You can enter a hosta show, tour artists’ gardens & more!

artist gardens in Buffalo NY
The Parkside-area garden of Mary Jane Szudlowski and Frank Scheuttle, which will be on the tour of artists' gardens. Photo by Jim Charlier.

There are so many fun and educational gardening events happening at this time of year, and we wanted to highlight just a few. Be sure to check our Upcoming Events Page often so you don’t miss anything.


Visit artists’ gardens on motorcoach tour

The first in a series of motorcoach garden tours sponsored by the National Garden Festival will be a tour of artists’ gardens on Saturday, June 23. Found art, folk art, abstract art, architectural remnants, anything goes – even bowling ball art. Also tour the Albright- Knox Art Gallery, see the Museum District and shop in the Elmwood Village. The cost is $75 per person.

Other tours in the series include “The Outliers: Superior Gardens of the Northtowns,” “Southtowns Bouquet, with the Shadrack Garden,” “Preview Tour: Best of Buffalo Gardens,” “Grassroots Community Gardens,” “Southern Tier Scenic Tour: Flowers & Farm Gardens,” and “Gardens for Gardeners: Plant Lover’s Tour of Buffalo and Northtown Gardens.”

hosta leaf variegated in Buffalo NY area
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko.

Tours include roundtrip transportation from Orchard Park, Williamsville and North Tonawanda, and Rochester pickup is now available. The tour also includes expert tour host, lunch and gratuity for your driver.   For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours  or call 1-800-242-4244.


Anyone may exhibit in upcoming hosta show

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


Learn about perennials in seminars at Lockwood’s

A Perennials Day will be held Saturday, June 9 at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. It will include several presentations as well as a catered luncheon.

black-eyed Susans in Buffalo NY area
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko.

In “New Spin on Old Favorites,” Susan Martin of Walters Gardens in Michigan will give side-by-side comparisons of traditional perennials and the newer cultivars now available to home gardeners. The plants she will feature (many for sale at Lockwood’s that day) will be suitable for Western New York’s hardiness zone, soil and weather conditions.

Later in the day, Martin will present “Eye on Design.” Garden design starts with basic design principles, and she will show you how to apply those principals to create dynamic perennial combinations. After the seminar you’ll be prepared to choose plants and put them together in ways you may never have imagined.

Joseph Han of The English Gardener will share before and after photos of some amazing gardens. He will also share insights into the landscape design process—how to take a blank slate and create a new garden. The English Gardeners’ designs are known especially for incorporating perennials and flowering containers into both front and back yards.

Sally Cunningham, garden expert, will do a “Perennials Show & Tell.”

The cost for the whole program with luncheon  is $48. (Registrations for the full program can’t be accepted after Wednesday, June 6.) Each lecture separately is $15. Get details on times at Lockwood’s site.

Space is limited so please pre-register online or by calling 649-4684.


Fairy garden workshops set at Mischler’s

closeup in fairy garden in Buffalo NY area
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko.

In celebration of National Fairy Day, Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will hold fairy garden workshops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Saturday, June 23 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 percent 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.

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