Mum Show & more set at Botanical Gardens

mum show at Buffalo Botanical Gardens 2012
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

I hope you were able to get outside today and enjoy the splendid weather. But this weekend, the weather will be cool and possibly rainy– perfect weather for an indoor flower show!

Spectacular mums that you won’t see in a backyard will be on display during the Mum Show to be held from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Saturday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

This show has been held for more than 100 years at the Botanical Gardens.

Many of the plants are trained to grow tree-like with a single flower at the top of a tall stem. It’s wonderful to see the impressive masses of flowers as well. And the fragrance is heavenly!

Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

While you’re there, check out the Shades of Gray exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery, featuring work by the adult drawing class. (A  watercolor class takes place at the Botanical Gardens as well.)

Don’t forget about the horticultural classes taught by nationally known garden speaker David Clark.

There are four levels of classes. You can sign up for an entire series or attend a single class.

Classes are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The next class will be Nov. 1 and will discuss “Pest Management and Disease.”

The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $20 per class or $105 for a series of six classes, and for non-members, $25 per class or $130 for a series. The classes continue through the spring.

Want something more crafty? Check out the Make-it, Take-it Workshops, including Succulent Tree, Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement, Decorated Boxwood Tree, Fresh Conifer Wreath and Fresh Holiday Arrangement.

There are lots of things for kids, too.

Children ages 4-12 can make a container garden for fairies or gnomes in the Autumn Fairy Garden workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Kids will use found and natural materials to create acorn dishes, leaf fences, seed mailboxes and more. The workshop is $15 for Botanical Gardens members and $20 for non-members. Pre-made twig furniture will be available for $5 per two additional pieces. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Multi-medium art classes for children ages 5 to 15, taught by professional artist and teacher Joan Saba, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Session B (KAB) will take place Nov. 1, 8 and 15 and session C (KAC) will take place Dec. 6, 13 and 22. All supplies are provided by the Botanical Gardens and a piece of art will be completed at the end of each class. Prices for Botanical Garden members and non-members are $35 for each session or $13 for each class.

The Wegmans Family Garden, an indoor garden, hosts Saturday morning activities 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Activities include Cereal Tree on Oct. 18, Egg Carton Bat on Oct. 25, Three Sisters Garden on Nov. 1, Lavender Cloud Dough on Nov. 8, Healthy Smoothies on Nov. 15, Thankful Pumpkin and Pumpkin Treat on Nov. 22, Cone Cornucopia on Nov. 29, Orange Rind Bird Feeder on Dec. 6, Snowman Fruit Snack on Dec. 20, Rice Snowflakes on Dec. 27, Milk Art on Jan. 3, Butter Dance Party on Jan. 10 and Eat a Rainbow on Jan. 17.  Activities also take place on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 23.

The Wegmans Family Garden is included with admission to the Botanical Gardens and is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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