Don’t miss the flower show at Plantasia– mark your calendar

place setting in flower show
The lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s song, “Mary’s Place,” say “Meet me at Mary’s place, we’re gonna have a party.” This place setting by Debbie Braun of the Lancaster Garden Club evokes the spirit of a spring party. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
Karen Braun of the Orchard Park Garden Club used dogwood pod and dried palmetto palm for this creation, inspired by the song “Glad Tidings” by Van Morrison. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Plantasia, the premier garden and landscape show for Western New York is coming up soon at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg, with vendors and talks and great gardens right inside the building, as well as activities for kids.

But you should also make a point to walk from the Events Center, which is the main building, to the Artisan Hall to make sure you see the flower show held every year by the Eighth District Garden Clubs. It’s exciting to see the beautiful and ingenious designs that are displayed.

Plantasia will start with a Preview Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. See details here.

It will continue from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 23 to 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26. See ticket information here.

The theme of Plantasia 2017 will be “Gardens through the Ages.” It’s fun to see how the theme is interpreted by the landscapers in their garden designs and by the garden clubs in their floral designs and place settings.

Last year the theme was “Plantasia Rocks!,” which the garden clubs interpreted in a rock-and-roll way, using songs by Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison to spark creativity.

Take a peek at just a few of the amazing entries from 2016.

floral creation based on Moon Dance
“Moon Dance” by Van Morrison was the inspiration for this creation by Sarah Tobin of the Holland Garden Club. She used gypsophilia and white helichrysum. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
floral arrangement Waiting for a Sunny Day
It feels like the sun is coming out when you look at this creation by Sue Suchak of the Orchard Park Garden Club, based on Bruce Springsteen’s “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.” Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko


floral arrangement tribute to September 11
Based on Bruce Springsteen’s song “Into the Fire,” this creation by Annette Kuhn of the Ken-Sheriton Garden Club is a tribute to the men and women of the New York Fire Department on Sept. 11. The curly willow represents the smoke billowing out of the towers, the croton and lily represent the flames that engulfed them and the pearls represent the people who were lost. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko








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