Plantasia plans new events including tea party, craft beer night and visit by fairy tale princesses

Plantasia posterReservations are due tomorrow, March 11 for one of several new events at Plantasia— a garden tea party.

The tea party will be held at noon Thursday, March 19 at Plantasia in the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. The menu will include salad, sandwiches, desserts and a variety of teas. The cost is $22.95 and includes the cost of admission to Plantasia. For more information, email Helen, the tea party hostess, at or contact the Plantasia office at 741-8047.

Here are a couple other new events:

Craft Beer Night
Thursday, March 19  from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy samplings from local breweries including McKenzie’s Ciders, Big Ditch, Flying Bison and Saranac. A craft beer sampling pass is an additional charge to the cost of admission. You must be 21 or older and have proper ID.

The Frozen fairytale princesses visit Plantasia

Saturday, March 21 from  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet Anna and Elsa as well as Olaf and Kristoff from the movie Frozen. Photos are available at an additional charge.

Plantasia is Western New York’s premier home and garden show. It kicks off with a Preview Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Tickets for Preview Night are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door. It will include  food tastings from local restaurants and a cash bar.

Plantasia continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

There is nightly entertainment, too.

There’s a great lineup of speakers from Thursday through Sunday. I’ll be giving a talk called “Get Crafty in Your Garden,” where I’ll show you ideas for items you can make for your garden as well as from your garden. That talk will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Here’s the rest of the lineup:

Thursday, March 19

11 am: Re-Treeing of Forest LawnSandy Starks, Interpretive Program Director of Forest Lawn Cemetery

Noon: Late Blight: What You Should KnowCarol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener, Garden Writer, Speaker

1 pm: Think Green, It’s SpringDorothy Julius, Floral Designer, Along Gardens Path

2 pm: Open Gardens from Western NYMargaret Raupp, Open Gardens Coordinator

3 pm: Container Gardening – 10 Easy Steps for SuccessJoe Manual, Speaker; Master Gardener

4 pm: Horticulture Mistakes, We All Make ThemDan Robillard, Horticulture Teacher, McKinley High School


Friday, March 20

11 am: (small conference room) Bulbs, Tubers and Corms, Oh MyCarol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener; Garden Writer; Speaker

11 am: Open Gardens in Western NYMargaret Raupp, Open Gardens Coordinator

Noon: Useful Plants in the LandscapeNellie Gardener, Flower Fields; Darwin Martin House

1 pm: Tree and Shrubs – Plant HealthGlenn Gentzke, Tree Services of Western New York

2 pm: Soil is the Key – Understanding SoilLynn Chimera, Lessons from Nature

3 pm: Tour of the Buffalo Garden Walk GardensJim Charlier, JCharlier Communication Design

4 pm: Saving Your Landscaping: What to Do about Damaged Trees and ShrubsSally Cunningham, CNLP; Author; Lockwood’s Greenhouse

5 pm: Manipulate Your Landscape to Attract WildlifeRuss Lis, Aquatic Ecology Teacher, McKinley High School


Saturday, March 21

11am: Get Crafty in Your GardenConnie Oswald Stofko, Publisher of

Noon: (small conference room) Better Roses with This 12 Step Program – Joe Manual, Speaker; Master Gardener

Noon: Green Roofs and Green WallsKathy O’Donnell, Botanicus Interior Landscaping Inc.

1 pm: Weeds – Identification and ControlTom Mitchell, Horticulture Instructor NCCC; Mitchell Landscaping Inc.

2 pm: Organic Garden Techniques for Success – Dave Clark, Horticulture Speaker; Instructor at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

3 pm: Great Plants for WNY Gardens – Flowers and Flowering ShrubsSally Cunningham CNLP; Author; Lockwood’s Greenhouse

4 pm: Pollinators and Their ImportanceMike Masterson, Masterson’s Garden Center

5 pm: Horticulture Projects for ChildrenRon Callea, Horticulture Teacher, McKinley High School


Sunday, March 22

11 am: Herbs, Herbalism and Medicinal GardeningDave Clark, Speak; Instructor at the Buffalo Erie

County Botanical Gardens

Noon: Indoor Plant CareKathy O’Donnell, Speaker; Botanicus Interior Landscaping Inc.

1 pm: Sustainable Gardening for the Home OwnerLynn Chimera, Lessons from Nature

2 pm: Landscape Design – Tips and TricksCarolyn Stanko, CNLP, Horticulture Instructor, Niagara County Community College

3 pm: VeggiesKen Brown, Field of Dreams

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