Butterfly release to open Lewiston GardenFest; you can enter container contest

monarch butterfly by Donna Brok
Monarch butterfly. Photo courtesy Donna Brok

A release of butterflies will officially open the Lewiston GardenFest at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 in Hennepin Park, corner of Fourth and Center Streets, Lewiston.

The butterfly release will be hosted by Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm. David and Alexis O’Donnell from Eastern Monarch will be available to answer questions following the release.

In the event of rain, the release will occur on Sunday, June 19.

The Lewiston GardenFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 along Center Street in Lewiston. It is presented by the Lewiston Garden Club.

The GardenFest is free to attend.

The festival includes:

  • A container contest that you can enter
  • Presentations from gardening professionals
  • About 60 vendors selling flowers, plants and garden art
  • A garden walk
  • Soil testing and people to answer your questions

Container contest

Test out your own green thumb by participating in the container garden contest. Prepare a special arrangement in a traditional pot or use a creative container.

container at Lewiston GardenFest
You can enter the container contest at the Lewiston GardenFest. It’s free to enter. Photo courtesy Donna Brok

Take your container, along with a stand for display, to the container garden booth located at Fourth and Center Streets by 9 a.m. Saturday, June 18. Everyone who enters the contest will be placed in a drawing for two Whirlpool Jet Boat tickets.

Festivalgoers can vote for their favorites throughout the weekend. Prizes will be awarded to those who receive the most votes. Get applications here for the container garden contest.

Gardening presentations

11 a.m. Saturday, June 18

Colleen Gaskill, a New York State certified nursery and landscape professional and design specialist, will present “Putting in Garden Paths with Accented Borders.” She will show how to create garden paths using different materials and textures along with plants to accent your path.

2 p.m. Saturday, June 18

Bob Bracikowski, greenhouse coordinator for Opportunities Unlimited, will demonstrate “Do for Dads with Buds and Blooms.”

2 p.m. Sunday, June 19

Sharon Belfry from the Niagara Garden Club in Grimsby, Ontario, will present “Creative Flower Arrangements.” She will demonstrate how to make a simple and inexpensive centerpiece and give suggestions for easy-to-find containers and uses for flowers from your own garden.

Garden walk

Several private gardens of Lewiston residents will be featured on the garden walk. They vary in size and style and are located within walking distance or a short drive from Center Street. Pick up a map highlighting the featured gardens at one of the hospitality booths on Center Street during the event. (The street is short; it will be obvious where the GardenFest and the hospitality booths are.)

Soil testing and people to answer your questions

Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will analyze your soil samples and members of hosta, daylily and bonsai societies can answer your gardening questions.

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