by Connie Oswald Stofko
A rainbow of color will greet you during this year’s Coleus & Color exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, which opens this Saturday, June 17.
I’m excited to say that the exhibit is again sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.
Coleus & Color can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.
Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 62 and older), $9 for students (ages 13 and older with ID), $6 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children 2 and under.
Last year the theme was “dark,” and coleus with dark colors and dark names such as ‘Darth Vader’ and ‘Lord Voldemort’ were featured.
There will be a different look this year with the theme of “rainbows.” Kristin Popochin, director of horticulture, said there will also be a grouping of potted coleus in House 9 with a theme of “under the sea.”
Tips: Here are eight reasons why the Botanical Gardens uses coleus and why you should use coleus, too. If you have shade gardens, make sure you check out these tips for using coleus and other plants to add color to shady areas.