Easter egg hunt at Spring Flower Show, & more great items

Easter Egg 06Sign up early for Easter egg hunt, one of many events in Spring Flower Show

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its Spring Flower Show from Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, April 7.

One of the popular features is always the Easter egg hunt, which this year will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30. The hunt sells out every year, so you should register early, said Erin Grajek, director of marketing at the Botanical Gardens.

Children ages six and under are eligible to participate. The cost is $6 for the child or grandchild of a Botanical Garden member and $8 for the child or grandchild of nonmembers. After Sunday, March 17, the cost is $10. Register here or call 827-1584, ext. 204.

The hunt is outside so dEaster egg hunters at Buffalo Botanical Gardensress accordingly. Bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.

Easter egg hunters are admitted free to the Botanical Gardens on the day of the hunt. Inside, kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities including a scavenger hunt, games, a petting zoo, prizes and more.

Admission to the Botanical Gardens during the Spring Flower Show is $9 for adults; $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID); $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

The flower show welcomes spring with greenhouses full of beautiful spring blooms including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, primroses and crocuses.

Other activities that are free with admission during the Spring Flower Show include:

  • Farmer Brown’s Animals. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more.
  • Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 16, 17, 23, 24 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 29, 30, 31. The Easter Bunny will visit the Botanical Gardens.
  • Dress Your Easter Best. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 29-31. Celebrate a spring tradition and wear an Easter bonnet or Easter tie to the Botanical Gardens. The Easter Bunny’s helper will choose winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize. You can make, borrow or buy your bonnet or tie.

 Photos from Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

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Contact Master Gardeners in Chautauqua County for gardening answers

cosmos in Amherst NY gardenA couple weeks ago we ran an article that outlined ways you can find the answers to your gardening questions in Western New York.

Sharon Reed of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County sent us more useful information on how to get your gardening questions answered.

The Chautauqua County Master Gardeners have a weekly HelpLine for community members. You can contact the Helpline in several ways:

  • Email your question to CCEMGCC@gmail.com
  • Call the Helpline at (716) 664-9502, ext 224
  • Stop in to the Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown,  when they are open.

The Helpline is officially open April through September, but you can call or email any time. Master Gardeners monitor the Helpline throughout the year. The Master Gardeners are on site each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can like Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County on Facebook.

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Deadline is March 15 to apply for scholarship

The Jamestown Audubon Society will award a scholarship to an area college-bound high school senior or Jamestown Community College student who intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an environmental or related field.Audubon scholarship for environmental field

Applications for this $500 scholarship will be accepted through Friday, March 15. The application is a simple form, asking just a few questions to determine the applicant’s experience, interest and need.

Previous scholarship winners include Alex Kulakowski, Elyse Johnson, Brenton Maille, Alyssa D’Alessandro, Alexa Vazquez, Tricia Bergstue, Karen Eckstrom, Bill Langworthy, Rex Everett, Ryan Exline and Eve Gaus.

Each year the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s education staff and their friends join together to raise the funds for this scholarship by sponsoring a Birdathon, pictured at right.

A Birdathon involves what they call “a team of crazy birders” looking for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period. Held in early May, donors can pledge a set amount or an amount per species for the birders’ efforts. In years past they have seen anywhere from 65 to 80 species of birds.

Photo by Jennifer Schlick

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