Plantasia kicks off Wednesday with gardenscapes, flower show & more

Plantasia flower show 2018 breakfast tray
This was a first-place entry in the 2018 flower show at Plantasia organized by the Eighth District Garden Clubs. Kathy Massing of the Smallwood Garden Club created this entry for the class “Window Garden” in Section A “Riot of Color.” Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
lighted flower design in Plantasia flower show 2018
The theme for Plantasia 2018 was “Cityscapes into the Night,” and this entry by Diane Sippel of the Smallwood Garden Club illustrated the theme beautifully. It was in the “Twilight Garden” class and Section A “Riot of Color.” Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

The first day of spring occurs on Wednesday, but where in Western New York will it really seem like spring? At Plantasia!

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

You can stroll through gardens filled with real trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as water features, patios, paths and seating areas. You’ll be able to get ideas for your own yards and talk with landscapers. See some of the landscapes from Plantasia 2018.

There will be almost three dozen seminars on gardening topics. Vendors will offer garden decorations, plants, furniture and more. Make sure you see the creative entries in the flower show organized by the Eighth District Garden Clubs. Kids will enjoy the Children’s Discovery Garden sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Vendors will offer garden decorations, plants, furniture and more. See the list of vendors and garden exhibitors. Kids will enjoy the Children’s Discovery Garden sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Plantasia will kick off with a Preview Night, a special event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday,  March 20. Plantasia will continue from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 21 through 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

The theme this year is “Plantasia in Paradise.”

flower arrangement incorporating DVD at Plantasia 2018
The colorful reflections of a DVD add to this entry in “Dreams Gone Wild” in Section B “City Magic.” Maria Gerbracht of the Town and Country Garden Club used palmetto palm leaves, contorted hazelnut (also called Harry Lauderer’s walking stick), chrysanthemum, and aspidistra leaves. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
flower arrangement with sea coral in flower show at Plantasia 2018
“Moon Terrace” was the inspiration for this entry by Karen Braun of the Orchard Park Garden Club. She used sea coral and dogwood seed pods. The section was “City Magic.” Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

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