. The suggested contribution for the festival is $8 to be used for garden preservation. A guided tour is $10. Linwood Gardens is a private residence and open to the public only for the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, Summer Workshops, and the Open Garden Day participants.

 

Saturday, May 26

Lancaster Market: blood drive

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature a blood drive by Upstate New York Transplant Services.

 

Saturday, May 26

Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out

The Master Gardeners’ plant sale will be held at 1071 Amherst Street (between Delevan and Colvin), Buffalo, NY 14216. There will be a choice selection of sun and shade perennials, natives, herbs, annuals, shrubs, and vines direct from the gardens of Erie County Master Gardeners. You can get great plants at great prices. The sale benefits the Master Gardener program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County.

 

Saturday, May 26

Plant sale by the Federated Lancaster Garden Club

9 a.m. until sold out

In combination with Lancaster Farmers Market, the Federated Lancaster Garden Club will have its annual plant sale at the Lancaster Bowling Lanes parking lot,  5319 Transit Road,  Lancaster,  New York.  Beautiful perennials,  annuals and garden items  will be available to the public.

 

Saturday, May 26

East Aurora Garden Club plant sale

9 a.m. to noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold a plant sale in the old Ames Plaza on Grey St.,  East Aurora.

 

Friday, May 25

Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Master Gardeners’ plant sale will be held at 1071 Amherst Street (between Delevan and Colvin), Buffalo, NY 14216. There will be a choice selection of sun and shade perennials, natives, herbs, annuals, shrubs, and vines direct from the gardens of Erie County Master Gardeners. You can get great plants at great prices. The sale benefits the Master Gardener program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County.

 

Friday, May 25

Deadline to register for summer workshop: Early birds and tree peonies

See details at entry for May 26 and 27

 

Wednesday, May 23

Small standard flower show presented by Amherst Garden Club

1 to 4 p.m.

“Celebrate Spring,” a small standard flower show, will be presented by the Amherst Garden Club in the Community Room of St. John Lutheran Churh, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville, NY. The event is free and open to the public. The Amherst Garden Club was federated in 1933 and is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Atlantic Region, Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc., District VIII, Erie Section IV.

 

Wednesday, May 23

Alden Garden Club annual plant auction

6 p.m.

The Alden Garden Club will hold its annual plant in the Alden Community Center, 13116 Main St., Alden NY 14004. The live auction will include perennials grown by the club members, beautiful annuals and perennials from local nurseries, fun garden accessories and handmade wheelbarrows and bird feeders decorated by club members. Refreshments will be served. The event will take place rain or shine. The auction benefits the club’s scholarship fund for two Alden students.

 

Monday, May 21

Smallwood Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Garden Club will meet in the cafeteria of Forest Road Elementary School, 250 North Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.  Linda Blyth will give a presentation on “Planting for

Season-long Interest” and show pictures of her beautiful Tonawanda garden. Guests are welcome.

 

 

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20

The Great Plant Sale open to the public

 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss the Greatest Plant Sale of the year in the new Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20

Bonsai Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bonsai masters and novices display their prized trees at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Do not miss this once-a-year-opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one place. This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens. Admission is $9  for adults, $8 seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and kids under 3.

 

Saturday, May 19

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In addition to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week there will be a llama shearing, demonstrations & crafts, and a bottle drive.

Saturday, May 19

Smallwood Garden Club annual plant sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Club will hold its annual plant in the parking lot of Evanstown Plaza on Evans Street in Williamsville, just south of Sheridan Drive. The sale includes geraniums, flats of annuals and a large variety of perennials at great prices.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20 and 26, 27 & 28

Tree Peony Festival of Flowers

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tree Peony Festival of Flowers will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525 (35 miles southwest of Rochester). The historic gardens feature a distinguished collection of tree peonies. Each spring when the tree peonies are in bloom, Linwood celebrates this special event with the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. (The dates for the festival were revised this year due to the early spring weather.) Linwood Gardens is listed on the National and The New York State Register of Historic Places. Linwood Gardens is a not-for-profit organization. The suggested contribution for the festival is $8 to be used for garden preservation. A guided tour is $10. Linwood Gardens is a private residence and open to the public only for the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, Summer Workshops, and the Open Garden Day participants.

 

Sunday, May 20

The Great Plant Sale open to the public

 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., *In the new Administration Building

Don’t miss the Greatest Plant Sale of the year in the new Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Sunday, May 20

Bonsai Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free!

Bonsai masters and novices display their prized trees at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Do not miss this once a year opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one place. This event is brought to you by The Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Gardens.

 

Saturday, May 19

Customer Appreciation Day at Heimiller Greenhouses

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wine tasting, caricatures, face painting, magic shows, crafts for kids and ice cream will be part of Customer Appreciation Day at Heimiller Greenhouses, 3038 Ewings Road, Newfane, NY 14108. There will be plant specials, too. Click here for a coupon for a free 4.5-inch specialty annual with a $20 purchase (good while supplies last).

 

Saturday, May 19

Pond Building 101

11 a.m.

This is the class you need before you dig the hole! Pond Building 101 will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Proper planning is essential in owning a low-maintenance water garden. The class will cover site and product selection with many time-saving tips. Master pond builder Jeff Salmon will share years of experience. The class is free with preregistration. To register, email  info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, May 19

Garden Faire

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event, sponsored by the Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club, will take place at the Silver Creek gazebo and park, Main and Central, Silver Creek. It will include a plant sale, garden book sale, bird houses, feeders and garden deco. Educational speakers will give presentations on various garden topics all day.  There will also be garden vendors, information booths, free print-outs, kids’ projects and face painting.  There will be a drawing for a food gift basket and a 50-50 raffle.

 

Saturday, May 19

Wildflower hike on the Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport

 

Noon to 2 p.m.

 

Join Jason Sorens for a walk sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy at the conservancy’s first protected property on the Niagara Escarpment Preserve. Bordering Leete Road in Lockport, the 36-acre property contains several unique woodland plants and ten acres of restored grassland habitat. The escarpment is a unique geological formation is often associated with unusual plants and ecological communities and is responsible for the specific weather, soil conditions, and hydrology that define Niagara County’s heritage and economy. The escarpment is responsible for the dramatic beauty of Niagara Falls, contributed to signature rises and ravines of the Underground Railroad, and enabled the intricate lock system of the Erie Canal.  Jason Sorens, a professor and amateur naturalist, landscaped his backyard with a native plants meadow (viewable on the conservancy’s Natural Gardens & Backyard Habitat Tours July 8). He volunteers with the Western New York Land Conservancy to protect native habitats for our birds, insects and wildflowers. Reservations are required.  Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.  The hikes are public events and are free of charge.

 

Saturday, May 19
9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will hold its bi-annual plant sale at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst NY, 1/4 mile south of Main St. Native woodland species, some of them rare, and garden plants from members collections will be for sale.

 

Saturday, May 19

Village of Williamsville’s Second Annual Parks Day

9 a.m. to noon

The Village Parks and Beautification Committees invite residents to get together for a few hours of improving the village’s parks and meeting your neighbors during the Village of Williamsville’s Second Annual Parks Day. Meet at the gazebo in South Long Park, at the gazebo in Garrison Park, or at the pavilion in Island Park to assist with small projects that will include spring clean-up, planting flowers and trees, and painting. Bring your shovel and gloves. There will be crew leaders at each park to direct all volunteers. A potluck picnic will follow. Please bring a dish to share and your own drinks. The event will be held rain or shine. For more info, please contact Nancy Locke at 238-0901 or nancyaroundtheworld@yahoo.com

 

Friday, May 18

The Great Plant Sale for Members and Volunteers Only

4 to 7 p.m.,  Members and Volunteers Only!

(Open to the Public May 19-20 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Don’t miss the Greatest Plant Sale of the year in the new Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Thursday, May 17

Wire Wrapped Stone Cabochon

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Garden Members $45, Non-Members $50

Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery will teach you how to create a pendent of your own as part of the Make-it, Take-it Workshop offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo! A cabochon (from the French word caboche or head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted.  Chain not included. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

Wednesday, May 16

Ladies Night Wines & Vines at Arbordale

5 to 8 p.m.

Ladies Night Wines & Vines will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. There will be three hours of exclusive specials with wine tastings from a selection of wineries. You can chat about wines with wine expert Louis Mulone of Lexi’s and Addy’s Fine Wines. Non-wine enthusiasts can sample flavored whip creams and specialty vodkas. To hear about updates, like Arbordale on Facebook.

 

Wednesday, May 16

Perennial plant sale and auction by the Garden Friends of Clarence

Sale from noon to 6 p.m., auction at 6:30 p.m.

The Garden Friends of Clarence will have its legendary perennial plant sale and auction at the Clarence Town Park Large Pavilion, 10405 Main St., Clarence NY.  The plant sale is from noon – 6 p.m. followed by the auction at 6:30 p.m. There will be several varieties of plants, including some rare and unusual items from the members’ gardens. Master gardeners will be on hand to do soil testing from noon-6 p.m., so bring your soil sample to the sale. The public is welcome to attend. For more information please email gardenfriendsofclarence@hotmail.com.

 

Wednesday through Monday, May 16-20

2012 National Garden Clubs Convention in Buffalo

The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State and 8th District Federated Garden Clubs are hosting this national convention in the newly renovated Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church St . Buffalo, NY 14202. The convention is open to all; you don’t have to be a member of a garden club to attend. Information on registration and events is posted at www.gardenclubsofwny.com. The convention will include Annual National Garden Club meetings; Mike Shadrack, horticulture luncheon speaker, Ricardo Costa, internationally known floral designer from Brazil for evening program; seminars, and a National Flower Show themed for New York State.

 

Tuesday, May 15

 

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Tuesday, May 15

Deadline to have your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Buffalo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. Share your garden and show your pride in your neighborhoods and city. If you’d like your garden to be on the walk, find out more and apply here.

 

Tuesday through Sunday, May 15 to 20

Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012

The 83rd national convention of the National Garden Clubs Inc., called Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012, will be held in Buffalo. The deadline to register without a financial penalty is April 15. You don’t have to be a garden club member to attend. Read more about the event.

 

Tuesday, May 15

Deadline to enter your photo in National Public Gardens Day Photo Contest

Enter photos of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for a chance to win $500 and other prizes in the National Public Gardens Day Photo Contest. All photos must be taken between May 1 and May 15, 2012. See rules.

 

Monday, May 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Monday, May 14

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Church,374 Main St., East Aurora. Sally Cunningham, author and columnist, will speak on “Great Garden Companions.”

 

Saturday, May 12

Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5  p.m.

The Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show will be held during the Holland Tulip Festival at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland, NY. (Avoid traveling to or from the show during the parade, which will be held at 2 p.m.)

 

Saturday, May 12

“Keeping the Green Away”: A pond primer

11 a.m.

Arbordale experts will take the mystery out of keeping your pond clear during this seminar at Arbordale, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Discussions will include new treatments, aeration’s role in healthy water and more. The class is free with preregistration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, May 12

Flower market fundraiser for youth group of St. Luke Lutheran Church

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The youth group of St. Luke Lutheran Church will hold a flower market fundraiser at the church, 900 Maryvale Dr., corner of Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14225.  In case of rain, the event will be held indoors. The market will include hanging baskets, geraniums, butterfly plants, begonias, flats, perennials, vegetables and more. If you’re looking for something special or have questions, you can email Greg Tedesco at birdgt4@aol.com. Ten percent of the proceeds will be tithed to the church’s community garden project, which helps supplement clients to the food pantry with fresh-grown vegetables and herbs.

 

Saturday, May 12

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. A guest speaker will give a presentation on tropical bonsai. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, May 12

Orchard Park Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held at the Orchard Park Railroad Depot  (behind the Orchard Park Library, 4570 South Buffalo St.) in Orchard Park, NY. Note that this event is being held a week earlier than in previous years. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, accent plants and hanging baskets will be available for purchase.  To purchase gift certificates please call  662-5248.

 

Saturday, May 12

Countryside Garden Club of Elma plant sale

9 a.m. to noon

The Countryside Garden Club of Elma will hold a plant sale at Old Elma Town Hall, Bowen and Rice Roads, Elma.

 

Saturday, May 12

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club will meet in the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY 14136. The presentation will be “Amish Culture, Customs and Crafts” by Sally McCarthy of McCarthy’s  Horse and Buggy Quilt Co.

 

Saturday, May 12

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KD

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 12

Mother’s Day Tea Cup Arrangement

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Garden Members $30, Non-Members $35

Put a tear in Mom’s eye when you present her with this lovely fresh flower arrangement in a china tea cup!  Kids, with an accompanying adult, are welcome to participate.  Presented by the Make-it, Take-it Workshop for kids at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Saturday, May 12

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In additon to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week will feature a Mother’s Day crafts show and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 12 & 13, 19 & 20 and 26, 27 & 28

Tree Peony Festival of Flowers

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tree Peony Festival of Flowers will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525 (35 miles southwest of Rochester). The historic gardens feature a distinguished collection of tree peonies. Each spring when the tree peonies are in bloom, Linwood celebrates this special event with the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. (The dates for the festival were revised this year due to the early spring weather.) Linwood Gardens is listed on the National and The New York State Register of Historic Places. Linwood Gardens is a not-for-profit organization. The suggested contribution for the festival is $8 to be used for garden preservation. A guided tour is $10. Linwood Gardens is a private residence and open to the public only for the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, Summer Workshops, and the Open Garden Day participants.

 

Friday, May 11

National Public Gardens Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Public Gardens Day held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.  Admission is $1 and  free mini-tours are available all day. Admission for members and kids under 3 is always free. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Friday, May 11

Medicinal Garden program on arthritis and osteoporosis

 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In honor of Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, a Medicinal Garden program will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. With the help of the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, the Botanical Gardens will offer enlightening presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis. This special feature will also include plant displays from which current medications are derived and future medications are being researched. This feature is included with Botanical Garden admission which will be $1 on May 11.

 

Friday, May 11

Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show

7 to 9 p.m.

The Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show will be held during the Holland Tulip Festival at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland, NY.

 

Thursday, May 10

Make a Mother’s Day gift planter

6:30 pm

Mary Gurtler will show you how to make a Mother’s Day gift planter in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $40. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Wednesday, May 9

Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet in St. John Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086. Dorothy Julius will conduct a hands-on workshop for a spring flower arrangement. New members are always welcome.

Wednesday, May 9

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the Youngstown Presbyterian Church, corner of Main and Church Streets, Youngstown. The program, presented by Garden Club Members, will give directions and tips for making floral arrangements and transplanting garden plants for sale. Any interested nonmembers are invited to attend. This workshop will prepare garden club members and interested parties to get ready for the club’s special spring event being held in conjunction with The Lewiston Tour of Kitchens. This year, for the first time, the Youngstown Garden Club will present “Kitchens In Bloom,” a show of kitchen-related floral arrangements. There will also be a plant sale for the general public. This one-day only event will be held on June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bistro Restaurant on Main Street in Youngstown.

 

 

Tuesday, May 8

10 a.m.
The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. The theme will be  “Forever Blooming.” Julie McIndoo of McIndoo Arts and Flowers will give a program on continuous blooming perennials. Club members will participate in a May basket exchange by sharing plant divisions from their gardens. The Kenmore Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

 

Tuesday, May 8

National Teacher Day

3:30 to 6 p.m.

To honor this noble profession, free admission is being offered on National Teachers’ Day to all teachers at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Just show your ID badge and  see what the Gardens have to offer.  Enjoy a free tour, science demos and more! Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Tuesday, May 8

“IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”

12:10 – 1 p.m.

Debbie Whitehouse, senior director of Guest Relations, Gardens & Nature at the Niagara Parks Commission, Canada, will speak at the Buffalo and Erie County Downtown Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. This is part of the lecture series “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?” held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. On opposite Tuesdays, the lecture series explores “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: Why do the arts matter?” The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature (C-SAAHN).

 

Mondays, May 7, 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

While supplies last

 

Perennial Sale at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

The once-a-year sale of perennials will take place at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Road (between Main St. and Wehrle Dr.), Williamsville.

 

 

Saturday, May 5

East Aurora Farmers Market opens

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The East Aurora Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 5 at the Aurora Village (Tops) Plaza on Grey St., East Aurora. The market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. Only vendor-grown/produced products are sold.

 

Saturday, May 5

Free plant swap sponsored by Hamburg Garden Club

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hamburg Garden Club is sponsoring a free plant swap at the Hamburg Farmer’s Market, Buffalo Street parking lot, Hamburg. Donations will be accepted for  World Gardening  and Water for South Sudan.

 

 

Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, June 3

Rachel’s Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

Her first exhibition… Rachel is a 10-year-old fourth grader.  Her photographs have received first place at the Erie County Fair and she has won first place in the Binational Tourism Alliance’s Doors Open Niagara Architage Contest four years in a row, including an award for the photograph of the Botanical Gardens that is in this exhibition.   She enjoys taking pictures of plants and architecture, which makes the Gardens a natural fit.  In the future, she hopes to be an art teacher and a photographer.  Visit the exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information. The cost of the exhibit is included in admission.

 

Saturday, May 5, 12

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KD

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 5

Spring Gardening Class

9 a.m. to noon

The 2012 Communities in Bloom spring gardening class will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora. The event is brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extention master gardeners of  Erie County in cooperation with Buffalo In Bloom. Sally Cunningham will present “New and Neglected Superior Plants,” which will discuss perennials, annuals and shrubs that are new in the market, as well as some not‐so‐new plants that gardeners should know better. Carol Ann Harlos and Lyn Chimera, Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardeners, will present “Right Place, Right Place… Right Plant, Wrong Place: A Key to Best Success in the Garden,” which will discuss choosing the best plant selections for your site. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $20. Pre-registration is required, and the deadline is Friday, April 27. For more information, call (716) 652-5400 x176 or visit http://cce.cornell.edu/erie/ to download a registration form.

 

Saturday, May 5

Native Woodland Plants of the Northeast

10:30 am

A class on native woodland plants of the northeast will be conducted by Ken Parker, CNLP,  at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Parker  is a native plant specialist and manager of trees, shrubs, and perennials at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. The fee for the event is $10. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Saturday, May 5

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-104 Shrubs and Trees

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6

Judged Show and Sale by African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will hold its judged show and sale in the Galleria Mall, Galleria Drive, Cheektowaga. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be Favorite Songs. For more information, contact Paul Kroll at (716) 652-8658 or pfkroll@roadrunner.com.

 

Thursday, May 3

Growing orchids

6:30 pm

Everyone, from beginner to expert, will gain something from this class at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. David Clark, horticulturist, goes through the requirements for orchids to do their best in a home setting. His demonstration on repotting will give you the tools you need to get the job done right. Even if you’re just thinking about trying an orchid, you shouldn’t miss this presentation. Fee is $10. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Thursday, May 3

Refresh, Revive, Rejuvenate!

5:30 to 9 p.m., $15 – All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo offers the perfect backdrop to introduce a fresh philosophy and creative new ideas on beauty and fashion. Buffalo Spree’s fashion writer, Erin Habes reveals this viewpoint throughout the garden space with avant-garde fashion creations that use the botanical backdrop in exciting ways.  Experience an evening of shopping, beauty, and wearable art creations. There will also be a silent auction. Ticket includes: admission, fashion exhibition, over 30 retail and beauty vendors, appetizers, cash bar and much more! Tickets will be available starting March 1 at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202.

 

Tuesday, May 1

Registration opens for River Academy

The River Academy program of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper features local experts sharing their passion for Niagara River hydrology, geology, ecology, contamination issues, land use impacts, restoration project design, mapping, stream assessment and more. Sessions will include field trips and hands-on workshops.  River Academy provides an exciting opportunity for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of Niagara watershed issues, students in need of hands-on field experience, teachers seeking professional development, and all other fans of our wonderful waterways! Through Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s partnership with Erie Community College, SUNY course credit is available.  River Academy II (Fall semester) begins Saturday, September 8. For more information or to register, email  rdrake@bnriverkeeper.org or call Robbyn Drake at 852-7483, ext. 12.

Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28

2nd Annual Birdhouses For The Clubhouse: a fundraising event to benefit Gilda’s Club Western New York

1 to 6 p.m.

Buy or bid on handcrafted birdhouses suitable for indoor or outdoor display at this fundraiser at Gilda’s Club WNY, 1140 Delaware Avenue (corner of West Ferry), Buffalo, NY 14209. Admission is free.  You can also learn about birding and the environment from experts, purchase one-of-a-kind items from vendors who are donating a portion of their proceeds to Gilda’s Club, buy raffle tickets for a chance to win beautiful baskets of goodies, place orders for geraniums for spring planting and enjoy delicious refreshments. Gilda’s Club Western New York is a non-profit support community for men, women and children who are living with cancer, as well as their families and friends. It serves the eight counties of Western New York. For more information about Gilda’s Club WNY, call 716.332.5900 or visit www.gildasclubwny.org. Handicapped accessible. No strollers please.

 

Saturday, April 28

Presentation: “Own Your Own Landscape” at Lockwood’s

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, will give two presentations at Lockwood’s, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. At 10 a.m. she will discuss the basics to create and maintain a beautiful yard. At 11 a.m. she will discuss superior shrubs for Western New York yards. Questions are welcomed. Bring pictures to show your problems or the space you want to landscape. The cost is $10 for one class or $15 for both classes. To register, call 649-4684 or sign up online.

 

Saturday, April 28

Village of Williamsville Earth Day/Arbor Day event

 

10 a.m. to noon

An Earth Day and Arbor Day event  will be held at the Noll Nature Center on Glen Avenue across from Glen Falls in Williamsville. Activities include Dual-stream recycling truck demonstration, Arbor Day sapling give-away, children’s activities, live music, wildlife, guest speakers and the announcement of the biggest tree in the Village of Williamsville. Participants include Messinger Woods Wildlife Rehab, Paw Park, Adirondack Mountain Club, Modern Disposal, Tifft Nature Preserve, Amherst State Park, Foothills Trail Club, Cornell Master Gardeners, Erie County Dept. of Environmental Planning and Amherst Youth Engaged in Service. The Amherst Conservation Advisory Council and the Arboretum at Amherst State Park Volunteers will have tables with displays set up. For more information on volunteering with the Arboretum volunteers, contact l.shriver@roadrunner.com. The event is sponsored by Village of Williamsville, Village Environmental Advisory Committee and the Village Tree Board.

 

Saturday, April 28

Basket Weave Hypertufa

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members $25, Non-Members $30

Fashion you own unique planting container from peat moss, perlite and Portland cement as part of the Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Bring a basket with a defined structure to get the best results. The basket may have to be sacrificed when un-molding the planter so don’t bring a prized heirloom! Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Saturday, April 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, April 28, May 5, 12

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KD

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, April 28

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-203 Practical Principles of Pruning

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Mondays,  April 30, May 7, May 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Now through Saturday, April 28

Indoor tent sale at Lockwood’s

With May fast approaching, Lockwood’s Greenhouses needs to make room for flowering plants, so discounts have been increased to 60 percent off merchandise in its indoor tent sale at 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Additional large pottery is located outside at the edge of the perennial area on pallets, so don’t miss these great buys! Lockwood’s is open Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-5 and Monday-Friday 9-6. Starting May 1, they are open until 8 p.m. weekdays.

 

Friday, April 27

Deadline to register for2012 Communities in Bloom spring gardening class.

See details at the entry for May 5.

 

 

Friday, April 27

Black Friday – Spent Spring Bulb Sale

8 a.m., $7 per bag of bulbs

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo is pulling thousands of bulbs and they all must go!  They provide a bag and you fill it with many different varieties.  Limit 3 bags per person! Sale is in the garage behind the Gardens. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

 

Mondays,  April 23, 30, May 7, 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Now through April 22

Western New York Earth Week is a week-long celebration. Visit  www.grownwny.org to learn more about exciting environmental events and ways to make a difference during Earth Week throughout the region. Register for the Earth Week Happy Hour on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. at D’Arcy McGees.  Read the Grow Blog written by experts on local environmental issues. Take the pledge to participate for Earth Week, and learn about many ways you can volunteer.

Saturday, April 21

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Annual Spring Cleanup of Amherst State Park

9 a.m. to noon

You can join volunteers from Amherst Arboretum and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers to clean up Amherst State Park, 400 Mill St., Williamsville. Meet in the parking lot by the maintenance pathway.  Riverkeeper provides gloves, trash bags, hand sanitizer and first aid kits. Please dress for the weather. No flip-flops. Riverkeeper will be giving away free reusable totes as a way of saying thank you for your help. A free volunteer appreciation picnic party will be held directly following the cleanup event from noon to 3 p.m.  at the American Legion Post, 533 Amherst St., Buffalo. All are welcome. If you will attend the cleanup, please contact l.shriver@roadrunner.com so they know how many supplies to have on hand.

 

Saturday, April 21

Make spring floral arrangement at Roycroft

9 a.m. to noon

Bring the beauty of spring into your home by creating a floral basket arrangement filled with gorgeous flowers and greenery accents in this workshop at the Roycroft Campus, 31 South Grove Street, East Aurora. Learn the basics of flower arranging in a step-by-step visual approach.  Students will learn how to condition the flowers, prepare the container, cut and arrange flowers and greenery and care for the design. Materials supplied for the class include floral foam, a decorative container, a variety of flowers (roses, gerbera daisies, tulips and flowers of the season), greenery (ruscus and variegated pitiosporum) and floral accents. The instructor will be Malinda Schneider, floral arranger and gardener for the Roycroft Inn. She is a self-taught gardener with a love for color and design.  The fee is $90  for Roycroft members  and $95 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited to a maximum of 20 students. Register online or call the Roycroft Copper Shop at 716-655-0261.

 

Saturday, April 21

Spring shoreline cleanup with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

9 a.m. to noon

Individuals as well as families, community groups, employee groups, service clubs, student groups, school clubs, scouts troops, churches, and volunteer groups can help remove the unsightly trash and debris that has accumulated over the winter during Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s spring cleanup.  This trash and debris is harmful to wildlife and degrades water quality.  Volunteers that participate in the movement to beautify Buffalo and Niagara’s waterways will receive a thank you gift and are invited to attend Riverkeeper’s volunteer appreciation picnic following the cleanup. You can register online to volunteer at one of 40 cleanup sites around Western New York.  Please register by Wednesday, April 11, 2012. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Lamont at (716) 852-7483 ext. 19 or elamont@bnriverkeeper.org.

Friday, April 20

Buffalo Enviro-Fair

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sixth annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair will be celebrating Earth Day with booths from area eco-organizations in front of City Hall in Niagara Square, Buffalo. Re-Tree WNY, an all-volunteer not-for-profit group formed to replace trees lost in the October, 2006 snowstorm, hosts the event. Re-Tree WNY will give out free tree seedlings and will sell reusable shopping bags to benefit Re-Tree WNY. The event is free and open to the public. The not-for-profits at the event are supported in part by environmentally-aware business sponsors, who are also sought for 2012’s event. Any organization, whether a not-for-profit or potential sponsor, can contact Paul Maurer at (716) 553-4061 or email pauldavidmaurer@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, April 19 or Thursday, May 17

Wire Wrapped Stone Cabochon

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Garden Members $45, Non-Members $50 *Offered twice!

Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery will teach you how to create a pendent of your own as part of the Make-it, Take-it Workshop offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo! A cabochon (from the French word caboche or head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted.  Chain not included. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Tuesday, April 17

 

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meets

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Sunday, April 15

Deadline to register for Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012

The 83rd national convention of the National Garden Clubs Inc., called Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012, will be held May 15 to 20 in Buffalo. The deadline to register without a financial penalty is April 15. You don’t have to be a garden club member to attend. Read more about the event.

 

Saturday, April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, April 14

Workshop: Learn How to Make Your Own Compost

9 a.m. to noon

Join Groundwork Buffalo, Cornell University and City Honors School for a free composting workshop at City Honors School, 186 East North Street, Buffalo. Explore the art and science of composting and learn to turned unwanted spoils into nutritious soil.  You will also learn about how to build worm bins, wire bins, and pallet composters; projects being developed by students and teachers, and staying healthy and saving with composting. For more information, contact Groundwork Buffalo at info@groundworkbuffalo.org or call (716) 462-1074.

 

Saturday, April 14

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club will meet in the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY 14136. The presentation will be “The Herbal Medicine Chest” by Jackie Swift of Rainbow’s End Herbs.

 

Saturday, April 14

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be “Spring Bonsai Care and Repotting.” Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Youngstown Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown, NY. The program will be presented by Nancy Smith of the Western New York Land Conservancy. She will be talking about the Bond Lake Project and other Conservancy activities. The Youngstown Garden Club welcomes members of the community who wish to attend.

Wednesday, April 11

Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet in St. John Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster, NY. The program will be  “Perennials and Using Perennials in Container Gardening” with Mark Yadon from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses.  He will do a power point presentation and bring examples of perennial plants.

 

Tuesday, April 10

10 a.m.
The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. The theme will be “Think Spring.” Dorothy Julius, co-owner of Along Garden Paths, will create a spring design and tell us about pressed flowers and her home-based business. The Kenmore Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

 

Monday, April 9

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main Street (corner of Maple), East Aurora. Nancy Kalieta of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will speak on “Famous Crystal Palaces.” Her PowerPoint presentation will take the audience on a tour of Phipps Conservatory, Longwood Gardens, Sonnenberg Gardens, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and more. She will discuss the history of greenhouses and the problems they face today.

 

Saturday, April 7

Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m. – Pre-Registration Only!

Garden Members Child/Grandchild $6, Non-Members Child/Grandchild $8, After March 25 $10

Kids ages six and under are eligible to participate in the Hunt at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Each Hunter will collect two eggs to exchange for a great prize! The Hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.  Hunters are admitted free to the Gardens this day!  If you plan to visit the Botanical Gardens this day before or after the hunt, please see Spring Flower Show admission prices.  Inside – kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities: a scavenger hunt, games, a petting zoo, prizes and more! Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s. The Hunt sells out every year!  Register early! Register online at www.buffalogardens.com, on the registration form in the back of this book or by calling 827.1584 ext. 204.

 

Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens as part of the Spring Flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8

Dress Your Easter Best

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  *Included with admission

Celebrate spring tradition and wear an Easter Bonnet or Easter Tie to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo! The Easter Bunny’s Helper will choose winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize. You can make it, borrow it or buy your bonnet or tie!  Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Thursday, April 5

Meeting of Orchard Park Garden Club

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Lana Bilger will do a presentation on pruning.  Lana has worked at Menne Njursery since 1989 and has presented gardening classes there for several years  She has been a New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional since 1990.

 

April through September

Volunteer to plant trees and shrubs with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Join Restore Corps volunteers in planting trees and shrubs to create habitat for wildlife and protect water quality along the waterfront. Plantings are usually 3-4 hours and include all tools and equipment. Just bring a willingness to get muddy! Register on the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper website,  email Matt at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org, or call 852-RIVER.

 

Monday, April 2

Deadline to apply for FreshConnect grant

Grants are available for projects to get farm products to areas in need. Read more about it here. 

 

Saturday, March 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 31

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-103 Pest Management and Disease

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, March 31

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet at the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. A beginners workshop will be held. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact 716-822-0222. Monthly meetings consist of demonstrations, workshops, and much more. Members have access to the group’s comprehensive bonsai library, participate in monthly club raffles, and display and organize upcoming club shows. Meetings are also a great time to meet fellow bonsai enthusiasts and to ask any bonsai questions you might have. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens as part of the Spring Flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Saturday, March 31

Deadline for artists to register for inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale

The National Garden Festival has issued a call for artists for its inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park, Buffalo, N.Y. Artists can apply online at www.nationalgardenfestival.com by March 31. The event is a fundraiser for the National Garden Festival and artists will be charged a $10 application fee, $50 booth fee and 10 percent of their sales from the event.

 

Wednesday,  March 27

 

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York. The program will be the installation of officers,  presentation of awards and a pot luck dinner. Members are asked to bring a favorite dish to pass and a place setting including a miniature or small arrangement to be judged.

 

Thursday, March 29

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Lewiston Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1

Baltimore Trip

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for some fun as they partner with AAA Tours to travel via luxury motor coach to the beautiful historic city of Baltimore. Trip includes the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, the Inner Harbor and a few surprises. The excursion closes travelling homeward with a stop at the 23 acres of botanical beauty at Hershey Gardens, in Hershey PA. For more details, go online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, March 26

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WB

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Monday, March 26

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

6:30 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Porter Town Hall, 3265 Creek Road, Youngstown, NY 14174. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

March 22-25

Flower show at Plantasia

The 8th District Judges Council  is sponsoring a standard flower show called “A Taste of Spring”  during Plantasia in the Expo Building of the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY.  The show will feature designs, horticulture and special exhibits.

 

Thursday, March 22

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

1 PM:   Attracting Birds and Butterflies to the Landscape, Tom Mitchell – Horticulture Instructor NCCC & owner of Mitchell Landscaping Inc

2 PM:   Edible Landscapes, Daphne Kroll, CNLP – Dore Landscape Associates

3 PM:  Gardens of the Garden Walk, Jim Charlier – JCharlier Communication Design

4 PM: Agri-Tourism:  What It’s All About, Dan Robillard, Horticulture Instructor, McKinley High School, Buffalo

 

Thursday, March 22

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Friday, March 23

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

11 AM:             Innovative Hardscapes In Outdoor Living Spaces, Mike Frank – Chevalier Outdoor Living

Noon:   ECO-Logic: How to Use it Naturally in the Landscape , Ken Parker –  Lockwood Gardens

1 PM:   Do You Know How Waterfront Landscaping Affects Water Quality and Quantity?

Larry Brooks – Watershed Restoration Project Manager Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

2 PM:   Pruning – The How And Why Of Good Pruning Techniques, Lynn Chimera – Lessons from Nature

3 PM:  Garden Personalities:  Stories Of Local Gardeners and Their Creations, Connie Oswald Stofko –   Publisher of Buffalo-Niagara Gardening.com 

3 PM: (Small Conference Room): Traditional Designs For Flower Shows, Judy Tucholski – 8th District Garden Clubs Judge

4 PM:   Plants with All Season Interest, Lana Bilger – Menne Nursery Garden Artistry

 

Friday, March 23 to Sunday, April 15

Joan Saba Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

Art in Bloom – Joan Saba’s oil paintings feature sun-drenched flowers where shadows provide intrigue and color reigns supreme.  Their grand scale, masterful brushwork, and rhythmic compositions are a visual delight.  Visit the exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is included in admission price.

 

Friday, March 23

Paradise Under Glass

6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Garden Members $25, Non-Members $28, After March 18 $30

Dont miss this great event to celebrate SPRING at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo!  Wear your tropical attire and see a sneak preview of the Spring Flower Show, try your luck at a great basket raffle, enjoy Dundee Ale & Lager, Seagram’s Escapes, delicious tidbits from: Lucarelli’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Obviously Avi Catering, Curly’s, Quaker Bonnet and Tandoori’s, free parking and more! Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager, Seagram’s Escapes, Backyard Party Supply and Wendy’s.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 204.

 

Saturday, March 24

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

11 AM: English Gardens, Mike Shadrick –British Horticulture Speaker &Author. Books available for purchase and signed.

Noon: Put Your Best Look Forward – Design for an Unforgettable Front Yard, Sally Cunningham, CNLP & Author – Lockwood Greenhouse

1 PM:   Container Gardening, Lynn Chimera – Lessons from Nature

1PM (Small Conference Room) Caring for Your Waterfront Property Workshop, Larry Brooks- Watershed Restoration Project Manager Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

2 PM:   Things Gardeners Should Know But Don’t, Ken Brown – Host WBEN Radio (930 AM Dial)

3 PM:  Success with Vegetable Gardening, Tom Mitchell – Horticulture Instructor NCCC & owner of Mitchell Landscaping Inc.

4 PM:   Lawn, Landscape and Garden Facts and Fallacies

Terry Ettinger  – Greenhouse Manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology,                             YNN TV Garden Expert

5 PM:   The Garden Revolution: A Call To Trowels, Albert Gilewicz – Consultant and speaker

6 PM:  Green Roofs and Their Benefits, Gaelle Berges – Vegetali.D.

 

Saturday, March 24

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

1 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held during Plantasia at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, April 15

Spring Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

See the spring flowers in full bloom at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Farmer Brown’s Petting Zoo – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily – visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more! The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens March 24, 25, 31, April 1, 6, 7, 8 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Saturday, March 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 24

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-202 Advanced Propagation

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens as part of the Spring Flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Sunday, March 25

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

11 AM:  Get a Jump Start on the 2012 Growing Season/How to Start Flowers and Vegetables, Dave Clark – Horticulture Speaker and Instructor, Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Noon:   Environmental Landscape Design and Management Strategies, Terry Ettinger   – Greenhouse Manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology,  YNN TV Garden Expert

1 PM:   More Bang with Perennials, Sally Cunningham, CNLP & Author – Lockwood Greenhouse

2 PM:   How to Design and Care for Your Indoor House Plants, Kathy O’Donnell – Botanicus Interior Landscaping

3 PM:  Plant Envy: “Must Have” Annuals and Perennials for Every Garden, Carolyn Stanko, CNLP – Educator, Niagara County Community College

 

Sunday, March 25

 

Sunday Kids Program at the Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. Register online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

March 22-25

Flower show at Plantasia

The 8th District Judges Council  is sponsoring a standard flower show called “A Taste of Spring”  during Plantasia in the Expo Building of the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY.  The show will feature designs, horticulture and special exhibits. The deadline for pre-registration for designs and special exhibits is March 8. Horticulture may be brought in on the entry day, March 21, from 9 am-1 pm. Contact Judy at irisjudy@aol.com for questions and special instructions.

 

Tuesday, March 20

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meets

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Tuesday, March 20

“Sharpest Tool in the Shed” workshop

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House will host a workshop to help you learn about the tools professionals use and why they work better, save you time and keep you out of the doctor’s office. The workshop will be held in the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214. Understand the tools of the trade and learn why the tools lurking in your garage are often not suited for the job. Sharpening will be discussed and demonstrated, so bring your clippers or scissors. From rakes and shovels to pruners and trowels, learn the best tools for the price and why they save you time and money in the long run. Martin House horticulturalist Nellie Gardner and her assistant, Norma Wiegley, will lead you through this fun and informative workshop. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Reserve you space now or call 716-856-3858.

 

Wednesday, March 21

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at the Wheatfield Community Center, 6812 Nash Road, Wheatfield, NY 14120.   Note correct address: 2790 Church Rd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Wednesday, March 21

Plantasia: Taste of Spring—Preview Night

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden.

 

Monday, March 19

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Saturday, March 17

Lockwood’s opens for the season

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, is opening for the season. Join us for scones and coffee in the morning. The store is stocked with houseplants, flowering plants, pansies and violas. The gift shop is bursting with new items that will amaze you. Helleborus ‘Cinnamon Snow’ and ‘Pink Frost’ are in full bloom and looking good. (May need to be covered when danger of frost is possible.) Spring also means time for spring cleaning and they have a great sale area set up with 40% off because they need room for all the new items still coming in over the next few weeks. Pottery included! (Sorry, no loyalty points on discounted merchandise.)

 

Saturday, March 17

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KC

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 17, 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Now through Sunday, March 18

Doug Hansgate Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

*Included with admission

Orchids – they are so diverse and beautiful you wonder how nature has been able to create such a variety of such uniquely beautiful flowers. Visit Doug Hansgate’s exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to view some compelling photos showcasing that deliciously intricate and artistically thought provoking wonder of the orchid species. Explore the details and makeup that have helped to create such a diverse group of blooms, but most importantly revel in the magnificence that is the ORCHID.

 

Now through March 16

Tree and shrub seedling sale

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual sale of deciduous and evergreen seedlings. You can also order wildflower seed mixes, fertilizer tablets, tree shelters, orange marker flags and bluebird nest boxes. You can find the order form online, but it must be mailed in with payment and received by March 16.

 

Thursday, March 15

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Wednesday,  March 14: Rescheduled to March 27

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York. The program will be the installation of officers,  presentation of awards and a pot luck dinner. Members are asked to bring a favorite dish to pass and a place setting including a miniature or small arrangement to be judged.

 

Mondays, March 12, 26

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WB

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Monday, March 12

Annual meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual meeting in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora, New York 14052. The group will install new officers; recognize members who have been in the club 20, 30 or 40 years, and recognize new members. The potluck luncheon will feature cold salads. Members are asked to bring a small salad and a serving utensil.

 

Sunday, March 11

Victorian Tea

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Garden Members $20, Non-Members $24

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo for a light lunch, tasty tea and an entertaining presentation.  Unique teapots will be available for your shopping pleasure, and don’t forget to don your Victorian bonnet! Registration is required – call 827.1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 10

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Western NY Iris Society  will give a slide show presentation at the meeting of the Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club in the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY 14136.

 

Saturday, March 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 10

Ecology and the Interaction of Natural Systems in Home Gardens

11 a.m to Noon

Join  David Clark, horticulturist, as he explains the delicate and balanced ecosystems of your yard and how to foster and maintain some amazing relationships at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Register online or by calling 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost is $8 for garden members, $10 for non-members and $5 for students. This is also included as a Bonus Class in the Horticuture Series I & II.  The event is sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County and 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State.

 

Thursday, March 8

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14302. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Friday, March 9

South Towns Gardeners

10 a.m. to noon

South Towns Gardeners meets the 2nd Friday of each month us at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224.  At this meeting, there will be the annual election of officers and a business meeting. New members are welcome!

 

Wednesday, March 7

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeperwill host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held Sheridan Parkside Auditorium, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Monday, March 5, 12, 26

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WB

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Saturday, March 3, 10, 17

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KC

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 3

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP 102-Basic Propagation (with advanced techniques)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Thursday, March 1

Meeting of Orchard Park Garden Club

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.  Following a business meeting, Lynn Chimera, guest speaker, will present a program on how to use native plants in your garden.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Deadline to apply for new community garden with Grassroots Gardens

If you are interested in starting your own community garden in the City of Buffalo, Grassroots Gardens may be able to help. Click here for more information.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 29

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeperwill host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Office, 1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 to Sunday, March 18

Doug Hansgate Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

*Included with admission

Orchids – they are so diverse and beautiful you wonder how nature has been able to create such a variety of such uniquely beautiful flowers. Visit Doug Hansgate’s exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to view some compelling photos showcasing that deliciously intricate and artistically thought provoking wonder of the orchid species. Explore the details and makeup that have helped to create such a diverse group of blooms, but most importantly revel in the magnificence that is the ORCHID.

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

 

Sunday Kids Program at the Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. Register online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26

Orchid Show by The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society & the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Dozens of special orchid exhibits will be spread throughout the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo and the many blooming orchids in the permanent collection will be at their best!  There will be educational programs daily for growing orchids and other aspects of indoor gardening. There will be plenty of orchids for sale as well as supplies from various vendors. The orchid vendors will include Bloomfield Orchids, Marlow Orchids, and Piping Rock Orchids and other vendors include Hydroponics of Buffalo. Go out to the Gardens to see hundreds of blooming orchids! Cost is $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are free.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25

Medicinal Garden Special Feature

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  * included with admission

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, this Saturday for Nutrition & Poison Prevention Month. Activities include: presentations about the benefits of foods from plants containing health-promoting compounds; botanical displays of edible plants which are good for health; and common local plants which may be toxic to humans and pets; education regarding the prevention of accidental ingestion of toxic substances by infants and children in the home.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 21

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meets

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Wednesday,  Feb.  22Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series DA

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

This beginner/intermediate drawing class will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for garden members or $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Wednesday,  Feb.  22

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

Amherst Garden Club will hold a meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville.  The program will be “Ponds & Water Features for Your Patio” by Tim Zimmerman of Menne Nursery & Florist.  Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday through Saturday, February 15, 16, 17, 18

Night Lights at the Gardens

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

Night Lights is held inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting. Last year’s eventwas a huge success, and 2012 will bring new features, different lighting arrangements, soundscapes and more. As visitors walk through the Gardens, they will encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes that will inspire imaginations and delight the senses. Lighting designs by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. On Friday, Feb. 17,  the GAHU Drum Ensemble will perform. Calling the Chautauqua region their home, the GAHU Drum Ensemble will perform traditional rhythmic percussion and vocals. Led by TR McKotch and Rhonda Harp, the ensemble plays and teaches throughout the Southern Tier. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons are not valid during Night Lights.

 

Saturday, February 18

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KB

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291. Cost is $2 for children of  Garden Members and $3 for children of non-members.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP 201-Soil Science

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Sunday, Feb. 19

Meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society

1:30 p.m.

The Western New York Hosta Society will meet in the East Aurora  Senior Citizen Center, corner of Oakwood and King St., East Aurora. Thomas Herrera-Mishler, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, will give an illustrated talk on “Frederick Law Olmsted – His life & Works.”

 

Sunday, Feb. 19

Wines of the Buffalo Meridian

3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo can’t promise to transform you into a wine connoisseur, but they can help you shake the winter blahs as they sample the wines of the regions on the Buffalo Meridian.  Light munchies will be provided to cleanse the palate as Ed Dore directs the sommelier quest. Registration is required. Call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden Members is $20 and forNon-Members, $24.

 

Monday, Feb. 20

Dollar Day at the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  $1 for Non-members, Members & kids under 3 are free at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo!

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Hearts in the Gardens

The fundraising gala for the National Garden Festival will be held in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres by Lucarelli’s, beer and wine, as well as a silent auction. You can also enjoy NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens, the Amaryllis & Cymbidiums display and the current Arcangel Gallery exhibition. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Feb. 7.  Proceeds help the National Garden Festival and Buffalo’s growing national reputation as a summer gardening destination.

 

Wednesday,  Feb. 15,  22

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series DA

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

This beginner/intermediate drawing class will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for garden members or $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

 

Monday, February 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Monday, February 13

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora.  Paul Kroll from the African Violet Society will give a demonstration on dividing, propagating and properly caring for the plants.

 

Wednesday through Saturday, February 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18

Night Lights at the Gardens

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

Night Lights is held inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting. Last year’s eventwas a huge success, and 2012 will bring new features, different lighting arrangements, soundscapes and more. As visitors walk through the Gardens, they will encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes that will inspire imaginations and delight the senses. Lighting designs by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. On Friday, Feb. 10, John & Mary will perform.  Hailing from the lineage of the alternative rockers 10,000 Maniacs, John & Mary will bring their original folk rock tunes. The duo has released four albums during their 20 year career. Mary Ramsey is the lead singer in 10,000 Maniacs. John Lombardo was a former founding member of the band. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons are not valid during Night Lights.

 

Friday, Feb. 10

South Town Gardeners meeting

10:30 a.m.

The South Town Gardeners meets the second Friday of each month at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. New members are welcome.

 

Saturday, February 11, 18

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KB

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Feb. 11, 18

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291. Cost is $2 for children of  Garden Members and $3 for children of non-members.

 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Reservation deadline for Hearts in the Gardens

Hearts in the Gardens is the gala fundraiser for the National Garden Festival. See details below at its Feb. 14 listing.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Federated Lancaster Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will have the annual “Welcome Back”  meeting on Wednesday,  February 8 at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York. Members will work on “goody bags”  for the National Convention coming to Buffalo in May. Members are asked to bring scissors and check other details through the club mailings.

 

Monday, February 6 and 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Wednesday through Saturday, February 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18

Night Lights at the Gardens

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

Night Lights is held inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting. Last year’s eventwas a huge success, and 2012 will bring new features, different lighting arrangements, soundscapes and more. As visitors walk through the Gardens, they will encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes that will inspire imaginations and delight the senses. Lighting designs by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. On Friday, Feb. 3, Lazlo Hollyfeld, an all-instrumental group will play their original compositions created from a blend of electronic, percussion and guitars. Lazlo Hollyfeld has toured the country and have been local favorites for over a decade. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons are not valid during Night Lights.

 

Wednesday,  Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series DA

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

This beginner/intermediate drawing class will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for garden members or $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4 

Medicinal Garden Special Feature at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m.to 1 p.m.

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, this February for National Heart Month while they feature Medicinal Gardens. Activities include: botanical displays highlighting the plant sources for medications used to treat medical conditions related to the heart and cardiovascular system, blood pressure education and screenings, education regarding the ABC’s of the Million Hearts national campaign aiming to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. This exhibit included in admission.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11, 18

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!  Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291. Cost is $2 for children of  Garden Members and $3 for children of non-members.

 

Saturday, February 4, 11, 18

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KB

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, January 30

Make-it, Take-it Workshop for adults: Succulent Wreath and Propagation 

6 to 8 p.m.

Create a living wreath of desert plants to grace your home for years to come at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Learn how to propagate these plants to create beautiful desert dish gardens.  Bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport your beautiful handiwork. The cost is $35 for Botanical Gardens members and $40 for non-members.

 

Monday January 30, February 6, 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, January 28

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Jan. 28

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP 101-Basic Botany and Plant Environment

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Sunday, Jan. 22

Sunday Kids Program at the Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. Register online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

 Jan. 14 to Feb. 20

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

See an exhibit of the 2011 NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens event,  at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Featured will be the work Chris Podosek, John Gerovac & Arnold Abira, three artists with three different perspectives. See the Gardens in a new light! The exhibit is included with admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3.

 

Jan. 21 to Feb. 20

Amaryllis & Cymbidium Exhibit

See an exhibit of amaryllis and cymbidiums (a species of orchids) at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is included with admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3.

 

Monday January 23, 30, February 6, 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, January 21, 28

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21

 

Garden Design(HCP 106 )

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the sixth class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, Jan. 14

Class on Annuals and Perennials (HCP 105 )11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the fifth class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Now through Sunday,  Jan. 8

“Micro Botanicals”: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

Michael Mandolfo & Sara Heidinger  will bring a unique photography exhibit that highlights vibrant and colorful flowers of all kinds to the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The photos will bring you up close and personal with the unique textures, color tones, and personalities of nature’s finest!

 

Now through Sunday, Jan. 1

Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your family to the biggest exhibition of poinsettias in the Western New York region at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Escape the cold.  It is always 72 degrees and humid at the Gardens. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Now through  Sunday, Jan. 1

Garden Railway Exhibit

This year the railway exhibit will be double the size at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Two different trains, a traditional set-up and a Thomas the Train exhibit, will be a part of the magical family fun. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Gardening Events in Buffalo, NY area for 2011

Now through Sunday, Jan. 1

Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your family to the biggest exhibition of poinsettias in the Western New York region at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Escape the cold.  It is always 72 degrees and humid at the Gardens. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Now through  Sunday, Jan. 1

Garden Railway Exhibit

This year the railway exhibit will be double the size at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Two different trains, a traditional set-up and a Thomas the Train exhibit, will be a part of the magical family fun. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Friday, Dec. 30

Dollar Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is just $1 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3 is free.

 

Saturday, Dec. 31

Deadline to enter photo contest at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Categories are Glass, Water and Color. Awards are first, second and third place in each category and the photo used on the cover of the Botanical Gardens’ next newsletter. Entry forms will be available on the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling 827-1584, ext. 204. For members of the Botanical Gardens, the first entry fee is free and each additional entry is $6. For non-members, the entry fee is $8.

 

Now through Friday, Dec. 30

Christmas decorations at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

See period decorations created by members of the 8th District Federated Garden Clubs at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, between North and Allen Streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5 per person.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Holiday Fresh Floral Arrangement

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Choose the traditional look or bring a taper to add candlelight to the center of the arrangement that you make at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your floral showpiece. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

 

Now through Sunday, Dec. 18

Holiday coupons from Perry’s Nurseries and Garden Center

Click here to find a coupon from Perry’s for $10 off your purchase of $35 in garden accents, $5 off Christmas trees, and more!

 

Saturday, Dec. 17

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Christmas centerpiece

10:30 a.m.

Design a Christmas centerpiece with floral design artist Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The centerpiece will be made of fresh-cut greens and have a holiday motif. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Thursday, Dec. 15

Hands-On Holiday Seminar: Fresh Tabletop Tree

6:30 p.m. 

The Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara will hold a hands-on holiday seminar at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $30 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials. No experience is necessary to create your own arrangement. Participants must bring scissors, pruners and wire cutters. You must register and pay in full by Thursday, Dec. 1.  If your business or social organization would like to attend as a group, please call Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, ext. 244. Registration through credit card or check may be done in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by mail to 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd, LPO Box 360, NF, NY 14304-0360.  Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities.  These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale and for use in this seminar.

 

Sunday, Dec. 11

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Boxwood topiary

2 p.m.

Design a boxwood topiary with floral design artist David Clark at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $40. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Sunday, Dec. 11

Riverkeeper/Squeaky Wheel Documentary Premiere

3 p.m.

View the first part of the Riverkeeper/Squeaky Wheel documentary, Everyone Lives Downstream,  at the Burchfield Penne  1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Everybody Lives Downstream examines the history of Buffalo’s complicated relationship with the Buffalo River –- the way we continue to alter this body of water through industrial exploitation as well as remediation and restoration efforts.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Kissing ball

10:30 a.m.

Make a kissing ball with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $30. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Bow making

11:30 a.m.

Learn how to make bows at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost for instruction and two bows is $10. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday Celebration at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a holiday celebration at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3. The fee for kids’ activities and crafts is $2 per child . Photos with Santa are $5 per photo.

 

Thursday, Dec. 8

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Fresh wreath

6 p.m.

Make a fresh wreath (basic wreath, bow included) with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is$25. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Tropical Holiday Brunch at Romanello’s

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual holiday party at Romanello’s. Spend an afternoon with friends, enjoy a delicious brunch and learn about tropical plants from the gardeners of the Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the great basket raffle and the opportunity to grab some holiday gifts. See the order form or call 827-1584 ext. 204 for details. The cost is $24 for Botanical Gardens members or $27 for non-members.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Amherst Garden Club’s benefit luncheon

Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon to benefit its scholarship fund and civic, conservation and other projects at the Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Rd., Clarence.  The reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 18.  Tickets are $25 payable to Amherst Garden Club.  Call Nan Davis at 688-2784 for further details.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Lancaster Garden Club Christmas party

6 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet for its annual Christmas party at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens,  6461 Transit Road,  Depew.  This will be the final meeting of the year.  There will no regular meeting in January.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Panel Discussion: “The Economic Benefits of Conservation: Making Choices Today for Sustainability Tomorrow”
 3 to 5 p.m.
A panel discussion on “The Economic Benefits of Conservation: Making Choices Today for Sustainability Tomorrow” will be held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Join panelists from American Farmland Trust, Edible Buffalo, Field & Fork Network, Lexington Co-Op, the WNY Environmental Alliance, and the Western New York Land Conservancy to discuss bottom-line community values, with special interest paid to community health, local food from sustainable farms, and green space. Panelists will discuss current community initiatives such as local food, the “we” versus “me” trend, smart energy and sustainable healthy communities.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Open House at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get ideas for holiday decorating as well as gift giving at the open house at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe, 2365 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Print out the online coupon to receive a free holiday gift with purchase.

 

Sunday, Dec. 4

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Entry planter or decorative cone

2 p.m.

Make an entry planter or decorative cone with Mary Gurtler at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Fresh materials will be used and you can use the finished piece outside. The cost is $40. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Dec. 10

Victorian Christmas at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

See period decorations created by members of the 8th District Federated Garden Clubs at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, between North and Allen Streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5 per person. A shuttle van will run from the Holiday Inn parking lot (620 Delaware Avenue) to the TR Site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Note that this service is NOT available in the evenings, on Saturdays, or on Friday, December 16.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Open House at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Get ideas for holiday decorating as well as gift giving at the open house at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe, 2365 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Print out the online coupon to receive a free holiday gift with purchase.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Hosta Conversation & Breakfast

10 a.m.

Western New York Hosta Society will hold an informal gathering for conversations on hostas at the Gardenview Restaurant, 1744 Union Rd. West Seneca. If you’d like to attend, you must RSVP  by email  to H8staman@aol.com  or by phone to (716) 941-6167.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Decorative swag with greens & berries

10:30 a.m.

Make a decorative swag with greens and berries with Mary Gurtler at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Mixed greens wreath

11:30 a.m.

Make a mixed greens wreath with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Holiday Photo Op at Mischler’s

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your family and your camera to take a memorable holiday photo with hundreds of our beautiful poinsettias as your backdrop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Amherst. Pets are welcome, too. The photo opportunity is in celebration of Season in the Village of Williamsville, presented by the Williamsville Business Association.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Boxwood Tree

9 to 11 a.m.

Make a boxwood tree at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your handiwork. The cost is $25 for Botanical Garden members and $30 for non-members.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Make-it, Take-it for kids: Christmas Orange Pomander

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Bring the luscious smell of oranges and cloves into your home this Christmas with this craft at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Very traditional and very easy to do, it is one craft the kids never tire of.  In fact, it makes a perfect gift! The cost is $7 for Botanical Garden members and $8 for non-members.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Fresh Greens Wreath

Noon to 2 p.m.

Bring the smell of fresh greens into your home with a 14-inch wreath you make at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your handiwork. The cost is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for non-members.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Mixed greens wreath

6 p.m.

Make a mixed greens wreath with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Bow making

6:45 p.m.

Learn to make bows with Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost for instruction and two bows is $10. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Deadline to register for Dec. 15 Hands-On Seminar: Fresh Tabletop Tree

See details at the listing for Dec. 15.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Sea Glass Jewelry

6 to 8 p.m.

Create a sterling silver wire wrapped sea glass pendant  and earrings under the expert tutelage of Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  (Chain is not included.) Bring wire cutters and needle nose pliers if you have them.  The cost is $45 for Botanical Garden members and $50 for non-members.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Orchard Park Garden Club annual Christmas luncheon

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its annual Christmas luncheon, Good Tidings of Friendship,  at the Orchard Park Country Club, 4247 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. There will be a friendship through gift exchange, where the members  exchange a fresh or dried small arrangement that they made.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Make a fresh wreath

10:30 a.m.

Make a fresh wreath with Sally Cunningham (basic wreath, bow included) at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Sunday, Nov. 27

Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities

Fun, garden-related activities will be held for children ages 3 to 12 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. The activities are free with garden admission.

 

Friday, Nov.  25  to Sunday, Jan. 1

Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your family to the biggest exhibition of poinsettias in the Western New York region at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Escape the cold.  It is always 72 degrees and humid at the Gardens. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Friday, Nov.  25  to Sunday, Jan. 1

Garden Railway Exhibit

This year the railway exhibit will be double the size at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Two different trains, a traditional set-up and a Thomas the Train exhibit, will be a part of the magical family fun. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Friday, Nov.  25  to Sunday,  Jan. 8

“Micro Botanicals”: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

Michael Mandolfo & Sara Heidinger  will bring a unique photography exhibit that highlights vibrant and colorful flowers of all kinds to the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The photos will bring you up close and personal with the unique textures, color tones, and personalities of nature’s finest!

 

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26

Holiday Photo Op at Mischler’s

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your family and your camera to take a memorable holiday photo with hundreds of our beautiful poinsettias as your backdrop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Amherst. Pets are welcome, too. The photo opportunity is in celebration of Season in the Village of Williamsville, presented by the Williamsville Business Association.

 

Monday, Nov. 21

Presentation on “Gems of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with Floriade 2012″

6 p.m.

Get information on the spring trip “Gems of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with Floriade 2012,” which will be hosted by garden author Sally Cunningham, during a meeting at McKinley’s Banquet Center, S-3950 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell. Reservations are required for the meeting. To make a reservation, call AAA at 800-242-4244.  The trip will be held March 31-April 8, 2012. You can save $475 per person by making trip reservations by Nov. 30.

 

Monday, Nov.  21

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Make a fresh Thanksgiving arrangement at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The arrangement will have a dish or pumpkin base. Add $5 for pumpkin base (the staff  prepares the pumpkin beforehand). The cost is $30 for Botanical Garden members and $35 for non-members. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your masterpiece.

 

 Saturday, Nov. 19

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Thanksgiving Centerpiece

10:30 a.m.

Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece with floral design artist Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Nov. 19

Exploration Earth for youth: Sun Solutions

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. During this day’s class, participants can Explore solar energy, historical and future implications. Make and look through a spectromoscope and see how a solar car works. The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Friday, Nov. 18

Deadline to register for Amherst Garden Club’s benefit luncheon

See details in the listing for Wednesday, Dec. 7

 

Thursday, Nov. 17

Great American Smokeout

Smoking is bad for your plants. The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. The program will be “How to Grow & Show Houseplants” by Mischler’s Florist & Greenhouses.  The horticulture presentation will be “Bulbs and their Proper Care” by Linda Zeder.  Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Federated Holland Garden Club meeting

11 a.m.

The Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following a business meeting and luncheon, Dorothy Julius, member of the Federated Lancaster Garden Club, will present a workshop entitled, “Making a Mini Arrangement.” For more information, call 652-2539. New members are always welcome.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 15

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30  to 9 p.m.

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Monday, Nov. 14

Meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

Members of the East Aurora Garden Club will demonstrate techniques for decorating for the holidays at the meeting at St. Mathias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. The presenters will be Gloria DeFilippo, wiring cones and fruit for wreaths as well as bow making; Carol Hasselback, assembling baskets of fresh greens; Mary Ann Jackson and Judy Dembinski, making plaques on oasis forms; Lynn Wilkins, using hydrangeas in holiday decorating, and Chris Hartmann, boxwood, apple and other topiaries. There will be many simple but clever ideas– you may want to bring your camera.

 

Sunday, Nov. 13

Western New York Hosta Society meeting

1:30 p.m.

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at the East Aurora Senior Citizens Center,  Oakwood and King St., East Aurora. The topic will be “The Hosta Garden.”  All Garden enthusiast are welcome to attend.

 

Saturday, Nov. 12

Christmas Open House at Lockwood’s

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Come Enjoy Christmas music and festivities while you find items to decorate for the holidays and give as gifts. It’s all at the Christmas open house at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. A free gift will be presented to the first 100 guests who make a purchase.There will be homemade cookies, savory treats, hot spiced cidar, decorated wreaths, boxwood trees, poinsettias and seasonal flowering plants. You can also sign up for Lockwood’s fall classes.

 

Saturday, Nov. 12

Standard Flower Show & Fashion Show set by Orchard Park Garden Club

11 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower Show & Fashion Show at Michaels Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.  The doors open at 11 a.m. featuring our Standard Flower Show and theme basket raffles. Pressed flower night lights will be available to purchase.  Fashions will be by Dress Barn. A lunch will be served.  Tickets are $25 per person. All tickets will be pre-sold only; no tickets will be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling Alice Holmes at 662-6997.


Saturday, Nov. 12

Free event sponsored by Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club
2 p.m.

Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of Polish Customs, Traditions, and Folklore, as well as other books, will present a slide show and speak about herbs and flowers at 72 Burgess St., Silver Creek. Her books will be available for purchase. The hostess will be Donna Metzger. For more information, call Sue at 934-7608.

 

Saturday, Nov. 12

Class on Trees and Shrubs (HCP 104 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the fourth class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

Colleen Gaskill will speak on “Garden Pathways” at the meeting of the Youngstown Garden Club at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Potential members are invited to attend.  For more information, please call Garda O’Keefe, membership chair at 745-9590 or email GardaOK@aol.com.Youngstown Garden Club is on Facebook, too.

 

Wednesday,  Nov. 9

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. The program,  “Boxwood Teacup Arrangement,”  will be presented by David Clark of Sieck’s Wholesale Florist.  It will include a hands-on workshop .

 

Through Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

Special coupon offer from Perry’s Nurseries

A coupon just for readers of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com is available by clicking here. The coupon entitles you to half off trees and shrubs at Perry’s Nurseries and Garden Center, 5203 Seneca St., West Seneca.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Kenmore Garden Club meeting

10 a.m.

Theresa Marone of Floral Accents in North Tonawanda will design a fall arrangement suitable for your Thanksgiving table and a Christmas arrangement at our meeting at Kenmore United Methodist Church on Landers Rd. at Delaware Rd. in Kenmore. (Entrance is through the church parking lot door.) These arrangements will be raffled during lunch. Guests are welcome.

 

Monday, Nov. 7

“What’s New for the Holidays” presented by Bowmansville Garden Club

6:15 p.m.

“What’s New for the Holidays” will be presented by the Bowmansville Garden Club in the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main St., Bowmansville. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., refreshments begin at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. “Innovative Holiday Ideas” will be presented by Tim Walters from Flowers by Johnny. There will be theme baskets and a Share the Wealth raffle. Tickets are $8 and are available by calling Kathy K. at 407-3218. No tickets will be sold at the event.

 

Monday,  Nov. 7

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes: Fall Series 2

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or expert,  you will learn a lot from Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher in these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 for the series or $15 per class. The cost for non-members is $60 for the series or $16 per class. A list of suggested supplies can be obtained by calling 827-1584 ext. 291. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sunday, Nov. 6

Speakers Series with Stan Radon
2 to 4 pm
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Western New York Land Conservancy will co-host a talk at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Stan Radon, geologist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, will discuss the geology of Western New York and the Niagara Escarpment. Popular for his gripping tours of local rock formations, Radon will speak about time, climate and the evolution of the geology and landscape of Western New York. This talk will describe the geologic resources and formations of Western New York, discuss sand and gravel deposition and mining, and discuss how salt, oil and gas deposits are formed and then mined. Radon has been a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the past 20 years and teaches geology and environmental sciences at UB and Daemen College.

Saturday, Nov. 5  

Hosta Conversation & Breakfast

10 a.m.

Western New York Hosta Society will hold an informal gathering for conversations on hostas at the Gardenview Restaurant, 1744 Union Rd. West Seneca. If you’d like to attend, you must RSVP  by email  to H8staman@aol.com  or by phone to (716) 941-6167.

 

Saturday, Nov. 5

Waffle or Worm Plate fundraiser

9 am-noon

Central City Cafe’, a soup kitchen at 200 East Eagle St., Buffalo, needs 80 cubic yards of good quality soil to build vegetable gardens for its neighbors. (Central City Cafe’ began growing fresh vegetables.  As the garden grew, so did the curiosity of the neighbors; they wanted to know how they could grow vegetables for their families.) To raise money for the new garden plots, the Cafe’ is holding a Waffle or Worm Plate fundraiser. Contributors can purchase a waffle breakfast for $5, or they can purchase a worm for $20, which will be eaten by the Cafe’s garden manager and other friends of the Cafe’. The Cafe’ has been serving meals for 20 years. It  provides a free lunch and shower for anyone who stops in Monday-Friday.  The kitchen is run by a volunteer staff.  If you would like to volunteer or contribute in other ways, please contact Caesandra Seawell at caesandra@gmail.com.

 

 

Saturday, November 5, 12 & December 3

Saturday Kids’ Art Classes (Series B)

9-10:30 a.m.

Join Instructor Joan Saba, professional artist, for a fun Saturday morning as you explore different art mediums at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. All supplies provided. Cost is $11 per class or $30 for the series.

 

Saturday, Nov. 5

Pest Management and Disease Class (HCP 103 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the third class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order.  The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, Nov. 5

Exploration Earth for youth: Reduce

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This day’s class helps participants discover how changing and reducing our consumption habits can help the environment and make this world a better place. Use creative thinking power to formulate nature cartoons and advertisements. The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Thursday, Nov. 3
Girls Night Out

5:30–9 p.m.

Join Lockwood’s for the second year of this special event at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens for a fun evening with your friends. Proceeds from this event benefit Child and Family Services – Haven House. There will be many vendors offering everything from jewelry to massages. Lockwood’s will be there with a special preview of some of the amazing Christmas ornaments they will be featuring at their Christmas Open House on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the store. They will also have their seasonal favorites from the Thymes – Fraser Fir Candles and more.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club will get together. There will be a field trip or there will be a meeting at Menne’s, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.  For more information, email wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 27

Hands-on seminar: “Pumpkin Flower Arrangement”

6:30 p.m.

Halloween is just around the corner. Bring home a fresh pumpkin filled with dried and fresh flowers you make during this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by October 13.Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities. These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. The program will be “Cornucopias” by Mary Ann MacDonald of Shelley’s Florist & Gift Shop in Williamsville. This will be a hands-on workshop.  Contact Nan Rung at 639-3947 for a list of supplies. Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Tuesday, October 25

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30  to 9 p.m.

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet in the LVAC Building, 40 Embry Place, Lancaster. A presentation by Barbara Donsky will cover  the basics of potting, grooming, watering and fertilizing Mini and Semi-Miniature African Violets. Everyone is invited to bring in their plants for assessment and help with problems. A leaf exchange, blossom display board and 50/50 split drawing will also be available. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served. For further information, please call Paul Kroll at 652-8658.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Energy-efficient lighting options for the holidays

7 p.m.

A presentation on energy-efficient lighting options for your household and for your holiday decorating will be given  in the Community Room at the Philip Sheridan  Building, 3200 Elmwood  Ave., Town of Tonawanda. You don’t have to be a Tonawanda resident to attend. This is the last of four presentations in the 2011 annual Environmental Speakers Series sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment. This event will kick off the application process for the Town of Tonawanda’s annual “Energy Smart” Holiday Decorating Contest.

 

Saturday, Oct. 22

Exploration Earth: Birds’ Turf

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This day’s class focuses on bird habitat conservation. Participants can discover some challenges birds face through an active game and take home a bird feeder. The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Sunday, Oct. 23

Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities

Fun, garden-related activities will be held for children ages 3 to 12 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Kids’ activities will also be held Nov. 27. The activities vary each day. The activities are free with garden admission.

 

Saturday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 13

Chrysanthemum Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Chrysanthemum Show will be heldat the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is sponsored by John & Carol Kociela. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Saturday, Oct.  22

Class on Propagation – Basic and Advanced (HCP 102 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the second class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. If you attended the propagation classes in the spring, you will receive credit toward the certificate course and do not need to repeat this class.  The cost of the entire program will be prorated accordingly. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Film: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

7 p.m.

The Buffalo Film Society presents If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst. The film tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liveration Front by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thrilller, the film interweaves a verite chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Sea Glass Jewelry : Make-it, Take-it Worshop for adults

6 to 8 p.m.

Create a sterling silver wire wrapped sea glass pendant and earrings under the expert tutelage of Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Chain for the pendant  is not included. Bring wire cutters and needle nose pliers if you have them.  The cost is $45 for Botanical Gardens members and $50 for non-members.

 

Tuesday, October 18

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York

Meeting date moved to Oct. 25.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16

Orchid Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An American Orchid Society (AOS) judged show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is being sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens. The plant judging is against previously judged and awarded plants that represent the best standard for that particular species or hybrid plant.  As the teams judge each category, they will grant ribbons for first, second and third place in each category, best in category, best in show, as well as plants deemed worthy of AOS awards and  show awards.  Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, Oct. 15

Free program sponsored by Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club
2 p.m.

Lyn Chimera will speak on  “Gardening On A Dime With Less Time”  to help you save time and money in your garden. The event will be held in First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek. For more information, call Sue at 934-7608.

 

Saturday, Oct. 15

Deadline for Master Gardener Training Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County is offering the Master Gardener Training Program this fall. You can read more details here. Cooperative Extension asks that students pay the tuition by Oct. 15. Classes start Oct. 29.

 

Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 20

“The Gardens Inside-Out”: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

John Gerovac will exhibit his work in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. He writes: “When I visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, I observe all of it.  I see inside & out, beds & buildings, flowers & facilities, ponds & pools, etc., etc., etc.  Of course, you will see flower photographs too.  But hopefully, you will experience so much more. ”

 

Thursday, Oct. 13

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar: “Pumpkin Flower Arrangement”

See details at the Oct. 27 listing.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Youngstown Garden Club: Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club is holding open meetings this fall.  Guests and newcomers are welcome. This  workshop will show you how to force bulbs for the holidays. Reservations are required. For more information, please call Garda O’Keefe, membership chair  745-9590 or email GardaOK@aol.com Youngstown Garden Club is  on Facebook.

 

Monday, Oct. 10

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon, with new member orientation at 11:15 a.m.

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. Kerri Li of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will speak on “Water Conservation in Your Own Backyard.” As part of the new member orientation series, Florence Mergenhagen, design chair and flower show judge, will give a short presentation on “Designing for Pleasure.”

 

Saturday, Oct. 8

Volunteers needed to spruce up pocket park

9 a.m. to noon

Groundwork Buffalo is looking for volunteers to help neighbors spruce up a pocket park in Buffalo in preparation for the National Preservation Conference, which is coming to Buffalo later this month. Volunteers will assemble at 420 Wohlers, just near East Ferry/Goulding. They will repair flower beds and plant fall perennials, tulips and other plants to make sure the pocket park looks great year round.  They’ll also prune shrubs and trees, collect refuse and plant some curbside trees. If you’d like to come out and lend a hand, bring a pair of work gloves (or mittens).

 

Saturday, Oct. 8

Exploration Earth for youth: Endless Existence

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This day’s class looks at what biodiversity is and why it’s important. Participants can enjoy a diverse scavenger hunt and take home some exotic plants . The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Thursday, Oct. 6

The Unstill Life of Plants

7 p.m.

Dr. Roger Hangarter, professor of biology at Indiana University will use time-lapse photography techniques to demonstrate the remarkable dynamics of plant life at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Dr. Hangarter is the author of a compelling website,  recipient of many teaching awards and a fascinating presenter.  Gardeners, artists, photographers and botanists won’t want to miss this. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County and 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State. Admission is $20 for members of the sponsoring organizations, $25 non-members, and $10 for students with ID.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne’s, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.  For more information, email wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Sunday, Oct. 2

Victorian Tea

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Victorian tea will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. There will be a light lunch of finger sandwiches, fruit, scones, desserts and of course, a variety of teas.  Thepresenter will be the ebullient, effervescent and entertaining horticulturist, David Clark. Victorian hats are encouraged! Admission is $20 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $22 for non-members. This event will fill up fast, so don’t wait until the last minute to register.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

Fall plant sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fall plant sale will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The sale includes perennials for fall and winter interest, flowering shrubs, tropical house plants and more. See a list of available plants, along with photos, at the Botanical Gardens’ website.

 

Saturday, Oct.  1

Basic Botany and Plant Environment class (HCP 101 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the first class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes which may be taken in any order.  The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday, October 1, 8 & 22

Saturday Kids’ Art Classes (Series A)

9-10:30 a.m.

Join Instructor Joan Saba, professional artist, for a fun Saturday morning as you explore different art mediums at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. All supplies provided. Cost is $11 per class or $30 for the series.

 

Friday,  Sept. 30

Fall plant sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

3 to 7 p.m.

A fall plant sale will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The sale includes perennials for fall and winter interest, flowering shrubs, tropical house plants and more. See a list of available plants, along with photos, at the Botanical Gardens’ website.

 

Now through Friday, Sept. 30

Sale on shrubs and trees at Lockwood’s

Get 30 percent off shrubs and trees at Lockwood‘s, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Sale includes hydrangeas, Japanese maples, butterfly bushes, and some really amazing shrubs for fall color (Itea, Callicarpa (Beauty berry), Fothergilla, and Viburnums.) They also have a wide selection of special small to medium-sized yard trees–Stewartia, Chionanthus (did you ever see the dark purple berries?), Seven-sons tree, and disease-resistant crapabbles. The hard-to-find native Washington Hawthorne is also available–not much to see now, but someday a gorgeous perfect oval with flame red color in autumn.

 

Thursday, Sept. 29

Hands-on seminar: “Dried Fall Arrangement”

6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the beauties of the upcoming season by creating a unique arrangement of dried flowers during this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by September 15.Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities. These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. The program will be “Flower Arranging Made Simple” by Sylvia Fredricks.  The horticulture presentation will be “Pruning Perennials” by Linda Zeder.  Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Monday, Sept.  26

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes: Fall Series 1

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or expert,  you will learn a lot from Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher in these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 for the series or $15 per class. The cost for non-members is $60 for the series or $16 per class. A list of suggested supplies can be obtained by calling 827-1584 ext. 291. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sunday, Sept. 25

Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities

Fun, garden-related activities will be held for children ages 3 to 12 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Kids’ activities will also be held Oct. 23 and Nov. 27. The activities vary each day. The activities are free with garden admission.

 

Saturday, Sept. 24

Gala at the Gardens: A Celebration of Herbs

7 to 10 p.m.

The flavors and essence of herbs will be celebrated throughout the evening at this gala at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Individual tickets are $100. Members of the Western New York Herb Society provided their time and expertise. Call 827-1584, ext. 203 for more information.

 

Now through Sept. 24

Summer Sweepstakes at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

You could win $2,500 cash or a trip to England in the Summer Sweepstakes held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Raffle tickets are $50 each and only 500 will be sold. Early Bird Winners will be drawn every Friday for 10 weeks at 10 a.m. beginning July 15. Early Bird prizes are $250 cash. These winners are still eligible to win more Early Bird prizes and the Grand Prize. Every ticket has up to 11 chances to win! The Grand Prize winner will be drawn on Sept. 24 and the winner must choose one Grand Prize. You can buy tickets online. 

 

Now through  Friday, Sept. 23

You can vote online in Show Us Your Garden contest at Zehr’s

Who has the best garden? You decide in the Show Us Your Garden photo contest at Zehr’s On the Lake. Prizes are $150 gift card for first place, $100 gift card for second place and $50 gift card for third place. Voting runs from Sept. 1 to 23, and the winners will be announced on Sept. 24.

 

Wednesday, Sept.21

Western New York Rose Society meeting

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephen’s Church, 750 Wehrle Dr., Cheektowaga. (The meeting is downstairs.) The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30  to 9 p.m.

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the LVAC Building located at 40 Embry Place, Lancaster. (Embry Place runs south off Walden Avenue, one block east of Central Avenue.) Everyone is invited to bring in their plants for assessment. Demonstrations and discussions will be held on the basics of repotting, grooming, watering and fertilizing. A leaf exchange, blossom display board and 50/50 split drawing will also be available. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served. For further information, please call Paul Kroll at 652-8658

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Make-it, Take-it workshop for adults: Garden Stepping Stones

5:30-7 p.m.

Create two 7”x 7” stepping stones for your garden in this workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring baubles, stones, shells or anything else you’d like to use to decorate your stones, as well as plastic to cover the floor of your trunk.  The cost is $11 for members of the Botanical Gardens and  $14 for non-members.

 

Monday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Sept. 30

Sale on shrubs and trees at Lockwood’s

Get 30 percent off shrubs and trees at Lockwood‘s, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Sale includes hydrangeas, Japanese maples, butterfly bushes, and some really amazing shrubs for fall color (Itea, Callicarpa (Beauty berry), Fothergilla, and Viburnums.) They also have a wide selection of special small to medium-sized yard trees–Stewartia, Chionanthus (did you ever see the dark purple berries?), Seven-sons tree, and disease-resistant crapabbles. The hard-to-find native Washington Hawthorne is also available–not much to see now, but someday a gorgeous perfect oval with flame red color in autumn.

 

Thursday, Sept. 15

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar: “Dried Fall Arrangement”

See details for event at its Sept. 29 listing.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

Terry Yonker will speak on “Migratory Birds in Niagara” at the meeting of the Youngstown Garden Club at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Potential members are invited to attend.  For more information, please call Garda O’Keefe, membership chair at 745-9590 or email GardaOK@aol.com. Youngstown Garden Club is on Facebook, too.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet  at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. The program,  “The Women and Gardens of Forest Lawn,”  will be given by Sandy Starks.

 

Monday, Sept. 12

Herbal wreath workshop at meeting of East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

An herbal wreath workshop will be held at the meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club at St. Mathias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. Janice Frasier from the Amana Garden Club will lead the workshop. You need to bring a wreath form made of wire, grapevine or straw no larger than 8-10” in diameter. The larger the form, the more plant material you need to bring. Also bring thin spool wire, a wire cutter, clipper and fresh or dried herbs. Suggested plant material includes sweet Annie, artemisia, sage, lamb’s ear, mints, thymes, rosemary, lavender, yarrow, marjoram, oregano, southernwood and dusty miller. Don’t bring basils or parsley– they shatter when dry. Small strawflowers, baby’s breath, globe thistle, nigella and sea holly can be added for interest. For more informaion,  call Chris at 655-1042.

 

Saturday, Sept. 10  to Sunday, Oct. 2

Succulent Show at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many different types of cacti and succulents will be exhibited during the Succulent Show to be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens,  2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. They include common landscape succulents used in rock gardens such as sedums and sempervivums (hens and chicks).  The event will also showcase many unusual or not so common plants such as the Split-Rock plant native to Africa.  There will be many different types of succulents such as echeverias, aeoniums and euphorbias.  Designs will include a succulent bedroom as well as a dog house with a “green roof” and a dog made from pots to occupy it. The event is sponsored by John and  Carol Kociela. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Saturday, Sept. 10

Buffalo Audubon Society’s annual Homestead Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Buffalo Audubon Society will hold its annual Homestead Festival at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. The festival focuses on pre-industrial life and will include many exhibitors demonstrating old time arts and crafts like blacksmithing, candle making, flint knapping, broom making, hearth cooking, woodcarving, and basketry. Actors will be dressed as settlers, rangers, mountain men, Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. Activities for children include making corn husk dolls and other crafts. There will be homemade ice cream and other foods made the traditional way, all to the sound of live bluegrass music. The 400-acre Beaver Meadow Audubon Center is only 15 minutes south of East Aurora. Visitors can walk 8 miles of trails during the festival and experience a range of habitats and environments while reconnecting with nature. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and free for children 3 and under.

 

Now through Saturday, Sept. 10

Perennial sale at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

Buy any one perennial at the regular price and get the second perennial of equal or lesser value free at Mischler’s Florist, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville (between Main Street and Wehrle Drive). The sale continues while supplies last.

 

Saturday, Sept. 10

Fall Garden Fair at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fall Garden Fair is a day of special speakers, great food and 20 vendors featuring gardening themed items, jewelry and art at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, . Admission free; classes are $10 each. Talks feature Sally Cunningham on “Your Garden and Landscape: To Do and Not to Do in September,” Carol Ann Harlos on bulbs for spring bloom, and demos on dried and fresh flower arrangements and autumn wreaths. Pre-register after Aug. 15.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne’s, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The main presentation will be on Venus Fly Trap care. For more information, email wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Saturday, Sept.  3 to Monday, Oct.  10

Cacti and Other Treasures: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

Eileen Graetz, a photographer and artist, will exhibit her work in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. She discovered a passion for the southwest through her travels and finds inspiration in cacti and succulents.

 

Saturday, Sept. 3

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Thursday, Sept. 1 to Friday, Sept. 23

You can vote online in Show Us Your Garden contest at Zehr’s

Who has the best garden? You decide in the Show Us Your Garden photo contest at Zehr’s On the Lake. Prizes are $150 gift card for first place, $100 gift card for second place and $50 gift card for third place. Voting runs from Sept. 1 to 23, and the winners will be announced on Sept. 24.

 

Now through Thursday, Sept. 1

Sale on perennials at Zehr’s on the Lake

All perennials are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.  You can subscribe to Zehr’s e-newsletter for free by going to their website. You’ll see the “Subscribe” box in the left column.

 

Now through Wednesday, Aug. 31

Submit photos to Show Us Your Garden contest at Zehr’s

You can show off your garden and have the chance to win a great prize when you enter the Show Us Your Garden photo contest at Zehr’s On the Lake. Prizes are $150 gift card for first place, $100 gift card for second place and $50 gift card for third place. Everyone who enters receives a free mum. Even if you don’t enter, you can participate by voting. Voting runs from Sept. 1 to 23.

 

Mondays, Aug. 29 and Sept. 12, 19 & 26

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes: Fall Series 1

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or expert,  you will learn a lot from Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher in these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 for the series or $15 per class. The cost for non-members is $60 for the series or $16 per class. A list of suggested supplies can be obtained by calling 827-1584 ext. 291. Pre-registration is required.

 

Saturday, Aug. 27

Pick-up date for flower sale with mums and native plants

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is holding its annual flower sale fundraiser. Order by Aug. 17 and pick up your order Aug. 27 at Orchard Glen Retirement Community. Contact the Land Conservancy for more information.

 

Sunday, Aug. 28

Russell’s 2nd Annual Plant Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society

Item preview begins at noon; auction starts at 1 p.m.

Plants, trees, tools, garden supplies and more will be auctioned off to benefit the American Cancer Society at Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm, 9800 Transit Rd., East Amherst.

 

Sunday, Aug. 28

Kids’ activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11:30 a.m.

Bring the kids ages 3-12 to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, for fun and educational activities. Activities vary and children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are free with admission. Ice Cream Sundaes will be for sale as well.

 

Now through Saturday, Aug. 26

Sale at Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm

Free palletized stone delivery with coupon, and up to 50 percent off on maple trees. See more specials here.

 

Through Aug. 21

Art show: “A Walk in the Garden”

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“A Walk in the Garden,” a juried exhibit, is being held at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The show features works with garden-related themes created by 28 local artists  working in photography, watercolors, ink drawings aquamedia and pastels.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Public Daylily Sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society will hold its annual Public Daylily Sale at the Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Rd., West Seneca. Daylilies of all shapes sizes and colors will be available at reasonable prices.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Garden Party fundraising event

Noon to 3 p.m.

An informal fundraising event is being held at Sunset Bay on Lake Erie to benefit the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club so that it can continue to bring the beauty of flowers to its area. The event includes a wine tasting with wines produced by Merritt and Willow Creek Winery, a basket auction and a silent auction. The event will take place at Cabana Sam’s, 1028 South Shore Dr., Irving. Tickets are $5 presale and $6 at the door. For more information, contact Sue Duecker at 934-7608.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Geology hike at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

10 am to noon

This hike is sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy. Hikers Led by Stan Radon, this hike features views of the gorge walls and a beautiful waterfall. Please be prepared to walk in the creek with shoes that have great traction. This is a great family hike on a hot August day. Please register early as this hike fills to capacity very quickly. Hike leader Stan Radon has been a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 20 years. He also teaches geology and environmental studies at UB, Buffalo State College and Daemen College. Reservations are required because space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is free.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “What’s in the Water?”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. “What’s in the Water?” will explain pond ecosystems and water pollution through microscopes and fun activities. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Now through Friday, Aug. 18

Sale on flowering shrubs at Zehr’s on the Lake

All flowering shrubs are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.  You can subscribe to Zehr’s e-newsletter for free by going to their website. You’ll see the “Subscribe” box in the left column.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Ordering deadline for flower sale with mums and native plants

The Western New York Land Conservancy’s annual flower sale fundraiser will feature plants for fall landscaping, mums in assorted colors and a variety of native plants that include Cardinal Flower, Eastern Purple-Coneflower, Gentian, Willow Blue Amsonia and Woodland Phlox. Native plants are those that evolved naturally for particular areas, and thus provide essential and beneficial habitat for butterflies, insects, hummingbirds and other small birds and animals we know and need. They are vigorous and hardy and, once established, require no irrigation or fertilization. Order by Aug. 17 and pick up your order Aug. 27 at Orchard Glen Retirement Community. Click here for a list of plants and ordering information. Contact the Land Conservancy for more information.

 

Thursday, August 18

Hands-on seminar: “Cactus Garden”

6:30 p.m.

Bring a southwestern flare to your home or office when you create a festive assorted cacti and succulents planter during this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by August 4.Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities. These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Thursday, Aug. 11

Pittsburgh Day Trip

Visit Longwood Gardens, the Nemours Mansion and Gardens and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in a trip sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Travel will be by luxury motor coach. Lunch will be atop Mt. Washington, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the City of Pittsburgh. All meals, admissions, tours, transportation, tips and taxes are included. The cost is $99 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $114 for non-members. See the Botanical Gardens site for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Protecting Our Trees From The Emerald Ash Borer

7 to 8:30 p.m

The Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment continues its 2011  Town Environmental Speaker Series with “Protecting Our Trees From The Emerald Ash Borer” in the Community Room in the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda. Patrick Marren of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  and Jack Schifferli from the Tonawanda Town Highway Department will give an update on the emerald ash borer’s presence and current activity in Erie County as well as discuss strategies to minimize the impacts of this aggressive pest.

 

 

Monday through Friday, August 15-19 CLASS IS FULL

Summer Art Camp for Kids at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to noon

Multi-medium Art is the theme for this camp at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The instructor is Joan Saba, professional teacher and artist. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $80 per child for the week or $17 per day. The cost for non-members is $90 per child for the week or $19 per day. To register, go to the website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Wednesday to Sunday, Aug. 3 to 7

Niagara County Fair

Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

The Niagara County Fair is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara County. It is held at 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport, NY. Admission is $2 per person.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Garden at Buffalo Central Terminal

A fundraiser for the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Breast Cancer Awareness Garden at the Buffalo Central Terminal will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the terminal, 495 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Western New York Iris Society annual rhizome and plant sale

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its annual rhizome and plant sale at Galley Greenhouses, 2722 Clinton Street, West Seneca. Featured will be bearded and beardless iris including some of the latest in Japanese iris, Siberian iris and species/cross iris. For more information, contact pattygardens@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens; Starry Night Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Starry Night Garden Tour from 8 to 10 p.m.

The seventh annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and the Starry Night Garden Tour are free, self-guided tours and will be held rain or shine.  The event features more than 60 day gardens and 20 well-lit evening gardens. Maps, t-shirts, and information will be available at the two day headquarters: St. Mark’s Church, 311 Ontario St., and Renovation Church, 567 Hertel Ave., both in Buffalo. Maps also will be available at area businesses, or by calling Councilman Joe Golombek’s office 851-5116 in advance, or by downloading it online at the walk’s website.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday, August 6

Hunters Creek Ridge hike at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This hike is sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy. Hikers will meet hike leader John Sly at the parking lot of Hunters Creek County Park off Centerline Road and follow the western ridge of Hunters Creek to Kenneglenn, the headquarters of the Western New York Land Conservancy. This is a special, by reservation only, guided hike with an experienced hike leader, as the trails in Kenneglenn are not yet fully developed. Hikers may be hiking in staggered small groups leaving about five minutes apart. There will be frequent stops with short talks about the areas and a lunch stop. Bring a bag lunch and water for the trail. Mr. Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Reservations are required to attend because space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is free.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “Intense Energy”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. “Intense Energy” on August 6 will encourage kids to explore alternative energy sources and the benefit they have for our environment. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Monday through Friday, August 1-5

Summer Art Camp for Kids at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to noon

Drawing is the theme for this camp for children ages 6 to 12 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The Drawing Camp will teach shading, values, positive and negative space, perspective and composition. The instructor is Joan Saba, professional teacher and artist. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $80 per child for the week or $17 per day. The cost for non-members is $90 per child for the week or $19 per day. To register, go to the website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Now through Friday, Aug. 5

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

All hibiscus and echinacea are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons. There are only 150 baskets left out of 2,250. All baskets $20 each until they are gone!

 

Thursday, Aug. 3

Deadline to register for August 18′s  hands-on seminar:  “Cactus Garden.” See details at August 18 listing.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club’s first meeting will be held in Picnic Shelter #5 (near the tennis courts) at Lincoln Park, 299 Decatur Rd., Tonawanda. Co-founders of the club will have live carnivorous plants on hand and basic care requirements will be covered. There will also be a discussion on club officers, future meeting sites and this year’s monthly topics and themes. Please RSVP on Facebook or e-mail the group at wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Saturday & Sunday, July 30-31

Garden Walk Buffalo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or as long as the yellow sign is out

Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in America. It is a free, self-guided tour of more than 350 Buffalo gardens that draws between 45,000 and 50,000 visitors. Pick up maps at the Richmond Summer Senior Center, corner of Richmond and Summer, Buffalo; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, and Aids Community Services, 206 S. Elmwood Ave. at corner of Chippewa, Buffalo.

 

Sunday, July 31

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Friday, July 29

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 29

Bus tour: The Darwin Martin House of Frank Lloyd Wright and Private Gardens of Historic Parkside & Amherst

The tour host will be Mary Van Vorst, Master Gardener. You’ll see the traditional plantings of the Darwin D. Martin House, which is an architectural jewel and considered by many to be the finest achievement of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. You’ll also see wonderful private gardens in Amherst and Tonawanda. Lunch will be at DiGiulio & Company. The price is $79 per person. Please register on or before July 19. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, July 28

Hands-on seminar:  “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arranging”

6:30 p.m.

Make a hot-colored assorted fresh flower arrangement in this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by July 14. Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities.  These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Thursday, July 28

Talk:“Outside the Bungalow:America’s Arts & Crafts Garden”

7:30 pm

Paul Duchscherer, author, speaker and arts & crafts expert, will speak at the Roycroft Inn, 40 South Grove St., East Aurora. Admission is $10. The restaurant will be open for dinner prior to the lecture. The event is presented by The National Garden Festival and the Roycroft Inn. For more information, call  (716) 652-5552.

 

Thursday, July 28

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Wednesday, July 27

Tour of Forest Lawn organized by Amherst Garden Club

The Amherst Garden Club will take a trolley ride and tour of Forest Lawn followed by lunch at Pano’s restaurant, 1081 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Meet at Forest Lawn. Tour begins at 10 a.m. RSVP to Nan Rung at 639-3947 by July 6. Tour is $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to Amherst Garden Club and sent to Nan Rung.

 

Wednesday, July 27

Teddy Bear Picnic

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Teddy Bear Picnic will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is co-sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. Mama Earth’s Kitchen Band Show will use music and song to help spread the message of respect towards all of Earth’s creatures. Mama Earth sings about composting, gardening, hiking, bird-watching, fossil hunting, and recycling. A visit from Buffalo Clown Alley, yummy picnic food, games, stories and other good things will all be part of the fun. Don’t forget a blanket to sit on and your favorite teddy. The cost is $5 per person and includes a picnic lunch of grilled hot dog, snack & beverage. Pre-registration is required! Please call 884-0095 to register.

 

Sunday, July 24

Kids’ activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11:30 a.m.

Bring the kids ages 3-12 to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, for fun and educational activities. Activities vary and children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are free with admission. Ice Cream Sundaes will be for sale as well.

 

Sunday, July 24

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday, July 23

Amherst Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Amherst Garden Walk is primarily a driving route. The Town of Amherst will be divided into quadrants this year for the purposes of mapping, with north, south, east and west quadrants. Our gardeners offer a wide variety of gardens including prolific perennial presentations, country style gardens, gardens tucked into wooded paths,  traditional English gardens, bountiful vegetable gardens,  fragrant herb gardens and beds splashed with colorful annuals. Many features such as pergolas, waterfalls, ponds and fountains can be found among Amherst’s gardens. The walk is free, and maps can be downloaded at http://www.amherst.ny.us They can also be picked up at the information table in Island Park during Old Home Days July 12-15. For more information, e-mail gardenwalk@amherst.ny.us.

 

Saturday, July 23

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “Re-Create”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. Re-Create”will explore the path of trash and how reduce, reuse and recycle can save our earths precious resources. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Saturday, July 23

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a night tour on Saturday

This self-guided tour will take place in the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda.  The event’s very first night tour, titled “Saturday Night Lights,” will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Saturday. A map and garden descriptions will be available online at www.tonawanda.ny.us toward the end of June.

 

 

Friday, July 22

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Thursday, July 21

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Now through Thursday, July 21

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

All butterfly bushes, upright phlox and baskets are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.

 

Monday through Friday, July 18 to 22

Summer Art Camp for Kids at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to noon

“Strictly Water Color” is the theme for this camp for children ages 6 to 12 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The instructor is Joan Saba, professional teacher and artist. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $80 per child for the week or $17 per day. The cost for non-members is $90 per child for the week or $19 per day. To register, go to the website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Sunday, July 17, through Friday, July 22

Front Yard Contest: Voting week

Members of the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association will compete in a front yard makeover competition, part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The contest will take place on Newman Place in South Buffalo and will include 15 front yards facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park . Voting takes place this week.

 

Now through Thursday, July 21

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

All butterfly bushes, upright phlox and baskets are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.

 

Tuesday, July 19

Early registration date for July 29 bus tour of  the Darwin Martin House of Frank Lloyd Wright and Private Gardens of Historic Parkside & Amherst

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Sunday, July 17

South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour features a variety of about 60 gardens featuring koi ponds, master gardeners’ displays of talent and many amateurs’ creations of rock, perennial and annual gardens, plus several South Buffalo public gardens cared for by volunteers. Maps will be available July 14-16 at Caz Café Coffee Shop, 688 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, 825-7806. Maps will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the walk at the Tim Russert Children’s Garden,  2002 S. Park Ave (between Choate & Whitfield), Buffalo. The fee is $2.

 

Sunday, July 17

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17

Lancaster Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4:30  p.m.

The eighth annual Lancaster Garden Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of gardens at homes throughout the Village of Lancaster and the Town of Lancaster. Programs will be available in the Lancaster Bee on Thursday, July 14, or you can pick them up on Friday, July 15 at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street, Lancaster, and at Petals to Please, 63 Central Ave., Lancaster, or you can print maps from the website. The event is free.

 

Saturday, July 16

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2011 marks the 10th year of the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. It is a free self-guided tour of more than 60 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus, including University Heights, Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst. The Minnesota Avenue Block Club will again present its “Gardens on the Median”  showcasing four blocks of city landscape representing the community garden project of the Minnesota Avenue Block club members. You can pick up maps at the University Community Farmers Market (Main St. at Kenmore Ave., Buffalo); 38 Brinton St., Buffalo; 135 Capen Blvd., Amherst; 178 & 201 Minnesota Ave., Buffalo, and theTool Lending Library, 3083 Main St., Buffalo. For more information, contact Anne Tarantino at CapenGardenWalk@ourheights.org.

 

Saturday , July 16

Herb symposium at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Details to come

Culinary, cosmetic and medicinal uses of herbs will be discussed at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

 

Saturday , July 16

Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk is presented by the Main Street Business and Professionals Association, Niagara Falls, NY. It will showcase gardens in the city’s Historic Main Street core neighborhoods, as well as the urban gardens of the businesses that line the friendly and walkable tour. Spend your morning exploring gardens from formal to cottage, native to allergy free, gathering scads of ideas and information. Then stop into one of our many downtown restaurants for a delicious lunch, before exploring the many wonders of the Niagara Falls State Park. The city’s first garden festival, to be held the same day, will feature local nurseries, artists and garden-centered vendors. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any of your plant questions or to help with your garden woes, and a staff of volunteers will be scattered amongst the neighborhoods to help guide you. Start your self-guided tour at Niagara Fall’s Historic City Hall building, located at 745 Main St., a central spot to the mile long tour, where you’ll find your map, vendors, information and parking. For more information, e-mail historicniagarafallsgardenwalk@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, July 16

Arts in the Park

Noon to 5 p.m.

Gardening-related activities are part of the multi-art celebration to be held in Schoellkopf Park, Portage Road and Pine Street, Niagara Falls, NY. It’s just down the street from the Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk, which takes place the same day. (See information above.) The stage schedule is: 1 p.m. Joy Kuebler, nationally acclaimed landscape architect, will speak on the redesign of Schoellkopf Park; at 2 p.m. Dave Bauer will speak on sustainable earth solutions; at 3 p.m. will be Carol Ann Harlos from Herb Gardeners of the Niagara Frontier; at 3:30 p.m. will be Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, storyteller and musician, and at 4 p.m. will be Jill Clause and Manny Yellow on Native American Culture. Around the park will be garden experts, free pony rides and many other vendors and demonstrations.

 

Saturday, July 16

Master Gardeners of Erie County at the University Community Farm Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners will be present at the University Community Farm Market, UB South Campus, for pH soil testing and for and questions & answers.  Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. A small fee will be charged for pH soil testing:  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie , click on the link for Master Gardeners and look for Resources.

 

Friday, July 15

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 15

Bus tour: Buffalo’s Famous Private Gardens

The tour hosts will be Jim Charlier, president of Garden Walk Buffalo, and Sally Cunningham, director of the National Garden Festival. You’ll see selected gardens of the famous Garden Walk Buffalo in the Cottage and Elmwood Village districts. You’ll miss the crowds of the garden walk while seeing some of the most interesting gardens Buffalo has to offer. Lunch will be at Cabaret. The price is $75 per person. Please register on or before July 5. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, July 14

Deadline to register for July 28′s  hands-on seminar:  “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arranging.” See details at July 28 listing.

 

Monday, July 11, through Saturday, July 16

Front Yard Contest

Members of the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association will compete in a front yard makeover competition, part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The contest will take place on Newman Place in South Buffalo and will include 15 front yards facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park . Work takes place this week.

 

Now through Thursday, July 14

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

Baskets, astilbes and hydrangeas are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.

 

Thursday, July 14

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

July 8 through Friday, Aug. 21

Art show: “A Walk in the Garden”

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“A Walk in the Garden,” a juried exhibit, is being held at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The show features works with garden-related themes created by 28 local artists  working in photography, watercolors, ink drawings aquamedia and pastels.


Monday, July 11, through Saturday, July 16

Front Yard Contest

Members of the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association will compete in a front yard makeover competition, part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The contest will take place on Newman Place in South Buffalo and will include 15 front yards facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park . Work takes place this week.

 

Monday, July 11

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet in St. Mathias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora.  Thomas Roach, president of the Western New York Honey Producers Association, will give a presentation on “The Buzz About Bees.” The club’s September meeting will be a workshop on making wreaths with dried or fresh herbs. You can begin drying herbs now. Some that dry well include oregano, sweet marjoram, thyme, mint, sweet Annie, rosemary, sage and lavender. You might also dry yarrow, artemesia, gomphrena, sea holly and nigella. The easiest way to dry herbs is to tie a small bundle together with a rubber band (which will contract as the stems dry). Hang the bundle upside down in a dark dry place like an attic or closet for a few weeks.

 

Sunday, July 10

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 9th annual Snyder-CleveHill Garden View includes approximately 30gardens in the the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods. Included on the tour will be gardens in the 1920′s “Audubon Terrace” neighborhood, the entrance to which is distinguished by stone arches and wrought iron street markers having historic landmark status. Maps will be available at the Trillium’s Courtyard Florist (corner of Darwin Dr. and Kensington Ave., Amherst) on the day of the event. $3 donation appreciated. Car or bike recommended. The tour is sponsored by Univera Healthcare and the HKC Community Association. For further details, visit the association’s website.

 

 

Sunday, July 10

House and Garden Tour presented by Landmark Society of Genesee County

1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for Landmark Society members and $20 for non-members and are available at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St.,  Batavia, (585) 343-6802; Harrington’s Greenhouse in Elba (585) 757-2450, or Harrington’s Greenhouse in Batavia (585) 343-0805. The event includes a dessert reception, a presentation by Master Gardeners and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the St. James Episcopal Church Restoration Fund.

 

Sunday, July 10

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up your map and guide at the Memorial Park Band Stand located on the corner of Lake and Union Streets in the Village of Hamburg. There will again be a Garden Fair, where visitors can purchase garden-related items and talk to gardening professionals. The Hamburg Festival of the Arts will also be in the park both days.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10

Lockport in Bloom

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The seventh annual city-wide garden tour  features more than 45 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport. Also included in this tour are city parks containing well maintained flowerbeds and trees. The tour runs rain or shine. Starting in mid-June, map/brochures will be available at Niagara County Federal Credit Union, Kenan Center, Faery’s Nursery (Ransomville), Badding Brother’s Nursery, Zehr’s Nursery on the Lake, Larose’s Nursery, Boka Farms, Stedman Nursery, Lockport City Hall, Tom’s Diner, Art and Soul, Hahn’s Sales and Service (Ponds), and Heimiller Greenhouses. The day of the tour, you can pick up maps at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St. or at City Hall, 1 Locks Plaza. For more information, e-mail blumgarden@roadrunner.com. The tour is free.

 

Saturday, July 9

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday, July 9

Garden Path Tour 2011 of Orleans County

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the Master Gardener Garden Tour Fundraiser, brought to you by Master Gardeners/Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County. Call (585) 798-4265 for tickets.

 

Saturday, July 9

Splash hike hosted by the Western New York Land Conservancy

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a Hunters Creek Splash Hike at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. Hikers will meet hike leader John Sly at the parking lot of Hunters Creek Park off of Centerline Road. Hikers will slosh hike to the creek bed from the Centerline Bridge to the office of the Land Conservancy at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve. This is a special, by reservation only, event. There will be frequent stops with short talks about the creek and a lunch stop at the base of Mossy Point. Bring a bag lunch and water. The creek bed may be slippery with sharp shale. Wear sturdy footwear.  Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Reservations are required to attend as space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is a public event and is free of charge.

 

Saturday, July 9

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “Rainforest Riches”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. “Rainforest Riches” explores what we use everyday from the rainforest and how we can protect it. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Saturday, July 9

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Friday, July 8

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 8

Bus tour: Southtowns Bouquet

Mike Shadrack, international hosta expert and author, will be the tour host. You’ll see the Boston hosta and shade garden of Mike and Kathy Shadrack, who wrote The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small, and Mini Varieties. You’ll also see outstanding private gardens in Hamburg and Eden. Lunch will be at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. The price is $75 per person. Please register on or before June 28. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, July 7

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Wednesday, July 6

Reservation deadline for tour of Forest Lawn organized by Amherst Garden Club

On Wednesday, July 27, the Amherst Garden Club will take a trolley ride and tour of Forest Lawn followed by lunch at Pano’s restaurant, 1081 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Meet at Forest Lawn. Tour begins at 10 a.m. RSVP to Nan Rung at 639-3947 by July 6. Tour is $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to Amherst Garden Club and sent to Nan Rung.

 

Tuesday, July 5

Early registration date for July 15 bus tour of Buffalo’s famous gardens

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Sunday, July 3

Western New York Iris Society annual Japanese Iris Show “Spectacular Elegance”

 

Noon to 4 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its annual Japanese Iris Show called  “Spectacular Elegance” at Rudolph Galley and Son Greenhouses,  2722 Clinton Street, West Seneca.  Society members will exhibit beautiful Japanese iris show-quality specimens and floral designs.  Ikebana International Buffalo Chapter 50 members will also present floral exhibits using the Japanese iris. For more information, contact irisjudy@aol.com.

 

Sunday, July 3

 

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Friday, July 1

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 1

Bus tour: Buffalo’s Celebrated Olmsted Parks

Brian Dold of  Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be the tour host. You’ll see all six of the Olmsted Parks (Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King Jr., Riverside and South) and the parkways connecting them. Learn more about America’s oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways. Lunch will be at the Lunch Box at Parkside Lodge, Delaware Park. The price is  $65 per person. Please register on or before June 21.  (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, June 30

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Now through June 29

Garden Railway Exhibit

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

The exhibit is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is brought to you by the Botanical Gardens and the Western New York Garden Railway Society. The price is $8  for adults, $7  for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

 

Wednesday, June 29

Starry Night in the Garden, fundraiser for Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

The event features live music, food from many of Buffalo’s best restaurants, wine tasting, and of course, the beautiful gardens. For more information or to make reservations, call (716) 827-1584 or go to the Botanical Gardens’ website.

 

Wednesday, June 29

Documentary film The Garden and panel discussion

7 p.m.

As part of Building A Movement: A Nickel City Film Series, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. will show The Garden. The documentary that looks at a neighborhood’s struggle to keep the land that is home to a 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles. The screening will take place in the Theatre of Youth/ Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo.  Admission is free. Following the screening, a panel discussion will take place to explore how land-use policies and community gardens affect the City of Buffalo. The panel will be moderated by the Buffalo News’ Maki Becker, with panelists including Susannah Barton of Grassroots Gardens, Erin Sharkey of  the Massachusetts Avenue Project and Mark Stevens of Wilson Street Urban Farm.

Tuesday, June 28

Early registration date for July 8 bus tour called Southtowns Bouquet

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26

Lewiston GardenFest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tour beautiful gardens in historic Lewiston during the Lewiston GardenFest.  Sponsored by the Lewiston Garden Club, the event is located on Center Street, Lewiston. The event includes speakers, vendors, master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension to test soil samples, and floral societies to answer questions. You can also vote in a container garden contest. The tour is free.

 

Sunday, June 26

14th Annual Parkside Garden Tour

10am-4pm

The Parkside garden tour is a major fund-raising effort to support the numerous educational and arts activities of the Parkside Community Association. A $5 donation to Parkside Community Association is encouraged. Pick up maps for the walk at Church of Good Shepherd, Jewett Parkway & Summit Avenue, the day of the event. New this year is a free visual presentation of the history of Parkside, in addition to an optional walking architectural tour ($7 fee) of the neighborhood. The historic street layout is the design of Frederick Law Olmsted, and is an integral part of his “landscape architecture” vision for Buffalo,  Delaware Park. For more information, go to the Parkside Garden Tour’s website. The Parkside Garden Tour is also part of Buffalo Citybration, a celebration of our city, from June 23 to 26. Check out all the Buffalo Citybration events at its website.

 

Sunday, June 26

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday , June 25

 

Perennial Day at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, is kicking off the National Garden Festival with a day of great speakers. The day includes a delightful

catered luncheon under the tent.

Topics:

• 9:30 Sally Cunningham, Western New York garden expert, author and columnist will present “Designing with Flowers for Front Yard Curb Appeal.”

• 10:45 Kerry Ann Mendez, author of The Perennial Gardenerʼs Top Ten Lists, will speak on “Blue Ribbon Perennials for your Winning Garden.”

• 1:00 Tony Post pf  Valleybrook Greenhouses will speak on “Rock Stars for Alpine or Miniature Gardens.”

• 2:00 Ken Parker, founder of Sweet Grass Gardens (North Americaʼs first native plant nursery), will speak on “Native Perennials, Grasses, and Wildflowers for Western New York Gardens.”

Fees:

Four talks with luncheon: $50

Morning or afternoon only without luncheon: $25

 

 

Saturday, June 25

8th Annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The  8th Annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk is free. A donation gets a ticket on a basket of gifts and gift certificates usually valued at over $600. Maps for the walk can be picked up the day of the event at Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville. There are usually about 30 gardens participating in the one-square-mile event. For more information, send an e-mail to gardenwalkvow@aol.com.

 

Saturday, June 25

 

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

Friday, June 24

Opening events for National Garden Festival in Buffalo

  • 3 p.m.A Walk in the Garden with Kerry Mendez and Sally Cunningham: Join garden experts Kerry Mendez and Sally Cunningham for an informative tour of the perennials and shrubs of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens,  2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. They will walk and talk with you, show you the garden’s selection of superior cultivars of great plants for Western New York, and answer your questions.
  • 4 p.m. Book sale/signing opportunity
  • 4:30 p.m. in the Botanical Garden meeting room: Tips for Low-Maintenance, High Impact Perennial Gardens from Kerry Mendez:Learn to create and care for great looking, ever-blooming gardens using organic practices. Recommendations include plant selection, design tips, mulch, fertilizer, maintenance shortcuts and more. (An opportunity for book signing and sales follows the talk.) For registration information and fees, see below.
  • 5:30 p.m. press conference/tour inside the Botanical Gardens
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m. Welcoming Reception at Botanical Gardens: You’ll have the opportunity to register early (with price breaks) for limited-seating bus tours, seminars, and pick up a schedule for all the other festival activities. You’ll also be able to purchase our signature “Great Green Umbrella,” a tee shirt or terra cotta plant pot coffee mug. Door prizes throughout the evening!

Registration and Fees: Pre-registration is required for this event, in order to calculate our seating arrangements and food. You can register at BuffaloGardens.com .

  • Before June 10: Entire program including Walk & Talk,keynote presentation, and party: $24. (Party only: $6)
  • After June 10: Entire program: $28. Party only: $10.

 

Friday, June 24

Bus tour: Forest Lawn Cemetery and the Botanical Gardens

 

Sandy Starks, Interpretive Program Director at Forest Lawn Cemetery, will be the tour host. You’ll see the gardens and ancient trees of Forest Lawn Cemetery, tour the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and  enjoy a“Walk & Talk in the Perennials Garden” with  Kerry Ann Mendez, where you’ll be able to chat with her and ask her questions. Mendez, a frequent contributor to HGTV and many national magazines including Fine Gardening, is the author of The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists (2010), and has a really new book—just released this month—on shade gardening. Lunch will be at Curly’s Grill. The price is $79 per person. Please register on or before June 14. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Tuesday, June 21

Early registration date for July 1 bus tour of Buffalo’s Celebrated Olmsted Parks

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Wednesday, June 22

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. Program: The basics of planning and participating in a flower show by Joan Peard, National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge, and Mary Ann Mache, Amherst Garden Club Member. Horticulture presentation: Perennials easily grown from seeds by Linda Zeder. Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Saturday , June 18

Standard Flower Show held by Town and Country Garden Club

Noon to 5 p.m.

Town and Country Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower Show at the Amberleigh Retirement Community, 2330 Maple Road, Williamsville. For further information contact irisjudy@aol.com.

 

Saturday, June 18

Annual June Rose Show by Western New York Rose Society

1 to 5 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will hold its Annual June Rose Show at the Galleria Mall, One Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. Information on roses will also be available.

 

Saturday , June 18

 

Hosta talk at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

10 a.m.

Mike and Kathy Shadrack, authors of  The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small and Mini Varieties, will speak at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

 

Saturday , June 18

Kids’ workshop: Garden toad abode

10 to 11 a.m.

Delight Dad on his day by making a hand-painted house from a clay pot at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. When placed on its side and partially buried in a moist and shady spot, the pot will welcome insect-eating amphibious creatures to your yard. The cost is $7 for Botanical Gardens members and $8 for non-members. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, June 15

Meeting of the Western New York Rose Society

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Dr. (near Union Road), Williamsville. Presentations will be “How to Show Roses” by Steve Styn and “How to Create Arrangements” by Camille DiGregorio. Meet on the lower church level.

 

Tuesday, June 14

Early registration date for June 24 bus tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery and the Botanical Gardens

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Saturday, June 11

Plant sale by Wheatfield Garden Club

9 a.m. to noon

Wheatfield Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale at the Wheatfiled Town Hall and Community Center, 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield. Perennials and garden items will be available.

 

Saturday, June 11

Summer tree identification hike at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

10 a.m. to noon

The Western New York Land Conservancy is co-hosting a summer tree identification hike with Beaver Meadow Audubon Center at 1610 Welch Rd., North Java. John Sly will lead hikers from the Audubon Center to the Arboretum, sharing information on how to identify trees in the summer. Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for protection from thorns and poison ivy. The hike is a public event and is free of charge, but space is limited and reservations are required.  Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.

 

Saturday, June 11

 

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

 

Wednesday, June 8

Live auction sponsored by Alden Garden Club

6 p.m.

The Alden Garden Club will hold a live auction of plants and garden accessories at the Alden Community Center, 13116 Main St., Alden to benefit its scholarship fund for two local students. A large variety of items will be available, including beautiful plants from local nurseries, perennials grown by club members, fun garden accessories, and homemade window boxes and deck planters decorated by club members. Refreshments will be served. Admission is a donation for the Alden Food Pantry.

 

Wednesday, June 8

Lancaster Garden Club Meeting

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. The program, “At Risk Medicinal Botannicals,”  will be given by Marion Prezyna.  It will describe growing plants for medicinal purposes.

 

Mondays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Monday morning watercolor classes at Botanical Gardens

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist, these classes are styled to meet the needs of novices and the experienced painter. They are held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $54 for the series  or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 for the series or $16 per class for nonmembers. For those new on the scene, a suggested list of supplies may be obtained upon registration. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5

Tree Peony Festival at Linwood Gardens

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tree peonies are expected to be in bloom for the last weekend of the Tree Peony Festival at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion (about an hour from Buffalo). The suggested donation is $8, which will be used for garden preservation. Guided tours cost $10. For more information, go to the Linwood Gardens site.

 

Saturday, June 4

Plant a summer container or windowbox at Lockwood’s

In this workshop,  you will choose among the newest and longest-flowering annuals and plant a container full of blooms at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Gardening expert Mary Gurtler will offer tips about the plants and their care. The cost is $35.

 

Saturday, June 4

Carnivorous plant class at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

David Clark will lead a class on “Insect-Eating Plants: Carnivores of the Plant World” at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Learn how to keep your Venus flytrap snappy, your pitcher plants filled, and Sundews sticky. Fabulous specimens will be for sale after class, with plant discounts for youth. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 7 to 12.

 

Saturday, June 4

Western New York Iris Society annual show and exhibition
1 to 5 p.m.
The Western New York Iris Society will hold its annual show and exhibition called “Kaleidoscope of Iris”  next to the Food Court at the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd., Clarence.  An exhibition of Ikebana floral arrangements using iris will be an added feature of this show. For more information, contact irisjudy@aol.com

 

Saturday, June 4

Youngstown Garden Club annual plant sale

9 a.m. until all plants are gone

The sale will take place at the gazebo at 311 Main St., Youngstown. Items for sale include perennials from members gardens, flowers, tubers, bulbs, houseplants & herbs, garden decor and seeds.

 

Saturday, June 4

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday, June 4, 18 & 25

Kids’ Watercolor Classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9-10:30 a.m.

Kids’ artistic abilities will blossom under the tutelage of  Joan Saba, teacher and artist, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and non-members, or $11 per class. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

 

Thursday, June 2

Orchard Park Garden Club meeting

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4360 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.  Following a business meeting, Matthew Gura, 2010 Scholarship winner, will speak. Also, members will exchange perennial plants.

 

Wednesday, June 1

Registration deadline for Victorian Tea and Fashion Show

Eighth District Garden Clubs will hold a Victorian Tea and Fashion Show from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 23 in the elegant splendor of a garden setting at Banchetti by Rizzo’s Pavilion, 550 North French Rd, Amherst. The menu includes scones with cream, tea sandwiches and an incredible assortment of desserts. During tea you can enjoy a lovely informal fashion show featuring Dr. Ellen De Wind’s Angel Restorations Vintage Clothing. A “People’s Choice Awards” will be held for a Victorian-themed table design contest; winners will be chosen by the attendees who vote for their favorites. Garden clubs wishing to enter a design may do so but are limited to one entry per club.  Entries must be in place by 11 a.m. The cost for the event is $22 per person.  Please RSVP by June 1 to Rosemary at gardenrow@hotmail.com.

 

Saturday, May 28

Perennial Sale by East Aurora Garden Club

9 a.m. to noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold its perennial sale in front of the former Ames Store in the Village Shopping Center,  123 Grey St., East Aurora.

 

Saturday, May 28

Plant sale by Forest Stream Garden Club and Town and Country Garden Club

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Stream Garden Club and Town and Country Garden Club will hold a Plant Sale in the Evanstown Plaza on Sheridan Dr.  and Hopkins Rd. in Amherst.  Annuals, perennials, hanging plants and more will be available and members will be on hand for information and gardening questions. For more information, contact irisjudy@aol.com.

 

Saturday, May 28

Spring wildflower hike sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The hike, led by Mary Alice Tock, will be held at Franklin Gulf Park in Eden. Careful searching will reveal a surprising variety of wildflowers and shrubs. Along the way hikers might discover a salamander, migrating warblers or other wildlife. Tock has led walks in a variety of settings from the Adirondack Mountains to the streets of downtown Buffalo. She is a past president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. The hike is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (716) 687.1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.

 

Saturday, May 28

 

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples for a nominal fee. You can drop your samples off at the time above at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. You will receive your results later. To find out the proper way to take a soil sample, contact Lynn Wieser, director of education at the Botanical Gardens, at lwieser@buffalogardens.com or 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28

Perennial and annual plant sale by Master Gardeners of Erie County

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Master Gardeners of Erie County will hold a perennial and annual plant sale at 1071 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY.  Highlights include plants from the master gardeners’ private gardens.

 

Wednesday, May 25

Author Amy Stewart to speak on Wicked Bugs at Clearfield Library

6:30 p.m.

Amy Stewart’s latest of five New York Times bestsellers is Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and other Diabolical Insects, a comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world. She will give a lecture and have a book signing at Clearfield Branch Library, 770 Hopkins Rd., Amherst. Talking Leaves Books will have copies of her book available for purchase.
The event is free, but  registration is required. Call (716) 688-4955 to register. Stewart has tracked down more than 100 of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six and eight-legged creatures. Amy Stewart spoke at the downtown Central Library in Buffalo last year as part of the National Garden Walk Festival. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society’s Book Award, and a California Horticultural Society Writer’s Award.

 

Wednesday, May 25

Amherst Garden Club meeting and performance

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. The program will be “Women in History.” There will be a presentation by Denice Reichard, performance artist, who will give a performance based on one of our First Ladies. There will also be a “bring one, take one” plant exchange. The horticulture program of the day will be “Bird watching garden & suggestions” by Linda Zeder. Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Monday, May 23

Monday morning watercolor classes at Botanical Gardens

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist, these classes are styled to meet the needs of novices and the experienced painter. They are held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $16 per class for nonmembers. For those new on the scene, a suggested list of supplies may be obtained upon registration. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Tuesday, May 24

“Imagining Buffalo in the 21st Century” lunchtime series

12:10-1 p.m.

Jim Charlier of Garden of Walk Buffalo will speak as part of this series in the Ring of Knowledge, First Floor of the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. The event is free.

 

Saturday, May 21

 

Organic Gardening Day at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Learn how and why to grow and eat organic foods in this event at at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Featured guest speakers will be Anita da Fonte from Coast of Maine Organics and Elizabeth Henderson, a pioneer organic farmer who was instrumental in establishing organic standards and popularizing CSAs and the locavore movement. Other speakers will include Sally Cunningham and David Clark. The event includes an organic foods luncheon. The cost is $50 to attend all day, $35 for the morning only and $15 for the afternoon only. See the website for detailed program. For reservations, call 649-4684 after March 19, or visit the shop.

 

 

Saturday, May 21
Orchard Park Garden Club Annual Spring Plant Sale
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale at the Orchard Park Railroad Depot (behind the Orchard Park Library, 570 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park ). Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, accent plants, and hanging baskets will be available. To purchase gift certificates, please call 662-5248.

 

 

Saturday, May 21

Lancaster Garden Club Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will hold a plant sale in the Save-A-Lot parking lot, Aurora St. and Pleasant Ave., Lancaster. The event will include homegrown perennials, annual plants and a garden flea market.

 

Saturday, May 21

 

Free Plant and Seed Exchange sponsored by Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

 

9 a.m. to noon

 

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk will hold a free plant exchange at the Farmer’s Market at Main St. at Kenmore Ave., Buffalo.

 

 

Saturday, May 21

Birding Hike sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy

9:30 to 11 a.m.

The hike, led by Board President Gregory Coniglio, will be held at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. Mid-May is the peak of spring migration and the best time to see migrating warblers, vireos, thrushes and more. In addition, many of our summer residents, such as the Baltimore oriole and ruby-throated hummingbird, have returned. The hike is free, but space is limited and reservations are required.  Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.

 

 

Saturday, May 21 & 28

Kids’ Watercolor Classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9-10:30 a.m.

Kids’ artistic abilities will blossom under the tutelage of  Joan Saba, teacher and artist, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and non-members, or $11 per class. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, May 18

Perennial Plant Sale and Auction held by Garden Friends of Clarence

Sale noon to 6 p.m., auction at 6:30 p.m.

The Garden Friends of Clarence will hold its legendary Perennial Plant Sale and Auction at the Clarence Town Park Large Pavilion, 10405 Main St., Clarence. There will be several varieties of plants, including some rare and unusual items from the members’ gardens. Master gardeners will be on hand to do soil testing from 12-8 p.m., so bring your soil sample to the sale. The public is welcome to attend. For more information please email gardenfriendsofclarence@hotmail.com

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15

Bonsai Show at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bonsai masters and novices will display their prized trees at their peak during this annual show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 55 and over and for students 13 and older with ID, $4 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for members and children under age 3. For more information, call 827.1584 or go to the Botanical Gardens website or to the Buffalo Bonsai Society website.

 

Saturday, May 14

 

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples for a nominal fee. You can drop your samples off at the time above at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. You will receive your results later. To find out the proper way to take a soil sample, contact Lynn Wieser, director of education at the Botanical Gardens, at lwieser@buffalogardens.com or 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

 

Sunday, May 15

Mecca Meeting of the Buffalo Area Daylily Club

2 p.m.

The Buffalo Area Daylily Club will hold its annual Mecca Meeting at the East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Barry Matthie of Bloomfield, Ontario will speak about his hybridizing program. After the talk, there will be a sale of daylilies at discounted prices. The public is invited.

 

Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14

Holland Garden Club  Standard flower Show

7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

The Holland Garden Club presents a standard flower show at Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. The show takes place during the Holland Tulip Festival. There will be a parade on Main Street at 2 p.m. Saturday, so to avoid traffic, arrive at the flower show before 1:30 or after 3 p.m.

 

Friday, May 13 only for Botanical Gardens members and volunteers from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 for public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Plant Sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual Great Plant Sale at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples and herbs. For more information, go the the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, May 14

 

Take Charge of Your Own Landscape class at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

9:30 a.m. to noon

Sally Cunningham will give instruction in basic landscaping and plant selection for homeowners at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The class includes design, planting, care, dealing with problems, and recommendations for trees and shrubs with tour. For reservations, call 649-4684 or visit the shop.

 

 

Saturday, May 14

Roses for Western New York Gardens at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

1 to 2:30 p.m.

David Clark, professional horticulturist, will discuss “Roses for Western New York Gardens: Growing and Tending Roses” at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Gardeners can learn successful and earth-friendly methods for pest management, pruning, fertilizing and watering roses. The cost is $12. For reservations, call 649-4684 or visit the shop.

 

Saturday, May 14

 

All About Herbs at Zittel’s Country Market

2 p.m.

Growing, harvesting,drying, uses – almost everything you ever wanted to know about herbs will be covered in this talk!  Join our guest speaker to get all the herbally delightful information on these versatile plants! Look for the red barn on Route 20 between South Park Avenue (Route 62) and McKinley Parkway in Hamburg. For reservations, call (716) 649-3010 or go to the Zittel’s website.

 

Saturday, May 14

CANCELLED  Native plant sale by Wild Ones CANCELLED

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.

 

Saturday, May 14

Willow Ridge Garden Club Small Standard Flower Show

1 to 5 p.m.

The Willow Ridge Garden Club will hold its small standard flower show at Zion United Church of Christ, corner of Parker and Koenig Rds., Tonawanda. Admission is free.

 

Monday, May 9

East Aurora Garden Club monthly meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet in St. Mathias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora.  Mary Gurtler of Lockwood’s Greenhouse will give a presentation on creating summer containers.

 

Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 29

Coleus Show at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Coleus Show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Once you see these multi-colored jewels, you will have to have them as part of your seasonal planting. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors over age 55, $7 for students ages 13 and up with ID, $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3. For more information, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, May 7

Class for kids: Teacup flower arrangement

10 to 11 a.m.

Delight Mom on her day with a lively fresh floral arrangement you make in a pretty teacup with saucer at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $15 per child or $12 for Botanical Garden members. To register, go the the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 7

The Basics of Birding with the Buffalo Audubon Society

9 a.m. – Noon
Brett Ewald will lead a class on the basics of birding at USA Bird Supply, 11163 Main St., Clarence. It is sponsored by the Buffalo Audubon Society. Ewald is a naturalist and biologist  who runs his own guided birding and nature tours company, Lakeshore Nature Tours, and has been involved with many research projects and conservation efforts. The cost for the class is $27 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (585) 457-3228. No children under 14 unless accompanied by a parent.

Saturday, May 7

Kids’ workshop at Zittel’s Country Market

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Want to make something special for mom of grandma for Mothers Day?  We’ll help you put together a special flowery gift that they’ll just love!  You choose the container and plants from our preselected assortment, and we’ll guide you in the assembly process!  No charge for soil, drainage material, topdressings and help; just for the container and plants.  If it’s a surprise, mom can browse in the market while our experienced staff assists with the planting process. Look for the red barn on Route 20 between South Park Avenue (Route 62) and McKinley Parkway in Hamburg. For reservations, call (716) 649-3010 or go to the Zittel’s website.

 

Saturday, May 7

Pot up a plant for Mom at Zehr’s

9 a.m. to noon

Kids choose a plant and pot it for mom or grandma at Zehr’s  on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Rd. (Rt. 18) in Burt. You provide the love, and we’ll provide the how to. Plant, pot, soil and fertilizer are provided. The cost is only $6.99.

 

 

Saturday, May 7

East Aurora Farmers Market opens for the season

The East Aurora Farmers Market, located on Grey St., East Aurora, is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. It features everything from plants to fruits & vegetables to honey, maple syrup and baked goods.

 

Saturday, May 7

Lancaster Village Market opens for the season

The Lancaster Village Market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays starting May 7.  It is located at Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster and features local produce and wines.

 

Saturday, May 7

Buffalo Indie Market at The Gardens

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free to the market and to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Shop local. Shop hand-made.  Discover handmade items from local artists and designers producing the most current, high quality, handmade items from the always growing Buffalo Indie Market community. For more information,  go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584 or go to the Buffalo Indie Market website.

 

 

Friday, May 6

Black Friday – Spent Spring Bulb Sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Time: 8 a.m.

The staff is pulling thousands of bulbs and they all must go!  They provide a bag and you fill it with many different varieties.  The cost is $7 per bag. Limit four bags per person.  The sale is in the garage behind the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For more information,  Go to go the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584.

 

Thursday, May 5

Class on cooking with herbs at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

7 to 8:15 p.m.

Tired of cooking the same old stuff?  Spice up your cuisine with some tips and recipes from Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $12 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $15 for nonmembers.  For reservations, go the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584.

 

Wednesday, May 4

2010 Annual Dinner of the Buffalo Audubon Society

5:30 p.m.

Lee Harper of Riveredge Associates in Massena  will speak on ” Restoring Common Terns to New York’s Great Lakes and Rivers” at the 2010 Annual Dinner of the Buffalo Audubon Society at the  Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville. Mr. Harper has worked extensively along the Niagara River and in the Buffalo Harbor in a project sponsored by the New York Power Authority. A cash bar at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 6 p.m.  The cost is $30 per person. To make a reservation or for additional information call (585) 457-3228 or (800) 377-1520.

 

Mondays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23

Monday morning watercolor classes at Botanical Gardens

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist, these classes are styled to meet the needs of novices and the experienced painter. They are held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $54 for the series  or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 for the series or $16 per class for nonmembers. For those new on the scene, a suggested list of supplies may be obtained upon registration. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, May 2

Western New York Land Conservancy Speakers Series: Talk on invasive species

5:30 pm

Paul Fuhrmann of  Ecology & Environment and the NYS Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management will speak about how our region has been impacted by invasive species and how we, as ordinary citizens, can preserve our native habitats. He brings more than 20 years of environmentally friendly landscaping experience with a specialty in native plant communities. The talk will take place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The event is free, but please make reservations by calling  (716) 687-1225 or e-mailing mmhoffman@wnylc.org. This is the final talk in the series.

 

Saturday, April 30, May 21 & 28

Kids’ Watercolor Classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9-10:30 a.m.

Kids’ artistic abilities will blossom under the tutelage of  Joan Saba, teacher and artist, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and non-members, or $11 per class. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Sunday, May 1

Zehr’s opens for the season

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market & Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18), Burt, NY, opens for the season. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. See their website for specials and a coupon for $5 off any plant purchase of $30 or more. In the meantime, you can shop online at Zehr’s website.

 

Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1

African Violet & Gesneriad Society show and sale

Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of WNY will hold its 2011 Judged Show and Sale on the second floor of the the Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga. There will be plants and leaves for sale as well as a full display of all the judged plants. Educational literature will be available and members will discuss the growing and care of African Violets and Gesneriads.For more information please call Paul Kroll at 652-8658.

 

Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1

Spring Open House at Zittel’s Country Market

A chicken barbecue, classes, specials, kids’ stuff, flowers, garden art and more will be part of the spring open house at Zittel’s Country Market. Look for the red barn on Route 20 between South Park Avenue (Route 62) and McKinley Parkway in Hamburg.  For details on the event, go to the Zittel’s website.

 

Saturday, April 30

Make and take workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

11 a.m.

Make a Mother’s Day basket or spring planter in this workshop with designer Mary Gurtler at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Guests will also be treated to coffee and handmade pastries by food stylist Mary Trifunovic. The cost is $35. For reservations, call 649-4684 after March 19, or visit the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 30

Birding hike at Nature View Park

9 to 11 a.m.

Join Bill Broderick, an avid and experienced birder, who will share his international birding expertise in identifying the wide range of bird species native to this 1,254-acre natural park. Mr. Broderick is a long-time member of the Western New York Land Conservancy, which is sponsoring the hike. The park is in the midst of Amherst, which is Western New York’s second-most populated community. Located in the northwest corner of the Town of Amherst, the park is bounded by Tonawanda Creek Road, Campbell Boulevard, North French Road and Sweet Home Road. The hike is free, but reservations are required. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email Megan Mills Hoffman at mmhoffman@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.

 

Saturday, April 30

Class on native plants at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn what plants take less work and resources since they have spent centuries adapting to our Western New York climate in this talk at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens,  2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The presenter is  Lyn Chimera, master gardener. The cost is $10 for members of the Botanical Gardens or $12 for nonmembers. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday, April 28

Community Discussion:The Future of Our Landscapes

7 to 9 p.m.

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Western New York Land Conservancy invite you to attend a community discussion on the Future of Our Landscapes. Participants include Tullis Johnson of the Burchfield Penney Art Center; Darren Kempner with Erie County Environment & Planning; Loren Smith of the Buffalo Audubon Society; Joseph Territo, Olmsted Parks Conservancy arborist; Sharon Webber, board president of Grassroots Gardens, and Margaret Wooster, author and habitat planner for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The event will be held at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

 

Wednesday, April 27

Amherst Garden Club meeting and hands-on workshop

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. There will be a hands-on workshop by club members: table designs by Eleanor Wolford and flowers by Sylvia Fredricks. The horticulture presentation of the day will be on wildflowers. Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday, April 27

Make It, Take It workshop at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

6 to 7 p.m.

Plant herbs in a strawberry jar at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. With herbs at your fingertips, you are on your way to create culinary delights.  You can pot up the most popular herbs in these attractive garden planters. The cost is $30 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $35 for nonmembers. For reservations, go the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, April 23

Easter Egg Hunt at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11 a.m.

The hunt sells out every year, so register early. Pre-registration only.  In addition to the Easter egg hunt, fun activities include a scavenger hunt, games, a petting zoo and prizes. For details, go to the website or call 827-1584.

 

April 22-24

Dress Your Easter Best

 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate spring tradition and wear an Easter bonnet or Easter tie to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The Easter Bunny’s helper will choose many winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize. You can make it, borrow it or buy your bonnet or tie! For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 827.1584.

 

Friday, April 15 through Saturday, April 23

45-cent Perennial Sale at Mischler’s Florist

More than 75 varieties of perennials will be available in packs of four plants at $1.80 per four-pack at Mischler’s Florist, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Several new items will be offered this year.

 

Wednesday, April 20

Make It, Take It workshop at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fashion a beautiful spring arrangement to grace your family’s dinner table at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring scissors, hand clippers and a box to transport your masterpiece. The cost is $30 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $35 for nonmembers. For reservations, go the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584.

 

Monday, April 18

Orchard Park Garden Club herb interest group meeting

10 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club herb interest group will meet in the Orchard Park Municipal Center basement, 4295 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The group normally meets on the third Monday of the month.

 

Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17

Corning Glass Flameworking Demos

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Watch as flameworkers turn plain glass rods into fanciful shapes at the torch during the Spring Flower Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For prices, see Spring Flower Show above. For more information, go the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, April 16

Easter workshops with professional floral designers at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Two different sessions will be held at 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. At 11 a.m., Mary Trifunovic will conduct the session on making an Easter gift basket. At 1 p.m. David Clark will conduct the session on making a floral centerpiece. Each session costs $35. For reservations, call 649-4684 after March 19, or visit the shop.

 

Saturday, April 16

Rose care seminar at Zittel’s Country Market

Southtowns Rose and Garden Society will present a seminar on rose care and culture at Zittel’s Country Market. Look for the red barn on Route 20 between South Park Avenue (Route 62) and McKinley Parkway in Hamburg.  Come and see what’s shaking in the world of these aromatic beauties and meet some of the areas’ most knowledgable rose gardeners. For reservations, call (716) 649-3010 or go to the Zittel’s website.

 

Saturday, April 16

Earth Day activities with Buffalo ReUse

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Buffalo ReUSE will offer an opportunity to safely dispose of old TVs, computers, and other electronics at their retail store, 298 Northampton St., Buffalo. This event is held in honor of Earth Day and in partnership with Sunnking, a local electronics recycler. In addition to reusable building materials and unwanted household items, Buffalo ReUSE will accept the following e-waste: computers & laptops, printers, keyboards & mice, monitors (CRTs) all sizes, televisions, microwave ovens (non PCB), copiers, typewriters, fax machines, cellular phones & pagers, audio & video equipment, telephone equipment, laboratory & test equipment, circuit boards (any kind), cables/wire, any item with a circuit board,batteries (charges may apply) and most home appliances (no refrigerators). All material donations are tax-deductible. Receipts are available at the time of donation. The event will also  showcase worm composting, Tool Library tours and sign-up for the Patchwork Garden. Raised garden bed materials & rain barrels will be available for purchase.

 

Saturday, April 16

Buffalo Audubon Society’s Annual Earth Day Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Buffalo Audubon Society will hold its annual Earth Day Festival at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Exhibitors include the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center, For the Birds! Niagara, GLOW, Foot Hills Trail Club, Green Options Buffalo, Habitat for Humanity/ReStore Buffalo, the Buffalo Astronomical Association, HIP/HIM, Solar Liberty and West Herr Automotive.  A free vegan lunch will be available. Participants can drop off electronics for recycling by Maven Technologies (computers and peripherals, phones and TV’s , but no home appliances or refrigerators), see live birds of prey, learn about solar power and alternative energy technologies.  There will be guided nature walks, crafts, workshops, a treasure hunt and other games.  Participants can also contribute to a trail cleanup or a habitat restoration project. In the spirit of Earth Day please carpool or consider bicycling to Beaver Meadow.  If you are interested in cycling from East Aurora, there will be an organized ride leaving at 10:30 a.m.  Bikers should call Beaver Meadow for details and to sign up, or e-mail the ride leader, Natalie, at ndking@buffalo.edu. Anyone bicycling to the event will be admitted at half-price. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and free for kids under 3.

 

Saturday, April 16
Spring shoreline sweep with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

9 a.m. to noon

More than 1500 volunteers and the Buffalo Sabres Green Team partner with Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER to clean up 77,000 linear feet of shoreline throughout the region. More than 40 sites are badly in need of clean up. You could win a free rain barrel by sharing your finds on Facebook and Twitter. All volunteers will receive a free stainless steel water bottle and are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at noon. To register, call 852-RIVER, extension 19, or visit the RIVERKEEPER website.

 

Saturday, April 16

Spring into Gardening Education Day with Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event includes your choice of four sessions and a homemade buffet luncheon. The event will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center at the 4H Fairgrounds, 12690 NYS Route 31, Albion. The pre-registration cost is $25 or $20 for seniors. The cost for walk-ins is $30. To register or to receive a brochure, call Kim at (585) 798-4265, ext. 26.

 

Friday, April 15

Boom Days party to benefit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

8 to 11 p.m.

Live music, food and Flying Bison’s Ice Boom Bock will be available at a fund-raiser for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at McCarthy’s Restaurant at 73 Hamburg St., Buffalo. A $10 entry fee is good for free food and one drink. Boom Days celebrates the lifting of the Ice Boom.

 

Monday, April 11

Western New York Land Conservancy Speakers Series

5:30 pm

Stan Radon, geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will speak about time, climate and the evolution of the geology and landscape of Western New York. He is popular for his gripping tours of local rock formations. He has been a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the past 20 years and teaches geology and environmental sciences at the University at Buffalo and Daemen College. The event is free, but please make reservations by calling  (716) 687-1225 or e-mailing mmhoffman@wnylc.org. The series continues through May.

 

Monday, April 11

“Windowsill Wonders” at East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

Design a miniature flower arrangement for a windowsill or other small space at the meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club in St. Matthias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. You must take a container, such as a spray can lid, detergent bottle top, votive container, small can with pin holder or foam inside. Also take small bare or budding branch for line material; stems of small foliage such as taxis, boxwood or Japanese holly, and small fresh or dried flowers. The workshop will be led by Judy Tucholski-Zon, National Garden Club master judge.

 

April 9 – May 1

Spring Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thousands and thousands of spring flowers will fill the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The Easter Bunny visits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24. Farmer Brown’s Petting Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more. The price is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 55 and over and for students 13 and older with ID, $4 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for members and children under age 3. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, April 9

Houseplant Potting/Repotting Event at Zittel’s Country Market

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Purchase a new plant and pot, or bring your own pot. Zittel’s will provide the soil and drainage material and help to get your new plant potted,  OR bring your own plant(s) to repot into a new pot (purchased at Zittel’s).  Zittel’s provides everything you need to repot and they clean up the mess. The event  will be held at Zittel’s Country Market. Look for the red barn on Route 20 between South Park Avenue (Route 62) and McKinley Parkway in Hamburg.  For reservations, call (716) 649-3010 or go to the Zittel’s website.

 

 

Saturday, April 9

Flower Gardening Basics at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

This symposium on flower gardening basics includes lunch and will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. In the morning session, Sally Cunningham will cover design & culture and superior perennials for difficult sites. In the afternoon session (beginning at 12:45 p.m.), Roxanne McCoy will discuss lilies and other summer blooming bulbs. Marge Vogel will discuss popular & new annuals and give a tour of the growing area. The cost is $50 for the full-day sumposium and $30 for one session without lunch. For reservations, call 649-4684 after March 19, or visit the shop.

 

 

Saturday, April 9

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples for a nominal fee. You can drop your samples off at the time above at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. You will receive your results later. To find out the proper way to take a soil sample, contact Lynn Wieser, director of education at the Botanical Gardens, at lwieser@buffalogardens.com or 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Friday, April 8

Paradise Under Glass

6 to 9 p.m.

Escape the frosty temperatures and step into the gorgeous tropical oasis at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Tropical attire is encouraged but not required. Tickets include a preview of the Spring Flower Show; Dundee ale & lager; Seagram’s Escape; delicious tidbits from Lucarelli’s, Chef Binks, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Obviously Avi Catering, Curly’s, Quaker Bonnet and Tandoori’s; free mini garden tours, free parking and more. Tickets are $25 for members and $28 for nonmembers. After March 30, the price is $30. For reservations, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584.

 

Thursday, April 7

Doug Tallamy, author of book on native plants, will speak

7 to 8:30 pm

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, will speak at Our Lady Of Victory Neighborhood Center. He will discuss the impact of alien plants on native ecosystems, interactions between plants and insects and conservation of biodiversity. Copies of Dr. Tallamy’s book may be pre-ordered at the time of registration for $19.52 (includes tax). A book signing and reception will follow his presentation. This event is sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County and the 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State. The cost to attend is $20 for members of the sponsoring groups and $24 for non-members.

 

Thursday, April 7

Orchard Park Garden Club meeting and presentation on “Flowers for Pressing”

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The meeting will be followed by a guest speaker, Susan Laughran, who will present a program on “Flowers for Pressing.” The club will also meet at the end of April to fill village hanging baskets.

 

Monday, April 4

Garden Walk Buffalo’s first ever free Beautification Night
7  p.m.
Garden Walk Buffalo will hold its  first Beautification Night at the Richmond Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer St., Buffalo. Kathy Guest Shadrack and Michael Shadrack, members of the American Hosta Society and British Hosta & Hemerocallis Society, and authors of the recently released The Book of Little Hostas and the classic The New Encyclopedia of Hostas, will give a talk about hostas, answer questions and have a book signing. Books will be available for sale (cash or check only!). Garden Walk Buffalo will announce its Beautification Award recipients for 2011. The event is free and no reservations are necessary.

 

Saturday, April 2

“Grow Your Own” Seminar at Zittel’s Country Market

10 a.m.

Growing your own vegetables and flowers from seeds is easy, healthy and fun. Learn all about the best ways to start seeds, when and how to transplant and how to prepare your garden or container to ensure a bountiful harvest. Choose from many varieties of seeds–  from organic to gourmet, eat what you grow! The seminar will be held at Zittel’s Country Market. Look for the red barn on Route 20 between South Park Avenue (Route 62) and McKinley Parkway in Hamburg. For reservations, call (716) 649-3010 or go to the Zittel’s website.

 

 

Saturday, April 2

Workshop on “Demystifying Orchids”  at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

11:30-12:30am

Learn about culture, re-potting and choosing a winning orchid at the workshop “Demystifying Orchids” with David Clark at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Cost is $12. For reservations, call 649-4684 after March 19, or visit the shop.

 

Friday, April 1

Pre-orders due for Great Plant Sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 


Sunday, March 27

Souper Bowl Meeting of Buffalo Area Daylily Society

2 p.m.

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society will hold its annual Souper Bowl Meeting at the East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St. Mary Collier Fisher, president of the society, will speak about the hybridizing program of George Doorakian,the man who brought us Rose F. Kennedy. A variety of soups and chili will be served. The public is invited.

 

Sunday, March 27

Kids Activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11:30 a.m.

Bring the kids ages 3-12 to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo for fun and educational activities. Activities vary and children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for the activities is free with admission.

 

Saturday, March 26

Wake Up Your Garden

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Champing at the bit to get into your garden? Find out what you can do indoors to get ready for the outside garden season during this class at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.   Bring in two dry soil samples taken at a depth of 6 inches (if the ground isn’t frozen) from two different areas of your yard or garden and let us test them for you. The presenter will be David Clark, horticulturist. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

 

Thursday, March 24 to Sunday, March 27

Join us at Plantasia!

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com will exhibit at Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show. It will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Stop by and say hello– we’d love to meet you in person!

 

Sunday, March 20

Spring Fling Victorian Tea & The Victorian Language of Flowers

11a.m.-1 p.m.

Don your best hat for a light meal of tea sandwiches, scones, fruits, desserts and of course, a variety of teas, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Following the tea, delight in Nancy Kalieta’s presentation on the mysterious nuances associated with particular flowers during Victorian Times. Seating is limited so registration is a must! Go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 827-1584. Price is $20 for garden members and $24 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20

Maple Harvest Festival hosted by Buffalo Audubon Society

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Buffalo Audubon Society will hold its annual Maple Harvest Festival at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY. Activities include demonstrations of tapping maple trees, making fresh syrup at the sugar shanty, maple sugar made the Native American way (with red hot rocks), tasting jack wax, sugar-on-snow and backyard sugaring. Visitors can enjoy a nature walk (on snowshoes if weather permits) and fuel up with a pancake breakfast. There will also be a Chinese auction. The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for  kids 12 and under free for children under 3.

Saturday , March 19

Pruning Seminar & Pizza at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lockwood’s reopens for the season on March 19 with a pruning seminar. Two sessions will be offered at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The session on pruning shrubs will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and the session on pruning and care of small trees will run from 1 to 3 p.m. It is recommended that you attend both sessions since each session contains important information applicable to the other class and information won’t be repeated. Lunch is included for those who register for both sessions. Instructors will be Rex Weber, CNLP, arborist at Bradley Tree, and Sally Cunningham, CNLP. The cost is $45 for both sessions or $25 for one session. You can make payment after March 1 in person or by phone at 649-4684.CNLP credits are available.

 

Saturday, March 19

Down and Dirty Birdy Dilemma

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to turn your yard or patio into a welcome haven for our feathered friends during this class at the Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo . Attract orioles and hummingbirds to your garden when you get the inside scoop on feeders and their location, nectar recipes and ratios and color attractants. The presenter will be David Clark, horticulturist. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

 

Friday, March 18– Ordering deadline

Tree and shrub seedling sale

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual conservation sale of evergreen and deciduous seedlings and transplants. Wildflower seeds are also available. The purpose is to conserve natural resources and enhance forestry resources, wildlife habitat and economic development in Erie County. The order form is available at the district’s site. The deadline to order is Friday, March 18 and orders must be picked up on Saturday, April 16.

Thursday, March 17

Zittel’s Country Market opens for the season


Saturday, March 12

Basic Propagation

11 a.m. to12:30 p.m.

Have fun as you learn basic propagation techniques through hands-on learning at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring a carton to take your freshly propagated plants to your home and watch them grow. The presenter will be David Clark, horticulturist. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, March 12

Advanced Propagation

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Get into the nitty-gritty of advanced propagation techniques through hands-on learning at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The presenter will be David Clark, horticulturist. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

 

Monday, March 7

Western New York Land Conservancy Speakers Series

5:30 p.m.

Margaret Wooster, habitat planner for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, will speak on the importance and value of the watershed surrounding Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and how ordinary citizens can help ensure that our watersheds are protected for generations to come. Wooster is also author of Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes and Somewhere to Go on Sunday, a guidebook to the natural treasures of the bi-national Niagara bio-region. The talk will take place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The event is free, but please make reservations by calling  (716) 687-1225 or e-mailing mmhoffman@wnylc.org. The series continues through May.

 

Until March 6

New Photography Exhibit at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens by James Sedwick

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Photographs of the Gardens is the new exhibit by James Sedwick in the Aracangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. While he hasn’t abandoned film, Sedwick integrates digital tools into his photography. He shows his work with the Buffalo Society of Artists and the WNY Artists Group/Art Dialogue Gallery. In addition, his photographs have been published in The Sun and Orion magazines. When not doing photography, he works as a clinical mental health counselor. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $4 for children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, March 5

Garden Conservation

11 a.m. to Noon

Join Dr. Fran Evans, master gardener, as he tackles this timely environmental topic at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Dr. Evans is a retired chemist who has been a long-time local garden speaker favorite. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26 and 27

Niagara Frontier Orchid Society Display and Sale

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society Display and Sale will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Orchid workshops will be held at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Orchid plants and supplies will be on sale.

Thursday, Feb.  24

Adult Stress Relief

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Learn how to relax, feel more energized and reduce stress in classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Experience progressive and deep muscle relaxation, autogenic phases and guided imagery meditation. Gentle yoga and breathing exercises will be practiced at each class with instructor Joan Saba The cost is $7 per class or $25 per series for members and $8 per class or $30 per series for nonmembers.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Free seminar on Emerald Ash Borer and other pests

6 to 8 p.m.

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will hold a free seminar to help residents with the detection, identification, and reporting procedure of pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long horned Beetle. It will be held in the Marcy Casino, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo. The seminar includes refreshments, a PowerPoint presentation and a question-and-answer session. Reservations can be made only by by e-mail at sal@bfloparks.org.

Monday, Feb. 21 (Presidents Day)

Dollar Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is just $1. Enjoy the Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, including the Amaryllis & Cymbidium Show.

Through  Feb. 21

Amaryllis & Cymbidium Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The show takes place at at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission is $8 for adults,  $7 for seniors 55 and older,   $7 for students 13 and older with ID, $4 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3.

Three weekends until February 19

Night Lights at the Gardens

5:30 to 9 p.m.

The interior of the Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting over weekend nights in February at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. A music soundtrack will add to the experience, with some of the lights synching with the sounds. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for garden members, seniors and students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3.

Thursday, February 17

Stories From the Niagara Frontier

Noon to 1 p.m.

Growing Green in Buffalo, a short documentary video by Meg Knowles, will be presented as part of the Stories From the Niagara Frontier series at the downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. In this short video, Growing Green youth participants are followed throughout the year as they plant tomatoes, build a straw-bale green house, and educate themselves and others about growing and eating healthy foods in their community. Diane Picard from the Massachusetts Avenue Project will give a presentation following the video and lead a discussion. The series is presented by Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources in cooperation with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

 

Monday, Feb. 14

East Aurora Garden Club Meeting

Noon

Lyn Chimera, master gardener, will give a lecture and PowerPoint presentation on “Gardening and Pruning with a Natural Balance” at the monthly meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club. It will be held at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora.

Saturday, Feb. 12

Dash for the Dome

10 a.m.

A race to benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be held at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The entry fee is $20 for members, students & sponsor employees;$22 for non-members, and $25 for all registrations after Feb. 2. Awards will be given in several categories.

Wednesday,  Feb. 9

Soil, Toil & Thyme Garden Club

1 p.m.

Annual planning meeting in Albion followed by a Valentine Tea. If you are interested in joining, please call Fredi at 585-589-1640.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Photography Meetup

5:30 to 9 p.m.

The Buffalo Photography Meetup Group and the WNY Photographers Meetup Group will hold meetups for Night Lights at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Photographers of all skill levels share tips and learn from each other.

Monday, Feb. 7

Land Conservancy Speakers Series with Lynda Schneekloth

5:30 to 7 p.m.

The source of our contemporary land ethic (or lack thereof) and ways in which we, as ordinary citizens, can revitalize our urban and rural Western New York places for future generations, will be discussed by Linda Schneekloth, professor emeritus of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo. Her professional work as a landscape architect revolves around the issue of placemaking– how people daily transform their world to make it a home. This is the second in the Western New York Land Conservancy‘s 2011 Winter/Spring Speakers Series, which  is co-hosted with the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. The event will take place at the Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The event is free, but please make reservations by calling  (716) 687-1225 or e-mailing mmhoffman@wnylc.org. The series continues through May.

Saturday, February 5

Winter Tree Identification Hike

1 to 2:30 pm

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a winter tree identification hike at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. John Sly, a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society, will lead hikers along the Kenneglenn Ridge to Mossy Point, sharing information on how to identify trees in the winter, with tree samples available for viewing after the hike. Mr. Sly will focus special attention on the native trees that are prevalent in the forests of the 131-acre preserve. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear as trails will likely be snow-covered. The hike is free, but reservations are required because space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email mmhoffman@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Tool Library Info Session at Buffalo ReUse

11 a.m.

Get a tour of Buffalo ReUse’s Tool Library and a brief explanation of their lending policy. Learn how you, your family or your block club can gain access to the resources you need to get that big project finished. Meet at The ReSource, 298 Northampton St., Buffalo.

Monday, Jan. 24

Land Conservancy Speakers Series with Sharon Webber

5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Western New York Land Conservancy presents the first event of its 2011 Winter/Spring Speakers Series, which  is co-hosted with the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. The topic will be the importance and value of prime soils in our region and how ordinary citizens can help ensure these soils are protected for generations to come will be discussed by Sharon Webber, Grassroots Gardens board president, horticulturist, consultant, and New York State certified nursery & landscape professional. The event will take place at the Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The event is free, but please make reservations by calling  (716) 687-1225 or e-mailing mmhoffman@wnylc.org. The series continues through May.

Saturday,  Jan. 22

Seed Starting Demonstration Part 1 sponsored by Buffalo ReUse

11 a.m.

Get ready for spring by learning how to make an A-frame to support a light so you can start seeds on a card table in the basement. The demonstration will be held at The ReSource, 298 Northampton St., Buffalo.

Jan. 22 to Feb. 21

Amaryllis & Cymbidium Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The show takes place at at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission is $8 for adults,  $7 for seniors 55 and older,   $7 for students 13 and older with ID, $4 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3.

January 22 – March 6

New Photography Exhibit at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens by James Sedwick

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Photographs of the Gardens is the new exhibit by James Sedwick in the Aracangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. While he hasn’t abandoned film, Sedwick integrates digital tools into his photography. He shows his work with the Buffalo Society of Artists and the WNY Artists Group/Art Dialogue Gallery. In addition, his photographs have been published in The Sun and Orion magazines. When not doing photography, he works as a clinical mental health counselor. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $4 for children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 3.

Gardening Events in Buffalo, NY area for 2010

 

Now – Jan. 2

Holiday Festival at the Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (Dec. 24 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 31 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

A Holiday Festival will be held at the Erie County Botanical Gardens at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Includes the largest exhibit of pointsettias in Western New York as well as well as an exhibit by the Western New York Garden Railway Society. Admission is  $8 for adults,  $7 for seniors and students, $4 for children 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

Deadline Dec. 31

Photo contest

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, is holding a photo contest for amateurs. The deadline is Dec. 31.  Winners will receive a certificate and a prize from Botanical Gardens. Awards will be posted on the Botanical Gardens’ web site in early 2011. Click here for more information on rules.

Sunday, Dec. 26

Dollar Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is just $1. Enjoy the Holiday Festival at the Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, which includes the largest exhibit of pointsettias in Western New York as well as well as an exhibit by the Western New York Garden Railway Society.

Monday, Dec. 22

Make It, Take It Series: Fresh Floral Christmas Arrangement

 

6 p.m.

Fresh flowers bring the colors of the season to your table. Make a fresh floral arrangement at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.The cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece. If you have a lazy Susan, bring that too!  It will help with the balance of the design.

Saturday, Dec. 18

10:30 a.m.

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop with Mary Trifunovic

Mary Trifunovic, designer with Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, will lead this workshop. Mary will help you design a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table or buffet, using a choice of natural and some artificial materials. If you have particular design colors in your in your table setting, bring examples to help us choose bows and baubles. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Thursday, Dec. 16

6 p.m.

Kissing Ball Workshop, taught by Sally Cunningham

The kissing ball is a really fun alternative to a swag on the porch, and the winter equivalent of a hanging basket. It’s a round ball that traditionally was placed over doorways to encourage kissing! Ours will be made of short evergreen pieces cut up and inserted to make a perfectly round green ball that we will then decorate with red bows.  The process is fun solo, since you’ll be meeting great people, or with friends. Couples have even come to make one together. These kissing balls are for outdoor decorating (or very short-term inside), and will last long past the holidays. The workshop takes place at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Saturday, Nov. 27

Basic Wreath-making at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

10:30 a.m.

Join Jeane Farrell at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, for a fun session making an evergreen wreath (hand-tied), the old-fashioned way. The wreath is complete with a bow of your choice. While you will learn a wreath-making skill that you can always use in the future, many people come back year after year just to get together and have fun. The fee is $25 and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Basic Wreath Workshop, conducted by Sally Cunningham

6 p.m.

This class takes less than an hour for most people, but you won’t be rushed if it takes you longer. If you can’t quite make 6 p.m., just let us know you are coming. This is a fun, relaxing opportunity to create with your own hands, and all garden talk and discussions are welcome. It will be held at  Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Fee is $25 and includes bow. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Horticulture Class: Indoor Gardening 102

6:30 p.m.

Continue where you left off in the Indoor Gardening 101 class.  You’ll delve a little deeper into the various techniques of indoor gardening in this class at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Joe DiDominico, retired teacher and president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, is the instructor.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Outdoor Container Workshop, taught by Mary Gurtler

10:30 a.m.

Mary Gurtler, the principal merchandizing and display artist at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, makes great decorative containers for any season. She will help you create a one-of-a-kind container for your doorstep, deck or front porch. The workshop takes place at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Make Fancy Mixed-greens Wreath with Sally Cunningham

1 p.m.

Make an evergreen wreath with a variety of natural materials including incense cedar, holly and other berrying plants, which supply interesting texture and fragrance. A basic bow is included, but some participants prefer this wreath without a bow. These wreath-making sessions are good for relaxing with friends, or making new ones. Garden questions welcome! The workshop takes place at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Make It, Take It Series: Decorated Boxwood Tree

9 a.m.

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without a classic boxwood tree, so kick off your holiday decorating fun at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers.  Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your little tree!  If you have a lazy Susan, bring that too!  It will help with the balance of the design.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Make It, Take It Series: Fresh Greens Wreath

11:30 a.m.

Bring the fragrance of fresh greens to your home as you fashion a beautiful 14-inch wreath at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers.  Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your wreath.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Make It, Take It Series: Fresh Greens Swag

2 p.m.

Let the fresh scent of greens fill your home when you make a fragrant swag to hang above your mantel or over your lintel. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your swag. Workshop will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5

Open House at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual open house at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe is a great opportunity to see all the great Christmas merchandise Elaine brought back from her buying trips to Dallas and Atlanta. You can cross off gift buying from your to-do list, and get into the holiday spirit. The shoppe is located at 2365 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

“Champagne & Herbs” Holiday Brunch

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual holiday party at Romanello’s. It’s an opportunity to spend an afternoon with friends, enjoy a delicious brunch and learn all kinds of things about herbs from the WNY Herb Study Group. Don’t miss the great basket raffle and the opportunity to grab some holiday gifts. See the order form or call 827-1584, ext. 204 for details. Cost is $24 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $27 for non-members.

Thursday, Dec. 9

6 p.m.

Mantle or Buffet Arrangement Workshop

A choice of materials will be available for you to create an arrangement for your mantle or buffet in this workshop led by Mary Gurtler and Mary Trifunovic of Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Saturday, Dec. 11

10:30 a.m.

Boxwood Tree Workshop

Mary Trifunovic, designer with Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, will lead this workshop. This boxwood tree is a classic, made by cutting up pieces of boxwood and putting them all together to make a textured, adorable miniature tree. Most people love them with a simple box on top (or nothing at all). Everyone can succeed at this, but you’ll learn a new respect for professionals who turn them out quickly. The fee is $35. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

Saturday, Dec. 11

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday Celebration and Indie Market

The Holiday Celebration and Indie Market will be held at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. A group of wonderful local artisans will display their work for a great shopping experience. The Holiday Celebration will also include kids’ activities and crafts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ($2 per child) and photos with Santa from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ($5 per photo).

Monday, Nov. 22

Make It, Take It Series: Fresh Floral Thanksgiving Arrangement

 

6-7:30 p.m.

Set off your Thanksgiving table with a beautiful fresh flower arrangement you make yourself at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece!  If you have a lazy Susan, bring that too!  It will help with the balance of the design.

Monday, Nov. 15

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens CLOSED

The Botanical Gardens will be closed to the public on Monday, Nov. 15. Due to new construction, electrical service updates will take place. The Gardens will re-open on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Horticulture Class: Indoor Gardening 101

6:30 p.m.

You don’t have to wait for spring to have new plants in your home. Learn how the pros produce plants year ’round in this class at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Joe DiDominico, retired teacher and president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, is the instructor.

 

Thursday, Nov. 18

 

Horticulture Class: Orchids 102

6:30 p.m.

Uncover the secrets of orchid growing at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Visit the orchid growing houses and experience the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society in action. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. The instructor is Joe DiDominico, retired teacher and president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society.

 

Saturday, Nov. 20

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

10:30 a.m.

Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece with the talented floral designer and great personality Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Your centerpiece, made of natural materials, will last long past Thanksgiving. The fee is $35 and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 649-4684.

 

Until  Sunday, Nov. 14

105th Chrysanthemum Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. New additions this year. Admission is  $8 for adults,  $7 for seniors and students, $4 for children 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3. Read article.

 

Sunday, Nov. 14

Open House at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See all the new Christmas lines for home decorating, gifts and pleasure indoors and out at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. There will be cookies and other homemade treats made by a few of the Lockwood’s staff, cider, music, gift baskets, scavenger hunts and prizes. It’s a great place to spend some time and get into the holiday spirit.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Make It, Take It Series: Pine Cone Wreath

6-8 p.m.

Welcome the holiday season by making an all-natural fall wreath at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your creation!

Monday, Nov. 8

East Aurora Garden Club Meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. Ann Kingsbury will lead members in a hands-on project, decorating Yule log centerpieces. Members are asked to bring clippers, three 12-inch taper candles and a $2 project fee.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7

Orchard Park Garden Club Standard Flower Show

Noon to 5 p.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its standard flower show at Fox Run, One Fox Run Lane (20A and California Roads) in Orchard Park. Admission is free. Read article.

 

Thursday, Nov. 4

Beer, Bratwurst and the Buffalo Meridian

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Ed Dore, beer and botany afficianado, takes participants on a whirlwind tour of countries– and their beers– on the Buffalo Meridian at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Enjoy a bratwurst, sauerkraut, chips and pickles as you learn about and taste these different brews. The cost is $12 for Botanical Gardens members and $15 for nonmembers.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Horticulture Class: Orchids 102

10 a.m.

Uncover the secrets of orchid growing at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Visit the orchid growing houses and experience the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society in action. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. The instructor is Joe DiDominico, retired teacher and president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society.

 

Thursday, Oct. 21

 

Horticulture Class: Orchids 101

6:30 p.m.

Joe DiDominico, retired teacher and president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, takes the mystery out of growing orchids in this class at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 19

East Park Garden Club Meeting

7 p.m.

Judith Topolski-Zon, a director of the 8th District Federation of Garden Clubs, will speak on how a garden club can run a flower show. A short business meeting will follow. The meeting will be held at 1285 W. River Rd., Grand Island.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17

Orchid Show & Sale

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hosted by The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society & the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission is  $8 for adults,  $7 for seniors and students, $4 for children 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3. The show will highlight hundreds of orchids through live displays and breathtaking photography. Ribbons will be awarded to creative orchid displays and orchid photography.  The displays are designed by members of the Orchid Society and photos selected by the Twin City and the Buffalo Museum of Science photography clubs. Orchid vendors will have many seedling, flowering orchids and growing supplies available for purchase.  Orchid growing workshops will be given throughout the show and Orchid society members will also be available to answer your orchid questions.

 

Saturday, Oct. 16

North Buffalo Garden Club Meeting

6 p.m.

The North Buffalo Garden Club will meet at Cafe Allegro, 137 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. There will be  a demonstration on making a fall centerpiece. Meetings for the rest of the year are Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

 

Thursday, Oct. 14

Horticulture Class: Nature in Western New York’s Future

7 p.m.

Gerry Rising, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at UB, discusses how wildlife and plants are influenced by our changing climate and weather. The talk will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10 for Botanical Garden members and $12 for Non-Members.  Stay and have light refreshments after his talk.  Gerry Rising’s column has appeared each week since April 8, 1991 in The Buffalo News. Formerly appearing on Mondays, the column is now published on the newspaper’s Sunday Science Page of the Viewpoints Section.

 

Monday, Oct. 11

East Aurora Garden Club Meeting

Noon

Ray Markiewicz, conservationist and Northeast regional coordinator of Project Healing Waters will give a lecture and slide presentation on “Attack of Foreign Plant and Animal Species in the Great Lakes.” The meeting will be held at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10

Straw Bale Workshop

Dawn to dusk
Singer Farms is hosting a free Straw Bale Workshop. It offers a unique, hands-on learning opportunity in modern-day straw bale construction technique. The farm is renovating its 180-year old barn at 6730 Lake Rd., Appleton (It’s near Olcott. On Lake Road you’ll see a sign for Singer Farm and what looks like a house, but go past that to get to the red Eco Barn). Attendees will have the chance to apply straw bale construction techniques by stacking locally sourced straw bales to form an insulating wrap around the old barn. The event is free, but attendees must pre-register by sending an e-mail to claire@singerfarmnaturals.com. You may attend either or both days.

 

Thursday, Oct. 7

Make It, Take It Series: Dried Hydrangea Wreath

6-8 p.m.

Using dried hydrangeas, you can fashion a delicate wreath to accent your fall décor at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and of course, a large box to transport your masterpiece! (Size: Approximately 12 -16”). If your hands are sensitive, bring gardening gloves.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Horticulture Class: Orchids 101

10 a.m.

Joe DiDominico, retired teacher and president of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, takes the mystery out of growing orchids in this class at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Hands-on Ikebana Workshop

10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to”Discover Ikebana: Ikebana Now and in the Future,” a hands-on workshop by Takako Michii in the Cumming Room at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call Norma at 688-6691

 

Sunday, Oct. 3

Victorian Tea

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This wonderful full English tea experience includes Victorian history, a presentation on ivies and tussie mussies and a light lunch of finger sandwiches, scones, fruits, dessert and, of course, a choice of teas. The Western New York Ivy Society will provide their expertise. Victorian hats are encouraged. Tickets are $20 for members of the botanical gardens and $22 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. Purchase tickets onlineor call (716) 827-1584.

 

Sunday, Oct. 3

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

 

Saturday, Oct. 2

10 am-5 pm Monday through Sunday

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

 

Friday, Oct. 1

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

 

Thursday, Sept. 30

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

2 – 5 p.m.

Need a break in your week? Wednesday is a hump day and if you need a little outdoor pick-me-up, you can join us out in the gardens. We’ll be working in a different greenspace each Wednesday. On this date, bulb planting is scheduled.  If it’s raining, we’ll work on garden projects in our basement! Meet at 158 Eaton, Buffalo. Bring your water bottle, garden hat and gloves if you’ve got them!

 

Wednesday, Sept. 29

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 28

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

 

Monday, Sept. 27

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

 

Sunday, Sept. 26


Noon to 3 p.m.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers is looking for volunteers to clean up the shorelines at 26 sites across Erie and Niagara Counties.  Sites in great need of volunteers include  Scajaquada Creek, Broderick Park, Amherst State Park, Ellicott Creek Park and South Park.  For a complete list of sites and dates for each and to register, please visit www.bnriverkeeper.org or call Brooke Rickettson at (716) 852-RIVER (7483) ext. 19.

 

Sunday, Sept. 26

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has the biggest public ivy collection in the world, which it will display for everyone to enjoy at the botanical gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  It is brought to you in part by the Western New York Ivy Society. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students 13+ with ID, $7;  children 3-12, $4, and children under 3 and members, free.

 

Saturday, Sept. 25

Fall Plant Swap

A fall plant swap  will be held at noon at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. so you can chat and get organized. Please bring plants in tidy, easily exchangeable units.

 

Saturday, Sept. 25

Gala at the Gardens

7 to 10 p.m.

Cocktail event to raise funds for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will feature a silent auction, basket raffle, special ivy exhibits, entertainment, education, favors and food from Lucarelli’s Catering that honor the gardens’ ivy collection and Victorian architecture. Tickets are $100.

 

Saturday, Sept. 25


9 a.m. until noon
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers is looking for volunteers to clean up the shorelines at 26 sites across Erie and Niagara Counties.  Sites in great need of volunteers include  Scajaquada Creek, Broderick Park, Amherst State Park, Ellicott Creek Park and South Park.  For a complete list of sites and dates for each and to register, please visit www.bnriverkeeper.org or call Brooke Rickettson at (716) 852-RIVER (7483) ext. 19.

 

Friday, Sept. 24

Fence Installation Workshop

11 a.m.

Buffalo ReUse is offering a fence installation workshop at 298 Northampton, Buffalo.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19

Two-day writing workshop at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. andSunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Join writer and teacher Rick Ohler of Right Field Writing Works for a two-day writing adventure at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, a property of the Western New York Land Conservancy. Using directed writing exercises and gentle feedback, participants will spend the weekend writing about place. Over the two sessions, each writer will craft a unique Sense of Place essay that, when finished, can be published on the Land Conservancy’s web site. There will plenty of time for freewriting as well as time to explore the Land Conservancy’s headquarters, a beautiful 131-acre nature preserve. The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so sign up today. A fee of $125 includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday, refreshments on Sunday. For more information, go to http://www.rightfieldwritingworks.com/


Thursday, Sept. 16

North Buffalo Garden Club Meeting

6 p.m.

A meeting of this new group will be held at Cafe Allegro, 1374 Hertel Ave., Buffalo (across the street from St. Margaret’s School). For more information, contact Mary Ellen Glynn at 877-8114.

 

Friday, Sept. 10

Building Cold Frames

1 p.m.

Buffalo ReUse will hold a workshop on building cold frames  at 158 Eaton, Buffalo. A cold frame is like a mini-greenhouse and can be used to protect a plant or extend the growing season.

 

Saturday, Sept. 11

CANCELLED: In the Garden: The Creative Gardener

 

Saturday, Sept. 11

Pickup for native plants and mums sale

 

A sale of native plants and mums is being held to benefit the Western New York Land Conservancy. (You must have ordered by Sept. 4.) Pickup is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 11 at Orchard Glen Retirement Community, 6055 Armor Duells Rd., Orchard Park. Native plants are vigorous and hardy and, once established, require no irrigation or fertilization.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Buffalo ReUse will hold a tomato canning workshop from 3 – 6 p.m. at 320 Northampton, Buffalo.
Learn how to put up some tasty tomatoes.

 

Monday, Aug. 30

Gardening Mondays Lunchtime Series at Central Library

Noon to 1 p.m.

A talk on “Native Plants and Eco-friendly Landscapes” will be given by Sally Cunningham, horticulturist, author and garden consultant. Gardening and home landscaping sound nature-friendly, except that so many people do things that thwart or harm the natural systems that could be working for us. Consider how we might take a few steps in a new direction. Cunningham will help you choose some plants you might not know (native and suitable non-native), and see ways to use them in attractive home landscapes. You will also hear why we all need to do so, as habitat for wildlife is rapidly disappearing. Native plant lists for urban and suburban landscapes included.The Gardening Mondays series is presented in support of the Library’s current exhibition, “In the Garden: The Art of Botanical Illustration” through September 26.

 

Monday, Aug. 23

Gardening Mondays Lunchtime Series at Central Library

Noon to 1 p.m.

A talk titled, “Water, Water, Everywhere?” will be presented by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers. It’s summer and we’re watering our gardens. But are we doing it correctly for the plants? And how about the environment—how long can we keep doing this? A speaker from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers will share how to save your rainwater and make the most of this precious, depleting resource—our next, serious environmental challenge. The Gardening Mondays series is presented in support of the Library’s current exhibition, “In the Garden: The Art of Botanical Illustration” through September 26.

 

Monday, Aug. 23

Annual Harvest Dinner of Friends of Kenan Herb Club

6:30 p.m.

The event will be held in the Kenan Mansion, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Bring a dish to pass. The event is free, but please call 433-2617 for reservations. The club is dedicated to the study and enjoyment of herbs.

 

Saturday, Aug. 28

“Friendship Through Flowers” by Ikebana International Buffalo Chapter 50

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ticket deadline is Thursday, Aug. 19

Ikebana International Buffalo Chapter 50 is celebrating 50 years with a special event at Transit Valley Country Club, 8920 Transit Rd., East Amherst. The celebration, themed “Joy,” will include an Ikebana-Japanese Floral Art demonstration by Sogetsu School Master Gregory Williams and a cocktail reception. Tickets cost $20 and are advance sale only. For ticket information call 688-6691. Read article.

 

Saturday, Aug. 21

Annual Plant Sale by Buffalo Area Daylily Society

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society is having its annual plant sale at the Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, 965 Center Rd., West Seneca. Join the club to get 10 percent off purchases.

 

Saturday, Aug. 7

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens; Starry Night Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Maps and more will be available the day of the tour at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 311 Ontario St.; Renovation Church, 567 Hertel Ave.; both in Buffalo. Maps also available at local businesses; Councilman Golombek’s office 851-5116; or by downloading from website.

E-mail: brrtourofgardens@yahoo.com

Fee: none

The 6th annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens will take place rain or shine. The self-guided tour features about 90 gardens from 10am until 5pm. And later that same day from 8pm to 10 pm is the Starry Night Garden Tour, which will feature some 25 well-lit gardens.

 

Saturday, Aug. 7

Sip N Shop

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The third annual fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Awareness Garden of the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs will be held at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo. It is a wine tasting experience featuring wines from at least 10 New York State wineries, craft vendors, music by the Pocket Change Trio, a farmers market, snacks and a basket raffle. Doors open at  11:30 am. and the wine tasting starts at noon. Tickets are $15 and are  available at the door or online at BrownPaperTickets.com. There is plenty of parking.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 8

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up maps at Ken-Ton Aquatic Center, Sheridan Drive & Delaware Rd.; Kenmore Municipal Building, Delaware Ave. & Delaware Rd.; available Wednesday, July 28.

Fee: none

More than 45 Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore residents shared their love of gardening with visitors from across Western New York in the 2009 Garden Tour. We estimate that tens of thousands of visits occurred among the designated gardens throughout our community. This year marks our 8th annual tour, and will feature a variety of different landscapes, including many with unique water features.

 

Sunday, Aug. 8

Plant auction to benefit American Cancer Society

1  p.m.; preview at noon

A plant auction to raise funds for the American Cancer Society will be held by Russell’s Tree & Shrub Farm LLC at the garden center,  9800 Transit Rd., East Amherst. Auction items include  trees, shrubs, tools, perennials, annuals, statuary, pottery, fertilizer, mulch and tree delivery. The plants will be organized into categories such as annuals, shade or color. A $5 donation to the American Cancer Society is requested in order to participate. All items must be set up for delivery or taken at the end of the auction, which will run about two hours. 100  percent of the proceeds of several lots will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Food and American Cancer Society clothing will also be sold at the event.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 31-Aug. 1

Poetry and Posies Flower Show (East Aurora)

Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Event is being held at Stonegate Mansion, 270 Buffalo Rd., East Aurora

Fee: none

The East Aurora Garden Club combines the beauty of poetry and flowers in the club’s Poetry and Posies Flower Show. The show will feature two divisions. One will consist of floral arrangements for dining, reception and exhibition tables, as well as arrangements showcasing roses, mantles featuring garlands, and a design class mix of potted plants and cut blooms called pot-et-fleur. The second division will be dedicated to horticulture specimens. There will be miniature landscapes grown in wooden boxes, as well as a variety of plants in window boxes, hanging baskets and containers. The Ode to a Vegetable category will feature displays of a range of vegetables. Because it is a Federated Garden Club Standard Flower Show, two education exhibits are included. “Dear, Deer’, What Can the Matter Be” deals with preventing deer damage; “The Green Scene” promotes recycling.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25

Garden Walk Buffalo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up maps at Richmond Summer Senior Center, corner of Richmond and Summer; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway; AIDS Community Services, 206 S. Elmwood Avenue, corner of Chippewa.

Fee: none

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of more than 340 Buffalo gardens. It is one of the largest garden tours in America.  Held annually on the last weekend of July, Garden Walk Buffalo has become one of Western New York’s most anticipated summer happenings.  Tens of thousands of visitors join us each year, as we show off our city’s beautiful homes and gardens.  You will leave refreshed, entertained and inspired.

 

Thursday, July 22

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Monday, July 19

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Sunday, July 18

South Buffalo Alive

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pick up maps at Caz Coffee Café, 688 Abbott Rd, South Buffalo on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 15, 16, 17. On the day of the event, they’re available the in gazebo at Tim Russert’s Childrens Garden, next to the Dudley branch library which is at 2010 South Park.

Fee: $2

Front yard gardens galore – magnificent side and backyard gardens – ponds – hillside gardens – we’ve got it all.

 

Sunday, July 18

Front Yard Competition Voting– Final Day

You can vote for your favorite makeover in the Front Yard Competition, the first event of its kind in the country. A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18

Lancaster Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pick up maps at Lancaster Deli, 155 Lake Ave; Broadway Deli, 5430 Broadway; Lancaster Bee; Depew Bee; available Thursday, July 15.

Fee: none

The 7th Annual Lancaster Garden Walk is a self-guided tour created to help bring community together by showing and sharing beautiful gardens all over Lancaster. This is a family friendly event, truly a wonderful way to meet some of the nicest residents of Lancaster. This year we should have 50 plus garden to show! Come out and enjoy a great weekend!

 

Saturday, July 17 (Rain date: Sunday, July 18)

Amherst Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pick up maps the day of the walk at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St. Amherst, 9am-3pm; Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville 9am-3pm; 1445 Maple Rd., 9am-4pm

E-mail: gardenwalk@amherst.ny.us

Fee: none

The Town of Amherst is honored to be a part of the National Buffalo Garden Festival, and to sponsor a Garden Walk. We are especially honored to recognize the dedication of our hundreds, if not thousands, of homeowners who devote their time to the fine “Art of Gardening.” It is with that in mind that we invite you to visit our community.

 

Saturday, July 17

Clarence Hollow in Bloom

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up maps at Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, Main St. between Ransom Rd and Salt Rd; 9 a.m. day of tour.

Fee: $5

Clarence Hollow in Bloom is a driving and walking tour that showcases 22 gardens of tantalizing pleasure. Here you’ll discover rich colors and textures, intertwined among the colorful floral tapestries and unique gardening styles. A truly magnificent day awaits gardening enthusiasts who enjoy being in a quiet rural setting. The Clarence Garden Club will be hosting the event, and will be at the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. selling tickets for $5 per person. The Market opens at 8 a.m., so come early to get your fresh produce, fruits, flowers and plants.

 

Saturday, July 17

Grand Island Garden Tour

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets available ahead of time; call 773-4946 or 773-2421. The day of the event, pick up maps at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, exit 19 off 190, go east.

Fee: $12 before 7/15; $15 after

A leisurely self-guided tour will be held rain or shine. A Grand Island map will be provided in the tour-ticket booklet secured on the day of the tour.  Free refreshments are provided as you study your tour booklet, enjoy the Historic Trinity Chapel and shop the plant sale. Welcome to Grand Island!

 

Saturday, July 17

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up maps at University Community Farmers Market on Main St. at Kenmore Ave. from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. maps are available at 38 Brinton St., 135 Capen Blvd., 22 Larchmont Rd., 17 Maynard Dr., 178 Minnesota Ave., 201 Minnesota Ave.

Fee: none

Contact info: Jessica Biegaj at 829-6145 or jbiegaj@buffalo.eduor Anne Tarantino at838-1793 or prinalt53@yahoo.com

Samuel P. Capen was the first full-time, salaried chancellor of the University of Buffalo.  The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk  showcases the neighborhoods surrounding the UB South Campus, including University Heights, Eggertsville and Amherst. Now in its ninth year, the walk offers more than 60 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces.  It is presented by the University Heights Collaborative, the Eggertsville Community Organization and the University at Buffalo.

 

Saturday, July 17

Front Yard Competition Voting

You can vote for your favorite makeover in the Front Yard Competition, the first event of its kind in the country. A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. Voting will continue until Sunday, July 18. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

 

Friday, July 16
North Towns Gardens – Clarence & Akron Bus Tour
The tour includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, an experienced tour host, sit-down lunch including all taxes and gratuity and driver gratuity.

Tour Host: Sandy Barnes C.N.L.P
Visit: Akron Tree Farm, Clarence Hollow Gardens, Clear Light Studio
Lunch: Brookfield Country Club
Price: $55 per person

 

Friday, July 17

Front Yard Competition Voting

You can vote for your favorite makeover in the Front Yard Competition, the first event of its kind in the country. A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. Voting will continue until Sunday, July 18. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

 

Thursday, July 15

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Thursday, July 15

Front Yard Competition Voting

You can vote for your favorite makeover in the Front Yard Competition, the first event of its kind in the country. A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. Voting will continue until Sunday, July 18. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

 

Wednesday, July 14

Front Yard Competition Voting

You can vote for your favorite makeover in the Front Yard Competition, the first event of its kind in the country. A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. Voting will continue until Sunday, July 18. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

 

Tuesday, July 13

Front Yard Competition Voting

You can vote for your favorite makeover in the Front Yard Competition, the first event of its kind in the country. A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. Voting will continue until Sunday, July 18. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

 

Monday, July 12

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Monday, July 12

Front Yard Competition Voting

You can vote for your favorite makeover in the Front Yard Competition, the first event of its kind in the country. A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. Voting will continue until Sunday, July 18. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

 

Sunday, July 11

Native & Invasive Species Hike

2-4 p.m.

Join hike leaders Paul Fuhrmann and Jason Sorens for a native and invasive plants tour and discussion at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, a protected property of the Western New York Land Conservancy, located outside of East Aurora in the Town of Wales. Participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of plants that are native to the Western New York area, as well as the challenges of invasive species that are taking over the natural landscape, to the detriment of our native birds, wildflowers, and wild life. Tips and hints will be shared with gardeners for how they can landscape their own backyard with native plants, for the protection and preservation of native wildlife.

Reservations are required as space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email mweaver@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is a public event and is free of charge.

 

Sunday, July 11

A BLOOMIN’ SHOW

Three area plant societies have partnered to offer the public an educational and unusual show as part of the National Garden Festival. The Western New York Hosta Society’s Hosta Blooms Show will be the first accredited hosta bloom show in the nation, as new rules and procedures are formulated for the American Hosta Society. Judging of hosta blooms is open to the public, and the show officially opens at 1 p.m. In addition, the Western New York Iris Society will offer a Japanese Iris Show, and the Buffalo Area Daylily Society will offer a Daylily Bloom Exhibit with Ikebana floral arrangements. Members of the three societies will be available for questions, and there will be educational displays. The Buffalo Chapter 50, Ikebana Society will use Japanese iris, hosta blooms and daylilies in a design workshop at 2 p.m. The event takes place at Rudolph Galley & Sons, 2722 Clinton Street at French Rd., West Seneca.

 

Sunday, July 11

Front Yard Competition Voting

A block of turn-of-the-century homes in Buffalo have received customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. You can tour the gardens and cast a vote for your favorite garden makeover. Physical ballots will be available outside each home on North Parade Ave. between Fillmore Ave. and Northampton St. Online voting will take place at www.nationalgardenfestival.com. Voting will continue until Sunday, July 18. The homes face Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

 

Sunday, July 11

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up maps at the Trillium Flower Shop, 2195 Kensington Ave., on the day of the event.

Fee: $3 donation per person

The Garden View tour takes place in the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods where the architecture dates from the 1920s through the 1950s. The 20 or so gardens offer a broad mix of flowers, vegetables, water features and lush landscaping ideas. Of special interest are the landmark-status stone arches and wrought iron street markers of the Audubon Terrace area. This one by two mile tour is easily navigated by car or bike.

 

 

Saturday & Sunday, July 10 & 11

Lockport in Bloom

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up maps at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St.; City Hall, 1 Locks Plaza; many nurseries and businesses.

E-mail: blumgarden@roadrunner.com

Fee: none

Lockport in Bloom will hold its 6th annual city wide garden tour in historic Lockport. Last year we featured 46 private and public gardens, and brought more than 600 visitors each day to our lovely historic city. This is a self-guided walking/driving tour, held rain or shine.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

1o a.m.-4 p.m.

Pick up maps at Memorial Park, Lake & Union.

Fee: free

Like Monet, Hamburg is combining art and beautiful gardens. The 6th Annual Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk and Fair is teaming up with the Village of Hamburg Festival of the Arts. (The Art Festival will be held on Sunday only.) More than 30 private gardens will be open to the public. In addition, garden vendors and talented local artists will be showing and selling their work at Memorial Park on Lake and Union Streets. Also included will be a self-guided walking tour of the creative landscaping in the village’s new roundabouts, street bumpouts, and creek overlook, as well as a multitude of oversized pots brimming with vibrant flowers.  For further information, call Marg Rust at 648-7544 or e-mail at info@hamburggardenwalk.com

 

Saturday, July 10

Orchard Parkway Garden Walk (Niagara Falls)

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pick up maps at 1302 Main St., corner of Orchard Parkway & Main on day of event; “Look for smiling gardeners at the white tent.”

Fee: none

Set among perhaps the most beautiful landscape in the downtown core with whispering thunder from Niagara Falls just a five-minute walk away, there are now more than 60 gardens of different shapes and complexities all within a quarter-mile walk on two city streets. The walk aims to share the potential that can be found within a few seeds and a pile of dirt. That, paired with our hope of spreading the beautification efforts, is the main reason the organizers keep the walk free, with the help of the Orchard Parkway Block Club and the Niagara Block Club Council.

 

Friday, July 9

Urban Farms, Rose & Community Gardens Bus Tour
The tour includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, an experienced tour host, sit-down lunch including all taxes and gratuity and driver gratuity.

Tour Host: Sharon Weber
Visit: Seneca Babcock Community Garden, Massachusetts Avenue Project, Urban Roots and Special Event Japanese Gardens
Lunch: Marcy Casino at Delaware Park
Price: $55 per person

 

Friday, July 9

Delaware Park Japanese Garden Celebration
It’s a celebration of Buffalo’s Japanese Gardens. Tours will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Delaware Park.  Enter on the east side of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum.

 

Thursday, July 8

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Wednesday, July 7

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Free Summer Concert in the Delaware Park Meadow
(Zoo side of the park)
7 pm

Free, bring your lawn chairs. Call 838-1249 ext. 23 for details.

 

Tuesday, July 6

Front Yard Competition Kickoff

10 a.m.

Turn-of-the-century homes on a block of North Parade in Buffalo (near Martin Luther King Jr. Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead) will receive customized makeovers courtesy of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association members. Each home will be paired with a professional landscaper who will come up with a design and planting plan that suits the homeowner’s tastes and the home’s style. Work will end on Saturday, July 10, and the public will be invited to visit the neighborhood, tour the gardens and cast a vote for their favorite garden makeover. Individual gardens will be honored with a variety of awards at the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association annual picnic in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Wednesday, July 21.

Monday, July 5

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Friday, July 2
Niagara Wine Trail Bus Tour
The tour includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, an experienced tour host, sit-down lunch including all taxes and gratuity, wine tasting, and driver gratuity.

Tour Host: Bryan Calandrelli of Freedom Run Winery
Visit: Freedom Run Winery, Arrowhead Springs, Marjim Manor
Lunch: Freedom Run Winery
Price: $68 per person


Thursday, July 1

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open. See two articles on Cheri St. Pierre’s gardens that we toured during an Open Garden evening: how she is still dealing with the aftermath of the October Storm of 2006, and why she got rid of all the grass in the front and backyards.

 

 

Wednesday, June 30

Starry Night in the Garden, afundraiser for the Botanical Gardens.

6-9 p.m.

The event is starring Collective Soul and featuring Serena Ryder, The Calling’s Alex Band and Melanie Fiona. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $100 for VIP tickets. To purchase tickets, go to www.tickets.comThe ticket price includes food and wine sampling, a commemorative Star 102.5 wine glass and a uniquely intimate live music experience under the stars. New this year: special VIP seating with private catered food, wine, front stage access and meet-and-greet opportunities!

 

Monday, June 28

Open Gardens

The Open Gardens project of the National Garden Festival is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition open gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. The open gardens are listed by neighborhood. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Sunday, June 27

Parkside Garden Tour

“Busy” is the word Patricia Lang uses to describe the Victorian style of gardening.

“They overdid everything back then,” she explained.

That elaborate decorating style is displayed in Lang’s gardens at 145 Crescent, which were part of the 13th annual Parkside Garden Tour held Sunday, June 27 in Buffalo.

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Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27

Lewiston GardenFest

Clouds and drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of visitors in the opening hours of the 2010 Lewiston GardenFest, which was held Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27.

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Saturday, June 26

Village of Williamsville Garden Walk

There are many elements to the landscaping at the Williamsville home of Susan Holt: a long stone wall, a winding gravel path leading to a secluded shade garden, a waterfall as the focal point of a lush back yard. The vegetation is full, abundant, interesting and colorful.

What you won’t see is many flowers.  Some of the few blooms are on the flowering dogwood, the white flowers on the bush in the first photo.

“I intentionally have a foliage garden,” Holt said. “I won’t do flowering plants unless they have decent foliage. I like green.”

Her gardens in Williamsville were on display Saturday, June 26, in the seventh annual Williamsville Garden Walk.

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Saturday, June 26

Free talk by author of ‘Wicked Plants

Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential and Wicked Plants, will share some humorous and spicy insights into the plant world in a free talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26 in the auditorium of the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. Copies of her books will be available afterward for purchase and signing courtesy of Talking Leaves Books.

 

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