by Connie Oswald Stofko
I’m happy to say that Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com is again sponsoring the Celebration of Coleus & Color, the summer show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
Last week I got a sneak peek at some of the things you’ll see during the Celebration of Coleus & Color, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, July 24 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.
This exhibit is included with regular admission to the Botanical Gardens: $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.
Situated under the dome in House 1, surrounded by masses of coleus, are pieces created by artist Shayne Dark while he was in residence this past fall at the Botanical Gardens. The pieces were made from a fallen tree from Elma Meadows Park. Dark donated the pieces to Botanical Gardens.
Dark exhibited other work at the Botanical Gardens from May through October of last year, and two of the pieces, Tanglewood (the large blue sculpture) and Drop Stones (three metal sculptures), will be on display on the front lawn through July 4.
Shayne Dark’s artwork fits in well with the theme of this year’s exhibit: “dark.” Coleus with dark colors and dark names such as ‘Darth Vader’ and ‘Lord Voldemort’ will be featured in the exhibit. Shayne Dark’s artwork is dark in color and the artist’s name is Dark, too!
We’ll tell you more about the coleus in our next issue.
In addition to coleus, the exhibit may also include flowers this year: gladiolus. It’s an experiment that Kristin Popochin, interim director of horticulture, is trying.
The trick is to get the gladiolus to bloom during the exhibit. While the gardening staff is experienced in forcing daffodils, tulips and other bulbs for the spring show, they’ve never forced gladiolus before.
“Right now, we’ve got just foliage,” Popochin said when I talked to her last week, “so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It’s kind of experimental and definitely new.”
Look for the gladiolus in House 9, which is sunnier than the dome.
While you’re at the Botanical Gardens, take time to see the outdoor plants, too. The Proven Winners Signature Garden at the front entrance is maturing, but that’s not all there is to see. Attractive gardens surround the building, so make a point to stroll outside around the entire building.