Deadline for NEW Sustainable Gardening classes

Date(s) - Friday, Mar 11, 2022
5:00 pm

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens


new series of horticulture class will be taught by David Clark, CNLP, renowned horticulture educator, in the Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

This series is designed to help you on your journey to creating more sustainable gardening practices.

Classes will be taught from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. See dates below.

These are for both new and experienced gardeners. Classes can be taken individually or together as a series. Classes are suitable for students 16 and older.

Register here. Registration closes the Friday before each class.


Sustainable Landscaping Practices – January 22

Using reclaimed water, conserving water, composting, and avoiding runoff are just the tip of landscaping practices that have a sustainable focus. Minimize your impact on the ecosystem around your garden and learn techniques that can limit the human footprint on our environment.

Gardening with Native Plants – February 19

Get back to your local roots with this class focusing on native plants. Native plants are plants that would be originally found in our Western New York area, adapted to our local climate and soil conditions. We’ll discover a number of plants that love Buffalo as much as we do and learn about the numerous benefits that come with planting native.

Beneficial Insects and Pollinators – February 26

In this class we learn all about the great helpers in our gardens and how to encourage them to stay. Learn how to identify the good bugs compared to the bad bugs, find ways to provide an attractive place for beneficial insects in your space and get the buzz on bees and other pollinators.

Gardening for Wildlife – March 12

A thriving garden can benefit more than just people. In this class, we’ll discover ways that gardeners can provide a habitat for birds and wildlife.

Edible Plants and Composting – March 26

One of our most popular classes with lots of great information! We discuss herbs and other edible plants, ideas for garden spaces to cultivate them and even ways to use them! Paired with composting, this class is great for a beginner or for someone who may need some help “troubleshooting” their compost. Discover different kinds of composting, what works good for “greens” and “browns” and how to create a good balance to yield that amazing black gardening gold.

Naturalistic Gardens – April 23

A new class focusing on garden design taking inspiration from and fostering a connection with nature. We build upon techniques from the Garden Design class, but this class is approachable for those that haven’t taken a prior design class. Get inspired and discover some options for your own space.