Plantasia to give us a taste of spring in Western New York

outdoor garden room at PlantasiaGet a taste of spring at Plantasia: Backyard Oasis. This is Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show and is presented by the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association.

The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 21 to 23, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at the the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Tickets are $9 general admission or $8 with the coupon.

A preview night sponsored by Buffalo Spree and Lockwood’s Greenhouses will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $20 the day of event, and free for children under 10.

Features of Plantasia include:

  • Acres of innovative garden and landscape spaces filled with blooming flowers, trees and shrubs created inside the center
  • Dozens of vendors offering garden decor, tools, gifts and refreshments
  • Children’s Discovery Garden
  • Master Gardeners available to answer your gardening questions
  • Live music each evening and other events during the day
  • Presentations and demonstrations (see schedule below)

I’ll be there at the Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com booth, so stop by to say hello. Something new I’ll be doing this year is offering a few original artworks for sale. You can see an example below.

waterolor by Connie Oswald StofkoI’ll also give a presentation on  “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes” at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22. There’s so much to see and do that you might want to plan out your visit.

Here’s the entire presentation schedule:

Thursday, March 21

11 a.m.: “Edible Wild Plants for Landscape Use” with Ken Parker, Joint Venture with Nature Consulting

Noon: “Landscape Design Made Easy” with Mike Frank of Chevalier Outdoor Living

1 p.m.: “Plant Projects for Children” with Julie McDonald, grower at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

2 p.m.: “Think Green! It’s Spring” with Dorothy Julius of Along Gardens Path

3 p.m.: “Summer Bulbs” with Elizabeth Licata, editor of Buffalo Spree and horticulture speaker

4 p.m.: “Small Fruit Growing”with Vicki Jancef of Orleans County Cooperative Extension

 

Friday, March 22

11 a.m.: “Insects in the Landscape and Their Control” with Tom Mitchell of Niagara County Community College

Noon: “Gardens of the Garden Walk” with  Jim Charlier of JCharlier Communication Design

1 p.m.: “How to Prevent Deer and Other Critter Damage” with Lynn Chimera of Lessons from Nature

2 p.m.: “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes” with Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-Niagara Gardening.com

3 p.m.: “Basic Floral Design” by  Judy Tucholski, 8th District Garden Clubs judge

4 p.m.: “How and Why to Light Up Your Landscape” with  Phil Colarusso of Luminated Landscapes

5 p.m.: “What You Always Wanted to Know About Soils” with Mike Gallo, CNLP  of Buffalo State College

6 p.m.: “The Right Plant for the Right Place” with Dan Robillard of McKinley High School Horticulture Department

 

Saturday, March 23

11 a.m.: “What Hosta Where” with Mike Shadrack, British horticulture speaker and author (Books available for purchase and signed.)

Noon: “Pruning 101″ with Sally Cunningham, CNLP, who is an  author and works with Lockwood’s Greenhouses

1 p.m.: “Sustainability: What Does it Mean to the Home Gardener?” with Lynn Chimera of Lessons from Nature

2 p.m.: “Things Gardeners Should Know but Don’t” with Ken Brown, host of WBEN Radio (930 AM dial)

3 p.m.: “All you Wanted to Know About Plant Parenthood” with Terry Ettinger, greenhouse manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology and YNN TV garden expert

4 p.m.: “Hydroponically Speaking” with David Clark, horticulture speaker and instructor at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

5 p.m.: “Ornamental Grasses” with Sharon Webber, CNLP, of Niagara County Community College & Earth Lines

6 p.m.: “Raised Beds and Container Gardens… Beyond the Box” with David Clark,  horticulture speaker and instructor at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

Sunday, March 24

11 a.m.: “Vegetable Gardening” with Tom Mitchell of Niagara County Community College

Noon: “The Dirt on your Lawn” with Terry Ettinger, greenhouse manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology and YNN TV garden expert

1 p.m.: “WNY’s Fabulous Gardens (and What They Teach Us) Featuring the Best of the 2012 National Garden Festival Season” with Sally Cunningham, CNLP, who is an  author and works with Lockwood’s Greenhouses

2 p.m.: “Landscape Maintenance” with Mike Frank of Chevalier Outdoor Living

3 p.m.: “Well-Designed Container Gardens: Annuals, Perennials and Tropicals” with Carolyn Stanko, CNLP, who is an educator at Niagara County Community College

 

 

8 Comments on “Plantasia to give us a taste of spring in Western New York

  1. It is a fun event and there’s lots to do. You can visit the vendors to see what cool tools and gadgets they have, what services they offer and what they have new for this year. Plus the talks and demonstrations are enjoyable, too.

  2. You mention a dollar off coupon. Where can I find it?
    Love all of y our work on the emails.

    Thank you.

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