Bonsai Show set for this weekend; Hosta Show coming next Sunday

bonsai maple in Buffalo NY
Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host both a Bonsai Show and a Hosta Show in June.

Both shows are included with admission: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and students (ages 13 and older with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children 2 and under.

There will also be a Hosta, Daylily, and Iris Sale in August. Admission to the sale is free.

The Botanical Gardens is located at  2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

Bonsai Show

The Buffalo Bonsai Society will hold its annual Bonsai Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 at the Botanical Gardens.

Bonsai (pronounced like the English words “bone-SIGH”) is an art where  trees are pruned and shaped to look  like old trees while remaining small. These aren’t dwarf varieties; they are full-size varieties. Learn more in the article we published for the 2012 Bonsai Show.

In this year’s show, you can talk with experts and beginners alike as they display amazing bonsai specimens from their personal collections. There will be daily demonstrations on live trees, the raffle of a bonsai specimen and the opportunity to purchase bonsai, starter plants, accent plants, pots, stands, tools and more.

Hosta Show

hosta show at Buffalo Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Hosta Show will display award-winning hosta leaves from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

Because hostas are grown more for their diverse foliage than for their flowers, hosta lovers exhibit single, well groomed leaves in specimen vases. Hundreds and hundreds of leaves that differ in size, shape, form and color will be on display. These leaves will be judged the previous day by master judges drawn from the northeastern United States, then displayed in large groups.

Troughs, trays and pots, artfully planted with small hostas and companion plants, will also be displayed.

Throughout the show, experts and enthusiasts will be available to answer questions and offer advice on growing these beautiful plants.

Hosta, Daylily, and Iris Sale

The Hosta, Daylily, and Iris Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20  in the Botanical Gardens  Administration Building.

It’s a great opportunity to purchase unique plants. Hundreds of daylilies, hostas and irises, all labeled and described, will be offered for sale at reasonable prices.

Experts will also be on hand to answer your questions about irises, hostas, daylilies and roses.

Organizers suggest arriving early because there is usually a long line waiting for the doors to open.

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