Plantasia: Gardens, flower show, speakers & new theme

flower show Japanese garden
Eileen Carrier of the Orchard Park Garden Club created this piece on the theme of “The Japanese Garden” for the flower show at Plantasia in 2017. The judges said it conveyed a feeling of zen. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko


cottage garden entry in flower show
The flowers in this entry in the “Cottage Garden” category include snapdragons, white and yellow pom-poms (dendranthema grandiflora), alstromeria, yellow waxflowers (chamelaucium), Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira), as well as twigs and branches. It was created by Marianne Elmer of the Orchard Park Garden Club. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

There is so much to do at Plantasia that you may not be able to fit it all into one day.

Plantasia, the garden and landscape show for Western New York, will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center & Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park, Hamburg.

It will kick off with a Preview Night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. It continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 22 through 24, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25.

The theme this year will be “Cityscapes into the Night.” The Event Center will be dimmed so that you can look at the creative lighting in the full-size gardens. The aisles lined by vendors will be made to look like city streets with traffic signals and street lights. Street performers will entertain.

The Children’s Discovery Garden will offer activities for kids. There are great seminars every day. See the list of vendors and garden exhibitors.

And make sure you see the flower show organized by the Eighth District Garden Clubs. The creativity is always inspiring. Enjoy these photos from 2017.

You might have to spend more than one day at Plantasia!

entry in Plantasia flower show
Earlene Conrad from the Holland Garden Club created this miniature for the category “The Tropical Pavilion.” It uses milkweed pod (asclepias), arrowhead plant (Syngonium podophyllum), orchid cactus (Epiphyllum) and balloon flower (platycodon). Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko


flower show lily at Plantasia in Hamburg
The judges liked the well thought out design of this entry in “The White Garden” category. Mary Brummer of the Orchard Park Garden Club used Asiatic lilies (Lillium), aspidistra leaves and dried sago palm (Cycas revoluta). Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko



flower arrangement and table setting
The judges said the colors pop in this entry by Marilyn Smith of the Orchard Park Garden Club in “The Rose Garden” category. In addition to the yellow roses, the arrangement includes white chrysanthemums, mini green hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), the daisy-like flowers called Aster ericoides ‘Monte Cassino’, and the greens called Israeli ruscus (ruscua hypoglossum). Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
flower show in Western New York boat
Karen Braun of the Orchard Park Garden Club created this entry in “The Children’s Garden” category. Pittosporum is the green foliage in back with the yellow wax flower. In the little boat you’ll recognize wheat and cauliflower florets. The red balls are from a plant called brunia. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

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