Succulent Show starts Saturday; see all the activities at Botanical Gardens

dog house at succulent show in 2011 at Buffalo Botanical Gardens
A cute dog house was one of the exhibits from the 2011 Succulent Show at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

I think gardeners sometimes overlook succulents. You can grow them outdoors in a garden or in a pot inside. They come in many shapes, colors and growing habits. And while they’re not known for their flowers, these plants can be showy.

To get inspiration on how you might display succulents, visit the Succulent Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Saturday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 5.

Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and older & students 13 and older with ID, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children 2 and under.

Every year the show is different with clever and creative exhibits.

There’s so much coming up at the Botanical Gardens, I wanted to point out just a few more events and activities:

Art classes for adults. These classes are for all skill levels. Watercolor classes start Monday, Sept. 8 and drawing classes start Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Medicinal Garden Feature.  Activities center on Cholesterol awareness & Men’s Health Month and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

Horticulture I and Horticulture II Certificate Classes. These great classes taught by David Clark, horticulturist and national speaker, are practical and entertaining as well.

Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Awesome “Mossome” Terrariums. These easy-to-care-for mini ecosystems have gained popularity in the gardening and home décor world. You can make one in this workshop at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. The cost is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for non-members.

Informational meeting on Italian garden trip. Learn more about the July 2015 trip “Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes” at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Science Cafe: Burchfield Botanicals. Join Tullis Johnson, curator and manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, for a delightful presentation intersecting science and art through the works of Charles E. Burchfield at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Gala at the Gardens. This is a great party that helps support the programs at the Botanical Gardens. Make your reservations for Gala at the Gardens, which takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

Children’s activities. Art classes, special weekend activities in the Wegmans Family Garden and more are scheduled for children.


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