Events mid-Sept 2013 to June 2010

Gardening Events for January to mid-September 2013

(For events from mid-September 2013 to yesterday, see Past Events.)

 

 

Sunday, September 22

Sunday Kids Program at Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy these hands-on activities held in the new indoor Wegmans Family Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are included with admission.

 

Sunday, September 22

Hydrangea wreath workshop at Lockwood’s

Designers Becky Watts and Mary Trifunovic will show you step by step how to make a wreath using panicle hydrangeas at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Panicle hydrangeas change colors from white to green and pink in the fall, and the blossoms will dry and fade to even more remarkable shades.  The cost is $45 and includes all supplies. Space is limited to 24 people so sign up soon.  You can register online or call 649-4684.

 

Saturday, September 21

17th Annual Fall Hosta Forum

The 17th Annual Fall Hosta Forum will be held at Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA. See the Western New York Hosta Society website for details.

 

Saturday, September 21

Nature and wildlife photography with budget cameras

10 a.m.

A program on nature and wildlife photography with budget cameras will take place at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java. Eddie Wren, the organizer of the “Wildlife Watchers & Nature Photographers – Western New York” group, will give a slide presentation showing  photographs taken using only a Pentax Optio compact camera and a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR with just a single kit-lens. After the talk, there will be a break for lunch (bring your own), followed by a walk in the preserve to take photographs. The cost is $5.

 

Saturday, September 21

Wegmans Family Garden: apple stamp magnet

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be an apple stamp magnet. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, September 21

Preserving the Harvest: Tomatoes

10 a.m.

Join Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo and the Urban Roots Community Garden Center Cooperative at the Elim Community Corp Garden, 70 Chalmers Street, Buffalo, for their 2013 Fall Workshop Series. This week’s Tomato Workshop will be presented by Liz Kent. Workshops are free to participants, however registration is required. To register, please call 783-9653 or e-mail programs@grassrootsgardens.org. Visit http://www.grassrootsgardens.org for more information.

 

Saturday, September 21

Magical Monarch Migration

10:30 a.m.

Learn all about the monarch butterflies’ long journey to Mexico at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Watch as the monarchs are identified male or female, tagged, recorded and released for their trip. This event is for adults and children age 8 and older. Registration is required. Call 683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, September 21

“Silk Scarves, Natural Dyes, and Pounded Leaves”

1 to 3:30 p.m.

Kathleen Tenpas, poet, photographer, and fiber artist, will demonstrate how to pound leaves onto naturally dyed silk scarves to create a one-of-a-kind piece in a workshop at Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. (The site is actually located in the town of Kiantone, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.)Tenpas will give a mini-lecture on how she used natural dyes to prepare the silk scarves for this workshop. Then participants will take a stroll through the Ted Grisez Arboretum to collect leaves for their projects. After returning to the classroom they will transfer color from the leaves to their scarves and learn how to fix that color. Participants are welcome to bring leaves from home and a hammer. Class size is limited. The fee is $35 for the public or $30 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, Sept. 16. Call (716) 569-2345 or use the on-line form.

 

Wednesday, September 18

Western New York Rose Society meeting

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive near Union Road, Williamsville. An educational rose show will be held.

 

Wednesday, September 18 and 25

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes: Series DA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All skill levels are welcome! For Botanical Gardens members, the cost is $58 per series or $16 per class; for non-members, the cost is $64 per series or $17 per class. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, September 18

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to the Botanical Gardens website.

 

Tuesday, September 17 and 24

Cornell Cooperative Extension gardening classes

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Gardening classes will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora.  On Sept. 17 Carol Ann Harlos will speak on “You Think You’re finished Gardening Because It’s Autumn? Guess Again!” On Sept. 24 Marty Yagle will speak on “Planning Now for Your 2014 Garden.” The cost is $15 per class. Send a check made out to MG of Erie County to CUCE Erie County, ATTN: Carol Ann Harlos, 21 South Grove St., East Aurora NY 14052.

 

Tuesday, Sepember 17

Ten Plants that Rocked History

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Gardening lovers and history buffs come together for this evening of educational fun at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Topics will include the real reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock instead of their original destination of Virginia and some plants that are a lot racier than pepper and potatoes! Attendees will learn unexpected stories of the amazing and significant role of plants in the journey of the human race, as told by humorous and knowledgeable horticulturalist David Clark. Includes the presentation, beer, wine, light refreshments and a tour of the Botanical Gardens. The cost is $20 for Botanical Gardens members and $24 for non-members. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, September 16, 23 and 30

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes: Series WCA

8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Adult Watercolor Classes will be held every Monday in September at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need a smock or a beret, both novice and veteran artists are welcome! Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. For Botanical Gardens members, the cost is $58 per series or $16 per class; for non-members, the cost is $64 per series or $17 per class.Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, September 16

Smallwood Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Club will meet at the Meadows on the Weinberg Campus, 2700 North Forest Rd., Amherst, near Audubon Road. Martha Johnson, owner of Ancestral Acres, will show how to prepare an herbal or dried flower wreath. The club will meet at this location for this meeting only.

 

Sunday, September 15

Garlic Workshop

10 a.m.

Join Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo and the Urban Roots Community Garden Center Cooperative, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo, for their 2013 Fall Workshop Series. This week’s Garlic Workshop will be presented by Tom Szulist of Singer Farms Naturals. Workshops are free to participants, however registration is required. To register, please call 783-9653 or e-mail programs@grassrootsgardens.org. Visit http://www.grassrootsgardens.org for more information.

 

Saturday, September 14

Fall plant sale at Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Perennials, flowering shrubs and more will be available at the fall plant sale in the new administration building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

 

Saturday, September 14

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, September 14

Wegmans Family Garden: Vegetable book

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a vegetable book. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, September 14

Tree Festival

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate trees at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Learn how to choose trees for your property, how to care for them and how to identify tree species. Presentations will be held throughout the day on various topics including tree planting, differences between trees, tree health and tree selection. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase. For complete schedule of the day’s events visit the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291 for more information.

 

Saturday, September 14

“Express Your Personality”

2 p.m.

Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, will present “Express Your Personality” at the meeting of the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club at the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek. The illustrated talk shows gardens that reflect the lifestyles and personalities of the gardeners. It also offers gardening tips. The presentation aims to motivate you to be creative in your gardens and share your personality. The event is free for members and a $5 donation is requested from non-members. RSVP to 934-7608.

 

Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14

Fall plant sale at Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Perennials, flowering shrubs and more will be available at the fall plant sale in the new administration building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

 

 

Now while supplies last

Perennials and hard goods on sale at Mischler’s

Perennials in gallon pots are buy one, get one free at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville, while supplies last. Select hard goods are marked down for clearance. While you’re there, get ready for fall with new annuals now in stock. Cold-tolerant fall plants in 3 1/2-inch pots include mums, kale and ornamental peppers.

 

Thursday, September 12

Hands-on Seminar: Dried fall arrangement

6:30 p.m.

Bring the beauty of the season inside when you create a unique dried flower arrangement in this hands-on workshop at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads) in Wheatfield. The class fee of $25 includes step-by-step instructions and all materials. No experience is necessary. Groups are welcome. RSVP by August 29 by purchasing online or calling 504-2617, ext. 244. Proceeds from all floral sales, classes and events benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Sorry, no refunds.

 

Wednesday, September 11

Lancaster Garden Club: “The Benefits of Pollinating Insects”

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster. Geri Hens from Hens Honey Bee Farm will present the program, “The Benefits of Pollinating Insects.” Guests are welcome to attend.

 

Wednesday, September 11

Youngstown Garden Club: Wonders of the Garden

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet in the Community Room of First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, corner of Main Street, Youngstown. Jackie Albarella,gardening expert for WGRZ Channel 2 and an accomplished nature photographer, will present “Wonders of the Garden” and take questions from the audience. This is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

 

Wednesday, September 11

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to the Botanical Gardens website.

 

Wednesday, September 11, 18 and 25

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes: Series DA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All skill levels are welcome! For Botanical Gardens members, the cost is $58 per series or $16 per class; for non-members, the cost is $64 per series or $17 per class. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Tuesday, September 10

Kenmore Garden Club: Putting Your Garden to Bed

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet in the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd. corner of Delaware Rd., Kenmore. John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County, will give a presentation titled “Putting your Garden to Bed.”

 

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 17 and 24

Cornell Cooperative Extension gardening classes

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Three gardening classes will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora. On Sept. 10, Lyn Chimera will speak on “Why Native Plants?” On Sept. 17 Carol Ann Harlos will speak on “You Think You’re finished Gardening Because It’s Autumn? Guess Again!” On Sept. 24 Marty Yagle will speak on “Planning Now for Your 2014 Garden.” The cost is $15 per class or all three classes for $40. Send a check made out to MG of Erie County to CUCE Erie County, ATTN: Carol Ann Harlos, 21 South Grove St., East Aurora NY 14052.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Ken-Sheriton Garden Club: PowerPoint presentation

7:30 p.m.

The Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will meet at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 576 Delaware Road, Kenmore. A PowerPoint presentation will be given by Linda Blyth, whose garden was recently featured on the Ken-Ton Garden Walk and in the Buffalo News. Refreshments and a business meeting will follow. Guests are welcome. The Ken-Sheriton Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

 

Tuesday, September 10

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society: Common Lichens of Western New York

7:30 p.m.

Jim Battaglia, past president and founding member of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, will speak on “Common Lichens of Western New York” at the group’s meeting at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street in Snyder. His program will feature images of lichens he has found in our area. Call 835-6042 if you need more info. All general meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

 

Monday, September 9, 16, 23 and 30

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes: Series WCA

8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Adult watercolor classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need a smock or a beret, both novice and veteran artists are welcome! The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. For Botanical Gardens members, the cost is $58 per series or $16 per class; for non-members, the cost is $64 per series or $17 per class. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, September 9

East Aurora Garden Club: Land conservation project

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Mathias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora. Nancy Smith, executive director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, will talk about the work of the conservancy and give an update on the Mill Road project. The conservancy is working with the Friends of Mill Road and the Town of Aurora to purchase 60 acres of land and protect it for years to come. The Mill Road Scenic Outlook is an important part of the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway.

 

Sunday, September 8

Orchard Park Garden Club Flower Show

Noon to 5 p.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower Show at Fox Run, One Fox Run Lane, 20A and California Roads, Orchard Park, NY. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8

Fall Garden Fair at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1o a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Vendors, speakers and demonstrations will highlight the annual Fall Garden Fair at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Admission to the event is free. Classes are $10 each; economy packages available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8

Orchard Park Garden Club Flower Show

Noon to 5 p.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower Show at Fox Run, One Fox Run Lane, 20A and California Roads, Orchard Park, NY. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free.

 

Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, October 6

Succulent Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Succulent Show, a visitor favorite, will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This show will feature many different types of cacti and succulents, including Echeverias, Aeoniums and Euphorbias, displayed in unique ways. New designs this year will include some whimsical surprises. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members & children under 3.

 

Saturday, September 7

Medicinal Garden Feature

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn all about healthy and medicinal plants at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. In conjunction with Cholesterol Awareness & Men’s Health Month, this event’s activities include educational displays about healthy foods from plants that may be beneficial in maintaining a low-cholesterol diet, medications and botanicals which may be helpful in managing cholesterol levels, and educational presentations and displays about general men’s health and prostate health. Attendees will also enjoy botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived and from which future medications are being researched. Blood pressure screening and flu shots will be available from Independent Nursing Care for the first half of the day. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members & children under 3. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

 

Saturday, September 7

Wegmans Family Garden: Eat a rainbow

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be “Eat a rainbow.” Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, September 7

Fungi with a Fun Gal

10 a.m.

Come celebrate National Mushroom Month at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. This event will feature an indoor presentation and a guided outdoor fungus foray. Registration required. Call 683-5959 for more information.

 

Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, October 6

Succulent Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Succulent Show, a visitor favorite, will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This show will feature many different types of cacti and succulents, including Echeverias, Aeoniums and Euphorbias, displayed in unique ways. New designs this year will include some whimsical surprises. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members & children under 3.

 

Thursday, September 5

Orchard Park Garden Club Meeting

11:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY. Sign ups will be at 11:30 a.m. and refreshments will be served at noon. The program will begin at 12:30 pm. The program is “Iron Chef – Flower Design Style.” Club members Linda Trotta, Sue Schaller and Marianne Eimer will present their competition called Flower Design.

 

Wednesday, September 4

Willow Ridge Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig at Parker, Tonawanda. Fresh arrangements using fall flowers and one or more named herbs will be presented by Arlene Leising. Members will share photographs of their experience growing “Plant Of The Year.” Club members who had an entry at the Erie County Fair will bring them (or a photo) to share with club members. Visitors are welcome.

 

Wednesday, September 4, 11, 18 and 25

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes: Series DA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All skill levels are welcome! For Botanical Gardens members, the cost is $58 per series or $16 per class; for non-members, the cost is $64 per series or $17 per class. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Tuesday, September 3 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Week of Tuesday, August 27

This week at Goodman’s

New this week are home-grown Paula Red apples, canning tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and hard acorn squash. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Recurring Event: Now through the end of August

Late Bloom Season at Lasting Dreams Daylilies

If you’re looking sadly at your garden wishing for some additional late season color, look no farther than Lasting Dreams Daylilies where you can still find hundreds of varieties of daylily in late bloom, and other earlier varieties in re-bloom. Whether you are looking to supplement this year’s garden, or planning for next spring, with more than 1,200 varieties on display you are sure to find the perfect daylily to suit your taste and budget. Hours are generally 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but call 648-4920 or check their website for the times.

 

Saturday, August 31

Wegmans Family Garden: Berry stain craft

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a berry stain craft. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, August 31

Growing Garden Summer Series for Kids (Part 3 of 3)

10:30 a.m.

Make a delicious treat from plants in this program children ages 6 to 8 at Reinstein Woods, Honorine Dr., Depew. Participants are encouraged but not required to attend all three sessions. Registration is required. To register, call 683-5959.

 

Saturday, August 31

Monarch Butterfly Festival

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience the beauty of the monarch butterfly up close and personal at Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Monarch Butterfly Festival, located at at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. This festival has something for everyone of all ages, including free-flying butterflies, the chance to hold both a butterfly or caterpillar, and an opportunity to learn how scientists tag butterflies. Also enjoy Buffalo garden tours, a butterfly plant sale, a delicious assortment of Mexican food, and much more! Admission is $7, $5 for Friends of the Nature Center, and children 2 and under are free. Visit http://monarchbutterflyfestival.wordpress.com/ for more information.

 

Wednesday, August 28

Family Summer Send-Off

5-7 p.m.

Say farewell to summer with an evening of field games, face painting, food and fun for the family at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For Botanical Gardens members, the cost is $5 for a family of four and $1 for each additional member over age 3. For non-members, the cost is $7 for a family of four and $1 for each additional member over age 3. Hot dogs, chips, pop and ice cream will be sold for $1 each. Pre-registration is suggested. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more details.

 

Wednesday, August 28

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, August 27 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, August 24 through Sunday, October 13

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Doug Hansgate

Doug Hansgate will display his photography in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included in the price of admission. Hansgate says: “Showcasing the deliciously intricate and artistically thought provoking wonder called succulents and orchids in a true art media form. This exhibit will explore the black and white form of photography so often overlooked. Without color our mind is drawn to the more sublime. I would hope that through my imagery you would find as much peace and respect, as I have for the makeup of this earth and all that nature has provided.”

 

Saturday, August 24

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, August 24

Summer flowers and berries

10:30 a.m.

Search for the bounty of summer fruits and flowers on a guided walk in the woods at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, August 24

Wegmans Family Garden: Healthy foods collage

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a healthy foods collage. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, August 24

Annual Public Hosta & Daylily Sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual public hosta and daylily sale of the Western New York Hosta Society will be held at the Harvey D. Morin VFW Post, 965 Center Rd. (near Union), West Seneca. Available will be hundreds of locally grown hostas and daylilies, including some hard-to-find varieties, at very reasonable prices. Come early for the best selection.

 

Saturday, August 24

Geology Hike at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

10 a.m. to noon

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a geology hike through the Hunter’s Creek gorge at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. The hike will be led by Stan Radon, a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This hike features views of the gorge walls and a beautiful waterfall. Please be prepared to walk in the creek with shoes that have great traction. The hike is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by calling the Land Conservancy at 687-1225, or by emailing info@wnylc.org. Space is limited, so please confirm soon. The hike is appropriate for people of all ages.

Saturday, August 24

Preserving the Harvest: Jelly Making

10 a.m.

Join Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo and the Urban Roots Community Garden Center Cooperative, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo, for their 2013 Fall Workshop Series. This week’s Jelly Making Workshop will be presented by Liz Kent. Workshops are free to participants, however registration is required. Location of this workshop is to be determined. To register, please call 783-9653 or e-mail programs@grassrootsgardens.org. Visit http://www.grassrootsgardens.org for more information.

 

Wednesday, August 21

Exploring wetlands: Beaver Island State Park

10 a.m.

Join naturalists from Reinstein Woods and New York State Parks to explore the wetland restoration project at Beaver Island. New habitat has been created for native plants and animals in this unique ecosystem. This program will be held at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Wednesday, August 21

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at 864-1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com.

 

Wednesday, August 21

Plants in Motion Pictures

6:30-8 p.m.

Join horticulturist David Clark for a fascinating glimpse into the movement of plants and how plants have been used in the horticulture of Hollywood in this presentation at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served. The cost is $20 for garden members and $24 for non-members. For more information, call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, August 21

Wine in the Garden

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Amherst Garden Club will hold a “Wine in the Garden” get together at the home of one its members. Guests and prospective members are invited. Call Evelyn at 836-5397 for further details.

 

Wednesday, August 21

Western New York Rose Society

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will take a tour of the Delaware Park Rose Garden in Buffalo. There will also a brief business meeting in the rose garden.

 

Tuesday, August 20 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Monday through Friday, August 19 to 23

Art Camp for Kids AC5: Drawing

9 a.m. to noon

An Art Camp for Kids ages 5 to 12 will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the camp is devoted to drawing. The cost is $90 per week or $18 per day for Botanical Gardens members or $100 per week or $20 per day for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Recurring event: Now through Sunday, August 18

Exhibit in the in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Southtowns Camera Club

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Southtowns Camera Club will present an exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included in the price of admission. Membership in the Southtowns Camera Club is open to all photography enthusiasts and offers great opportunities to be entertained and inspired while improving photographic skills and creativity. For more information, visit the Southtowns Camera Club website or call Darleen at 649-8851.

 

Saturday, August 17

Wegmans Family Garden: Grow your name seed craft

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a grow your name seed craft. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, August 17

Plants of the Woods

2 p.m.

Learn the native and non-native plants that grow in Reinstein Woods and even in your own backyard in this event at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Thursday, August 15

Hands-on Seminar: Bonsai

6:30 p.m.

Learn to cut, train and care for your custom bonsai plant in this hands-on workshop at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads) in Wheatfield. The class fee of $25 includes step-by-step instructions and all materials. No experience is necessary. Groups are welcome. RSVP by August 1 by purchasing online or calling 504-2617, ext. 244. Proceeds from all floral sales, classes and events benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Sorry, no refunds.

 

Wednesday, August 14

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com.

 

Tuesday, August 13

Kenmore Garden Club Tour of Members Gardens

10 a.m.

Join the Kenmore Garden Club for a members garden tour. For more information call Marti at (716) 693-2897.

 

Tuesday and Thursday, August 13 and August 15

DSLR Boot Camp – Intermediate Training

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hone your previously learned basic digital SLR camera skills in this follow-up seminar presented by Mark Kirsch at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania. This intermediate training class is a six-hour seminar that will focus on advanced digital photography skills. Bring your digital SLR camera and manual. If weather permits, the class may go outside to shoot a bit, so dress for the weather. Limited to 24 people, the workshop fee is $47 or $35 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations with payment are required by Thurday, August 8, 2013, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or by visiting Jamestown Audubon. Class will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment by the deadline, so please register!

 

Tuesday, August 13 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Monday through Friday, August 12 to 16

Art Camp for Kids AC1: Multi-medium

9 a.m. to noon

An Art Camp for Kids ages 5 to 12 will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the camp is devoted to multi-medium work. The cost is $90 per week or $18 per day for Botanical Gardens members or $100 per week or $20 per day for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Week of Tuesday, August 6

Last week of peak bloom: Tour Lasting Dreams Daylilies

Shoppers, artists, photographers and tourists can enjoy the open gardens at Lasting Dreams Daylilies, 6425 South Abbott Road, Orchard Park. They grow 1,200 cultivars, and there is still time to see the largest selection of daylilies in the area, with the majority in full bloom or just ending their bloom cycle now. They will dig up the plant of your choice from the field for you to buy, or you may purchase plants already potted and ready to go. Call 648-4920 for hours. If you are planning to use US 219, check their website for construction delays and alternate routes, and complete information.

 

Saturday, August 10

Progressive Member Garden Tour

10 a.m.

The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club will tour five members’ gardens. Refreshments will be served at each members’ garden. The event is free for members and $10 for non-members.

 

Saturday, August 10

 

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, August 10

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Fruit salad feast

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a fruit salad feast. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, August 10

Grassroots Gardens Seed Saving Workshop

Noon

Join Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo and the Urban Roots Community Garden Center Cooperative, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo, for their 2013 Fall Workshop Series. This week’s Seed Saving Workshop will be presented by Richard Price. Workshops are free to participants, however registration is required. To register, please call 716-783-9653 or e-mail programs@grassrootsgardens.org. Visit http://www.grassrootsgardens.org for more information.

 

Friday, August 9

8th Annual Olmsted Open

11 a.m.

The grandeur of Delaware Park in Buffalo provides a perfect backdrop for the eighth annual Olmsted Open. This golf tournament will support the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy as they work to carry forward Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision for Buffalo’s parks and green spaces. Entry prices vary based on golfing packages, all of which include lunch and dinner. Reservations required, visit http://www.bfloparks.org or call (716) 838-1249 ext. 19 for more information.

 

Wednesday, August 7

6:30 – 8 p.m.WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will hold its two-year anniversary party and monthly meeting at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Please feel free to bring in a dish to share and plants to show off.Wednesday, August 7

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com.

 

Tuesday, August 6 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Week of Tuesday, July 30

 

This week at Goodman’s

New this week are home-grown tomatoes and incredibly sweet blueberries. Also in stock are cucumbers for pickling, home-grown sweet corn, peaches, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, sweet cherries, green beans, lettuce and Swiss chard. Many beautiful perennials in bloom are also available. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, August 4

 

Iris sale

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold an iris sale at the Clarence Flea Market, 11111 Main St., Clarence. There will be newer iris at bargain prices. The society says that deer don’t eat iris.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3

Iris sale

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold an iris sale Saturday at the North Tonawanda Farmers Market, 310 Robinson Rd. at Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. There will be newer iris at bargain prices. The society says that deer don’t eat iris. The group will also hold an iris sale on Sunday at the Clarence Flea Market, 11111 Main St., Clarence.

 

Saturday, August 3

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Starry Night Garden Tour from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens will hold their ninth annual garden event, which includes the and the Starry Night Garden Tour, rain or shine. This free, self-guided tour features more than 60 day gardens and 20 well-lit evening gardens. Maps and more will be available at the two day headquarters: St. Mark’s & All Saints’ Church, 311 Ontario St., and Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East St., both in Buffalo, NY 14207. Maps also will be available at area businesses, by calling Councilmember Joe Golombek’s office in advance at (716) 851-5116, or by going to the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens website. A Black Rock History Tour will be conducted by Councilmember Golombek at 11 am. Meet at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center. The cost is $8 per person; proceeds to benefit the Tour of Gardens. The Religious Arts Center will also have their own docent tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $10 per person.

 

Saturday, August 3

Beyond Flowers bus tour

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A new feature of the National Garden Festival, this guided tour focuses on the environment and healthy communities. You’ll see a fish farm, learn how sunflowers can clean the soil and visit a waterfront play area that has been reclaimed from a garbage dump. Lunch is included. The cost is $30. You can register online.

 

Saturday, August 3

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Cool cabbage color changers

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be cool cabbage color changers. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, August 3

Norma “Jean” Barron Memorial Bench Ceremony

 

11 a.m.

Join the Willow Ridge Garden Club for a memorial bench commemoration ceremony in honor of Norma “Jean” Barron, the eighth president of the club. The bench is located at Willow Ridge and Sweetwood, Amherst.

 

Friday, August 2

Free workshop on alternative land care and pest management

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a free workshop on alternative land care and pest management at Daemen College’s Wick Center, 4380 Main St., Amherst.The workshop will cover introductory information on plant selection and planting techniques, soil structure and testing, pest management using mechanical or cultural techniques, minimum risk pesticides, organic methods and management and causes of plant diseases. Land care businesses, certified pesticide applicators, schools, municipalities and the general public are encouraged to attend. Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide introductory training on alternatives to conventional pesticides, including organic methods, which will better protect the environment and public health. Four recertification credits will be available for certified applicators who complete the training.Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please register by July 19. To register, contact the DEC at BGGL@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 518-402-8651 and let them know you want to attend the Buffalo workshop.

 

Friday, August 2

 

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Thursday, August 1

 

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Thursday, August 1

Orchard Park Garden Club Meeting

11:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY. Sign ups will be at 11:30 a.m. and refreshments will be served at noon. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. “A Salute to the Movies,” the club’s flower show to be held at Fox Run on September 7 and 8, will be discussed. Joshua Ballisteri and Kyle Lambert, 2012 Orchard Park Garden Club scholarship winners, will speak on their recent school experiences.

 

Wednesday, July 31

 

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com.

 

 

Wednesday, July 31

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Tuesday, July 30

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Tuesday, July 30

 

Audubon Hosts National Bird Branding Program

7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Witness a bird banding demonstration taught by a master ornithologist at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania. Observers are encouraged to pay close attention to ornithologist Emily Thomas as she captures, bands, and releases birds, recording information for science. This is part of the continent-wide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program. Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring binoculars and your camera if you’d like. If the weather is bad and could endanger birds caught in the nets, banding will be rescheduled. This opportunity is free, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit Jamestown Audubon.

 

Monday through Friday, July 29 to August 2

 

Advanced Art Camp AAC1

9 a.m. to noon

An Advanced Art Camp will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This camp is for students ages 10-16 who have had some previous art training under Joan Saba, instructor at the Botanical Gardens, or another professional artist. Students will work on drawing and painting. The cost is $90 per week or $18 per day for Botanical Gardens members or $100 per week or $20 per day for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Sunday, July 28

Garden Walk Buffalo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in America. Each year, more than 340 private gardens are opened and you can visit them for free.

 

Sunday, July 28

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Week of Tuesday, July 23

 

This week at Goodman’s

New in stock this week are cucumbers for pickling. Also in stock are home-grown sweet corn, peaches, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, sweet cherries, green beans, lettuce and Swiss chard. Many beautiful perennials in bloom are also available. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Recurring event: Now through Sunday, July 28

Celebration of Coleus & Color

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A new show, Celebration of Coleus & Color, will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Indoors and outdoors, the Botanical Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and over & students ages 13 and over with ID, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, July 27

 

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, July 27

 

Scratch and sniff walk

10:30 a.m.

Discover what Reinstein Woods has to offer your senses of touch and smell during this hands-on hike at Reinstein Woods, Honorine Dr., Depew. Registration is required. To register, call 683-5959.

 

Saturday, July 27

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Garden Secret Agents Invisible Ink Creations

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be Garden Secret Agents Invisible Ink Creations. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, July 27

Grassroots Gardens Summer Garden Party

4:30 p.m to 6:30 pm

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo will host a Summer Garden Party at the Trinity Tupper Community Garden, located between 92 Trinity Place and 209 West Tupper St.,, Buffalo. Proceeds will help support Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo with the creation and maintenance of community gardens throughout Buffalo. Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Parking is available at the parking lot at 389 Virginia St., Buffalo. The event is rain or shine. Tickets in advance are $30 per person or $55 per couple and at the event they are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Tickets are available by calling the office at (716) 783-9653. Visit Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo for more information.

 

Saturday, July 27

Audubon Water Chestnut Group “Big Pull”

8:30 a.m. to Noon

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. After this special “big pull” session, a debrief and lunch will take place at 11:30 a.m. Some people will go back out Saturday afternoon to continue pulling. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Saturday, July 27

Painting in Pelion

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the Buffalo Society of Artists at the Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School, 206 Best Street, Buffalo, New York, as they host an open painting session at the garden. Artists will be inspired by the many ripe vegtables and flowers in bloom. The public is welcome to attend this free event! For more information visit the Painting in Pelion Facebook event page.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28

Garden Walk Buffalo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in America. Each year, more than 340 private gardens are opened and you can visit them for free.

 

Friday, July 26

Bus tour: Buffalo-Style Gardens—Art and Flowers

What makes a Buffalo-Style Garden? The term refers to our intimate outdoor living spaces, our eclectic and upright design choices, and most of all the unexpected art of all kinds that you’ll see in Buffalo gardens. See the gardens that define this style (before the Garden Walk Buffalo crowds). The cost is $75 per person. This is an event of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo.

 

Friday, July 26

SOLD OUT: Evening of Wine and Roses

5 to 9 p.m.

Get a VIP tour of gardens that never have been– and never will be– on Garden Walk Buffalo in an Evening of Wine and Roses. This fundraiser for Garden Walk Buffalo begins at the Clement Mansion, Clement Mansion (Red Cross Building), 786 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, where there is ample free parking. Guests will enjoy wine and light refreshments. Then they will board luxury motor coaches that will take them on a tour of three exceptional gardens in lovely Buffalo neighborhoods. Musicians from the Community Music School of Buffalo will provide entertainment in the gardens. Guests will return to the Clement Mansion for a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and wine served in a signature, keepsake wine glass. Tickets are $100 per ticket. Reservations are limited to 100 guests. There will be three buses and one bus is already full. For more information, call (716) 855-1091 or make reservations online.

 

Friday, July 26 and every Friday through August 2

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Thursday, July 25

Bus tour: Southtowns Bouquet

If you’ve been there before, you’ll want to return to Smug Creek Gardens, the famous hosta and perennials garden of authors Kathy and Mike Shadrack. The tour includes some new Hamburg gardens that haven’t been seen before on motorcoach tours, lunch at Lockwood’s Greenhouses and a brief “best new plants” talk by garden guru Sally Cunningham. The cost is $69 per person. This is an event of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo.

 

Thursday, July 25 and every Thursday through August 1

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Thursday, July 25

Workshop on raising monarch butterflies

7-9 p.m.

A workshop on raising monarch butterflies will be held at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. You can learn how to raise a monarch from egg to adult, including how to identify milkweed, the caterpillar’s food. You will have the opportunity to take home caterpillars to raise for Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31. Those who take home caterpillars to raise to adults for the Monarch Butterfly Festival will receive two passes to the festival in exchange for their butterflies. The workshop will be led by Audubon’s beloved “Monarch Mama” Barbara Case. Case has been raising, tagging and releasing monarchs for more than 40 years. The event will be primarily a sit-down program indoors. Hands-on experience with Monarch eggs, caterpillars and butterflies will be a part of the program. A short walk of 200 feet or so to find milkweed will be the only outdoor component.The class is limited to 30 people. Cost for the class is $14 for the general public, $10 for Friends of the Nature Center and $5 for children. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, July 22, and reservations can be made online or by calling (716) 569-2345.

 

Wednesday, July 24

 

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, July 24

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Tuesday, July 23

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Tuesday, July 23

Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association

5:30 p.m.

Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association will hold its annual summer picnic and membership meeting at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. At 5:30 p.m., an Insider?s Tour of the Botanical Gardens will be led by Ed Dore, Senior Lifetime CNLP. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. President Mike Frank will present a genuine wood-smoked barbecue, with the membership meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information call Joyce Janson at 716-741-8047 or email membership@wnysnla.net.

 

Every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Monday, July 22

Deadline to register for butterfly workshop

See details at listing for Thursday, July 25

 

Monday through Friday, July 22 to 26

 

Art Camp for Kids AC3: Strictly watercolor

9 a.m. to noon

An Art Camp for Kids ages 5 to 12 will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the camp is devoted strictly to watercolor. The cost is $90 per week or $18 per day for Botanical Gardens members or $100 per week or $20 per day for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Week of Tuesday, July 16

 

This week at Goodman’s

New in stock this week is home-grown sweet corn and peaches. There are also cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, sweet cherries, green beans, lettuce and Swiss chard. Many beautiful perennials in bloom are also available. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, July 21

Lancaster Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Lancaster Garden Walk. You can see the list of gardens here. Event programs are available from the Lancaster/Depew Bee. You can also pick up programs starting July 18 at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street, Town of Lancaster, and at Petals to Please, corner of Central Avenue and Pleasant, in the village, Village of Lancaster. It is a free, self-guided tour.

 

Sunday, July 21

South Buffalo Alive

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The South Buffalo Alive garden walk includes more than 60 intriguing gardens that vary from beautiful poolside settings to decks with blooms, from ponds and waterfalls to veggie plots and train gardens. The donation is $2 and the tour is self-guided. Pick up maps at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2002 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220, next to Dudley Library. Don’t miss beautiful landscaping in McKinley and McClellan Circles, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

 

Sunday, July 21

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This self-guided tour will take place in the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda. A map and garden descriptions will be available online at www.kentongardentour.com toward the end of June.

 

Sunday, July 21

 

GObike City Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The GObike City Garden Tour is a new event of the National Garden Festival and GOBike Buffalo. You’ll bike to five or six gardens. The cost is $30 and includes a box lunch. You must preregister to reserve spot.

 

Sunday, July 21

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21

Lancaster Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Lancaster Garden Walk. You can see the listing of gardens here. Event programs are available from the Lancaster/Depew Bee. You can also pick up programs starting July 18 at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street, Town of Lancaster, and at Petals to Please, corner of Central Avenue and Pleasant, in the village, Village of Lancaster. It is a free, self-guided tour.

 

Saturday, July 20

Town of Amherst Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the Amherst Garden Walk, you’ll see a variety of garden types including perennial, shade, English, vegetable, container and organic, many with ponds and other water features. The tour is free and self-guided. Pick up maps at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Amherst NY 14221, and Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst, NY 14228. Maps are available from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 20

Williamsville Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Williamsville Garden Tour is an eclectic mix of 25 to 30 formal English, cottage, urban and organic fruit and vegetable gardens, many filled with water features and garden art. The tour is free and self-guided. Pick up maps at Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221. Be among the first to preview the planned Garden of 1812 at the corner of Main and Evans Streets, where the site’s role in the War of 1812 will be commemorated with native grasses and other perennials that populated the landscape 200 years ago. There will also be sidewalk sales and a farmers market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 20

West Seneca Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the second annual West Seneca Garden Walk. You can pick up maps at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, corner of Union Road & Clinton Street, West Seneca.

 

Saturday, July 20

Clean up of Linear Park in University Heights

10 a.m.

The University Heights Collaborative, Tool Library and Heath Street Block Club are sponsoring a cleanup of Linear Park (weather permitting). Volunteers will meet at the end of Flower Street, Buffalo. Tools, gloves and water will be provided. This is part of an ongoing effort to improve Linear Park as a community asset.

 

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & July 21

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

This self-guided tour will take place in the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, from 10am-4pm. The night tour, “Saturday Night Lights,” will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. A map and garden descriptions will be available online at www.kentongardentour.com toward the end of June.

 

Saturday, July 20

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Noodle necklaces

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be noodle necklaces. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, July 20

 

Audubon Hosts National Bird Branding Program

7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Witness a bird banding demonstration taught by a master ornithologist at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania. Observers are encouraged to pay close attention to ornithologist Emily Thomas as she captures, bands, and releases birds, recording information for science. This is part of the continent-wide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program. Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring binoculars and your camera if you’d like. If the weather is bad and could endanger birds caught in the nets, banding will be rescheduled. This opportunity is free, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit Jamestown Audubon.

 

Friday, July 19

Deadline to register for free workshop on alternative pest management practices and yard care tips

See details at listing for August 2

 

Friday, July 19

Bus tour: Farm to Table Tour

Check out the agri-business side of gardening, with a visit to a cut-flower farm, a home where alpacas and peacocks roam, a farm market, and the home of a blueberry and organic vegetable grower. Over lunch, Chef Jody from the Organic 3 Café on Elmwood Avenue will share her secrets about using fresh regional produce in your seasonal menu. The cost is $69 per person. This is an event of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo.

 

Friday, July 19

Rhyming Adventures With Greg

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening with storyteller Greg Jacobs as he brings his show “Rhyming Tales of Adventure in the Natural World” to the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. This educational and interactive presentation combines adventurous stories performed in rhyme with audience participation activities highlighting the fascinating outdoor world of Western New York. It will take place inside the auditorium. This is an all age presentation, perfect for families to enjoy together. The cost is $7 per person, or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center members. Reservations are requested by Wednesday, July 17, 2013 and there is a limited 100 person class size. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Friday, July 19 and every Friday through August 2

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Thursday, July 18

 

Hands-on Seminar: Sizzling fresh flower arrangement

6:30 p.m.

Create a a hot-colored assorted fresh flower arrangement in this hands-on workshop at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads) in Wheatfield. The class fee of $25 includes step-by-step instructions and all materials. No experience is necessary. Groups are welcome. RSVP by July 5 by purchasing online or calling 504-2617, ext. 244. Proceeds from all floral sales, classes and events benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Sorry, no refunds.

 

Thursday, July 18

Moths, Music, and Moonlight

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening by the fire with an acoustic guitar performance by musician and entomologist Jamie Haight on the backyard of the of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. After enjoying the campfire and music, explore and learn about moths, insects and other creatures that come out for the evening. Your admission includes 2 tickets, each good for one Southern Tier beer or glass of wine. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided. The cost is $18, or $14 for Friends of the Nature Center members. Reservations are required by Tuesday, July 16, 2013 and there is a limited class size of 50 people. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Thursday, July 18 and every Thursday through August 1

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Wednesday, July 17

Western New York Rose Society meeting

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive near Union Road, Williamsville. Awards from the June Rose Show will be presented and Lyn Chimera will speak on “Four-Legged Critter Control.”

 

Wednesday, July 17

 

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, July 17

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Tuesday, July 16 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Tuesday, July 16

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Monday through Friday, July 15 to 19

 

Art Camp for Kids AC2: Drawing

9 a.m. to noon

An Art Camp for Kids ages 5 to 12 will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the camp is devoted to drawing. The cost is $90 per week or $18 per day for Botanical Gardens members or $100 per week or $20 per day for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Week of Tuesday, July 9

 

This week at Goodman’s

New in stock this week is home-grown sweet corn and peaches. They also have cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, sweet cherries, green beans, lettuce and Swiss chard, along with many perennial plants in bloom. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, July 14

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Snyder-CleveHill Garden View consists of roughly 25 private gardens and carefully tended public spaces in the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods. A $3 donation is appreciated. Now in its eleventh year, the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View is a self-supported community garden tour. All types of garden styles and plants are represented in a backdrop of architecture from the 1910s to 1950s. The gardens range from newer to well-established, smaller to larger, and vegetable to perennial. Several gardens include water features and garden structures.

 

Sunday, July 14

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk will be held rain or shine. Maps for the free self-guided tour will be available at the Memorial Park bandstand, corner of Lake St. and Union St., Hamburg. Coupons for village restaurants and businesses will be included in the brochure. A vendor fair will be held at the Memorial Park. All participating gardens will be clearly marked with “garden participant” signs.

 

Sunday, July 14

9th Annual Lockport in Bloom

Garden tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., vendor fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 9th Annual Lockport in Bloom is a citywide garden tour that takes place in Lockport (just 18 miles east of Niagara Falls and 29 miles north of the City of Buffalo). Maps will be available the day of the event at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. (The Kenan Center was built in the 1850?s as a residential estate and now offers a beautiful public garden and an admission-free art gallery.) Maps will be available after June 30 at various local businesses. This garden tour features more than 40 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport. This is a free, self-guided, walking/driving tour. It will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook. A new evening tour, Twilight in the Garden, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday only. Locations will be specially noted on the Lockport In Bloom map/brochure. Also new this year is a vendor fair to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Kenan Center grounds (near Taylor Theater and information table). Vendors will have many items of interest and for sale to gardeners.

 

Sunday, July 14 and every Sunday through July 21

 

GObike City Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The GObike City Garden Tour is a new event of the National Garden Festival and GOBike Buffalo. It was originally announced as a single tour, but now tours will be held every Sunday through July 21. You’ll bike to five or six gardens on each tour, and the tours will be different each week. The cost is $30 and includes a box lunch. You must preregister to reserve spot.

 

Sunday, July 14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cheektowaga Garden Club Plant Sale & Basket Raffle

The Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold a plant sale and basket raffle as part of Cheektowaga Family Days in Cheektowaga Town Park, located at Harlem Road, between George Urban and Walden. Visit the Town of Cheektowaga website for more information on this event.

 

Sunday, July 14

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Saturday, July 13

 

Audubon Water Chestnut “Big Pull”

8:30 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. The Big Pull will end with lunch where everyone will report back with their results. Reservations are needed to have enough tools and food. Call Jamestown Audubon at (716) 569-2345 or e-mail waterchestnuts@jamestownaudubon.org to sign up. For more information visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk will be held rain or shine. Maps for the free self-guided tour will be available at the Memorial Park bandstand, corner of Lake St. and Union St., Hamburg. Coupons for village restaurants and businesses will be included in the brochure. A vendor fair will be held at the Memorial Park. All participating gardens will be clearly marked with “garden participant” signs.

 

Saturday, July 13

Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk covers the Main Street core and neighborhoods from Fourth Street and Park Place to Orchard Parkway and Pierce Avenue. A special feature is florists, nurseries, artists and other vendors offering plants, garden art and more. Be sure to bring questions for Master Gardeners, who will be on hand with expertise to help solve garden woes, and there are plenty of businesses and restaurants along Main Street to explore and enjoy. The tour is free and self-guided.

 

Saturday, July 13

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2013 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk is a a free self-guided tour of more than 60 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces around the University at Buffalo South Campus. (Samuel P. Capen was the first full-time, salaried chancellor at UB.) Maps will be available at the University Community Farmer’s Market, UB South Campus at Main Street and Kenmore Ave.; University Heights Tool Library, 5 W. Northrup Place, next to Just Pizza, and UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, off Englewood south of Kenmore Ave., all in Buffalo. A Nickel City Indie Market will be held in conjunction with the walk at the University Community Garden, 73 Tyler St., Buffalo. For more information, email extravateam@gmail.com.Visit the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk on Facebook or email them at capengardenwalk@ourheights.org.

 

Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14

9th Annual Lockport in Bloom

Garden tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Twilight in the Garden 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday only; vendor fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The 9th Annual Lockport in Bloom is a citywide garden tour that takes place in Lockport (just 18 miles east of Niagara Falls and 29 miles north of the City of Buffalo). Maps will be available the day of the event at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. (The Kenan Center was built in the 1850?s as a residential estate and now offers a beautiful public garden and an admission-free art gallery.) Maps will be available after June 30 at various local businesses. This garden tour features more than 40 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport. This is a free, self-guided, walking/driving tour. It will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook. A new evening tour, Twilight in the Garden, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Satuday only. Locations will be specially noted on the Lockport In Bloom map/brochure. Also new this year is a vendor fair to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Kenan Center grounds (near Taylor Theater and information table). Vendors will have many items of interest and for sale to gardeners.

 

Saturday, July 13

Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club Field Trip

10 a.m.

The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club will take a field trip to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens ($9 admission), a member’s garden in Lackawanna and Mulberry’s Italian Restaurant for lunch. (A fee applies for lunch.) Please RSVP to 934-7608.

 

Saturday, July 13

 

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, July 13

Growing Garden Summer Series for Kids (Part 2 of 3)

10:30 a.m.

Learn how to take harvest vegetables in this program children ages 6 to 8 at Reinstein Woods, Honorine Dr., Depew. Participants can take vegetables home to eat. Participants are encouraged but not required to attend all three sessions. Registration is required. To register, call 683-5959.

 

Saturday, July 13

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Orange pomander

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. For national French fry day, the activity will be making potato stamps. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, July 13

DSLR Boot Camp – Basic Training

 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Would you like to grow your digital SLR camera photography skills? Learn the fundamentals from photographer Mark Kirsch at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania. You will learn all the important fundamental camera functions you need to know. Bring your digital SLR camera and manual. If weather permits, the class may go outside to shoot a bit, so dress for the weather. Limited to 24 people, the workshop fee is $26 or $20 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations with payment are required by Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or by visiting Jamestown Audubon.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cheektowaga Garden Club Plant Sale & Basket Raffle

The Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold a plant sale and basket raffle as part of Cheektowaga Family Days in Cheektowaga Town Park, located at Harlem Road, between George Urban and Walden. Visit the Town of Cheektowaga website for more information on this event.

 

Friday, July 12

Bus tour: Fine Homes and Gardens

Sometimes the home is as tempting as the garden, and this is your chance to tour inside as well. See a century-old house (with the kitchen of your dreams), a Japanese garden with restful water features, an Arts and Crafts home and an art lover’s fantasy home. Luncheon will be in the newly restored Hotel Lafayette with its Art Deco lobby and Pan-American décor. The cost is $75 per person. This is an event of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo.

 

 

Friday, July 12

 

Jamestown Audubon Hosts National Bird Branding Program

7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Witness a bird banding demonstration taught by a master ornithologist at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania. Observers are encouraged to pay close attention to ornithologist Emily Thomas as she captures, bands, and releases birds, recording information for science. This is part of the continent-wide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program. Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring binoculars and your camera if you’d like. If the weather is bad and could endanger birds caught in the nets, banding will be rescheduled. This opportunity is free, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit Jamestown Audubon.

 

Friday, July 12

South Town Gardeners meeting

9:30 a.m.

South Town Gardeners will meet at the Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. New members are welcome. For more information, call 668-0209.

 

Friday, July 12 and every Friday through August 2

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Thursday, July 11

Orchard Park Garden Club picnic

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its Annual Presidents Picnic at Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park. Follow the signs to reach the picnic area. Participants are encouraged to wear a decorated hat that has been designed by them with plant material, fruit and/or vegetables, etc.

 

Thursday, July 11

 

Introduction to geo-caching

6:30 p.m.

You will learn how to use a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) unit to find hidden clues to solve nature mysteries in this program at Reinstein Woods, Honorine Dr., Depew. To register, call 683-5959. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and older.

 

Thursday, July 11 and every Thursday through August 1

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

Wednesday, July 10

 

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, July 10

CANCELLED: Ten Plants That Rocked History

6:30-8pm

Learn the real reason why the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock instead of their original destination of Virginia in this talk by David Clark, horticulturist, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served. The cost is $20 for garden members and $24 for non-members. For more information, call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, July 10

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Tuesday, July 9 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Tuesday, July 9

Kenmore Garden Club Annual Motor Coach Tour

10 a.m.

Join the Kenmore Garden Club for their annual motor coach tour. For more information call Lily at (716) 692-3081.

 

Tuesday, July 9

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Monday through Friday, July 8 to 12

Art Camp for Kids AC1: Multi-medium

9 a.m. to noon

An Art Camp for Kids ages 5 to 12 will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the camp is devoted to multi-medium work. The cost is $90 per week or $18 per day for Botanical Gardens members or $100 per week or $20 per day for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Week of Tuesday, July 2

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are fresh cherries. Other produce in stock is cabbage, Swiss chard, zucchini, leaf lettuce and Romaine lettuce. There are fresh new perennials, including daylilies, monarda, coreopsis, gailardia, sweet William, phlox, digitalis and echinacea. There are many flowering hanging baskets to choose from, as well as Boston ferns and other house plants. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, July 7

Grand Island Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Featuring suburban oases plus native gardens in two state parks, the 20 sites range in the Grand Island Garden Tour from unique and creative to formal and pristine. Headquarters is at Serene Gardens, 2800 Grand Island Boulevard, Grand Island, NY 14072. The tour is free and self-guided.

 

Sunday, July 7

Japanese Iris Show

Noon to 4 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold a Japanese Iris Show in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd., Clarence. The show will be adjacent to the Food Court. The show will include horticulture, designs, information on growing iris, plants for sale and demonstrations of “How to create a Japanese Flower arrangement” throughout the afternoon.

 

Sunday, July 7

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Sunday, July 7 and every Sunday through July 21

 

GObike City Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The GObike City Garden Tour is a new event of the National Garden Festival and GOBike Buffalo. It was originally announced as a single tour, but now tours will be held every Sunday through July 21. You’ll bike to five or six gardens on each tour, and the tours will be different each week. The cost is $30 and includes a box lunch. You must preregister to reserve spot.

 

Recurring event: Now through Sunday, July 7

Garden Railway Exhibit

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Western New York Garden Railway Society has created two exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY. The exhibits are Thomas the Train as well as a traditional set-up. The exhibits are included in the price of admission.

 

Saturday, July 6

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Lemonade squeeze

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a lemonade squeeze. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, July 6

Jamestown Audubon Hosts National Bird Branding Program

7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Witness a bird banding demonstration by a master ornithologist at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania. Observers are encouraged to pay close attention to ornithologist Emily Thomas as she captures, bands, and releases birds, recording information for science. This is part of the continent-wide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program. Visitors are reminded to dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring binoculars and your camera if you’d like. If the weather is bad and could endanger birds caught in the nets, banding will be rescheduled. This opportunity is free, but donations are appreciated. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit Jamestown Audubon.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7

Grand Island Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Featuring suburban oases plus native gardens in two state parks, the 20 sites range in the Grand Island Garden Tour from unique and creative to formal and pristine. Headquarters is at Serene Gardens, 2800 Grand Island Boulevard, Grand Island, NY 14072. The tour is free and self-guided.

 

Saturday, July 6

Plein Air Event at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouse

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artists are invited to set up their easels and paint floral subjects anywhere on the grounds of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. To reserve a spot, please call 632-1290.

 

Friday, July 5

Bus tour: Gardens and Architecture

The New York Times referred to Buffalo as “home to some of the Greatest American architects of the late 19th and early 20th century.” Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece and view the master’s other Buffalo homes with expert guide Sandy Starks. Architectural and garden sites will include Forest Lawn Cemetery and its Blue Sky Mausoleum, the newly restored Hotel Lafayette and the Erie Basin Marina Trial Gardens. The cost is $89 per person. This is an event of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo.

 

Friday, July 5

 

Lancaster Lights the Landscape at Lancaster Old Home Days

8:45 to 10:45 p.m.

As part of Lancaster Old Home Days, which is being held for the first time in 100 years, the Lancaster Garden Walk is holding three mini-walks. In the third mini-walk, Lancaster gardeners will show their gardens under lights. This is the first nighttime garden walk in Lancaster. Maps will be available at the Lancaster Historical Building, 40 Clark Street,Village of Lancaster.

 

Friday, July 5 and every Friday through August 2

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Thursday, July 4 and every Thursday through August 1

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Wednesday, July 3

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Tuesday, July 2 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Tuesday, July 2

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Monday, July 1

Roses in the Garden at Lancaster Old Home Days

5 to 9 p.m.

As part of Lancaster Old Home Days, which is being held for the first time in 100 years, the Lancaster Garden Walk is holding three mini-walks. The red rose is the official flower of Lancaster, so everything from rose lilies to rose paintings to actual rose bushes will be shown. This is the second mini-walk. The third event will be Lancaster Lights the Landscape on July 5. Maps for all these events will be available at the Lancaster Historical Building, 40 Clark Street,Village of Lancaster.

 

Monday, July 1

Bowmansville Garden Club

6:30 p.m.

The Bowmansville Garden Club will visit A Snail’s Place, 6550 Seneca St, Elma. Carol Melnik, owner and designer, will present a a design program using driftwood. Participants will also taste food items from the shop.

 

Week of Tuesday, June 25

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are blooming perennial plants, hanging baskets, annuals, fresh strawberries and sweet cherries. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, June 30

 

Audubon Water Chestnut Group Pull

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a water chestnut pull at the Big Pond of the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The goal is to prevent the invasive, non-native plant from reproducing in other waterways and eliminating all other plants and fish. Anyone who loves a pond or lake in Chautauqua County or the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania is encouraged to volunteer in this removal effort. All volunteers will receive orientation on the best ways to pull water chestnut before each session. For more information call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://jamestownaudubon.org/.

 

Sunday, June 30 and every Sunday through July 21

 

GObike City Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The GObike City Garden Tour is a new event of the National Garden Festival and GOBike Buffalo. It was originally announced as a single tour, but now tours will be held every Sunday through July 21. You’ll bike to five or six gardens on each tour, and the tours will be different each week. The cost is $30 and includes a box lunch. You must preregister to reserve spot.

 

Sunday, June 30

Art in the Gardens event at Lancaster Old Home Days

noon to 4 p.m.

As part of Lancaster Old Home Days, which is being held for the first time in 100 years, the Lancaster Garden Walk is holding three mini-walks. In Art in the Gardens, six artists will display their work in six gardens. Other mini-walks will be Roses in the Garden on July 1 and Lancaster Lights the Landscape on Friday, July 5. Maps for all these events will be available at the Lancaster Historical Building, 40 Clark Street,Village of Lancaster.

 

Sunday, June 30

Deadline to enter Nature Photography Contest of Jamestown Audubon

The Jamestown Audubon Society’s Nature Photography Contest offers prizes in three categories and two divisions. Learn more in this short article or see the rules. The deadline to enter is June 30.

 

Sunday, June 30

Parkside Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual Parkside Garden (and Architecture & History) Tour is sponsored by the Parkside Community Association. The headquarters is at Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, corner of Summit Avenue, Buffalo. Donation of $8 for a map for the self-guided tour benefits the Parkside Community Association. There are also guided walking tours highlighting Parkside’s architecture, history and folklore from noon to 2 p.m. for $10 starting at 96 Jewett Parkway. The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 84 Parkside Avenue. During the garden tour, there is free admission to the Martin House conservatory and gardens, and there will be a sale of of garden tools as well as divisions of native ferns, rugosa roses and lemon thyme from the Martin House landscape.

 

 

Saturday, June 29

 

Field trip with Niagara Frontier Botanical Society

Members of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will take a field trip to Houghton & Furman Bogs in a joint trip with the Nature Sanctuary Society. Guests are welcome. More information to come.

 

Saturday, June 29

Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Secret Gardens Tour

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary will hold its 10th annual Secret Gardens Tour. There will be two gardens featured in Lakewood, two in the town of Busti, and one in the city of Jamestown. The gardens are all handicapped accessible. The tour ticket includes a brief description of each garden, directions, parking recommendations, and an excellent map. Even visitors unfamiliar with the area will have no trouble locating all the gardens. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, PA. They can also be purchased at Four Seasons Nursery, Lakeview Gardens, Peterson Farm, Secret Gardens Flower Shop, and Stillwater Garden Market, all in Jamestown; Mike’s Nursery in Lakewood; Robert’s Nursery in Falconer, and at the participating gardens on the day of the tour. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

 

Saturday, June 29

Summer Wildflowers

10:30 a.m.

Search for seasonal wildflowers and learn their uses and folklore in this program at Reinstein Woods, Honorine Dr., Depew. Registration is required. To register, call 683-5959. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and older.

 

Saturday, June 29

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Ants on a log

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be ants on a log. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

 

 

Friday, June 28 and every Friday through August 2

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Friday, June 28

Bus tour: Flowering Suburbia—Landscapes Outside the Limits

Just beyond Buffalo, you’ll find large, much-photographed gardens in Clarence, Amherst and Snyder. Horticultural expert Sally Cunningham and designer Joseph Han will show you grand perennial borders, layered islands and intimate gazebos. The group will have lunch at a poolside retreat at one of the gardens. The cost $72 per person. This is an event of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo.

 

Thursday, June 27

6 p.m.

Garden Party at the Shrine

The Beautification Committee of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine will hold a garden party at the shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Youngstown. You can enjoy an evening of hors dóeuvres, desserts and beverages while enjoying the newly planted gardens. Garden clubs and nurseries will display potted plants and you can vote on your favorite. The plants will be raffled off at the end of the evening. The cost of the event is $25. For reservations, contact Marsha Gresens at 810-9323.

 

Thursday, June 27 and every Thursday through August 1

 

Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time and visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Find out more about what’s new with Open Gardens this year. Learn how to buy the directory online or at a shop that gives you all the locations of the gardens.

 

Wednesday, June 26

Amherst Garden Club meeting, plant exchange, field trip

9:30 a.m.

Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. There will be a plant exchange followed by a field trip to Smug Creek Gardens, 8399 Zimmerman Road, Hamburg. Afterwards members will have lunch at a local restaurant. Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday, June 26

 

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, June 26

Butterfly gardening workshop

7 to 9 p.m.

Learn how a few simple plants and paying attention to basic butterfly needs can transform your yard into a butterfly paradise in this butterfly gardening workshop at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, PA. The cost is $14 for the general public or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. You will learn how to attract butterflies to your yard by providing the food, habitat and shelter they require for all stages of their lives. The class will be indoors and will include a tour of Audubon’s butterfly garden at the end. The instructor will be Jeff Tome, Senior Naturalist at the center, who has been raising butterflies for years. Reservations are requested by Monday, June 24, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the center’s website.

 

Every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Monday, June 24

Deadline to register for butterfly gardening workshop

See the listing for Wednesday, June 26.

 

Week of Tuesday, June 18

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are blooming perennial plants including delphinium, coreopsis, veronica, daylilies and perennial geraniums. Fresh fruit includes homegrown strawberries and sweet cherries. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, June 23 and every Sunday through July 21

 

GObike City Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The GObike City Garden Tour is a new event of the National Garden Festival and GOBike Buffalo. It was originally announced as a single tour, but now tours will be held every Sunday through July 21. You’ll bike to five or six gardens on each tour, and the tours will be different each week. The cost is $30 and includes a box lunch. You must preregister to reserve spot.

 

Sunday, June 23

Lewiston Garden Fest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The eighth annual GardenFest will be held by the Lewiston Garden Club on Center Street in Lewiston. Vendor booths from area nurseries, landscapers, garden suppliers and outdoor suppliers will line a portion of Center Street. Bring questions and soil samples to Master Gardeners and floral experts. A container garden contest will be held and the public can vote for their favorites. Speakers are scheduled each day.Sally Cunningham, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional, newspaper columnist and media personality, will present “Ecological Landscaping: What we can do in our yards and gardens is very important to Mother Nature” on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 Hall (North 6th Street). A garden walk will be held.. Enjoy the charming restaurants and natural beauty of the Lewiston area during your visit. All the activities are free. Maps will be provided at the hospitality booths as you enter the GardenFest area.

 

Sunday, June 23

Sunday Kids Program at Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy these hands-on activities held in the new indoor Wegmans Family Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are included with admission.

 

Saturday, June 22

 

Soil health and mud art family workshop: free

10 a.m.

Soil health and mud art family workshop will be presented by Caesandra Seawell at Pelion Community Garden. Pelion Community Garden is located at 206 Best Street and is on NFTA bus Route 22. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Saturday, June 22

 

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23

Lewiston Garden Fest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The eighth annual GardenFest will be held by the Lewiston Garden Club on Center Street in Lewiston. Vendor booths from area nurseries, landscapers, garden suppliers and outdoor suppliers will line a portion of Center Street. Bring questions and soil samples to Master Gardeners and floral experts. A container garden contest will be held and the public can vote for their favorites. Speakers are scheduled each day. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at The Brickyard (432 Center Street), Lyn Chimera, owner and founder of “Lessons from Nature” will speak on “Sustainable Gardening for the Home Gardener.” Sally Cunningham, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional, newspaper columnist and media personality, will present “Ecological Landscaping: What we can do in our yards and gardens is very important to Mother Nature” on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 Hall (North 6th Street). A garden walk will be held both days. Enjoy the charming restaurants and natural beauty of the Lewiston area during your visit. All the activities are free. Maps will be provided at the hospitality booths as you enter the GardenFest area.

 

Saturday, June 22

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Summer solstice herb sachets

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a summer solstice herb sachets. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23

Garden Conservancy Open Days program private garden tour in Erie, PA area

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore five private gardens in Erie, PA and nearby towns that are open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. The cost is $5 per garden and free for children 12 & under. Visitors may begin at any of the following locations: Evans Road, 5204 Evans Road, Erie; King’s Garden, 102 Stephany Road, Fairview; Falls Run, 9395 Falls Road, Girard; Piper garden, 1847 Fairplain Road, Lake City, or Raku Place, 4570 Old State Road, McKean. Highlights include a bamboo field with a hidden tree house, a Hungarian tea house, a Zen rock garden, mature bonsai collection, a butterfly garden and multiple water features. For more information, go to the website or call 1-888-842-2442.

 

Saturday, June 22

 

HCP 403: Gardening for Wildlife

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join David Clark, horticulturist, for an entertaining garden education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. In this session, he will explain how to create a National Wildlife Foundation certified wildlife habitat. This is level IV of the Horticulture Certificate Program, and classes are for those who just want to know more than gardening basics. The cost for the series is $80 for Botanical Gardens members and $100 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 22

Western New York Rose Society Annual June Rose Show

1 to 5 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will hold its Annual June Rose Show at the Galleria Mall on Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga. Information on roses will be available as well.

 

Friday, June 21

Bus tour: Favorite Buffalo Gardens—the Preview Tour

Tour the gardens that have made Buffalo famous, as seen in Fine Gardening and Horticulture magazines, among many others. From Disney-esque Civil War era cottages to grand Victorians, from rare dahlia collections to a funky tropical paradise with tiki bar, get this preview peek at Garden Walk Buffalo. The tour will be guided by Jim Charlier of Garden Walk Buffalo, who is a garden tourism consultant. The cost is $75 per person. This is an event of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo.

 

Thursday, June 20

 

Hands-on Seminar: Landscape Pot

6:30 p.m.

Create an accent pot with evergreen, summer plants and bird-friendly materials. in this hands-on workshop at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads) in Wheatfield. The class fee of $45 includes step-by-step instructions and all materials. No experience is necessary. Groups are welcome. RSVP by June 6 by purchasing online or calling 504-2617, ext. 244. Proceeds from all floral sales, classes and events benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Special Bonus: Purchase all June-October classes in advance for $180 and receive the Dec. 17 Table Top Tree class complimentary with additional trim. Sorry, no refunds.

 

Thursday, June 20

S.H.A.R.E. Workshop: Simple ways to improve your yard for wildlife

7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary will kick off National Pollinator Week with a workshop to show simple ways to improve your yard for wildlife. The workshop will be held at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pennsylvania. S.H.A.R.E. stands for Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment and is based on the principle that anything you do, even in a small area, improves the environment in your neighborhood. If half the people on a block improve the habitats in their yards, it can make a significant impact on the health and diversity of animals on that block.The program will be mostly inside, with a brief walk outside to see how Audubon has improved the habitat around its building. Cost is $14 for the public or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations with payment are requested by Tuesday, June 18, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the website.

 

Wednesday, June 19

Starry Night in the Garden

6 to 9 p.m.

Join Star 102.5 for Starry Night in the Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Popular musical groups, local restaurants, wineries and breweries come together to party into the night to benefit the Botanical Gardens. General admission tickets are $40 and VIP Tickets are $100.

 

Wednesday, June 19

 

Western New York Rose Society meeting

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive near Union Road, Williamsville. The topic will be “How to Exhibit Roses and Arrangements at a Rose Show.”

 

Wednesday, June 19

Western New York Garden Railway Society

7 p.m.

The Western New York Garden Railway Society will meet at the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca. The interested public is always welcome. To see photos and videos of garden railways, go to the Western New York Garden Railway Society site.

 

Tuesday, June 18 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Tuesday, June 18

Talk on landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin

6:30 p.m.

A presentation on the work of Walter Burley Griffin, who designed the landscape for the Martin House Complex as well as the entire capital city of Australia, will be given in the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Martin House complex, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. The presentation will be given by Christopher Vernon, associate professor in the School of Architecture, Landscape, and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia. Tickets are $20 for Martin House members and $25 for nonmembers. To reserve tickets, go online or call 856-3858.

 

 

Monday, June 17

Smallwood Garden Club

7 p.m.

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at Forest Elementary School, 250 N. Forest Rd., Williamsville. John Farfaglia, horticulture expert with the Niagara County Cornell Cooperative Extension, will speak on identifying and dealing with garden pests and diseases. His topic is titled: “Top Ten Insects and Diseases in Your Garden This Year.” Guests are very welcome.

 

Week of Tuesday, June 11

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are strawberries and leaf lettuce. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Saturday, June 15

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Father’s Day pasta collage

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a Father’s Day pasta collage. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, June 15

 

HCP 304: Landscape Design 3/Landscape Architecture

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join David Clark, horticulturist, for an entertaining garden education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This is level III of the Horticulture Certificate Program, and classes are for those who just want to know more than gardening basics. The cost for the series is $80 for Botanical Gardens members and $100 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 15

 

Meander in the Woods fundraiser

4:30 to 8 p.m.

Friends of Reinstein will hold their annual fundraiser to support Reinstein Woods at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. Enjoy a delicious barbecue by Kentucky Greg’s, bluegrass music by the Pointless Brothers and a basket raffle, then stroll a dessert trail featuring wild edibles. Tickets are $30 and are available at Reinstein Woods or by mail with the order form. Tickets must be purchased by June 11. Call 716-683-5959 for more information.

 

Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, July 28

Celebration of Coleus & Color

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A new show, Celebration of Coleus & Color, will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Indoors and outdoors, the Botanical Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and over & students ages 13 and over with ID, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

 

Friday, June 14

South Town Gardeners

9:30 a.m.

The South Town Gardeners will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. The topic will be feng shui with plants. New members are welcome and no experience is needed. For more information, call 668-0209.

 

Wednesday, June 12

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Tuesday, June 11 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Wednesday, June 12

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, June 10

 

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, June 10

Walk with a naturalist at Audubon

10 a.m. to noon

Enjoy spring wildflowers, birds and other wildlife during a walk with an Audubon naturalist on the trails at Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, PA. In celebration of New York State’s 2nd Annual Museum Week, the event is free to veterans and Friends of the Nature Center and offered at the discounted rate of $5 to the general public. Meet in the lobby of the Nature Center building. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. No reservations are required.

 

Monday, June 10

East Aurora Garden Club: Irises

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hear a presentation on the iris by Judy Tucholski Zon, president of the WNY Iris Society and former District VIII Garden Club president, at its meeting at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora. She will share tips on growing and maintaining this beautiful flower.

 

Week of Tuesday, June 4

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are home-grown spinach and Swiss chard. Later in the week look for home-grown strawberries and leaf lettuce. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Saturday, June 8

Growing Garden Summer Series for Kids (Part 1 of 3)

10:30 a.m.

Learn how to take care of vegetable plants in this program children ages 6 to 8 at Reinstein Woods, Honorine Dr., Depew. Participants are encouraged but not required to attend all three sessions. Registration is required. To register, call 683-5959.

 

Saturday, June 8 through Sunday, July 7

Garden Railway Exhibit

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Western New York Garden Railway Society has created two exhibits at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY. The exhibits are Thomas the Train as well as a traditional set-up. The exhibits are included in the price of admission.

 

Saturday, June 8 through Sunday, August 18

Exhibit in the in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Southtowns Camera Club

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Southtowns Camera Club will present an exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included in the price of admission. Membership in the Southtowns Camera Club is open to all photography enthusiasts and offers great opportunities to be entertained and inspired while improving photographic skills and creativity. For more information, visit the Southtowns Camera Club website or call Darleen at 649-8851.

 

Saturday, June 8

Plant sale/yard sale

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Federated Garden Clubs of New York State District 8 will hold a plant sale/yard sale at 2703 Colvin Blvd. (near Ellicott Creek Road), Tonawanda, NY 14150. Plant experts will be on hand to help you with your selections. Proceeds will benefit educational programs sponsored by the district.

 

Saturday, June 8, and possibly Sunday, June 9

Volunteers needed at Amherst State Park

Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and if necessary, Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed to help move compost at the North Garden at Amherst State Park, 400 Mill St., Williamsville, between Main and Sheridan at the site of the former St. Mary’s Convent. It is the huge garden along the Entrance Driveway to Amherst State Park. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, rakes, gloves (although organizers do have some) and most importantly, wheelbarrows. Go for however long you can. For more information, email amherstarboretum@roadrunner.com.

 

Saturday, June 8

Annual Garden Market by the Youngstown Garden Club

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will hold its annual Garden Market at the Bistro at the Old Fort Inn Restaurant, 110 Main St., Youngstown, near the entrance to Old Fort Niagara State Park. Included in the sale will be perennials from Youngstown Garden Club members gardens, container gardens, unique terrariums, herbs and gifts. Visit the Garden Market while enjoying the Tour of Kitchens, which is being held on the same weekend. The garden sale event is free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, June 8

Wine and Garden Tour

10 a.m.

The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club will hold a wine and garden tour to Eagle Bay Hosta Gardens, Noble Winery for lunch (fee for lunch), Nass Daylily Farm, Johnson Winery and 21 Brix Winery. Please RSVP to 934-7608.

 

Saturday, June 8

 

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, June 8

 

Wegmans Family Garden: I dig dirt

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a dirt cake. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, June 8

HCP 403: Herbs and Medicinal Gardening

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join David Clark, horticulturist, for an entertaining garden education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This is level IVof the Horticulture Certificate Program, and classes are for those who just want to know more than gardening basics. The cost for the series is $80 for Botanical Gardens members and $100 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Now through Saturday, June 8

Perennial of the week at Lockwood’s: Verbascum

Verbascum is the perennial of the week at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The following cultivars at 20% off this week: Pink Pixie, Blue Lagoon, Southern Charm and Clementine. Verbascum is a great addition to the sunny garden. It comes in various colors of blue/purple, rose, pink, coral, apricot and cream. They are Zone 5 hardy, but require well drained soils to survive the winter effectively. Water to keep from drying out in hot spells.

 

Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8

Plant sale/yard sale

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Federated Garden Clubs of New York State District 8 will hold a plant sale/yard sale at 2703 Colvin Blvd. (near Ellicott Creek Road), Tonawanda, NY 14150. Plant experts will be on hand to help you with your selections. Proceeds will benefit educational programs sponsored by the district.

 

Friday, June 7; Saturday, June 8, and possibly Sunday, June 9

Volunteers needed at Amherst State Park

Friday from 4:30- 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and if necessary, Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon

Volunteers are needed to help move compost at the North Garden at Amherst State Park, 400 Mill St., Williamsville, between Main and Sheridan at the site of the former St. Mary’s Convent. It is the huge garden along the Entrance Driveway to Amherst State Park. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, rakes, gloves (although organizers do have some) and most importantly, wheelbarrows. Go for however long you can. For more information, email amherstarboretum@roadrunner.com. Read

 

Thursday, June 6

 

Hands-on Seminar: Window Box to Brighten Your Yard

6:30 p.m.

Create a custom window box filled with assorted summer plants and get hints to keep it blooming all summer in this hands-on workshop at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads) in Wheatfield. The class fee of $35 includes step-by-step instructions and all materials. No experience is necessary. Groups are welcome. RSVP by May 23 by purchasing online or calling 504-2617, ext. 244. Proceeds from all floral sales, classes and events benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Special Bonus: Purchase all June-October classes in advance for $180 and receive the Dec. 17 Table Top Tree class complimentary with additional trim. Sorry, no refunds.

 

Thursday, June 6

 

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar: Landscape pot

See details at June 20 entry.

 

Wednesday, June 5, 12

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, June 5

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club

6:30 – 8 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. They will talk about the upcoming Garden Art Sale and debrief the past weekends trip to the Allegheny Nature Pilgrimage.

 

Wednesday, June 5

Willow Ridge Garden Club: Plants that re-seed

7 p.m.

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at Zion Church, Parker Boulevard & Koenig Circle, Tonawanda. Chris Hartmann, East Aurora Garden Club Horticultural Specialist, will highlight annuals and perennials that will re-seed themselves. The club’s Spring Fling will be reviewed & the memorial bench dedication announced.Guests are welcome.

 

Tuesday, June 4

Workshop on guerrilla gardening

7 to 9 p.m.

A workshop on guerrilla gardening, the act of growing plants in neglected public spaces as a form of protest and community improvement, will be held at the Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo. You’ll learn what guerrilla gardening is, the basics of starting seeds and growing things and what to look for in plant varieties. The workshop will include a hands-on lesson on making moss graffiti and a hands-on lesson on making “seed bombs.”

 

Tuesday, June 4 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Monday, June 3, 10

 

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Now through Sunday, June 2

 

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Sandra Kicman

Sandra Kicman will display her photography in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included in the price of admission. Kicman says: “I have always felt compassionate about taking pictures. Looking through the viewfinder and composing within the constraints of that space to capture texture, positive and negative space and color to me, is very gratifying and exciting. There are many distractions, responsibilities and demands that are part of our daily lives. Photography, for me, is a way to put that aside and dive head first into the amazing visual world we live in.”

 

Week of Tuesday, May 28

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are Mighty Mato grafted tomato plants, insanely hot ghost pepper plants, porch pots, hanging baskets in unusual combinations that include plants such as mandevilla and lotus, annuals in flats, vegetables, perennials, herbs and fountains. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Saturday, June 1

Deadline to have your garden on the Lancaster Garden Walk

Return the entry form to the address on the form by June 1 to have your garden on the walk.

 

Saturday, June 1

Plant and seed exchange

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk will hold a plant and seed exchange at the University Community Farmers Market, Main Street at Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo. There is no cost to participate and you do not need to bring a plant in order to take one. Plant and seed donations are happily accepted.

 

Saturday, June 1

Plant sale: Town of Wheatfield Garden Club

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Town of Wheatfield Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale at the Adam’s Fire Co., 7113 Nash Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Many varieties of house plants, annuals, and perennials will be available. Raffle tickets for a garden cart filled with garden-related items will also be available for purchase. Two master gardeners from the club will be on hand to answer questions about gardening. Plants go fast so plan on getting there early for the best selection.

 

Saturday, June 1

Make-It, Take-It Workshop: Dazzling Flower Pouch

9:30 a.m.

Plant a 21-inch flower pouch during this Make-It, Take-It Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. These hanging pouches rest flat against the surface from which they hang and require less watering than traditional hanging baskets. The cost is $18 per bag for Botanical Gardens members and $22 per bag for nonmembers. Empty bags will be available for purchase for $3 each. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 1

Ken-Sheriton plant and baked goods sale

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will hold a plant and baked goods sale at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 576 Delaware Road, Kenmore. They will sell perennials, houseplants, garden items and baked goods.

 

Saturday, June 1

Alien Invader Investigation

10:30 a.m.

Aliens are invading Reinstein Woods! These aren’t creatures from outer space, but plants and insects that could harm our forests and ponds. Explore where these aliens are found and check out what we are doing to protect our ecosystems in this program at Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Registration is required. To register, call 683-5959.

 

Saturday, June 1

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Create trail mix

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. For National Trails Day, kids will create their own trail mix. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, June 1

 

HCP 303: Gardening in small spaces

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join David Clark, horticulturist, for an entertaining garden education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This is level III of the Horticulture Certificate Program, and classes are for those who just want to know more than gardening basics. The cost for the series is $80 for Botanical Gardens members and $100 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 1

Tall-Bearded Iris Show

1 to 5 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold a Tall-Bearded Iris Show in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd., Clarence. The show will be adjacent to the food court. The show will include horticulture, designs, information on growing iris, plants for sale and, as a special exhibit, the members of Ikebana International Buffalo Chapter will present a display of Japanese flower arrangements.

 

Friday, May 31

Deadline to register to share your garden on Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

Deadline to register to share your garden on Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk in University Heights area of Buffalo and Amherst, which will be held Saturday, July 13. See details here.

 

Friday through Sunday, May 31-June 2

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

This weekend at Allegany State Park includes dozens of programs and field trips on topics including trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks and signs, mammals, geology, astronomy and ecology. There are also classes in areas such as yoga, paper-making, photography, sketching and nature games. Participants are welcome to just relax, visit or hike as well. The event is organized by volunteers from the Buffalo Audubon Society, Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, Jamestown Audubon Society and Presque Isle Audubon Society. To register and for more information, go to the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage website. The deadline for early bird pricing is Friday, April 26.

 

Wednesday, May 29 and June 5, 12

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Tuesday, May 28

Workshop at Lockwood’s: Container for porch or patio

6:30 p.m.

Design your own porch or patio container at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Learn about less known annuals and tender perennials, too. The instructors will be Mary Gurtler and Marge Vogel. The cost is $35. Register online or call 649-4684.

 

Tuesday, May 28 and every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Week of Tuesday, May 21

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are Mighty Mato grafted tomato plants, insanely hot ghost pepper plants, porch and memorial pots, hanging baskets in unusual combinations that include plants such as mandevilla and lotus, annuals in flats, vegetables. perennials, herbs and fountains. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, May 26

 

Sunday Kids Program at Botanical Gardens: Muddy sneakers/boots

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy these hands-on activities held in the new indoor Wegmans Family Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the activity is on muddy sneakers and boots. The activities are included with admission.

 

Saturday, May 25

Annual plant sale: Town & Country and Forest Stream

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Town & Country will hold its annual plant sale in conjunction with the Forest Stream Garden Club in the Evanstown Plaza parking lot, Evans at Sheridan, Amherst.

 

Saturday, May 25

Perennial sale by East Aurora Garden Club

9 a.m. to noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold its 14th annual perennial sale will be held in front of the former Ames store at the Grey Street Plaza, East Aurora.

 

Saturday, May 25

Master Gardener plant sale

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A choice selection of sun and shade perennials, native plants, herbs, annuals, shrubs, and vines direct from the gardens of Erie County Master Gardeners will be available during the plant sale to be held at 1071 Amherst Street (between Delevan and Colvin), Buffalo, NY 14216. Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand throughout the sale with advice on selecting and growing plants. Funds raised by this annual event support Master Gardener projects and outreach programs for adults and children in Erie County.

 

Saturday, May 25

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA3

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 25

Soil testing

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Gardeners will test soil and answer questions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827-1584, ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, May 25

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Orange pomander

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be an orange pomander. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, May 25

Wildflower series

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering the opportunity to get an in-depth look at wildflower biology, edibility, photography and more through a series of classes and field trips. Classes on wildflowers will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.They will be followed by field trips on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. to find the flowers described in the classes. Participants are welcome to come to any or all of the classes and walks; it is not necessary to attend the class to participate in the walk. The cost is $14 for each class and each field trip or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations for individual events are required Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the Jamestown Audubon website. This field trip will be Wild Edibles of Bergman Park, Jamestown, NY: Eat your way through this amazing park that is so much more than baseball fields. Katie Finch will lead you onto the hidden trails and byways in search of wild things to munch. Special pricing: $7; $5/Friend of the Nature Center, thanks to a grant through the Cornell Cooperative extension. This is the final field trip in the series.

 

Saturday, May 25

Vertical gardening: free workshop

2 p.m.

Vertical gardening will be presented by Caesandra Seawell at Pelion Community Garden. Pelion Community Garden is located at 206 Best Street and is on NFTA bus Route 22. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25

Master Gardener plant sale

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

A choice selection of sun and shade perennials, native plants, herbs, annuals, shrubs, and vines direct from the gardens of Erie County Master Gardeners will be available during the plant sale to be held at 1071 Amherst Street (between Delevan and Colvin), Buffalo, NY 14216. On Friday Sally Cunningham, director of the National Garden Festival, will be on hand to sell the National Garden Festival Directory & Open Gardens Book (just released) and other National Garden Festival gifts.Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand throughout the sale with advice on selecting and growing plants. Funds raised by this annual event support Master Gardener projects and outreach programs for adults and children in Erie County.

 

Thursday, May 23

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar: Window Box to Brighten Your Yard

See details at June 6 entry.

 

Wednesday, May 22

Amherst Garden Club

10 a.m.

Amherst Garden Club members will meet at Clay Hands Pottery Studio, 10086 Main Street, Clarence on Wednesday. Marie Sperrazza will teach a class on how to make clay garden markers. Reservations are necessary. Cost is to be determined. Guests and newcomers are welcome. Call 836-5397 for further details.

 

Wednesdays, May 22, 7-9 p.m.; Saturdays, May 25, 1-3 p.m.

Wildflower series

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering the opportunity to get an in-depth look at wildflower biology, edibility, photography and more through a series of classes and field trips. Classes on wildflowers will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.They will be followed by field trips on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. to find the flowers described in the classes. Participants are welcome to come to any or all of the classes and walks; it is not necessary to attend the class to participate in the walk. The cost is $14 for each class and each field trip or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations for individual events are required Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the Jamestown Audubon website. This class will be on Wild Edibles: Many wildflowers and their parts can be used as food. Staff Naturalist Katie Finch will introduce you to some common wild edibles. Special pricing: $7; $5/Friends of the Nature Center, thanks to a grant through the Cornell Cooperative extension. This is the last class in the series.

 

Tuesday, May 21

Workshop at Lockwood’s: Container for porch or patio

6:30 p.m.

Design your own porch or patio container at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Learn about less known annuals and tender perennials, too. The instructors will be Mary Gurtler and Marge Vogel. The cost is $35. Register online or call 649-4684.

 

Tuesday, May 21

 

2013 Arbordale University Spring Series: Grow Your own Food

7 p.m.

The 2013 Arbordale University Spring Series will be held at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. The theme of this session is “Grow Your own Food.” In this 45-minute class, Arbordale staff will discuss selection, planting, care and harvesting of vegetables, herbs and fruit including tomatoes, peppers, parsley, rosemary, potatoes, onions, rhubarb, asparagus and strawberries. Classes are free with preregistration. To preregister, email info@arbordale.com, call Arbordale at 688-9125 or call the Audubon Library at 689-4922.

 

Every Tuesday through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Tuesday and Thursday, May 21 and 23

 

Heirloom seeds/Starting a spring garden

6 to 9 p.m.

This two-part course in canning will be held in Room F-7 at Starpoint Central, 4363 Mapleton Road, Lockport. Brenda Snyder, the author of Grow It, Save It, Use It, is the instructor. In the first class, you will watch and learn proper techniques for canning your own food. The second class will be hands on and you will create your own batch of freshly canned strawberry jam or jelly with help. The fee is $35.

 

Monday, May 20

Smallwood Garden Club

7 pm

The Smallwood Garden Club will meet in the cafeteria of Forest Elementary School, 250 North Forest Road, Williamsville. The program will feature a presentation by Dr. Rochelle Smith, professor of horticulture at Finger Lakes Community College about growing wonderful clematis vines to be their most beautiful. Guests are very welcome.

 

Week of Tuesday, May 14

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are annuals in flats, porch and memorial pots, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, clematis, wisteria, a large selection of herbs by Gardener’s Own, accent plants, rose bushes and storage sheds made by Star Construction. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, May 19

Lecture on growing fruit and berries at Lockwood’s

1:30 p.m

Learn how to grow blueberries, raspberries and goji berries, as well as pear, apple and peach trees in this lecture at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Learn from Fred Safford, who is in charge of fruit and berry plants at Lockwood’s. The cost of the lecture is $10. There will be special one-day pricing on all plants covered in the lecture. Register online or call 649-4684.

 

Sunday, May 19

The Great Plant Sale open to the public

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Plant Sale will be held in the Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Sunday, May 19

Bonsai Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bonsai masters and novices will display their prized trees at their peak during the Bonsai Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and over & students ages 13 and over with ID, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3. Do not miss this once-a-year opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one place. This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens.

 

Saturday, May 18

Plant sale held by Smallwood Garden Club

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shop for a variety of plants, including both annuals and perennials, at the Smallwood Garden Club’s plant sale at Evanstown Plaza, Evans and Sheridan, Amherst. Featured as well will be lovely prepared planters, heirloom tomatoes and herbs plants. A variety of choice cookbooks will also be offered for sale.

 

Saturday, May 18

Bird banding

7 to 11 a.m.

Watch scientists band birds at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary. You can accompany the scientists on net checks and watch the weighing, measuring and photographing of the birds. You could be selected to hold and help release a bird. Come to the picnic pavilion on the west side of the Audubon property at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA. Look for the sign at the entrance closer to Route 62.

 

Saturday, May 18

 

Field trip with Niagara Frontier Botanical Society

9 a.m.

Members of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will take a field trip to Thayer Overview Park near Fredonia in Chautauqua County. Guests are always welcome to participate in the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society’s activities. A visit to this park last October found a number of interesting plants and aroused hopes for good spring flora. The group will be guided by a Westfield resident & Niagara Frontier Botanical Society member. There will be an easy one-mile trail through a little ravine. Bring lunch for a picnic at the overlook. Meet at Home Depot just east of Exit 56 (Mile Strip Road) on I-90. Please let the trip leader know you are coming. Mishaps have occasionally happened when plans were changed at the last minute. Call the leader at 835-6042.

 

Saturday, May 18

Garden Faire

9 a.m to 3 p.m.

A Garden Faire will be held by the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club in the Silver Creek Park and Gazebo, Main St. and Central Avenue, Silver Creek. It will feature plants, herbal delights, bird houses, bird feeders, free children’s activities, educational speakers, crafts, basket drawing, books and more.

 

Saturday, May 18

Garden Friends of Clarence perennial plant sale

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Garden Friends of Clarence will hold their perennial plant sale at the Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Clarence. A large selection of plants will be available along with soil testing. For more information email gardenfriendsofclarence@hotmail.com or visit their website.

 

Saturday, May 18

Countryside Garden Club of Elma’s perennial plant sale

9 a.m. to noon

The Countryside Garden Club of Elma will hold a perennial plant sale at Old Elma Town Hall(across from Elma Library, 1860 Bowen Rd., Elma.)

 

Saturday, May 18

Village of Williamsville’s Third Annual Parks Day

9 a.m. to Noon

Volunteers are needed for spring clean-up, planting flowers and painting in Williamsville Village Parks:

Island Park, Garrison Park, & South Long Park. Meet at the gazebos in South Long or Garrison Park, or at the Island Park pavilion. Bring your shovel & gloves. All volunteers are invited to gather at the pavilion on Island Park at noon for a potluck picnic. Please bring a dish to share and your own drinks. This will be held rain or shine. For more inforation, please contact Nancy Locke at 238-0901 or nancyaroundtheworld@yahoo.com.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19

The Great Plant Sale open to the public

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Plant Sale will be held in the Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Saturday, May 18

Growing Garden Series for Kids: Crafts for our Plants (Part 3 of 3)

10:30 a.m.

This is the third session of the Growing Garden Series for Kids to be held at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. In this session, we will create three different recycled crafts to use in our pots or garden bed. If you attended prior sessions, please bring your plant with you. This is for children ages 6 to 8. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19

Bonsai Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bonsai masters and novices will display their prized trees at their peak during the Bonsai Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and over & students ages 13 and over with ID, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3. Do not miss this once-a-year opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one place. This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens.

 

Saturday, May 18

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Cereal mosaic

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a cereal mosaic. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, May 18

Plant exchange and sale at Audubon Center and Sanctuary

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary will hold its annual plant exchange and sale at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA. Go with plants in pots (no plastic bags) or money, and exchange or buy plants and take them home. Donations from local nurseries provide some friendly and in-demand plants; those will be cash only. Plants donated by individuals are available for exchange. A special for this year is a pollinator seed mix developed by Audubon to attract and support the pollinators in your yard. There will also be information and displays on pollinator gardens and other eco-friendly gardens. To volunteer or for more information, call Audubon teacher/naturalist Sarah Hatfield at (716) 569-2345.

 

Saturdays, May 18 and 25, 1-3 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22, 7-9 p.m.

Wildflower series

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering the opportunity to get an in-depth look at wildflower biology, edibility, photography and more through a series of classes and field trips. Classes on wildflowers will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.They will be followed by field trips on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. to find the flowers described in the classes. Participants are welcome to come to any or all of the classes and walks; it is not necessary to attend the class to participate in the walk. The cost is $14 for each class and each field trip or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations for individual events are required Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the Jamestown Audubon website. This field trips will be to College Lodge, Brocton, NY: There will be a variety of spring ephemeral wildflowers such as Spring Beauty, trilliums, toothworts, Wild Leek, Bloodroot, Mayapple, trout lily and a number of other species depending upon the spring weather. There will also be some non-flowering clubmosses. Instructor: Jon Titus.

 

Saturday, May 18

Fundraising dinner for the Giving Garden

7 to 10 p.m.

The third fundraising dinner for the Giving Garden sponsored by Seeds of Living Education will be held in Memorial Park, Lake St., Hamburg. Enjoy a lovely evening of local food and libations, roast pork and turkey from local farms: Robbins Nest Country Market in Langford and Good Food Farm in North Java, along with the jazz sounds of the Pete Ciraolo Jazz Quintet. Tickets are $75 per ticket. To buy tickets, contact Tricia Miller at 574-8714, 649-3236 or Sam2Ted@gmail.com or contact Jean Gunner at 954-3467 or jeanmarie1016@msn.com. Read about the Giving Garden at Union-Pleasant Elementary School in Hamburg.

 

Friday, May 17

The Great Plant Sale for Members and Volunteers Only

4 to 7 p.m., members and volunteers only

(Open to the Public May 18-19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The Great Plant Sale will be held in the Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Wednesday, May 15

Deadline to get your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo

If you live within the Garden Walk Buffalo area and would like your garden on the walk, you must fill out the online application, which will be up only until May 15. You must must have a garden between the Buffalo History Museum and the Erie Basin Marina, and from the Peace Bridge to Main Street. If your garden was on in the past, you still have to re-apply.

 

Wednesday, May 15

Western New York Rose Society meeting

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive near Union Road, Williamsville. Topics will be “Early Preparation for Exhibiting” and “Insects in the Garden.”

 

Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 7-9 p.m.; Saturdays, May 18, and 25, 1-3 p.m.

Wildflower series

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering the opportunity to get an in-depth look at wildflower biology, edibility, photography and more through a series of classes and field trips. Classes on wildflowers will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.They will be followed by field trips on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. to find the flowers described in the classes. Participants are welcome to come to any or all of the classes and walks; it is not necessary to attend the class to participate in the walk. The cost is $14 for each class and each field trip or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations for individual events are required Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the Jamestown Audubon website. This class will be on Wildflower Basics: Spring flowers race for the sun. Learn all about wildflower biology from the biology expert! Instructor: Becky Nystrom.

 

Tuesday, May 14

Workshop at Lockwood’s: Container for porch or patio

6:30 p.m.

Design your own porch or patio container at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Learn about less known annuals and tender perennials, too. The instructors will be Mary Gurtler and Marge Vogel. The cost is $35. Register online or call 649-4684.

 

Tuesday, May 14

 

2013 Arbordale University Spring Series: Living with Deer in the Landscape

7 p.m.

The 2013 Arbordale University Spring Series will be held at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. The theme of this session is “Living with Deer in the Landscape.” In this 45-minute class, Arbordale experts will share all their testing results. They will discuss plant selection and deterrents that work. Classes are free with preregistration. To preregister, email info@arbordale.com, call Arbordale at 688-9125 or call the Audubon Library at 689-4922.

 

Tuesday, May 14

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society Members Night, Part II

7:30 p.m.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will meet at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street, Snyder. Various members will discuss the recent discovery in China of ancient fossilized pitcher plants and the resulting implications for theories concerning the oldest flowering plants, another member will introduce the audience to a rare alpine plant community in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and Part II of another member’s fabulous pictures from a recent trip to Kenya will be shown. Meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. General meetings are held on the second week of each month, September through May (except April meeting).

 

Monday, May 13 and June 3, 10

 

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, May 13

East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Mathias Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora. Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener and writer for Forever Young, will present a lecture and PowerPoint program on familiar and not-so-familiar herbs and their uses. Harlos is a member of the Herb Society, the American Horticultural Society and the Garden Writers of America.

 

Saturday, May 11

Bird banding

7 to 11 a.m.

Watch scientists band birds at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary. You can accompany the scientists on net checks and watch the weighing, measuring and photographing of the birds. You could be selected to hold and help release a bird. Come to the picnic pavilion on the west side of the Audubon property at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA. Look for the sign at the entrance closer to Route 62.

 

Saturday, May 11

Orchard Park Garden Club Annual Spring Plant Sale

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held on the day before Mother’s Day at the Orchard Park Railroad Depot (behind the Orchard Park Library, S-4570 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park). Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, accent plants and hanging baskets will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.

 

Saturday, May 11

 

Field trip with Niagara Frontier Botanical Society

8:30 a.m.

Members of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will take a field trip to Backus Woods, located between Turkey Point and Long Point in Ontario. Guests are always welcome to participate in the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society’s activities. This is regarded as one of the highest quality old-growth forests in Ontario and the best remaining example in its Carolinian zone. The group will be joined by members of the Bert Milller Nature Club. Meet under the statue in Front Park in Buffalo, entrance on Porter Avenue just west of Busti. Bring passport and lunch. Please let the trip leader know you are coming. Mishaps have occasionally happened when plans were changed at the last minute. Call the leader at 835-6042.

 

Saturday, May 11, 25

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA3

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 11

Holland Garden Club Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Holland Garden Club will hold its annual standard flower show during the the Holland Tulip Festival at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. The theme of the show is “Bringing Back Memories.” (Avoid driving Saturday between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. due to the Tulip Festival Parade slowing down Route 16.)

 

Saturday, May 11
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May is Arthritis Awareness Month and Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month. It will be marked with special activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities include educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis. There will also be botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived and on which research is being conducted for future medications. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. This event is included in price of admission.

 

Saturday, May 11

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Fruit prints

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be fruit prints. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturdays, May 11, 18, and 25, 1-3 p.m. and Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 7-9 p.m.

Wildflower series

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering the opportunity to get an in-depth look at wildflower biology, edibility, photography and more through a series of classes and field trips. Classes on wildflowers will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.They will be followed by field trips on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. to find the flowers described in the classes. Participants are welcome to come to any or all of the classes and walks; it is not necessary to attend the class to participate in the walk. The cost is $14 for each class and each field trip or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations for individual events are required Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the Jamestown Audubon website. This field trip will be to JCC’s Hundred Acre Lot, Jamestown, NY: This small, suburban woodlot is filled to the brim with amazing wildflowers, if you know where to look. Walk with Jennifer Schlick to find, photograph and learn about these amazing flowers.

 

Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11

Holland Garden Club Flower Show

7 – 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

The Holland Garden Club will hold its annual standard flower show during the the Holland Tulip Festival at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. The theme of the show is “Bringing Back Memories.” (Avoid driving Saturday between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. due to the Tulip Festival Parade slowing down Route 16.)

 

Friday, May 10

South Town Gardeners

9:30 a.m.

The South Town Gardeners will meet at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. The topic will be all about composting. New members are welcome; no experience needed. InFor more information, call 668-0209.

 

Friday, May 10

National Public Gardens Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Public Gardens Day held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Admission is $1 and free mini-tours are available all day. Admission for members and children under 3 is always free. Call 827-1584, ext. 291 for more information.

 

Thursday, May 9

Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club

6:30 p.m.

Three members will share their favorite images at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA. Barbara Garfield, Jean Voltmann, and Bruce Isaacson will present and talk about some of their favorite photographs and how they were taken. “Waterfalls and Moving Water” is the theme for the Project Time that follows the speakers, building on last month’s long exposure tips camera corner presentation. F-stops and slow shutter speeds is the technical Camera Corner part of the meeting furthering last month’s presentation. A social time follows the program and will include some members’ photography books to peruse. Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Contact club president Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information.

 

Thursday, May 9

Town & Country Garden Club

7 p.m.

Karen Burghardt and Tina Merritt will present a demonstration on creating a beautiful tipping pot display for the yard at the meeting of the Town & Country Garden Club at Transit Middle School, 8730 Transit Road, East Amherst. Following the demonstration, the clubwill conduct a Pound Auction. Members will bring a pound of something to auction off.

 

Wednesday, May 8, 29 and June 5, 12

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesdays, May 8, 15 and 22, 7-9 p.m.; Saturdays, May 11, 18, and 25, 1-3 p.m.

Wildflower series

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering the opportunity to get an in-depth look at wildflower biology, edibility, photography and more through a series of classes and field trips. Classes on wildflowers will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.They will be followed by field trips on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. to find the flowers described in the classes. Participants are welcome to come to any or all of the classes and walks; it is not necessary to attend the class to participate in the walk. The cost is $14 for each class and each field trip or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations for individual events are required Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the Jamestown Audubon website. This class will discuss The Art of Wildflower Photography: Learn how to use your camera to take amazing photos of wildflowers. Instructor: Jennifer Schlick.

 

Wednesday, May 8

Youngstown Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Demonstration workshops will be presented on how to make terrariums and sugar scrubs. All interested members of the community are welcome to attend. Please check out the Youngstown Garden Club Facebook Page for further information.

 

Tuesday, May 7

 

National Teacher Day

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

To honor this noble profession, free admission is being offered on National Teachers’ Day to all teachers at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Just show your ID badge and see what the Botanical Gardens have to offer. Enjoy a free tour, science demos and more. Call 827-1584, ext. 291 for more information.

 

Monday, May 6, 13 and June 3, 10

 

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC3

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, May 6

Lancaster & Bowmansville Garden Clubs: Talk on Chelsea Flower Show

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will hold a joint meeting with the Bowmansville Garden Club in the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main Street, Bowmansville. Mike Shadrack, international garden expert, will speak on the world famous Chelsea Flower Show held in England.

 

Week of Tuesday, April 30

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are perennials, hanging baskets, storage sheds made by Star Construction, large selection of herbs by Gardener’s Own and accent plants. Coming Thursday: rose bushes and plants for Mother’s Day. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, May 5

Make a gift with Mom at Lockwood’s

1:30 p.m.

Make a gift with Mom or for Mom at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Make a gift planter with cold-hardy annuals; a great gift or a joy to share in the making. Mary Gurtler of Lockwood’s will be the instructor. The cost is $35. Register online, call 649-4684 or stop into the store.

 

Sunday, May 5

Wildflower hike

1 to 3 p.m.

A wildflower hike will be hosted by the Western New York Land Conservancy at he Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. The hike will be led by Jason Sorens, the current president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. Attendees will be able to see several unique woodland plants as they walk through the preserve’s mature hardwood forests. The hike is appropriate for people of all ages and will not be strenuous. The hike is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by calling the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or emailing info@wnylc.org. You’ll receive directions and information on parking when you register.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of WNY Judged Show and Sale

Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of WNY will hold a judged show and sale at the Galleria Mall, Galleria Drive, Cheektowaga. The theme will be “Decorating with Violets and Gesneriads.” For more information, contact Judy Niemira at 636-0934 or judith.niemira@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, May 4

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organic and Sustainable Gardening Symposium at Lockwood’s

This symposium will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. It’s still in the planning stages, but the event will cover mushrooms, backyard honey bees and more.

 

Saturday, May 4

 

Field trip with Niagara Frontier Botanical Society

9 a.m.

Members of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will take a field trip to the Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area near Warsaw. Guests are always welcome to participate in the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society’s activities. This hilly site includes a ravine with ancient hemlocks and arborvitae, which hopefully will contain some interesting spring flora. Bring lunch. Meet under the big Boulevard Mall sign at Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Please call the trip leader to say you are coming; mishaps have occasionally happened when plans were changed at the last minute. Call the leader at 361-1259.

 

Saturday, May 4, 11, 25

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA3

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 4

Earth Day in May at Reinstein Woods

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help clear debris from the trails and prepare them for summer at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. They will also plant native wildflowers in the woods. Families, scout groups and students needing service hours are welcome. Bring gloves, shovels and rakes if you have them. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required; call (716) 683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, May 4

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Ice cream party

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be an ice cream party. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, May 4

Earth Day in May

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help clear debris from trails and prepare them for summer at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. They will also be planting native wildflowers in the woods. Families, scout groups and students needing service hours are welcome. Bring gloves, shovels and rakes if you have them. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Thursday, May 2

Orchard Park Garden Club

11:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its regular membership meeting at the OP Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. 11:30 am will be designated for sign up sheets; noon refreshments; planning the Annual Spring Plant Sale to be held May 11 will be the program, followed by a business meeting.

 

Thursday, May 2

Refresh

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Buffalo Spree magazine presents a rejuvenating evening of healthy living, beauty, fashion & shopping at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the Botanical Gardens. Spree’s fashion writer, Erin Habes, reveals creative ideas throughout the garden space with avant-garde fashion creations that use the botanical backdrop in exciting ways. Ticket includes admission; fashion exhibition; over 30 retail, wellness and beauty vendors; appetizers; cash bar, and silent auction. Tickets will be available starting March 21 at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 783-9119, ext. 2202.

 

Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22, 7-9 p.m.; Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25, 1-3 p.m.

Wildflower series

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering the opportunity to get an in-depth look at wildflower biology, edibility, photography and more through a series of classes and field trips. Classes on wildflowers will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.They will be followed by field trips on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. to find the flowers described in the classes. Participants are welcome to come to any or all of the classes and walks; it is not necessary to attend the class to participate in the walk. The cost is $14 for each class and each field trip or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center. The cost for the entire series is $90 or $60 for Friends of the Nature Center. For the series rate, reservations with payment are required by Thursday, May 2. Reservations for individual events are required Mondays prior to classes and Thursdays prior to field trips. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or clicking on the Program Listing link at the Jamestown Audubon website. The May 1 class will cover Wildflower ABC’s. This introductory class will feature the kinds of field guides and apps available and let you practice using them as we look at some basic spring flowers. The instructor is Jeff Tome.

 

Wednesday, May 1

Deadline to apply for Master Gardener training

The Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program will offer a fall 2013 Core Training Course – the first step in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer. The deadline to apply for the training course is Wednesday, May 1. Get the application and more details here.

 

Wednesday, May 1

Spring Fling

6:30 p.m.

Willow Ridge Garden Club will hold a Spring Fling event at St. Edmund’s Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda. It will include refreshments & desserts, basket auction, split club and flower raffle. Designs by “Flowers by Johnny” will be featured. Donation for tickets is $7 presale and $10 at the door. For ticket information, call 694-2013.

 

Tuesday, April 30

 

Heirloom seeds/Starting a spring garden

6 to 9 p.m.

Learn to start seeds indoors, propagate plants to get a larger harvest and save the seeds for the following year’s planting in this class to be held in Room F-7 at Starpoint Central, 4363 Mapleton Road, Lockport. Brenda Snyder, the author of Grow It, Save It, Use It, is the instructor. Growing food at home is a huge money saver and this easy-to-understand class on vegetable seeds and gardening. The fee is $25.

 

Tuesday, April 30

 

Mother’s Day Floral Sale

Pre-orders are due for the Mother’s Day Floral Sale held by Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. Pick-up will be on May 10 & 11 at 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Witmer and Sy Roads), Wheatfield, or on May 10 at 107 Heath Street, (just inside the city limits off of Route 31), Lockport. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are now accepted. Order online or call 504-2617, ext. 244. Call 297-6400 for a brochure.The sale supports Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy and vocational training program for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

 

Week of Tuesday, April 23

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are pansies (4-packs, 6-packs, 3 1/2-inch pots and 4 1/2-inch pots) and glazed pottery. Burpee seeds are 50 percent off until May 10. Coming this week: cold-weather vegetable plants including celery, romaine, onions, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Also hanging baskets. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, April 28

 

Sunday Kids Program at Botanical Gardens: Earth Day and recycling

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy these hands-on activities held in the new indoor Wegmans Family Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the activity is on Earth Day and recycling. The activities are included with admission.

 

Saturdays, April 27 through May 19

Bird banding

7 to 11 a.m.

Watch scientists band birds at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary. You can accompany the scientists on net checks and watch the weighing, measuring and photographing of the birds. You could be selected to hold and help release a bird. Come to the picnic pavilion on the west side of the Audubon property at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile off of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA. Look for the sign at the entrance closer to Route 62.

 

Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, June 2

 

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Sandra Kicman

Sandra Kicman will display her photography in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included in the price of admission. Kicman says: “I have always felt compassionate about taking pictures. Looking through the viewfinder and composing within the constraints of that space to capture texture, positive and negative space and color to me, is very gratifying and exciting. There are many distractions, responsibilities and demands that are part of our daily lives. Photography, for me, is a way to put that aside and dive head first into the amazing visual world we live in.”

 

Saturday, April 27Birdwatching hike

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

A bird watching hike will be hosted by the Western New York Land Conservancy at he Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. It will be led by Greg Coniglio and Mike Morgante, avid birders and experienced guides. Attendees will be able to see year-round resident birds and early spring migrants.The hike is appropriate for people of all ages and will not be strenuous. The hike is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by calling the Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or emailing info@wnylc.org. You’ll receive directions and information on parking when you register.

 

Saturday, April 27

Field trip with Niagara Frontier Botanical Society

9:15 a.m.

Members of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will join members of the Bert Miller Nature Club in exploring a preserve renowned for its spring flora and generally not open to the public. The field trip will be held in Marcy’s Woods, Point Abino near Fort Erie, Ontario. Guests are always welcome to participate in the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society’s activities. Meet under the statue at Front Park in Buffalo, entrance on Porter Ave just west of Busti. Bring your passport. Sack lunch optional. The rain date is Sunday, April 28. Please remember to let the trip leader know you are coming. Mishaps have occasionally happened when plans were changed at the last minute. Call the leader at 835-6042.

 

Saturday, April 27

Rain gardens: free workshop

10 a.m.

A workshop on rain gardens will be presented by Caesandra Seawell at Pelion Community Garden. Pelion Community Garden is located at 206 Best Street, Buffalo, and is on NFTA bus Route 22.The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Saturday, April 27

Building a raised bed: free workshop

2 p.m.

Building a raised bed will be presented by Jim Horn at Victoria Avenue Block Club Garden, 195 Victoria Ave., Buffalo. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Saturday, April 27

Growing Garden Series for Kids: Transplanting Plants and Composting (Part 2 of 3)

10:30 a.m.

This is the second session of the Growing Garden Series for Kids to be held at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew.In this session, you will learn how we can use compost and dirt to put our plants into pots or a garden bed. If you attended the first session in March, please bring your plant with you. This is for children ages 6 to 8. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, April 27

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Honey bee activity

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week there will be a honey bee activity. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, April 27

 

Honey Bee Festival

 

Vendors, demonstrations and two lectures will be part of the Honey Bee Festival to be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendors & Demonstrations

Gaze as bees work in an observation hive (behind glass), learn about the bee hive structure created by UB architecture students in front of the grain elevators near the Ohio Street Bridge, get information on honey bees and visit vendors selling honey and beeswax. Refreshments will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The vendors and demonstrations area is open to all visitors; free with price of admission.

11 a.m. to noon

Lecture by Dr. Thomas Seeley, author of Honey Bee Democracy

Dr. Thomas Seeley, professor at Cornell University, will speak about his latest book, Honey Bee Democracy. This is the fascinating story of decision-making within the hive. Dr. Seeley will hold a book signing. You can pre-order a copy of the book, purchase one the day of the lecture or bring your personal copy. Honey Bee Democracy may be pre-ordered and picked-up at the festival for $25 per copy or purchased the day of the festival for $28 a copy. Tickets to the lectures are $5 for students, $10 for Master Gardeners and members of the Botanical Gardens, and $15 for non-members.

1 to 2 p.m.

Lecture by Barbara Ochterski, local beekeeper

Barbara Ochterski, local beekeeper, will discuss the basics of backyard beekeeping. It will be followed by an informal question and answers session. Tickets to the lectures are $5 for students, $10 for Master Gardeners and members of the Botanical Gardens, and $15 for non-members.

 

Friday, April 26

Deadline for early bird pricing for Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

See more information at listing for Friday through Sunday, May 31-June 2

 

Wednesday, April 24

Amherst Garden Club

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. The business meeting at 10 a.m. will be followed by a brief horticulture presentation by Linda Zeder on garden pests and diseases, followed by a hands-on program on tea cup flower arrangements conducted by Sylvia Fredricks. Bring your own supplies. For more details call 836-5397. Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday, April 24, May 1

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, April 24

 

Frost-tolerant plants

6 to 7 p.m.

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will give a presentation on frost-tolerant plants at the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library, 4622 Main St., Amherst. Frost-tolerant plants extend the beauty of your garden from early spring to late fall.

 

Tuesday, April 23

 

2013 Arbordale University Spring Series: Spring Pond Care

7 p.m.

The 2013 Arbordale University Spring Series will be held at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. The theme of this session is “Spring Pond Care: The Key to Happy Fish and Clear Water.” In this 45-minute class, Arbordale staff will discuss all the tasks necessary to have a happy pond this summer. They will cover pumps, filters, fish and plants. A few old wives tales will be bashed along the way. They will take the mystery out of keeping your pond clear. Discussions will include new treatments, aeration’s role in healthy water and more. Classes are free with preregistration. To preregister, email info@arbordale.com, call Arbordale at 688-9125 or call the Audubon Library at 689-4922.

 

Monday, April 22

Earth Day talk: “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes”

7 p.m.

Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, will present “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes” at the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda. The talk is free and no registration is required.

 

Monday, April 22, 29

 

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC2

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Week of Tuesday, April 16

 

This week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are terracotta and glazed pots from 8 to 26 inches in diameter from Michael Carr Designs; hyacinths, other bulbs and mums; Burpee seeds; wild bird seed; seed-starting soils and kits; Premier Horticulture potting soil; topsoil; cow manure; peat moss; cedar mulches, and spring gardening gifts from Grassland Roads. Coming soon: potted perennials. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, April 21

Volunteers needed to mulch tree pits

9 a.m.

Folks from the University Heights Tool Library in Buffalo will be mulching all the tree pits along Main Street with a donation from Tucker Curtain. Please meet at the Tool Library, 5 W. Northrup Place, Buffalo. Email them at uhtl@ourheights.org if you are going to attend. Additional wheelbarrows are welcomed.

 

Sunday, April 21

WNY Hosta Society April Meeting

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 2 p.m.

The Western New York Hosta Society will meet at the East Aurora Senior Citizen Center, corner of King and Oakwood St., East Aurora. The main topic will be “Hard Scapes for Your Gardens” presented by Ran Lydell. There will be a B-Movie and more. All garden enthusiasts are welcome.

 

Sunday, April 21

Growing and Reblooming Orchids at Lockwood’s

Learn everything you need to know about growing orchids in this talk at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. This class is taught by David Clark, a local horticulturist and popular teacher. He is entertaining and thorough and will take the mystique out of orchid growing. He’ll take questions. The cost is $10. Register online, call 649-4684 or stop into the store.

 

Saturday, April 20

Volunteer Day at Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is inviting anyone who would like to celebrate Earth Day early this year to join them for Volunteer Day to make the Audubon buildings and grounds more beautiful. This will take place at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, PA. To help plan for food, volunteers are asked to make reservations by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or using the on-line form by following the links at the website.

 

Saturday, April 20

Make-It, Take-It Workshop: Hypertufa

9 a.m.

Fashion your own unique planting container from hypertufa in this workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Hypertufa is a mixture of peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. Containers must be smaller than 12 x 16 inches and, due to mixing constraints, there is a limit of one planting container per person. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291. The price is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for non-members.

 

Saturday, April 20

Clean up with Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Help the Friends of the Japanese Garden clean up the garden. You can get to the garden from the parking lot at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace, Buffalo. There’s always plenty of parking and parking is free. Bring gloves.

 

Saturday, April 20

Free talk at Lockwood’s: Shade Gardening (Without Impatiens)

10:30 a.m.

Impatiens is under attack by a serious plant disease, so learn about the many plants you can substitute for impatiens in your shade garden in this free talk at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Sally Cunningham and Lockwood’s expert production professionals will show you many fine shade gardening plants and how to use them for impressive displays. They will also suggest perennials you can begin to incorporate into those spaces that impatiens used to fill. Some garden design handouts and plant groupings will be provided. The talk is free, but space is limited so you must sign up online, by calling (716) 649-4684 or by visiting the store.

 

Saturday, April 20

Flower Folklore

10:30 a.m.

Did you know that dandelions were used to tell time, or that buttercups were a sign of good luck? Take a closer look at our local wildflowers on this guided walk at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, April 20

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Food composter

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a food composter. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, April 20

 

Free workshop: Urban Mushrooming

2 p.m.

“Urban Mushrooming” will be presented by Richard Price at Urban Roots Community Garden Center, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. Urban Roots is on NFTA bus Route 12. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Friday, April 19

Black Friday – Spent Spring Bulb Sale

8 a.m.

The spent spring bulb sale will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sale is in the garage behind the Botanical Gardens. Growers will be pulling thousands of bulbs and they must all go. You are provided with a bag and you fill it with many different varieties of bulbs. The cost is $7 per bag, and there is a limit of three bags per person.

 

Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 27

49¢ perennial sale at Mischler’s

Perennials are just 49 cents during this once-a-year sale at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. They are sold only in packs of four plants for $1.96 per pack or $23.52 per flat (12 pack per flat). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. You can view a list of all the plants offered, as well as their traits: deer resistant, for shade, long-blooming, ground cover, drought tolerant, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds.

 

Friday, April 19

Thompson Brothers opens for season

Thompson Brothers, 8850 Clarence Center Rd., Clarence Center, officially opens for the season. They have 16 greenhouses on their 20-acre farm and sell a variety of perennials, vegetables, annuals, decorator pots and hanging basket from their retail store.

 

Wednesday, April 17

Deadline to register for Volunteer Day at Audubon Center and Sanctuary

See detail at April 20 listing

 

Wednesday, April 17, 24, May 1

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, April 17

Perennials

6 to 7 p.m.

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will give a presentation on perennials at the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library, 4622 Main St., Amherst. Gardeners love perennials for their longevity, beautiful color and variety. Learn more about these wonderful and versatile plants that come back year after year. Preview perennials that will be available at Mischler’s 49-cent perennial sale.

 

Monday, April 15

Smallwood Garden Club: “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes”

7 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Club will meet at Forest Elementary School, 250 N. Forest Rd., Williamsville. Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, will give a presentation called “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes.” Guests are very welcome. Looking ahead, plan to shop for a variety of plants, including annuals as well as perennials, at the Smallwood Garden Club’s Plant Sale at Evanstown Plaza on Saturday, May 18.

 

Monday, April 15, 22, 29

 

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC2

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Week of Tuesday, April 9

 

New this week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are terracotta and glazed pots from 8 to 26 inches in diameter from Michael Carr Designs; hyacinths, other bulbs and mums; Burpee seeds; wild bird seed; seed-starting soils and kits; Premier Horticulture potting soil; topsoil; cow manure; peat moss; cedar mulches, and spring gardening gifts from Grassland Roads. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, April 14

 

Hypertufa workshop at Lockwood’s

1:30 p.m.

Make your own hypertufa container in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. These lightweight, cement-like bowls and containers are the perfect homes for miniature hosta gardens, succulents or your favorite miniature annuals. The cost is $30 and includes materials. The instructor will be Becky Watts. You can register online here.

 

Saturday, April 13

 

Two lectures at Lockwood’s

10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Sally Cunningham, local horticulturist, will give two lectures at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The cost for each lecture is $12; the cost for both lectures is $20. “Hedgerows and Habitat” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Whether you have a suburban lot or country acres, you can create a beautiful and nature-friendly barrier and wildlife habitat at the edge of your yard. Learn about the plants and how to combine them to benefit you, the birds and the butterflies. “Pruning Review” will be held at 11:45 a.m. It’s a job that every homeowner could master and the job that’s done least well by most people. Review how and when to prune shrubs and small trees in your yard, rom hydrangeas to roses to rose of Sharon. You can register online here.

 

Saturday, April 13

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Pizza garden

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be pizza garden. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, April 13

 

HCP 304: Shade gardening

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join David Clark, horticulturist, for an entertaining garden education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This is level III of the Horticulture Certificate Program, and classes are for those who just want to know more than gardening basics. The cost for the series is $80 for Botanical Gardens members and $100 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, April 13

Garlic Mustard Challenge Kick-Off

11 a.m.

Gather up your scout troop, science club, or other organization and compete with other groups to see who can remove the most garlic mustard from Reinstein Woods from April through June. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant species that impairs the health of the forest. The group that picks the most will receive a prize! Only a group representative needs to attend this session, although other group members are welcome to attend this kick-off to be held Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, April 13

Origami demonstration

2 p.m.

The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club will hold a demonstration of origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative forms, at the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek. The demonstrator will be Geri Sagliani. The event is free for members and a $5 donation is requested from non-members. Please RSVP to 934-7608.

 

Friday, April 12

South Town Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The South Town Garden Club will meet at the Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. New members are welcome and no experience is needed. For more information, call 668-0209.

 

Thursday, April 11

Eighth District Spring Meeting

8:30 a.m.

The Spring Meeting of the Eighth District of the Federated Garden Clubs will be held at Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. There will be a morning meeting and installation of the 2013-2015 new district officers followed by a luncheon and a presentation. Maryann Jumper will be installed as the new District Director. Contact Arlene Leising at 837-4014. The cost of the luncheon is $24. A registration form is available online.

 

Thursday, April 11

Administrative Professional’s Day Floral Sale

Pre-orders are due for Administrative Professional’s Day Floral Sale held by Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. Pick-up will be on April 23 & 24 at 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Witmer and Sy Roads), Wheatfield, or April 24 at 107 Heath Street, (just inside the city limits off of Route 31), Lockport. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are now accepted. Order online or call 504-2617, ext. 244. Call 297-6400 for a brochure.The sale supports Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy and vocational training program for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

 

Wednesday, April 10Informational meeting on becoming Master Gardener10-11 a.m.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer? Come to this informational meeting to find out how. The meeting will be held at the Frank Bratt Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown. The Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program will offer a fall 2013 Core Training Course – the first step in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer. The deadline to apply for the training course is Wednesday, May 1. Get the application and more details here.

 

Wednesday, April 10

Training for volunteer trail guides at Audubon Center

10 a.m. to noon

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is seeking volunteers to be trail guides to assist with Discovery Walks for schoolchildren in the spring. A training session for new volunteers will be held at the Audubon Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA. You will learn more about the trails, what it takes to lead a class of children along them, and the natural history found there. After a brief presentation indoors about the protocols and procedures for a Discovery Walk, the naturalists will walk you along the most popular routes of the walks. They will share activities, information, and hints to make the walk go smoothly. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather. You are invited to stay for a catered lunch and an optional hike afterward to learn more about what’s happening in nature in early spring. RSVP for lunch by Monday, April 8, by calling (716) 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org, or using the on-line form by following the links from Audubon’s home page. To learn more about what being a trail guide entails, visit the Trail Guide Training website or call Jennifer at (716) 569-2345.

 

Wednesday, April 10, 17, 24, May 1

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, April 10

Fairy gardens

6 to 7 p.m.

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will give a presentation on fairy gardens at the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library, 4622 Main St., Amherst. Learn how to create your own fairy garden. Fairy gardens are Cminiature landscapes that give the illusion of tiny creatures living there. To register, call 839-0700 or stop by the library.

 

Wednesday, April 10

Free talk: Soil, plants and basic techniques

6:30 p.m.

The Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens committee is hosting Lyn Chimera, speaker, author, and Master Gardener, at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave. (off of Military Avenue), Buffalo. She will speak about soil, choosing appropriate plants and basic planting techniques, and she will answer questions. All are welcome to attend. Call 877-2740 for more information.

 

Wednesday, April 10

Lancaster Garden Club Meeting: Powdery and Downy Mildew

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Ave., Lancaster. Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will present a PowerPoint presentation on powdery mildew and downy mildew and how it affects impatiens and other flowers.

 

Tuesday, April 9

2013 Arbordale University Spring Series: Landscape Designing & Restorations

7 p.m.

The 2013 Arbordale University Spring Series will be held at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. The theme of this session is “Landscape Designing & Restorations: Re-creating Your Outdoor Living Spaces.” In this 45-minute class, Arbordale designers will challenge you to create outdoor living spaces, increase property value and love your yard– all with a little planning. Learn how they decide where plants go and are spaced. Listen to witty reasons to dig out those overgrown junipers. Bring yard photos to discuss in class. Classes are free with preregistration. To preregister, email info@arbordale.com, call Arbordale at 688-9125 or call the Audubon Library at 689-4922.

 

Monday, April 8

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

Representatives of the East Aurora Cooperative Market,a newly formed co-op, will speak at the meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club in St. Mathais Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. Sheila Conboy, project manager, and Michael Benzin, will discuss the plans for this cooperatively owned and managed food market for the Southtowns.

 

Monday, April 8, 15, 22, 29

 

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC2

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Week of Tuesday, April 2

 

New this week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are hyacinths, other bulbs and mums; Burpee seeds; wild bird seed; seed-starting soils and kits; Premier Horticulture potting soil; topsoil; cow manure; peat moss; cedar mulches, and spring gardening gifts from Grassland Roads. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Now through Sunday, April 7

Spring Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Spring Flower Show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The Botanical Gardens will be filled with spring colors and beautiful fragrances. Visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Easter Bunny will visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31. Admission is $9 for adults; $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID); $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3. The show is presented by M&T Bank and sponsored by Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Now through Sunday, April 7

LifeCycles : An Orangery and Demonstration Garden Exhibit

Models of possible architectural additions to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be on display at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. These projects and models were created by students at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. In this design studio, the building as well as its planted and human inhabitants were all considered alive and changing– as having lifecycles and therefore best studied as such. The studio was taught by professors Brian Carter, Nerea Feliz, Curt Gambetta, Jordan Geiger (coordinator) and Brad Wales. (An orangery is a greenhouse for growing oranges.)

 

Sunday, April 7

World Health Day: Medicinal Garden special feature

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

World Health Day will be marked with a Medicinal Garden special feature at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Topics include good things to eat, easy thing you can do each day to improve your general health, and some great stress relief ideas and foods that come from botanicals. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. The activities are included with admission.

 

Saturday, April 6

Community Garden Class

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A class about community gardens will be presented by the Master Gardeners of Erie County Cooperative Extension & Buffalo in Bloom in the Community Room at the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, Buffalo. Topics will cover all aspects of beginning urban gardening. This is a free class & light refreshments will be provided.

 

Saturday, April 6

Terrarium Workshop

10:30 a.m.

Design a miniature, low-maintenance plant world in this terrarium workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The cost is $35, which includes soil, charcoal and four miniature plants. Many more design elements and props are available. The instructors will be Donna Connolly and Sally Cunningham. You can register online here.

 

Saturday, April 6

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Butter dance party

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a butter dance party. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, April 6

 

Free workshop: Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

2 p.m.

“Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Beneficial Insects to Your Garden” will be presented by Wayne Robins at Grassroots Garden office, Suite #408 in the Tri Main Building, 2495 Main Street, Buffalo. Note: This is a change in location. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Friday, April 5

 

Garden crafts for kids

1 p.m.

Have some fun with garden crafts during the spring break at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. For children ages 8 to 10. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Friday, April 5

Deadline to pre-order in Great Plant Sale

This sale is held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. See details here.

 

Thursday, April 4

 

Orchard Park Garden Club

11:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its regular membership meeting at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Sign-ups will be at 11:30 a.m. and refreshments at noon. Barbara Henry will present “New Soil for Planting Containers & Plant Material.” Henry has an associates degree in horticulture and has grown fresh flowers and flowers for drying for the past 25 years. She is opening a new greenhouse. A business meeting will follow.

 

Wednesday, April 3

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club

6:30-8 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

 

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, April 2, 3 or 4

Take a walk with a naturalist

10 a.m.

Participate in a hike led by one of the staff naturalists at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Meet in the lobby of the center. You are welcome to bring a lunch and stay after the hike to enjoy a self-guided tour of Audubon’s exhibits of animals and energy, as well as the new pollination exhibit. The fee for the hike is $7 for the public and $5 for Friends of the Nature Center. This includes admission to the exhibits. Reservations are not required. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather.

 

Every Tuesday from April 2 through September 24

Trail Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action on Trail Tuesdays at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Monday, April 1

Mud camp

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering an opportunity for kids to enjoy some of the same adventures they would at summer camp, but in the muddy springtime. Mud camp will be held at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For grades kindergarten and up, activities will extend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During an exploration of the sanctuary, campers will look for birds, snakes, salamanders, tadpoles, and more. The children will break into age groups for some activities, and join into a large group for others. Participants should dress for the weather and bring an extra set of clothes, just in case. Also bring a lunch that does not need refrigeration and a couple of snacks. Cost for the day is $30; $25 for Friends of the Nature Center. There is a $5 sibling discount. With a limited number of openings, reservations are required by Thursday, March 28 online or by calling (716) 569-2345 or emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org.

 

Monday, April 1

Bowmansville Garden Club: Down the Pole and Up the Ladder

7 p.m.

The Bowmansville Garden Club will meet at the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main Street, Bowmansville. They will have a demonstration and hands-on workshop working with line design called “Down the Pole and Up the Ladder” using forced branches (forsythia, pussywillow, etc.). Participants are to provide a container, oasis, and line material. Bring clippers/cutters.

 

Week of Tuesday, March 26

 

New this week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are Easter lilies, hyacinths, other bulbs and mums; Platters Easter chocolate; Burpee seeds; wild bird seed; seed-starting soils and kits, and spring gardening gifts from Grassland Roads. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Saturday, March 30

SOLD OUT Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m.

An Easter egg hunt will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Kids ages six and under are eligible to participate. The hunt sells out every year so register early. The cost is $6 for the child or grandchild of a Botanical Garden member and $8 for the child or grandchild of nonmembers. After March 17, the cost is $10. Register here or call 827-1584, ext. 204. The hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a bag or basket to collect eggs. Hunters are admitted free to the Botanical Gardens this day. If you plan to visit the Botanical Gardens this day before or after the hunt, please see Spring Flower Show admission prices. Inside, kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities: a scavenger hunt, games, a petting zoo, prizes and more.

 

Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31

Dress Your Easter Best

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate a spring tradition and wear an Easter bonnet or Easter tie to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The Easter Bunny’s helper will choose winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize. You can make, borrow or buy your bonnet or tie. This is included in the price of admission. It is presented by M&T Bank and sponsored by Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Thursday, March 28

Deadline for reservations for mud camp

See details at April 1 listing.

 

Thursday, March 28

 

Eco-logic: Using native plants in the landscape with Ken Parker

7:30 to 9 p.m.

Work with nature and learn to enjoy the benefits of a chemical-free garden using our local native plants in this workshop by horticulturist Ken Parker in the Seneca Cattaraugus Community Center, 12767 Route 438, Irving, NY 14081. This presentation provides ecologically sound solutions for garden enthusiasts, plus an introduction to the culinary, medicinal and spiritual uses of North American flora from a leading industry expert. This event is sponsored by the Food is our Medicine- Healthy First Nations project of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

 

Wednesday, March 27

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D2

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, March 27

Workshop: Easter basket centerpiece

6:30 pm

Design a centerpiece in a basket with bulb plants and Easter decorations in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The centerpiece makes a great gift or table decoration. The instructors will be Mary Gurtler and Mary Trifunovic. The cost is $35. You can register online here.

 

Wednesday, March 27

Easter Arrangement: Make-It, Take-It Workshop

6:15 p.m.

Create a fresh, beautiful arrangement for your Easter table at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Bring clippers and a box to transport your creation. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and $35 for non-members. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Tuesday, March 26

 

Eco-logic: Using native plants in the landscape with Ken Parker

7:30 to 9 p.m.

Work with nature and learn to enjoy the benefits of a chemical-free garden using our local native plants in this workshop by horticulturist Ken Parker in the Allegany Community Center, 3677 Administration Dr., Salamanca, NY 14779. This presentation provides ecologically sound solutions for garden enthusiasts, plus an introduction to the culinary, medicinal and spiritual uses of North American flora from a leading industry expert. This event is sponsored by the Food is our Medicine- Healthy First Nations project of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

 

Sunday, March 24

Plantasia

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show, will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. The theme this year is “Backyard Oasis.” Speakers are:

11 am: “Vegetable Gardening” with Tom Mitchell of Niagara County Community College

Noon: “The Dirt on your Lawn” with Terry Ettinger, greenhouse manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology and YNN TV garden expert

1 pm: “WNY’s Fabulous Gardens (and What They Teach Us) Featuring the Best of the 2012 National Garden Festival Season” with Sally Cunningham, CNLP, who is an author and works with Lockwood’s Greenhouses

2 pm: “Landscape Maintenance” with Mike Frank of Chevalier Outdoor Living

3pm: “Well-Designed Container Gardens: Annuals, Perennials and Tropicals” with Carolyn Stanko, CNLP, who is an educator at Niagara County Community College

 

Sunday, March 24

 

Sunday Kids Program at Botanical Gardens: Propagation by cuttings

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy these hands-on activities held in the new indoor Wegmans Family Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the activity is propagation by cuttings. The activities are included with admission.

 

Saturday March 23

Thinking Spring Garden Fair

10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

The Thinking Spring Garden Fair will be held in the Jamestown Renaissance Center, corner of Washington and West Third, Jamestown. Admission is free and there is free Saturday Parking. The event will feature exhibits from local nurseries, landscapers and community organizations; workshops on garden planning, landscaping, community gardening and more; prizes; food, and shopping. For more information, contact Mary Maxwell at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation at 716-664-2477 or Mary@JamestownRenaissance.org.

 

Saturday, March 23

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Wheat berry Easter critter

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be a wheat berry Easter critter. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, March 23

Eggstravaganza

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eggstravaganza will be held at Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The event will include a few different egg hunts. One will be the classic egg hunt, where the naturalists hide eggs and the kids search for them; another will be the amphibian egg hunt, a hike through Audubon’s grounds to search for frog and salamander eggs. If the weather is right, an additional egg hunt will search for eggs of insects, invertebrates and perhaps overwintering reptiles. Mini-classes will be offered on natural history topics including bird eggs, egg biology and amphibian egg identification. The programs will be held both inside and outside. Come dressed for the weather if you want to take a hike; the farthest site is about 20 minutes on flat terrain. Naturalists will lead many of the outdoor walks and crafty volunteers will be working inside with the dyeing, decorating and Easter egg hunt.The cost is $7 for the public and $5 for Friends of the Nature Center.

 

Saturday, March 23

Plantasia

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show, will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. The theme this year is “Backyard Oasis.” Speakers are:

11 am: “What Hosta Where” with Mike Shadrack, British horticulture speaker and author (Books available for purchase and signed.)

Noon: “Pruning 101” with Sally Cunningham, CNLP, who is an author and works with Lockwood’s Greenhouses

1 pm: “Sustainability: What Does it Mean to the Home Gardener?” with Lynn Chimera of Lessons from Nature

2 pm: “Things Gardeners Should Know but Don’t” with Ken Brown, host of WBEN Radio (930 AM dial)

3 pm: “All you Wanted to Know About Plant Parenthood” with Terry Ettinger, greenhouse manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology and YNN TV garden expert

4 pm: “Hydroponically Speaking” with David Clark, horticulture speaker and instructor at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

5 pm: “Ornamental Grasses” with Sharon Webber, CNLP, of Niagara County Community College & Earth Lines

6 pm: “Raised Beds and Container Gardens… Beyond the Box” with David Clark, horticulture speaker and instructor at Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

Saturday, March 23

 

HCP 401: Four-season gardening

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join David Clark, horticulturist, for an entertaining garden education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This is level IV of the Horticulture Certificate Program, and classes are for those who just want to know more than just gardening basics. The cost for the series is $80 for Botanical Gardens members and $100 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Friday, March 22

Plantasia

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show, will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. The theme this year is “Backyard Oasis.” Speakers are:

11 am: “Insects in the Landscape and Their Control” with Tom Mitchell of Niagara County Community College

Noon: “Gardens of the Garden Walk” with Jim Charlier of JCharlier Communication Design

1 pm: “How to Prevent Deer and Other Critter Damage” with Lynn Chimera of Lessons from Nature

2 pm: “45 Gardening Tips in 45 Minutes” with Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-Niagara Gardening.com

3 pm: “Basic Floral Design” by Judy Tucholski, 8th District Garden Clubs judge

4 pm: “How and Why to Light Up Your Landscape” with Phil Colarusso of Luminated Landscapes

5 pm: “What You Always Wanted to Know About Soils” with Mike Gallo, CNLP of Buffalo State College

6 pm: “The Right Plant for the Right Place” with Dan Robillard of McKinley High School Horticulture Department

 

Thursday, March 21

Plantasia

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show, will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. The theme this year is “Backyard Oasis.” Speakers are:

11 am: “Edible Wild Plants for Landscape Use” with Ken Parker, Joint Venture with Nature Consulting

Noon: “Landscape Design Made Easy” with Mike Frank of Chevalier Outdoor Living

1 pm: “Plant Projects for Children” with Julie McDonald, grower at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

2 pm: “Think Green! It’s Spring” with Dorothy Julius of Along Gardens Path

3 pm: “Summer Bulbs” with Elizabeth Licata, editor of Buffalo Spree and horticulture speaker

4 pm: “Small Fruit Growing”with Vicki Jancef of Orleans County Cooperative Extension

 

Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 25

Backyard Bliss flower show

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

“Backyard Bliss,” a standard flower show, will be held by the Eighth District of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State at Plantasia at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg.

 

Wednesday, March 20

Plantasia Preview Night

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A Preview Night garden party will be held to kick-off Plantasia, Western New York’s premier garden and landscape show, at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg.

 

Wednesday, March 20

Hands-on workshop: Garden Magic: Spring Blossoms to Summer Blooms

6:30-8:30 p.m.

This is Session #3 in the three-part series of hands-on workshops produced as a part of Blessed Sacrament Church’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. The workshops will be led by horticulturist David Clark in the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Gymnasium, 1069 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Free parking is available in the school’s lot behind the building. Admission is $60 for non-parishioners and $40 for parishioners for the complete series of three workshops. (Admission is available only for the series, not for individual workshops.) This final workshop will give you tips on garden ecology – managing the systems in a home landscape. Advanced registration is required. For more information or tickets, contact Michael Pitek at 716-816-0144 or michael@thepitekgroup.com.

 

Wednesday, March 20, 27

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D2

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, March 20

Ask the Expert live Twitter session

10 a.m. to noon

Mark Whitmore, Cornell forest entomologist, will be available to answer questions via Twitter about the emerald ash borer and hemlock woolly adelgid. Submit your question in a tweet with the hashtag @NYInvasiveSpp anytime before the session or during the session. You can also email questions to Erin Strobl of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program at ees94@cornell.edu; please include “Ask the Expert” in the subject line. You can see the answers via Twitter. Follow either Mark Whitmore (@MarkCWhitmore) or NY Invasive Species (@NYInvasiveSpp) to see the Tweets during the session. NY Invasive Species (@NYInvasiveSpp) will also compile the questions/answers and post a summary document to Twitter after the conclusion of the event. Strobl will also email out the question/answer summary document to the NY CCE-PRISM List serves.

 

Tuesday, March 19

Women in the Sustainable Economy II

Three female speakers will talk about what they are doing to push our local green economy in this event at Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. It is part of the Business Gets Greens bi-monthly speaker series of Greenworks Buffalo Niagara. The event is free. Speakers include Sarah Bishop, executive director of Buffalo First!; Crystal Surdyk, who will speak on the Designing to Live Sustainably design competition, and Brenda Young of the Daemen College Global and Local Sustainability Program.

 

Monday, March 18

Free Food Revolution (Homesteading)

6 to 9 p.m.

Learn about raising chickens on a family farm and in an urban setting, saving heirloom seeds and growing them with easy permaculture techniques, hydroponics and urban foraging techniques. The class will be held in Room F-7 at Starpoint Central, 4363 Mapleton Road, Lockport. After this class you can feel confident that no matter what your living conditions you can grow your own food, even indoors. Brenda Snyder, the author of Grow It, Save It, Use It, is the instructor. The fee is $25.

 

Monday, March 18

 

Maple sugaring presentation and potluck dinner

Potluck at 5 p.m.; meeting 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Jordan Cooke will give a presentation on sugar mapling at the Elders’ Circle Seventh Generation meeting in the AOA Bldg., 28 Thomas Indian School Dr., Irving, NY 14081. The potluck begins promptly at 5 p.m. Please bring a side dish. This is an event of the “FOOD IS OUR MEDICINE –Healthy First Nations” project, which is sponsored by the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation.

 

Week of Tuesday, March 11

New this week at Goodman’s

In stock this week are Burpee seeds, wild bird seed, seed-starting soils and kits, spring gardening gifts from Grassland Roads, Platters Easter chocolate, cyclamen in 4.5- and 6-inch pots as well as spring flowering bulbs in 4- and 6-inch pots. Goodman’s Farm Market is located at 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY.

 

Sunday, March 17

Exhibit on pollination to debut

1:30 p.m.

A grand opening will be held for an exhibit on pollination at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. An open house format will extend to 4 p.m. The event is free and donations are appreciated. The work will illustrate how one-third of our food and much of our clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The exhibit was funded by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Buffalo law firm Walsh Roberts & Grace.

Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, April 7

LifeCycles : An Orangery and Demonstration Garden Exhibit

Models of possible architectural additions to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be on display at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. These projects and models were created by students at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. In this design studio, the building as well as its planted and human inhabitants were all considered alive and changing– as having lifecycles and therefore best studied as such. The studio was taught by professors Brian Carter, Nerea Feliz, Curt Gambetta, Jordan Geiger (coordinator) and Brad Wales. (An orangery is a greenhouse for growing oranges.)

Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, April 7

Spring Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Spring Flower Show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The Botanical Gardens will be filled with spring colors and beautiful fragrances. Visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Easter Bunny will visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31. Admission is $9 for adults; $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID); $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3. The show is presented by M&T Bank and sponsored by Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17

Federated Garden Clubs of New York State annual meeting

Activities will be held from 11 a.m. to about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday

Federated Garden Clubs of New York State will hold its annual meeting and installation at the Millennium, 2040 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga. Gail McGee,an Eighth District Garden Club member, will be installed as state president. Click here for more information on the event, including activities, fees and a registration form. The registration deadline is March 3.

 

Saturday, March 16

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

9 a.m.

Learn how to prune dormant apple trees with Tom Mitchell, horticulturalist & Niagara County Community College instructor, at the Mormon Church, 12995 Route 438, Gowanda. This is an event of the “FOOD IS OUR MEDICINE –Healthy First Nations” project, which is sponsored by the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation. The session will cover apple tree care and maintenance, proper pruning techniques and pest control and disease. It will be followed by a hands-on exercise in the orchard. The event will be held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Bring your pruners, loppers or hand saw.

 

Saturday, March 16

Traditional Healing Group: medicine walk

2 to 4 p.m.

Join the group for their indigenous medicine walk on the path behind the Seneca Cattaraugus Community Center Building, 12767 Route 438, Irving, New York 14081. A discussion will follow and light refreshments will be provided. This is an event of the “FOOD IS OUR MEDICINE –Healthy First Nations” project, which is sponsored by the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation.

 

Saturday, March 16
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March is Nutrition & Poison Prevention Month, and that will be commemorated with special activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities include presentations about the benefits of foods from plants containing health-promoting compounds; botanical displays of edible plants that are good for health; common local plants that may be toxic to humans and pets, and education regarding the prevention of accidental ingestion of toxic substances by infants and children in the home. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. This event is included in price of admission.

 

Saturday, March 16

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA2

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 16

Growing Garden Series for Kids: Plants from Seeds (Part 1 of 3)

10:30 a.m.

This is the first session of the Growing Garden Series for Kids ages 6 to 8 to be held at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. In the first session, you will learn how plants grow from seeds and then make three recycled seed starters to plant vegetable and flower seeds. You can take one home to watch your seed grow and bring it back for the next session. Participants are encouraged but not required to register for all three sessions (Part 2 on April 27 and Part 3 on May 18). Registration is required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Saturday, March 16

 

Wegmans Family Garden: St. Patrick’s Day Salad

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be St. Patrick’s Day salad. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, March 16

 

HCP 301: Native plants in your landscape

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join David Clark, horticulturist, for an entertaining garden education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This is level III of the Horticulture Certificate Program, and classes are for those who just want to know more than gardening basics. The cost for the series is $80 for Botanical Gardens members and $100 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $22 for members and $27 for nonmembers. To register, go online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 16

Hypertufa demonstration at Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club

2 p.m.

Lyn Chimera will demonstrate working with hypertufa, man-made imitation of lightweight tufa rock, at a meeting of the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club to be held at 1182 Steward Ave., Silver Creek. Hypertufa can be used in rock gardens or molded into planters. You will go home with a container that you make. The fee is $20 for nonmembers and free for members. Please RSVP to 934-7608.

 

Friday, March 15

Deadline for artwork submissions

Garden Walk Buffalo is looking for submissions of original artwork for use on the Garden Walk 2013 posters, t-shirts and maps. Entries are due by Friday, March 15. Get more details here and at the Garden Walk Buffalo site.

 

Friday, March 15

SOLD OUT Taste of Paradise

6 to 9 p.m.

Taste of Paradise will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Soak in the vibrant colors of the Botanical Gardens, enjoy the fresh smells of spring, savor the tastes of herbs, fruits and delicious delights, and listen to the sounds of tropical fun. Delicious tidbits from Oliver’s, Lucarelli’s, Curly’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Obviously Avi Catering and Quaker Bonnet will be served. Tickets are $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $28 for non-members. After March 6 tickets will be $30. Purchase tickets online or by calling 827-1584, ext. 204. The event is sponsored by ONE ROQ Vodka, M&T Bank, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Backyard Party Supply and Dundee Ale & Lager.

 

Thursday, March 14

Lancaster Garden Club

6:30 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster. The program will include a presentation of awads and installation of officers, followed by a pot luck dinner. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass and a place setting and miniature or small arrangement to be judged as one unit.

 

Thursday, March 14

Town and Country Garden Club: “Think Green, Think Spring”

7 p.m.

“Think Green, Think Spring” will be the program at the meeting of the Town and Country Garden Club to be held in the cafeteria at Transit Middle School, 8730 Transit Road, East Amherst. Dorothy Julius, co-owner of Along Gardens Path,will present an eco-friendly program. Her presentation will include tips on recycling in the garden that everyone can use to help keep our earth a special place.

 

Wednesday, March 13

Youngstown Garden Club: Floral design demonstration

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Bob Bracikowski, greenhouse coordinator at Opportunites Unlimited of Niagara, will present the program. He will be creating whimsical and creative floral and herb designs. Always entertaining, Bob will amuse with his many anecdotes while showing us how to make creative arrangements. The public is invited to attend and those considering membership are most welcome.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 20, 27

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D2

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Tuesday, March 12

 

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society meeting : “Alvars of New York State”

7:30 p.m.
“Alvars of New York State: Rare Plant Species at Lucky Star Ranch” will be the topic at the meeting of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. It will be held in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street in Snyder. Frances Jean More Delaney, graduate student at Syracuse University under Don Leopold, will discuss her work and research at a privately-owned alvar near Chaumont Barrens, including work on invasive species management and rare plant protection. All general meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

 

Tuesday, March 12

Kenmore Garden Club: The Year in Review

10:30 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet for its annual installation & awards luncheon in Windows on the Green, Westwood Country Club, Williamsville. The theme will be “The Year in Review.”

 

Tuesday, March 12

Pre-order deadline extended for Easter flowers and arrangements

The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, March 12 to pre-order Easter flowers and arrangements from Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. You can order online or 504-2617, ext. 244. For a brochure, call 297-6400. Go online or call to get details on payment and picking up your order. The sale supports the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy and vocational training program.

 

Monday, March 11

East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold a potluck luncheon and installation of officers at its meeting at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora.

 

Monday, March 11

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Sunday, March 10

 

Free workshop: Soil Science– Fertilizers and Amendments

Noon

“Soil Science– Fertilizers and Amendments” will be presented by David Clark, horticulturist, at Urban Roots Community Garden Center, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. Urban Roots is on NFTA bus Route 12. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Saturday, March 9, 16

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA2

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 9

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Egg shell planter

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be an egg shell planter. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, March 9

 

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Landscape Design 2

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, April 21

 

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Bloomin’ Art Show

Current paintings from the members of the Monday Morning Watercolor Class will be exhibited in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The adult class meets at the Botanical Gardens. The student works will feature the vast plant and flower collection at the Botanical Gardens, the interesting architecture of the Conservatory, the surrounding landscape and more. The exhibit is included in the price of admission.

 

Saturday, March 9

 

Free workshop: Seed Starting

2 p.m.

“Seed Starting” will be presented by Richard Price at Urban Roots Community Garden Center, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. Urban Roots is on NFTA bus Route 12. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Friday, March 8

South Town Garden Club

9:30 a.m.

The South Town Garden Club will meet at Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. New members are welcome. No experience is needed. For more information, call 668-0209.

 

Thursday, March 7

Orchard Park Garden Club

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its membership meeting at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, S4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Refreshments will be served. Wendy Zebehazy, a member of the Orchard Park Garden Club, will present “Where the Wild Things Are: Butterflies, Birds & Beasties in Your Backyard.” The presentation will be followed by a business meeting. Please note the change in the time of the meeting.

 

Wednesday, March 6

Hands-on workshop: Hand-tying Flowers

6:30-8:30 p.m.

This is Session #2 in the three-part series of hands-on workshops produced as a part of Blessed Sacrament Church’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. The workshops will be led by horticulturist David Clark in the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Gymnasium, 1069 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Free parking is available in the school’s lot behind the building. Admission is $60 for non-parishioners and $40 for parishioners for the complete series of three workshops. (Admission is available only for the series, not for individual workshops.) In this session you will get a jump on spring by learning the technique of a hand-tied floral bouquet to be displayed in a glass vase. Advanced registration is required. For more information or tickets, contact Michael Pitek at 716-816-0144 or michael@thepitekgroup.com.

 

Wednesday, March 6

Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association meeting

7 p.m.

The Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association will hold a general membership meeting at the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst. Troy Schneider of the Department of Labor will be the guest speaker. It’s a great opportunity for all green industry professionals to network with each other and hear the latest updates and industry news. New members are always welcome. For more information, go to www.wnysnla.org or email membership@wnysnla.net.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20, 27

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D2

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Monday, March 4, 11

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, March 4

Bowmansville Garden Club potluck dinner

6:30 p.m.

The Bowmansville Garden Club will meet at the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main Street, Bowmansville, for a potluck dinner. Members are to bring a dish to pass (casserole, salad, side dish or dessert). They will dine together at individual place settings representing a functional dinner for one: decorative unit of fresh and/or dried plant material appropriate in size for the 24” x 24” space provided on banquet tables. Placement and table service required. A business meeting will follow dinner.

 

Monday, March 4

Friends of the Japanese Garden to meet; volunteers needed

6 p.m.

Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo will meet at the Parkside Lodge (the building that houses the Delaware Park Golf Pro Shop and the Olmsted Conservancy offices), 84 Parkside Ave., Buffao. The Japanese Garden of Buffalo has a history that reaches to the 1970s and goes back to Buffalo’s Sister City, Kanazawa Japan. The Friends of the Japanese Garden is recruiting volunteers. They need someone who can help build a blog and/or web site, people who love fundraising and publicity, people who like to support special events, and, of course, gardeners. For more information, contact Trudy at tstern2@aol.com or 716-445-4446.

 

Now through Sunday, March 3

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Two views of Night Lights

Eileen Graetz and Jillian Kenyon, two artists with different perspectives, show their views of last year’s Night Lights event in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. During Night Lights, the botanical exhibits are displayed with theatrical lighting, offering an opportunity for creative interpretations. The exhibit is included in the price of admission.

 

Friday, March 1

Native Landscapes and Gardens Day

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Chautauqua County Master Gardeners, Jamestown Community College’s Continuing Education Department & the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy are hosting a Native Landscapes and Gardens Day in the Carnahan Building at Jamestown Community College. Gardeners, from novices to experts, can learn about native plants and their benefits. Keynote speaker Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, will be the keynote speaker. She will present “Eco-friendly Landscapes and Gardens-Why? How?” The cost is $40 and lunch is included. Space is limited. Register by calling JCC Continuing Education at (716) 338-1005 or by mailing in the registration form.

 

Friday, March 1

International Environmentalism: Stories and Pictures from a Trip to India

11 a.m.

“International Environmentalism: Stories and Pictures from a Trip to India” is the theme of the presentation Emily Schlick will make at the First Friday Lunch Bunch at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown (one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren). Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $7 for adults or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required. A year ago, Schlick spent five months volunteering for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in India, leading programs about environmental sustainability. Schlick will discuss various Girl Scout initiatives taking place in India and around the world, how we can learn from them, and how we can get involved. Schlick has volunteered at Audubon for more than 10 years as a day camp junior counselor, a trail guide, a festival worker and a general laborer.For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit the Audubon Center & Sanctuary website.

 

Friday, March 1

Audubon Center & Sanctuary resumes full schedule

Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4:30 p.m.

After a winter schedule modified to save energy, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary will be open every day. It is ocated at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. In the third-floor Sky Room you will feel like you are outdoors with majestic hawks flying overhead. The Nature Center building is also home to the Nature Store, which features a wide variety of gift items and bird seeds. There is also a frog exhibit, energy exhibit and displays of local reptiles. Outdoors, Audubon offers miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Members and children are admitted to the exhibits free of charge; non-member adults pay $5. Sunday is a free admission day. Visitors are welcome to walk or ski the trails or visit Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle, free of charge daily, from dawn until dusk. Liberty is on display in her own enclosure behind the Nature Center building, where she can fly short distances. To learn more about the Audubon Center and Sanctuary and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit its website.

 

Saturday, March 2

 

Free workshop: Square Foot Gardening

2 p.m.

“Square Foot Gardening” will be presented by Caesandra Seawell at Urban Roots Community Garden Center, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

Saturday, March 2, 9, 16

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA2

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 2

Wegmans Family Garden: Potato stampers

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be potato stampers. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, March 2

 

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Garden Design

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, March 2

Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo

10 a.m.

The Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo will present a talk and photos on our local Japanese Garden and other inspiring Japanese Gardens at the Urban Roots Garden Center, 428 Rhode Island St., Buffalo. For more information, contact Trudy Stern at 716-445-4446 or tstern2@aol.com. The Japanese Garden of Buffalo has a history that reaches to the 1970s and goes back to Buffalo’s Sister City, Kanazawa Japan.

 

Wednesday, February 27

Hands-on workshop: Preserving Flowers & Foliage and Making Potpourri

6:30-8:30 p.m.

This is Session #1 in the three-part series of hands-on workshops produced as a part of Blessed Sacrament Church’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. The workshops will be led by horticulturist David Clark in the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Gymnasium, 1069 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Free parking is available in the school’s lot behind the building. Admission is $60 for non-parishioners and $40 for parishioners for the complete series of three workshops. (Admission is available only for the series, not for individual workshops.) In this workshop, you will learn how to preserve flowers and make potpourri. You will leave with potpourri made in the workshop. Advanced registration is required. For more information or tickets, contact Michael Pitek at 716-816-0144 or michael@thepitekgroup.com.

 

Wednesday, February 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, February 27

Amherst Garden Club: “Three Rules to Increase Your Curb Appeal”

10 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. The business meeting will take place at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 11:15 a.m. Mary Jane Bolo, Master Gardener, will speak on “Three Rules to Increase Your Curb Appeal.” Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday, February 27

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Thursday, March 21

Cancelled: 8th District Canada Blooms Bus Trip

8th District of the Federated Garden Clubs is sponsoring a bus trip to Canada Blooms. The costs is $55, which includes the bus and admission ticket. There are three pick-up points in Western New York. See details here, or for more information, contact Diane Elmer at 716-308-4749. Checks must be received by March 1.

 

Monday, February 25, March 4, 11

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Sunday, February 24

Orchid Show

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold an Orchid Show at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show includes dozens of amazing orchid exhibits spread throughout the Botanical Gardens. Educational programs will be held both days on growing orchids and other aspects of indoor gardening. Orchids and supplies will be for sale from various vendors. Admission is $9 for adults; $8 for seniors (55 and older) and students (13 and older with ID); $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3.

 

Sunday, February 24

 

Sunday Kids Program at Botanical Gardens: Wheat berry growing

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy these hands-on activities held in the new indoor Wegmans Family Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the activity is growing wheat berries. The activities are included with admission.

 

Saturday, February 23

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.February is National Heart Month, and that will be commemorated with special activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities include botanical displays highlighting the plant sources for medications used to treat medical conditions related to the heart and cardiovascular system, blood pressure education and screenings, and the Million Hearts national campaign aiming to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. This event is included in price of admission.

 

Saturday, February 23

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Edible toast art

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be edible toast art. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24

Orchid Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold an Orchid Show at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show includes dozens of amazing orchid exhibits spread throughout the Botanical Gardens. Educational programs will be held both days on growing orchids and other aspects of indoor gardening. Orchids and supplies will be for sale from various vendors. Admission is $9 for adults; $8 for seniors (55 and older) and students (13 and older with ID); $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3.

Saturday, February 23

 

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society meeting: Field trip

9:15 a.m.
The Niagara Frontier Botanical Society has organized a visit to an enclosed conservatory maintained by the Niagara (Ontario) Parks Commission and located on Niagara Parkway a short walk from the falls. Meet under the Boulevard Mall sign at 9:15 a.m. Passport or appropriate ID required. Bad-weather alternate date: Saturday, March 2. Open to the public. Call 835-6042 if you are interested in attending.

Thursday, February 21

Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club

6:30 p.m.

Three members will present their favorite images during the meeting of the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The members are Bonnie Bowen, Laurel Austin-Smith and Bob Gibbon. “Negative Space” is the theme for the Project Time that follows the speakers, building on last month’s camera tech presentation. Tips for foul weather shooting is the technical Camera Corner part of the meeting. A social time follows the program and will include some photography books from the county library. Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits. For more information, contact Suzette Paduano, club president, at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com or visit the club blog.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1

Yoga at the Gardens

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels, will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sessions are free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10-week session or $15 for each individual class. To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at (716) 864-1194, email crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 27

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, February 18

Dollar Day at the Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is just $1 at Dollar Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Botanical Garden members and children under 3 get in for free!

 

Now through Sunday, February 17

Amaryllis & Cymbidiums at the Botanical Gardens

A special garden feature on amaryllis and cymbidiums will be included with admission at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

 

 

Saturday, February 16

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA19-10:30 a.m.These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, February 16

Town of Marilla Green Education Day

10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free seminars will be offered as part of the Town of Marilla’s Green Education Day at the Marilla Community Center, 1810 Two Rod Road, Marilla. Learn alternative methods of gardening, awareness of ecological and environmental practices and how these practices affect our everyday lifestyles. The schedule is 10:45 a.m., introduction & announcements presented by Marian Prezyna, member of the Conservation Advisory Board; 11 a.m., “The Keys of Gardening Organically” presented by Lyn Chimera, owner of Lessons from Nature; noon, “Becoming Eco-Friendly in your Yard and Garden” presented by Sally Cunningham, CNLP, author and director of the National Garden Festival; 1 p.m., “Managing Invasive Species of Flora in Rural Landscapes” presented by Paul Fuhrmann, Natural Restoration & Invasive Species Specialist at PRISM; 2 p.m., “Establishing Bluebird Habitat in your Backyard” presented by Mark Carra, Staff Naturalist at the Buffalo Audubon Society, and 3 p.m. “Home Canning for Today” presented by Debbie Beats, CCE 4H Volunteer and member Conservation Advisory Board. Refreshments are available for purchase. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. The event is sponsored by the Marilla Conservation Advisory Board. Find more information on Facebook or see the Town of Marilla website.

 

Saturday, February 16

Wegmans Family Garden: Fun fruit squeeze

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be fun fruit squeeze. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, February 16

 

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Water Gardening

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

February 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

February 14

Hearts in the Garden

6 to 9 p.m.

Hearts in the Garden, a fundraiser for the National Garden Festival, will be held in Marcy Casino in Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo. The event will include drinks and catered food stations. Register online.

 

February 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

February 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

February 13 through March 7

CNLP review classes

The Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association and Niagara Community College will offer CNLP (Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional) review classes February 13 through March 7 at Niagara County Community College, Room C233, Sanborn. Access to plant samples as well as new and revised exam material will be included. The exam is on Thursday, March 14. For more information, please contact Carolyn Stanko, CNLP, at 716-614-6423 or cstanko@niagaracc.suny.edu.

 

Wednesday, February 13

Lancaster Garden Club

7 p.m.

The “Welcome Back” meeting for the Lancaster Garden Club will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster. Members will discuss future community projects.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 20, 27

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

February 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

Tuesday, February 12

 

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society meeting: New botany/ecology professor to speak

7:30 p.m.
Robert Warren, newly appointed professor of botany/ecology at Buffalo State College, will speak at the meeting of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. It will be held in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street in Snyder. All general meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

 

Tuesday, February 12

Kenmore Garden Club meeting: Irish Gardens

10 a.m.The Kenmore Garden Club will meet in the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. Dr. Bonnie Flickinger will give a power point presentation on her trip to the gardens of Ireland.

 

Monday, February 11

Smallwood Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Club will meet at Forest Elementary School, 250 N. Forest Road, Williamsville. Albert J. Gilewicz will speak on “The Garden Revolution:

A Call to Trowels.” Please note: Enter through the main entrance and meet in Room 27 for this month’s meeting. Guests are very welcome.

 

Monday, February 11, 25, March 4, 11

Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes, Series WC1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these watercolor classes for adults at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. They are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Cost is $58 per series or $16 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Sunday, February 10

Learn about American Kestrel

1:30-3 p.m.

Learn about the behaviors and habits of our smallest bird of prey, the American Kestrel, at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. Don Watts, an active outdoorsman who monitors the American Kestrel Nest Box Trail in Warren County, PA, will speak. The talk is free. If you have a large open field or meadow, you may be a perfect candidate to help the American Kestrel thrive in our region. Ideal habitat for this bird is an edge habitat that provides a large open field for them to hunt, and the protection of a dead tree with a cavity for nesting. Kestrels have readily accepted manmade nest boxes when natural tree cavities are not available. Get more details at the Audubon Center website.

 

Saturday, February 9, 16

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA1

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, February 9

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Paint a pot

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be to paint a pot. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, February 9

Free workshop: Gardening for Small Spaces

Noon

“Gardening for Small Spaces” will be presented by Patti Jablonski Dopkin of Urban Roots Community Garden Center at Urban Roots, 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. The workshop is free and is presented by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo in collaboration with Urban Roots. To register, call Grassroots Gardens at 716-783-9653 or email ggbprograms@gmail.com. Space is limited so registration is required so that they can set up accordingly. Funding for the workshop series came from the Department of Environmental Conservation. See more information on the workshop series.

 

February 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

Friday, February 8

WNYSNLA Trade Show & Education Conference

Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association? will hold its annual Trade Show & Education Conference at Salvatore?s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Friday?’s Trade Show/Education Day features a variety of topics for green industry workers and gardeners interested in expanding their knowledge. Classes and workshops are credit-bearing for eligible professionals. Visit www.wnysnla.org to view brochure for topics, times and fees.

 

Friday, February 8

South Town Garden Club

9:30 a.m.

South Town Garden Club will meet at Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. Valentine arrangements will be made. New members are welcome. For more information, call 668-0209.

 

February 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

Thursday and Friday, February 7 and 8

WNYSNLA Trade Show & Education Conference

Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association? will hold its annual two-day Trade Show & Education Conference at Salvatore?s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Thursday?s CNLP Day is open to Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals and CNLP students. Friday?”s Trade Show/Education Day features a variety of topics for green industry workers and gardeners interested in expanding their knowledge. Classes and workshops both days are credit-bearing for eligible professionals. Visit www.wnysnla.org to view brochure for topics, times and fees.

 

Thursday, February 7

Orchard Park Garden Club meeting

10:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting in the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The club’s African Violet & Orchid Interest Groups will share the culture and care of these exotics and give instructions on how to grow a blue-ribbon exhibit. The presentation will be followed by a business meeting and lunch.

 

February 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

Thursday, February 7

Nursery & Landscape Association meeting

6 p.m.

Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association will meet at Salvatore?s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster, following its annual CNLP Day seminars. All green industry members are welcome. For more information, please visit www.wnysnla.org.

 

Wednesday, February 6

Bowmansville Garden Club

The Bowmansville Garden Club will visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, to view “Night Lights at the Garden,” This is a change from their regular meeting night. Admission to the event is $10 and $8 for people ages 55 and over. This is a public event so feel free to bring someone with you. They will meet at 6 p.m. at the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main Street, Bowmansville, to car pool.

 

Wednesday, February 6

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club monthly meeting

6:30pm

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda. (When you get to Menne Nursery, please park in the back lot. Come through the gate to the administration building. The entrance is facing the nursery.) On the agenda for this month are future presentations, project plants, the Garden Art Sale in June, Allegheny Nature Pilgrimage, carnivorous plants in the news and an open discussion. Bring plants or general questions, and bring any seeds you’d like to share.

 

February 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

Wednesday, February 6, 13, 20, 27

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series D1

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome in these drawing classes for adults at the the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. The cost for the series is $58 for Botanical Gardens members and $64 for nonmembers, or per class the cost is $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Register online or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Tuesday, February 5

Photographers Night at Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6 to 8 p.m.

This night is for amateur and professional photographers only and it is the only night when tripods are permitted during the popular Night Lights event at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

Monday, February 4

 

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WH

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday. February 2

Super one-day sale at Arbordale Nurseries

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Save 20 percent on everything in the store at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Amherst. The sale includes 2013 seeds from New York producer Page Seed Co., 2013 Pondmaster pumps, pond supplies, tools and more. If it’s in stock, it’s on sale.

 

Saturday, February 2, 9, 16

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA1

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium classes are for children ages 5-15 and will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. An art work will be completed at each class. The classes are taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided. The fee for Botanical Garden members and nonmembers is $30 per series or $11 per class. Register online or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, February 2

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Bean mosaic art

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be bean mosaic art. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, February 2

Snowflake Festival

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Snow or shine, a Snowflake Festival will be held at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown(one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA). The entire schedule is available at the Audubon Center website. Admission is $5 person over age 12; $2 for children 12 and under and free for children ages 2 and under. Parking, crafts, demonstrations, snowshoes, skis, and tickets for door prizes are free. Extra fees apply for horse-drawn wagon rides, bluebird house building, Chinese auction, raffles and food.

 

Saturday, February 2

 

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Annuals and Perennials

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

February 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

January 31, February 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

January 30, 31, February 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens

6- p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

The popular Night Lights event will be held again at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The botanical exhibits are lit with theatrical lighting. Lighting designs are by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and the event is sponsored by National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager and Seagram’s Coolers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale January 21 or you can purchase them at the door.Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights. Cameras and monopods are permitted, but tripods are allowed only on the special photographers night on Feb. 5.

 

Wednesday, January 30

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DF

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition. For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, January 28, February 4

 

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WH

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Sunday, January 27

Sunday Kids Program at Botanical Gardens: Bagel bird feeder

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 12 will enjoy these hands-on activities held in the new indoor Wegmans Family Garden at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This week the activity is a bagel bird feeder. The activities are included with admission.

 

Saturday, January 26

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Wheat berry grinding and seed planting

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be wheat berry grinding and seed planting. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, January 26

 

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Hydroponics

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Wednesday, January 23, 30

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DF

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition. For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, January 23

Amherst Garden Club: Fall and winter birds

10 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. The annual meeting and election of officers will take place at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 11:15 a.m. Mary Jane Bolo of Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss fall and winter backyard birds. Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Monday, January 21

 

Wegmans Family Garden: Grand opening

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The indoor Wegmans Family Garden will hold a ribbon cutting in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Activities for children ages 4 to 10 at this event include wheat berry grinding, vegetable prints and Cheerio bird feeders. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, January 19

Wegmans Family Garden: Popcorn bird feeder

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. For National Popcorn Day, this week’s activity will be a popcorn bird feeder. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Saturday, January 19

 

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Shrubs and Trees

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, January 19

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KJ

9 to 10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, January 19 to Sunday, February 17

Amaryllis & Cymbidiums at the Botanical Gardens

A special garden feature on amaryllis and cymbidiums will be included with admission at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

 

 

Saturday, January 19 to Sunday, March 3

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Two views of Night Lights

Eileen Graetz and Jillian Kenyon, two artists with different perspectives, show their views of last year’s Night Lights event in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. During Night Lights, the botanical exhibits are displayed with theatrical lighting, offering an opportunity for creative interpretations. The exhibit is included in the price of admission.

 

Wednesday, January 16, 23, 30

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DF

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition. For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, January 14, 28, February 4

 

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WH

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, January 12

 

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Practical Principles of Pruning

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program follows the Certificate I program. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, January 12, 19

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KJ

9 to 10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, January 12

Wegmans Family Garden: Apple refrigerator magnet

10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

Kids can participate in a hands-on activity with a nutrition or food theme at the indoor Wegmans Family Garden in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activities are appropriate for children ages 4 to 10. This week the activity will be an apple refrigerator magnet. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 16, 23, 30

 

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DF

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition. For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, January 9

Garden Friends of Clarence meeting

6:30 p.m.

Garden Friends of Clarence will meet at the Town Club House in Clarence Town Park on Main St., Clarence. Visitors are welcome.

 

Wednesday, January 9

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club

6:30 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda. They will screen a documentary called First Flower.

 

Wednesday, January 9

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The January meeting of the Youngstown Garden Club will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Planning events for the upcoming year will be discussed. Guests are welcome.

 

Tuesday, January 8

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society meeting: “Vulnerability of Wetland Plants to Climate Change”

7:30 p.m.
Patrick Raney, Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, will focus on groundwater-fed fens, especially Nelson Swamp near Syracuse, in his presentation at the meeting of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. It will be held in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street in Snyder. He will also discuss work he is doing to identify the rarest plants in wetland communities within New York State. All general meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

 

Tuesday, January 8

Kenmore Garden Club: International Flower Show

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet in the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. Maryann Jumper, Kenmore Garden Club member and 8th District director-elect, will give a Power Point presentation on the International Flower Show held in Boston last year.

 

Monday, January 7, 14, 28, February 4

 

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WH

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, January 5

 

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Pest Management and Disease

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken. It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm. The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, January 5, 12, 19

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KJ

9 to 10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday, January 3

Orchard Park Garden Club: “Starting Plants from Seeds”

10:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Presbyterian Church, 4369 South
Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The Program is: “Starting Plants from Seeds.” Member Janet Schram will share her knowledge on starting plants from seed, followed by a business meeting and lunch.

Gardening Events in Buffalo, NY area for 2012

Monday, December 31
See details here.

Now through Monday, December 31

See Youngstown Garden Club decorations at Old Fort Niagara

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See the holiday decorations created by the Youngstown Garden Club at Old Fort Niagara, 4 Scott Avenue, Youngstown.  (The fort is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.) Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 6.

 

Sunday, December 30

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free Family Day, powered by National Grid, will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.The Poinsettia Show and Garden Railway Exhibit are included at no extra cost. In addition, the first 300 visitors will receive a free ice scraper courtesy of National Grid.

 

Now through Sunday, December 30

Poinsettia Show at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thousands of poinsettias will make spectacular displays at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3.

 

Now through Sunday, December 30

Garden Railway Exhibit

The Western New York Garden Railway Society will present this exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There will be two train exhibits: Thomas the Train and a traditional set-up will be a part of the family fun. The exhibit is included in admission.

 

 

Saturday, December 22

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KI

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 22

Castle by Candlelight at Old Fort Niagara

7 to 8:30 p.m

The Youngstown Garden Club created holiday decorations for Old Fort Niagara, and you can see them by candlelight during the fort’s annual Castle by Candlelight program. Historic characters will regale visitors with tales of Christmas from the 18th and 19th centuries. Demonstrations of 18th and early 19th century trades and period music will be performed. In the Castle’s Boulangerie (bakery), cooks will demonstrate the preparation of a traditional holiday feast, including wild game. The highlight of the evening will be a grand feu de joie (firing of joy), a traditional military ceremony involving running fire by muskets and artillery to mark a special occasion or victory. That will take place at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the Castle by Candlelight are $8 per person, and will be available at the door. Guests can arrive at the Fort Niagara Visitor Center, 4 Scott Avenue, Youngstown, at any time between 7 and 8:30 p.m. and are asked to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear, and bring a flashlight. Additional admissions stations will speed your entry this year.

 

Sunday, December 23

Make a Christmas centerpiece at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

Make a Christmas centerpiece under the guidance of Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. You will use greens, cones and natural material. The cost is $40. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 


Thursday, December 20

Make a fresh holiday arrangement at Botanical Gardens

6:15 p.m.

Design a beautiful arrangement just in time for weekend guests and your holiday table in this Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and $35 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece.  Go to the Botanical Gardens website for more information or call 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Thursday, December 13

6:30 pm
Make a fresh table-top tree in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. Enjoy the beauties of the holiday season by creating a unique table top tree with fresh greens and holiday trim. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is December 3. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program.

 

Saturday, December 15, 22

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KI

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 15

10:30 a.m.
Make a kissing ball in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. This is a fun class in making the traditional English kissing ball. The cost is $35. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 15

Castle by Candlelight at Old Fort Niagara

7 to 8:30 p.m

The Youngstown Garden Club created holiday decorations for Old Fort Niagara, and you can see them by candlelight during the fort’s annual Castle by Candlelight program. Historic characters will regale visitors with tales of Christmas from the 18th and 19th centuries. Demonstrations of 18th and early 19th century trades and period music will be performed. In the Castle’s Boulangerie (bakery), cooks will demonstrate the preparation of a traditional holiday feast, including wild game. The highlight of the evening will be a grand feu de joie (firing of joy), a traditional military ceremony involving running fire by muskets and artillery to mark a special occasion or victory. That will take place at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the Castle by Candlelight are $8 per person, and will be available at the door. Guests can arrive at the Fort Niagara Visitor Center, 4 Scott Avenue, Youngstown, at any time between 7 and 8:30 p.m. and are asked to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear, and bring a flashlight. Additional admissions stations will speed your entry this year. The event will be held again on December 22.

 

Wednesday, December 12

6:30 p.m.
Design an elegant wreath of mixed greens and berries in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $37. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Sunday, December 9

1 p.m.
Mary Trifunovic, floral designer, will help you make a boxwood tree in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. You’ll make a 16-inch tabletop tree designed with boxwood cuttings and minature decorations. The cost is $40. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 8

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The club will hold its party and gift exchange. Decorate a bonsai for the holidays. Prizes will be given for first and second place. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, December 8

Noon

Join Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at the Darwin Martin House, as she guides you through a wreath-making workshop at the Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. You will design and craft a holiday wreath using simple methods and natural materials gathered from Gardner’s Flower Fields farm. Using yew, boxwood, cedar, rosehips, brilliant red chili peppers, celosia, amaranth and other dried flowers, seed pods and cones, make a beautiful 18-inch wreath that will last all winter. All materials are provided. Bring your favorite clippers. The cost is $44 for members of the Martin House and $54 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 856-3858 or go to the Martin House website.

 

Saturday, December 8
10:30 a.m.
Design an elegant wreath of mixed greens and berries in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $37. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 8

Santa’s Workshop at Botanical Gardens

11 .m. to 2 p.m.

Visit Santa’s Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission to the Workshop entitles your child to a few precious moments with Santa (Don’t forget your camera for your own photo op!), as well as participation in fun holiday crafts. Admission to Santa’s Workshop $2 per child or $5 for 3 or more children; adults are free. Admission to the Botanica Gardens is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3. For more information, call 827-1584 ext. 291 or go to the Botanical Gardens website.

 

Thursday, December 6
6:30 p.m.
Make a wreath in this workshop with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. You’ll make a full, beautiful natural greens wreath with bow. The cost is $25. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to the Lockwood’s website.

Thursday, December 6

Orchard Park Garden Club

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will host its annual Christmas luncheon at the La Galleria Restaurant, 3923 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.  A Friendship Gift Exchange will follow the luncheon.  All arrangements are to be done in a cup/mug container.

 

Wednesday, December 5

Amherst Garden Club holiday luncheon

Doors open 11 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon “A Cozy Country Holiday” at Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence.  The luncheon will be at 12:15 p.m.  Tickets are $25.  The event will include  Betty’s Bakery, a Chinese auction, boutique and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit Amherst Garden Club’s scholarship fund and civic, conservation and other garden club projects.  The reservation deadline is November 18. For further information call 688-2784.

 

Wednesday, December 5

Jasmine & Jade Holiday Brunch at Romanello’s

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual holiday party at at Romanello’s South, 5793 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Spend an afternoon with friends, enjoy a delicious brunch, participate in an outstanding basket raffle, go home with a free gift and shop for some holiday gifts. The cost is $25 for Botanical Garden members and $28 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827.1584 ext. 204.

 

Wednesday, December 5

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club: holiday party

8 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The group will tour the Botanical Gardens and hold a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish or dessert to pass. Bring your project plants and/or any seeds and seedlings you would like to donate.

 

Saturday, December 1

Design a Welcoming Entryway workshop at Lockwood’s

10 a.m.

Learn how to design a welcoming entryway in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Designers Mary Gurtler and Samantha Platt will give you nature-inspired ideas for your doorway using wreaths, swags and container arrangements. The cost is $10. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 1

Make a Gift workshops at Lockwood’s

11:30 a.m. and Noon

Make a seasonal gift using fresh and faux materials in these workshops at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. In the 11:30 a.m. workshop, make a candle ring, and at noon, make a door handle basket. The cost for each workshop is $20, or both for $35. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, December 1

Make a Decorated Boxwood Tree at Botanical Gardens

9 to 11 a.m.

Get into the holiday spirit as you design your own unique boxwood tree in this Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Bring hand clippers and a large box to transport your masterpiece. The cost is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 1

Make a fresh conifer wreath at the Botanical Gardens

Noon to 2 p.m.

Add a fresh new look to your home this holiday by making a beautiful, fragrant conifer wreath in this Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a large box to transport your masterpiece. Latex gloves are provided but if you prefer, bring your own. The approximate size of the wreath is 14 inches. The cost is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, December 1, 15, 22

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KI

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Sunday, December 2

Decorate your Mantel or Sideboard workshop at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

Learn how to decorate your mantel or sideboard with style in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. David Clark, floral design professional, will show you how to create eye-catching holiday tablescapes. The cost is $10. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Monday,  December 3

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar on making a fresh table-top  tree

See details at December 13 listing.

 

Monday, December 3

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Wednesday, November 28

Amherst Garden Club: “Gardening in the Shade” and “Invasive Plants”

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. A business meeting will take place at 10 a.m. followed by a horticulture presentation by member,Linda Zeder.  The topics will be “Gardening in the Shade” and “Invasive Plants.”  Members will then make  table centerpieces  and package home-baked cookies in preparation for the club’s annual holiday luncheon taking place on Wednesday, December 5 at Bookfield Country Club.

 

Wednesday, November  28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.


Sunday, November 25

For kids: Pine cone holiday craft

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activity for this day is a pine cone holiday craft. The activities are included in the price of admission. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

Monday, November 26, December 3

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, November 24

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KH

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, December 30

Poinsettia Show at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thousands of poinsettias will make spectacular displays at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under age 3.

 

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, December 30

Garden Railway Exhibit

The Western New York Garden Railway Society will present this exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There will be two train exhibits: Thomas the Train and a traditional set-up will be a part of the family fun. The exhibit is included in admission.

 

 

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, January 13

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Saints Peter and Paul School

Artworks of sixth- and seventh-graders from Saints Peter and Paul School in Williamsville will be showcased in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included in the price of admission.


Wednesday, November 21, 28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, November 19

Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement 

6:15 p.m.

Make a fresh Thanksgiving arrangement at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and $35 for nonmembers. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece.  Go to the Botanical Gardens website for more information or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, November 19

Smallwood Garden Club: Hosta author

7 p.m.

Smallwood Garden Club will meet in the cafeteria of Forest Elementary School, 250 N. Forest Road,
Williamsville. Kathy Shadrack, co-author of The Book of Little Hostas, will give a presentation called “Shady Characters” about those lesser used plants that thrive in shady garden spots. Guests are welcome.

 

Monday, November 19, 26, December 3

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Now through Sunday, November 18

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Autistic Services

“Selected Works, Past and Present“  will be the exhibit presented by Autistic Services in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. The Arts Work Program at Autistic Services celebrates its 10th anniversary. Its  mission is to give people with autism the opportunity to become involved in the visual and performing arts. Communication is one of the main challenges participants face; visual art provides them with an alternative means of expression. Since the program began, Autistic Services has mounted more than 50 art exhibitions throughout Western New York and its artists have reached milestones such as solo exhibitions, community recognition, and awards.

 

Sunday, November 18

Deadline to register for Amherst Garden Club’s holiday luncheon

See details at December 5 listing.

 

Sunday, November 18

Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece using real flowers with the help of professional florist Mary Trifunovic in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The cost is $40. To register, stop in to Lockwood’s, call 649-4684, or go to Lockwood’s website.

 

Saturday, November 17

Christmas Open House at Lockwood’s

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome the Christmas season at the open house at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, home-baked desserts, spiced cider, music, prizes and a preview of holiday gifts and decor.

 

Saturday, November 17

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Advanced Propagation

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program follows the Certificate I program. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday, November 17, 24

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KH

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

 

Wednesday, November 14

Youngstown Garden Club : Bonsai

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Alayne Werner, a past-president of the Buffalo Bonsai Society, will demonstrate the art of bonsai. The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

Wednesday, November 14, 21, 28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, November 14

Lancaster Garden Club: Floral design with David Clark

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will hold an open meeting  at The Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral,  6298 Broadway,  Lancaster,  New York.   Doors will open at 7 p.m.  There will be a Chinese auction of theme baskets. Refreshments,  appetizers and desserts will be served. David Clark,  award-winning floral artist and horticulture instructor at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens,  will be entertaining the audience with creative floral arrangements for fall,  winter and the holidays. Tickets are $6 and will be available at the door. For more information, call 684-8199.

 

Tuesday, November 13

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society: Talk on use of fire as conservation tool

 7:30 p.m.
Capt. Daniel Richter, New York State Regional Forest Ranger, will discuss “The Use of Fire in WNY as a Conservation and Restoration Tool” at the meeting of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4225 Harlem Road, one block south of Main Street in Snyder. Capt. Richter has participated in controlled burns at Rush-Oak Openings preserve near Rochester. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

Tuesday, November 13

Kenmore Garden Club

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd, Kenmore.   In a presentation called “Let’s Party,” Terry Skura will create three holiday table designs to be raffled during lunch.

 

Now through Sunday, November 11

Chrysanthemum Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chrysanthemum Show is celebrating more than 105 years at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Enjoy all the colors of the fall season with many different varieties of mums. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 3.

 

Sunday, November 11

WNY Hosta Society

1:30 p.m.

The WNY Hosta Society will meet in the East Aurora Senior Center at the corner of Oakwood & King, East Aurora. The guest speaker will be Oscar Cross of Hilltop Farms in Missouri who will discuss “Perennials to accompany your hostas in the garden.” In addition there will be a slide show featuring members’ gardens. All garden enthusiast are welcome!

 

Saturday, November 10

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be making a spruce forest.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, November 10

Flower show by East Aurora Garden Club

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold a standard flower show with themes of “Everything Aurora” and “Holiday How-to” at Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 East Main, East Aurora.

 

 

Saturday, November 10, 17, 24

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KH

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, November 10

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Basic Propagation

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.  It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Friday, November 9

South Town Garden Club: Small table decoration

9:30 a.m.

South Town Garden Club will meet  at the Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Rd. at Clinton St., West Seneca. They will be making a small table decoration. New members are welcome. For more information, contact okon9@verizon.net.

 

Thursday, November 8

5:30-8 p.m.
Grassroots Gardens will hold a Harvest Celebration to mark its 20th anniversary at the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St., Buffalo. There will be food, wine and beer, a silent auction, shell game and door prize. It will be catered by Chef Kathleen from The Whole Hog. Admission is $30.

 

Wednesday, November 7

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club meeting: Get carnivorous plants ready for winter

6:30 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Please park in the back lot. Now that the temperatures have cooled down, it’s time to get your carnivorous plants ready for the winter. When do I bring my plants indoors? Which carnivorous plants go dormant? How do I maintain health all year round? These questions will be discussed in the main presentation. Bring any seeds you would like to share. There will be an open discussion; bring plants or general questions. Other topics will be carnivorous plants in the news and the club’s Christmas party. Please RSVP to wnycpclub@aol.com or on their Facebook page.

 

Wednesday, November 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DE

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, November 5, 19, 26, December 3
Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WG

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Monday, November 5

Bowmansville Garden Club: Workshop with David Clark

7 p.m.

The Bowmansville Garden Club will hold a workshop at the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main St , Bowmansville. David Clark, horticulturist, will demonstrate how to make a Kissing Ball for the Christmas holidays.

 

Sunday, November 4

4 p.m.
See details here.

Thursday, November 1

Orchard Park Garden Club: Make arrangements for holiday season

10:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.  Irene Saville Stedman, owner of Savilles Country Florist, will present a program on how to decorate and make arrangements for the holiday season.

 

Wednesday, October 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28

Pumpkin celebration at Lancaster Market

A pumpkin celebration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Sunday, October 28

For kids: Pumpkin crafts

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activity for this day is pumpkin crafts. The activities are included in the price of admission. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

 

Monday, October 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, October 27

Horticulture II Certificate Series: Soil Science

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program follows the Certificate I program. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Thursday, October 25

Canning workshop at University Heights Tool Library

7 p.m.

Learn how to can the food you grow (or buy) during a workshop at the University Heights Tool Library, 5 W. Northrup Place, Buffalo.

 

Thursday, October 25

Make pumpkin flower arrangement

6:30 pm

Make a pumpkin flower arrangement in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. With Halloween just around the corner, bring home a fresh pumpkin filled with dried and fresh flowers. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is October 16. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

 

 

Wednesday, October 24

Amherst Garden Club: “Christmas Naturally”

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. A business meeting will take place at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 11:15 a.m.  The presentation will be “Christmas Naturally” by Dorothy Julius from “Along Garden’s Path” in Lancaster.  Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Wednesday, October  24, 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, October 22, 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, October 20

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series: Basic Botany and Plant Environment

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This program is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.  It is for serious gardeners as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken.  It will be taught by David Clark, horticulturist, who has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  The cost for the series is $105 for Botanical Gardens members and $130 for nonmembers. The cost per class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21

Pumpkin carving  contest  at Lancaster Market

A pumpkin carving contest will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, November 11

Chrysanthemum Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chrysanthemum Show is celebrating more than 105 years at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Enjoy all the colors of the fall season with many different varieties of mums. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, October 20

Spuria irises, new to Western New York, to be discussed at annual meeting

Spuria irises will be the topic of a presentation when the Western New York Iris Society hosts the annual meeting of the affiliated clubs of the American Iris Society Region 2. Jim Hedgecock, a renowned hybridizer and president of the Spuria Iris Society, will speak following a luncheon at noon Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main Street, Snyder. The price for the luncheon and presentation is $25. For reservations and more information, contact Judy Tucholski-Zon, Western New York Iris Society president, at 836-2573.

 

Thursday through Sunday, October 18-21

The Roycroft Conference

Many exciting and informational events including lectures, book discussions, and a special dinner highlighting locally grown and produced food will be part of the Roycroft Conference to be held on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. Get details here.

 

 

Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Tuesday,  October 16

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar on making a pumpkin flower arrangement

See details at October 25 listing.

 

Tuesday,October 16

Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Spectacular Succulent Wreath

6:15 p.m.

Create a living wreath of desert plants to grace your home for years to come during this workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport your masterpiece. Approximate size:  12-16” in diameter.   The cost is $35 for Botanical Gardens members and $40 for nonmembers.

 

Tuesday, October 16

Putting Your Garden to Bed workshop

5 p.m.

Grassroots Gardens will hold a workshop on “Putting your Garden to Bed.” Caesandra Seawell will be teaching this timely class on preparing your garden for winter. Expect a hands-on, outdoor experience! The class will be held in the Pelion Garden, 206 Best St., Buffalo. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens by calling 716-783-9653 or emailing ggbprograms@gmail.com

 

Monday, October 15

Cheektowaga Garden Club: Garden Revolution- Call to Trowels

6:45 p.m.

The Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet in the Cleveland Hill High School cafeteria, 105 Mapleview Dr., Cheektowaga. “Garden Revolution- Call to Trowels” will be presented by Albert Gilewicz. Guests  are welcome. A business meeting will follow.

 

Monday, October 15

Smallwood Garden Club: How To Put Your Garden to Bed

7 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Club will meet in the cafeteria of North Forest Elementary School, 250 No. Forest Road, Williamsville. Julie McIndoo from McIndoo Farms Arts and Flowers will give a presentation on ”How To Put Your Garden to Bed.” Guests are very welcome.

 

Monday, October 15, 22, 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14

Pumpkin bowling contest  at Lancaster Market

A pumpkin bowling contest will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, October 13 through Sunday, November 18

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at Botanical Gardens: Autistic Services

“Selected Works, Past and Present“  will be the exhibit presented by Autistic Services in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. The Arts Work Program at Autistic Services celebrates its 10th anniversary. Its  mission is to give people with autism the opportunity to become involved in the visual and performing arts. Communication is one of the main challenges participants face; visual art provides them with an alternative means of expression. Since the program began, Autistic Services has mounted more than 50 art exhibitions throughout Western New York and its artists have reached milestones such as solo exhibitions, community recognition, and awards.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
The Orchid Show is presented by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society & the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. See some of the most spectacular orchids in the world that are colorful, fun, interesting and exciting! Enjoy some super exotic varieties that you have never seen in full bloom.  Orchid workshops, vendors and informal Q&A’s will all be part of this wonderful show. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors & students, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members children under 3.

Saturday, October 13

Medicinal Garden Feature: Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Prevention Month

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Prevention Month will be the topics of the Medicinal Garden feature at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. Activities include educational displays about the possible role of botanicals in preventing the seasonal flu, and also the use of plants in treating and researching cancer. Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be on hand to answer questions and provide informational materials.  Rite Aid Pharmacists will also be available to give flu shots to attendees 18 or older. Please bring your health insurance card and your driver’s license.  Shot supplies are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Abbott Road Rite Aid with questions about the flu shots and/or insurance coverage at 827-9268. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by the generous support of D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

 

Saturday, October 13

Pruning & Shaping the Landscape

11 a.m.

A presentation on “Pruning and Shaping the Landscape” will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Learn how and when to prune, tool selection,  the difference between pruning and shaping, and long term plant health. Also hear about gas powered hedge trimmers and why you shouldn’t use them. The class is free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, October 13

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be winter bonsai care.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

Wednesday, October 10

Lancaster Garden Club hands-on workshop with David Clark

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. David Clark conduct a hands on workshop where members will make a fall arrangement.

 

Wednesday, October 10

Youngstown Garden Club: Fall cleanup, chili supper & demonstration

5 p.m.

Members and guests of the Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the Youngstown Village Center, 240 Lockport Street, Youngstown for fall cleanup of the Youngstown civic beds. A chili supper, meeting and a workshop demonstrating how to make an herbal tussy mussy will take place following the clean up at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Guests are always welcome.

 

 

Wednesday, October 10, 17, 24, 31

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DD8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Tuesday, October 9

Kenmore Garden Club

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd, Kenmore.   John Percy, town historian, will give a slide presentation of historical places in our area that are no longer here in a talk called  “The Way We Were.”

 

Sunday, October 7

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Now through  Sunday, October 7

Succulent Show at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A visitor favorite, the annual Succulent Show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. This show will feature many different types of cacti and succulents displayed in unique ways.  Some will be common landscape succulents used in rock gardens such as sedums and sempervivums (hens and chicks).  The staff will also showcase many unusual plants such as the Split-Rock plant native to Africa.  There will be many different types of succulents such as echeverias, aeoniums and euphorbias on display.  New designs this year will include some whimsical surprises! Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. The show is sponsored by John & Carol Kociela.

 

Now through  Sunday, October 7

Glenn Kroetsch– Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens

Glenn Kroetsch will exhibit his art in a show called “Visual Parables” in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. Kroetsch writes: “The subject matter for my paintings & colorized digital photos comes from my love of scripture & nature.  I make frequent retreats to the Botanical Gardens & other WNY nature sites to find endless inspiration.  I create abstractions from plant forms, with the integration of light, color and texture to express my spiritual journey.”

 

Sunday, October 7

Victorian Tea

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget to don your Victorian bonnet for this event at  the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There will be a light lunch, tasty tea and an entertaining presentation.  Unique teapots will be available for your shopping pleasure. Registration is required. The cost is $20 for Botanical Gardens members and $24 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

 Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7

Fall Festival featuring the Agricultural Fair at Genesee Country Village and Museum

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fall festival will be held at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. It’s an authentic, 19th-century country fair with something for everyone. There are exhibitions in more than 150 categories of judged baked goods, preserves, hand-made needlecrafts and the industrial arts—including tin, iron and wooden wares; pottery; cooperage (barrel making); printing,  and broom and soap making. Youth compete in 60 different aged categories, from penmanship and pottery to photography and pumpkin pie. The popular produce tent features specialty vendors offering cheeses, baked goods, maple products, spices, honey, cider, fresh vegetables and other specialty items.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7

Apple sauce demonstration at Lancaster Market

An apple sauce demonstration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, October 6

Pond winterization class

11 a.m.

Learn how to prepare your pond for the winter in this class at at Arbodale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville, NY. In 45 minutes you’ll learn what to do with pond equipment, fish care, cleaning and plant care , and a few old wives’ tales will be bashed. Classes are free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, October 6

Things Gardeners Should Know But Don’t

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

WBEN’s gardening guru Ken Brown will discuss soil quality, disease resistant plants, garden nutrients and more in his talk at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The cost is $8 for Botanical Gardens members, $10 for nonmembers, and $5 for students. (This is included as a Bonus Class in Horticulture I.) For more information, go the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The event is sponsored by the Botanical Gardens and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.

 

Saturday, October 6

Approaching Garden Design workshop

10 a.m.

Beaufort Willbern will be teaching approaches to basic garden design, centered around creating spaces that encourage and enhance community building. This class has limited seating. Participants MUST RSVP. The class will be held in the Grassroots Gardens office,  2495 Main St, Suite 408, Buffalo. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Thursday, October 4

Orchard Park Garden Club: Auction

10:30 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The program will be a Gardening & Designing “Treasurers” Auction, with  Janet Schram, auctioneer. A business meeting will follow, after which lunch will be served.

 

Wednesday, October 3

Creating Healthy Soil workshop

6:30 pm
Katy Brown of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers will be leading a workshop discussing soil fertility, testing and modifying soil pH, and using natural fertilizers. This workshop will be hands on. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! It will be held in the Grassroots Gardens office,  2495 Main St, Suite 408, Buffalo. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Wednesday, October 3

WNY Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Club Member Matthew Candeias will lead a presentation and discussion about a fossil discovery of a pitcher plant from the Cretaceous period. The group will discuss the implications of this discovery for plant evolutionary history. Please RSVP on Facebook or to wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Wednesday, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Monday, October 1, 15, 22, 29

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WF

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

 Sunday, September 30

2 p.m.
Tom Szulist, the Garlic Guy, will introduce you to the health benefits of garlic and how to grow it in your own backyard in a talk at will be at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The presentation is free.

 

Sunday, September 30

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30

Blood drive at Lancaster Market

A blood drive will be held by Upstate New York Transplant Services at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, September 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, September 29, October 6, November 3

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KF

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Friday, September 28

Gala at the Gardens 

6:30pm

“Honoring Harmony in Nature” will be the theme of this year’s Gala at the Gardens at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Join Robert and Mary Ann Kresse along with co-chairs Michael and Alex Montante. This year’s Gala at the Gardens will feature a cocktail reception with silent and basket auctions followed by a sit-down dinner. Special thanks to this year’s major sponsors, including Uniland Development and Eric Mower Associates. Individual tickets are $150.
Now through September 30

Sale on perennial grasses at Lockwood’s

All perennial grasses will be 20 percent off for the remainder of September at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. They have a wide variety to choose from. It’s not too late to plant perennials!

 

Now through September 30

Coupons for roses, perennials at Murray Bros.

Print out this online coupon to get specials at Murray Bros. Nurseries,  4735 Transit Road at the corner of 20A, Orchard Park. Buy one rose, get one free. Buy one perennial, get one free (excludes hostas). The specials are good through Sept. 30.

 

Thursday, September 27

Make-it, Take-it Workshop: Autumn Angel Vine Hydrangea Wreath

6:15 p.m.

Fashion a dried door wreath to welcome your guests this fall at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and of course, a large box to transport your masterpiece.  Approximate size: 12-16 inches in diameter. The price is $35 for Botanical Gardens members and $40 for nonmembers. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call  716.827.1584, ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, September 26

Weekday Trolley Tour: Preserving Our Landscape

2 to 3 p.m.

Join Matt Quirey, Forest Lawn Horticultural Manager, for a one-hour trolley tour of Forest Lawn as he talks about its  Landscape Renewal Plan, which will return the “forest” to Forest Lawn. Along the way, Matt will point out the many varieties of trees and bushes that  grace the landscape, including seven Bald Cypress trees transplanted to Forest Lawn after the Pan American Exposition in 1901. Tickets are $15. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. Please call the office at 716.885.1600 to reserve your seat. Forest Lawn is located at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

 

Wednesday, September 26, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, September 26

Composting Options Workshop

Learn about winter indoor composting options from local expert Nicole Dionne in this workshop sponsored by Grassroots Gardens to be held at the Grassroots Gardens office, Suite 408, 2495 Main St., .Buffalo. Dionne will discuss Bokashi composting, vermicomposting, and other options while demonstrating how to build a worm box out of inexpensive and found materials. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Wednesday, September 26

Amherst Garden Club: photo contest

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221. A business meeting will take place at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 11:15 a.m.  This will be Amherst Garden Club’s first annual photo contest.  Members will bring pictures of their summer garden to the meeting.  Club members will be the judges. The horticulture presentation will be “Garden Basics and Container Upkeep” by Linda Zeder.  Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Tuesday, September 25

Growing and Preserving Herbs Workshop

6 p.m.

A Growing and Preserving Herbs Workshop will be held by Grassroots Gardens at the Art Space Community Garden, 1070 Ellicot St., Buffalo. Colleen Morrissey of Mischler’s Greenhouse will be discussing best practices for harvesting and preserving your herbs as well as extending their life indoors over the winter. This is the new date for the workshop, which was previously rained out. All workshops are free and open to the community. RSVP Required. RSVP to Grassroots Gardens at  716-783-9653 or ggbprograms@gmail.com. See more workshops here.

 

Tuesday, September 25

Pond winterization class

6 p.m.

Learn how to prepare your pond for the winter in this class at at Arbodale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville, NY. In 45 minutes you’ll learn what to do with pond equipment, fish care, cleaning and plant care , and a few old wives’ tales will be bashed. Classes are free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Monday,  September 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Sunday, September 23

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Sunday, September 23

For kids: Seed Gathering Activity

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The activity for this day is seed gathering. The activities are included in the price of admission. For more information, go to the Botanical Gardens’ website or call (716) 827-1584, ext. 291.

 

 Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23

Trade show at Lancaster Market

A trade show will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, September 22

All About Hydrangeas

Two classes will take place at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. There will be a hydrangea wreath-making class with Mary Trifunovic at 10 a.m. and Growing Hydrangeas talk at 11 a.m. by Joan Mariea. Fee is $10. Please pre-register so they can plan materials and seating.

 

Saturday, September 22

Pruning & Shaping the Landscape

11 a.m.

A presentation on “Pruning and Shaping the Landscape” will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Learn how and when to prune, tool selection,  the difference between pruning and shaping, and long term plant health. Also hear about gas powered hedge trimmers and why you shouldn’t use them. The class is free with pre-registration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Friday and Saturday, September and 21 and 22

Fall plant sale at Botanical Gardens

Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual fall plant sale will be held in the new administration building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The sale will include perennials, flowering shrubs, bulbs and more. See the list of plants.

 

Friday, September 21

Buffalo Garden Symposium at UB

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Panelists will discuss topics centering around gardening in Buffalo during the Buffalo Garden Symposium to be held in the Harriman Hall ballroom on the University at Buffalo South Campus, Main Street and Baily Avenue, Buffalo. Topics include garden tourism, indigenous “green gardening,” beautifying the yard and reclaiming the area’s historic landscapes.  See the full program with the speakers and topics. The event will include refreshments and lunch, but space is limited so an RSVP is required to Audrey Kubiniak  at adjones@buffalo.edu by September 17. The event is sponsored by UB’s Gender Institute in anticipation of October’s “Engendering Gardens,” its extensive 2012 Gender Week program.


Wednesday, September 19, 26, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, September 19

Ellen Biddle Shipman Lecture by Judith Tankard

7 p.m.

Judith Tankard will spead on Ellen Biddle Shipman at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The cost is$10 for the public and $5 for members of Graycliff and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. No RSVP needed; you can just pay at the door.  Shipman (1869-19950) was considered the “Dean of American Women Landscape Artists.” She designed public and residential gardens throughout the United States, including additions to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gardens at our own Graycliff Estate here in Western New York. Other clients included the Fords, Astors and du Ponts.

 

Wednesday, September 19

Weekday Trolley Tour: Preserving Our Landscape

2 to 3 p.m.

Join Matt Quirey, Forest Lawn Horticultural Manager, for a one-hour trolley tour of Forest Lawn as he talks about its  Landscape Renewal Plan, which will return the “forest” to Forest Lawn. Along the way, Matt will point out the many varieties of trees and bushes that  grace the landscape, including seven Bald Cypress trees transplanted to Forest Lawn after the Pan American Exposition in 1901. Tickets are $15. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. Please call the office at 716.885.1600 to reserve your seat. Forest Lawn is located at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

 

Monday, September 17

Deadline to register for Garden Symposium at UB

See details for the event at its listing under September21.

 

Monday, September 17

Smallwood Garden Club to hear about bonsai

7 p.m.

The  Smallwood Garden Club will meet at Forest  Elementary School, 250 North Forest Road, Williamsville. This month’s program will be “Introduction to the Art of Bonsai.” It will be presented by Paul
Pearson, who  has maintained the bonsai collection at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for years. Guests are welcome for this presentation.

 

Monday,  September 17, 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Sunday, September 16

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16

Recycle weekend at Lancaster Market

Recycling will be available at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

Saturday, September 15

The Reinstein Woods Annual Fall Festival will be held at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew. In addition to activities for children, exhibitors will include the Buffalo Zoo, Cheektowaga Historical Association, Cheektowaga YES, DEC Division of Wildlife, DEC Division of Law Enforcement, DEC Spill Response Program, Earth Spirit Educational Services, Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District, Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve, Lost Ladybug Project, Messinger Woods, Niagara Frontier Koi & Pond Club, Penn Dixie Palenotological & Outdoor Education Center, Sierra Club, Tifft Nature Preserve, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, WNY Energy Smart Communities/Cornell Cooperative Extension and WNY Stormwater Coalition.

 

Saturday,  September 15 and 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

Friday, September 14

9:30 a.m.

Beryl Milstein, a master’s student doing research at D’Youville College, would like to talk to gardeners over age 65 who have participated in community gardens. The discussion will take place in the Westside Community Services conference room, 161 Vermont St.,  Buffalo, NY 14213. Find more details here. For more information, contact Milstein at  BerylMilstein@gmail.com or at 845-781-6051.

 

Friday, September 14

Landscape tour: Plants, people and design

10:30 a.m.

Join Martin House horticulturist Nellie Gardner and Director of Operations Margaret Stehlik for a stroll through the Martin House estate, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. You will see three distinct types of gardens, all with the same theme. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of the natural world is expressed in his vision for the gardens, and influenced by owner Isabelle Martin’s desire to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors. See what is planted, what is planned, and the backdrop and structure that prompted the design.Tour is 90 minutes.The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

 

Friday, September 14

Deadline to enter contests at Genesee Country Village and Museum

You can enter your heirloom vegetables, cut and dried flowers, herbs and more in the annual exhibition and fair to be held at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 14. Anyone can enter. Entrants will receive a one-day free admission to the fall fair. Many of the categories include a 19th-Century as well as a 21st-Century section. In addition to plants and flowers, categories include cooking, preserves, needlework, baskets and  photography. There is a youth division in addition to the adult division. See the list of categories and entry form here. The fair will be part of the museum’s fall festival to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.

 

 

Wednesday,  September 12

Lancaster Garden Club meeting: Saving seeds

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York.  Joe Manuel, Master Gardener, will present the program “Saving Seeds and Successfully Germinating Them.” Members will learn how to identify seeds to save and when and how to dry and store them for winter.  He will also instruct how to germinate and successfully plant in the spring.

 

Wednesday, September 12, 19, 26, October 3

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes at the Botanical Gardens, Series DC

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Adult drawing classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Taught by Joan Saba, this beginner/intermediate drawing class will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 per series or $15 per class, and for non-members, $60 per series or $16 per class.

 

Wednesday, September 12

Youngstown Garden Club: Publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com to speak

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of the Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York,  will present gardening tips and hints. She will also talk about how gardens match a gardener’s personality. The public is welcome to attend. New members may join after attending three meetings.

 

Wednesday, September 12

Alden Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

“A Taste of Your Garden” will be held at the Alden Community Center, 13116 Main St., Alden. There will be a short business meeting followed by a sampling of food from members’ gardens.  Guests and new members are welcome.  For more information, call Jane at 937-7055.

 

Tuesday, September 11

Kenmore Garden Club

10 a.m.

The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd, Kenmore.  Lee Pera will speak on using herbs in a talk called “Flavor Your Life.”

 

 

Now through Saturday, September 15

Mum sale at Heimiller’s Greenhouses

Nine-inch mums, regularly $5, are buy three get one free through September 15 at Heimiller’s Greenhouses, 3038 Ewings Road, Newfane.

 

Monday,  September 10, 17, 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

 

Monday,  September 10

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Orchard Park. Members will give a demonstration on “Basic Line Design.”

 

Sunday, September 9

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oil

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Let the rich colors of early fall inspire you during this workshop at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. In this weekend workshop you will focus on capturing the essence of the landscape through direct painting outdoors.  You will learn how to select a subject, develop a composition, and apply a basic oil technique to complete a painting in a short amount of time. Saturday morning will begin with a painting demonstration, which will cover paint application, color mixing and a discussion of atmospheric perspective. You can expect plenty of painting time, individual guidance and a group critique to support your learning.  This is a great plein air painting introduction or refresher.  Some experience with oils is helpful. A materials list will be sent upon registration. The cost is $140. The registration deadline is Friday, August 31.

 

Saturday, September 8

Fall Garden Fair at Lockwood’s

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fall Garden Fair, Lockwood’s biggest event of the year, will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. You’ll find quality vendors of garden-themed art, crafts, and accessories – many not commonly seen at other shows.  The fair includes classes on garden and landscape topics. Lockwood’s will have many specials that day, too!

 

Saturday, September 8

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be fall bonsai preparation.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

 

Saturday, September 8

Cholesterol: Medicinal Garden Feature at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

September is Cholesterol Awareness Month and you can learn more during this Medicinal Garden feature at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. Activities include educational displays about healthy foods from plants that may be beneficial in maintaining a low-cholesterol diet and medications and botanicals that may be helpful in managing cholesterol levels. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by the generous support of D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, September 8

Second Saturday Sale at The Foundry

Noon to 5 p.m.

Net+Positive, a new not-for-profit operating on the East Side of Buffalo,will hold its Second Saturday Sale at The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo. Artisans will sell their work, musical guests Babik will perform,  fresh produce will be sold by the Arden Farm of East Aurora,  and Chef Stefan of Larkin Filling Station will give cooking demonstrations incorporating refreshments vegetables harvested from neighborhood community gardens. The artisan sale and farmer’s market is held the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9

Fall celebration at Lancaster Market

Celebrate fall at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find  locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden,  pottery, jewelry and more.

 

 

Now through Friday, September 7

Sale: Spreading junipers 50 percent off at Lockwood’s

Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, has spreading junipers for 50 percent off. These are the varieties:Gold Star Juniper, Mint Julep Spreading Juniper, Gold Lace Juniper (available in 3 sizes), Blue Chip Juniper, Saybrook Gold Juniper, Gold Coast Spreading Juniper and Siberian Cypress. Quantities are limited.

 

Wednesday, September 5
WNY Carnivorous Plant Club meeting
6:30 p.m.
The WNY Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne Nursery & Florist, 3100 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst.

Thursday, September 6
Orchard Park Garden Club meeting
10:30 a.m.
The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369
S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The guest speaker will be Carol Ann Harlos, Master Gardener, president of Niagara Frontier Herb Group and education director with Cornell Co-operative Extension. Her topic will be “What am I doing with all these herbs?” The presentation will be followed by a business meeting and lunch.

Thursday, September 6
Make dried floral arrangement
6:30 pm
Make a dried floral arrangement in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. Enjoy the beauties of the upcoming season by creating a unique arrangement of dried flowers. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is August 28. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

Week of August 28
Hostas are 20 percent off on sale at Lockwood’s
This week all sizes and varieties of hosta are 20 percent off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg.

Week of August 28
Fresh this week at Goodman’s Farm Market
Find fresh, home-grown produce and plants at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Dr. Ext., Niagara Falls, NY. This week you’ll find cauliflower, seedless grapes, acorn squash, ginger gold and Paula red apples, sweet corn, peppers, hot peppers, pickling cucumbers, plums, green beans, green leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, long zucchini, yellow summer squash, green cabbage, green onions and peaches. You can also find house plants. Niagara County maple syrup and honey is also available: raw honey, comb honey and three other varieties.

Week of August 28
Hostas are 20 percent off on sale at Lockwood’s
This week all sizes and varieties of hosta are 20 percent off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg.

Sunday, September 2
Sunday In The Cemetery Tours
Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15). Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required. Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

Sunday, September 1 to Sunday, October 7
Glenn Kroetsch– Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens
Glenn Kroetsch will exhibit his art in a show called “Visual Parables” in the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The show is included with admission. Kroetsch writes: “The subject matter for my paintings & colorized digital photos comes from my love of scripture & nature. I make frequent retreats to the Botanical Gardens & other WNY nature sites to find endless inspiration. I create abstractions from plant forms, with the integration of light, color and texture to express my spiritual journey.”

Saturday, September 1, 15 and 29
Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions
Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions. Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County. Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

Saturday, September 1
Guided walk: Flowers, Ferns and Fungi
Learn about local plants and fungi during this guided walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Registration is required. To register, call (716) 683-5959.

Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2
Labor Day celebration at Lancaster Market
Celebrate Labor Day at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target. Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Find locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, wines, items for the garden, pottery, jewelry and more.

Now through Labor Day
Bikes in Bloom in Clarence Center
See bikes decorated with flowers during the third annual Bikes in Bloom, which continues through Labor Day, in Clarence Center.The event is sponsored by the Meet in the Center Merchants Association. Bicycles of all kinds have been decorated by nurseries, business owners and residents. Find maps on the Bikes in Bloom Facebook Page.

Now through August 30

Coupons for discounts at Murray Brothers Nurseries

Get coupons for discounts at Murray Brothers Nurseries, 4735 Transit Rd., Orchard Park (corner of 20A & Transit Road.) Get 20 percent off a 40-pound bag of topsoil or 20 percent off perennials (excluding hostas and perennials already marked down). Click here for the coupons.

 

 

Now through Wednesday, August 29

Garden photography exhibit

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Garden Walk Buffalo,” a collection of garden photography by Don Zinteck, will be on display in the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery, located within the Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St., Buffalo. The exhibit features 11 stunning photographs from Zinteck’s book, Garden Walk Buffalo.  Zinteck, a local photographer and owner of Photgraphics2, captured hundreds of Buffalo gardens throughout the city for his book.   Admission is free. For more information, go to www.visitbuffaloniagara.com or call 716-852-2356.

 

Tuesday, August 28

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar on making a dried floral arrangement

See details at September 6 listing.

 

Monday, August 27 and September 10, 17, 24

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes, Series WE

8:45-10:30 a.m.

Novice or veteran artists are welcome at these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827-1584, ext. 291. Cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Sunday, August 26

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show

The sixth annual Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show will take place at the church, 695 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.  Several vendors’ work is specific for the garden, including hypertufa troughs, copper and glass bird baths, natural stone oil lamps, and other garden ornaments. All of the art work is hand-crafted by the artists and of high quality.

 

Sunday, August 26

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26

Tent sale at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping

During Customer Appreciation Weekend, a tent sale will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Everything will be on sale including plants, ponds and garden supplies. Scratch & dent and discontinued merchandise will be on sale in the greenhouse.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26

Health fair weekend at Lancaster Market

A health fair will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

 

Saturday, August 25

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show

The sixth annual Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo Arts & Crafts Show will take place at the church, 695 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Several vendors’ work is specific for the garden, including hypertufa troughs, copper and glass bird baths, natural stone oil lamps, and other garden ornaments. All of the art work is hand-crafted by the artists and of high quality. Will also continue on Sunday.

 

Saturday, August 25

Japanese Iris Festival

6 p.m.

Judy Tucholski-Zon, president of the Western New York Iris Society, will present a slide program featuring the beautiful Japanese  iris during the Japanese Iris Festival to be held at the Serene Gardens, 2800 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. The program will include culture and growth patterns of the Japanese iris. The festival is being organized by the non-profit Japan Culture Center of WNY, Inc. Ikebana flower arranging using Japanese irises will also be demonstrated and displayed, followed by music in the theme of flowers by the Buffalo Philharmonic’s Sal Andolina (clarinet) and Dr. Joshua M. Smith (shakuhachi bamboo flute). Tea and coffee will be served. A $10 donation to the Japan Culture Center of WNY, Inc. is appreciated.

 

Saturday, August 25

Annual public daylily and hosta sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society and Western New York Hosta Society will hold a public sale at the Harvey D. Morin VFW Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. There will be hundreds of named hostas and daylilies in many colors and in all sizes and types. Members will be available to answer questions. Go early for the best selection.

 

 

Week of August 21

Sale at Murray Bros. Nurseries Inc.

All Butterfly Bush are now 20% off at Murray Bros. Nurseries, Corner of Rte. 20A & Transit Rd., Orchard Park.  The perennial of the week is Veronica.

 

Now through August 26

Sale at Lockwood’s: Roses and butterfly bushes

Beautiful, healthy roses and butterfly bushes are 30% off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg.   If your garden is looking a little tired from all this heat and not a lot of water, these are the perfect plants for you. Butterfly bushes and roses love the weather this summer and they are looking better than ever right now. These plants will add color to your late summer garden for years to come. Stop in soon for the best selection.

 

Now through August 26

Art exhibit at Arcangel Gallery

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spectrums of Me by William Smyers will be shown at the Arcangel Gallery in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The exhibit is included with admission.

 

Friday, August 24 and September 14

Landscape tour: Plants, people and design

10:30 a.m.

Join Martin House horticulturist Nellie Gardner and Director of Operations Margaret Stehlik for a stroll through the Martin House estate, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. You will see three distinct types of gardens, all with the same theme. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of the natural world is expressed in his vision for the gardens, and influenced by owner Isabelle Martin’s desire to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors. See what is planted, what is planned, and the backdrop and structure that prompted the design.Tour is 90 minutes.The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

 

Now through entire growing season

Gift coupon sale by 8th District Garden Clubs

The 8th District Garden Clubs are selling gift coupons redeemable at Mischler’s  Florist  and  Greenhouses,  118  South  Forest  Rd., Williamsville  NY, and Turnbull  Nursery  Garden  Center, 10036  Versailles  Plank  Rd.,  North  Collins  NY. These coupons will be  sold  in denominations of  $10  and  $20. Use  the  coupons anytime throughout the growing season. To  purchase  coupons contact Lily  Zendano, fundraiser  chair,  at  692-3081  or lzendano@aol.com.

 

 

Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 24

Art Camps for Kids

Strictly Watercolor II

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, August 18

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19

Pickle demonstration at Lancaster Market

Learn how to can pickles at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Sunday, August 19

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Now through Sunday, August 19

Erie County Fair

This is the 173rd year of the Erie County Fair. See all the events here.

 

Saturday,  August 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Now through Saturday, August 18

Help the Martin House gardens bloom again

Make a $100 donation toward the restoration of the Martin House gardens and receive a large bouquet of gorgeous fresh-cut flowers from Stettner Homestead, the cut-flower farm of  Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at the Martin House. Bouquets will be available for pick up in the greenhouse at the Martin House Complex on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To make your $100 donation, visit the Martin House website, call 716-856-3858 or stop by the Wisteria Gift Shop at the Martin House Complex, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. Pre-orders only.

 

Now through Friday, August 17

Art Camps for Kids

Multi-Medium Art Camp II

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday, August 16

 

Make tropical planter

6:30 pm

Make a tropical planter in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. Fill that summer void for your home or office when you create a container of tropical house plants. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is August 13. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

Monday, August 13

 

Deadline to register for seminar on making a tropical planter

See details at August 16 listing.

 

Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17

Art Camps for Kids

Multi-Medium Art Camp II

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12

Food Bank drop off at Lancaster Market

You can drop off items for the Food Bank at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12

 

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Bas-relief Sculpture

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A two-day workshop called “Bas-relief Sculpture: Nature Imagery and Moldmaking” will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. It is designed to give participants a comprehensive hands-on experience in the process of bas-relief sculpting. You will spend the first day sculpting images based on the observation of nature, chosen ahead of time by the participant. Participants will be provided with an 8 x 10-inch slab of clay and will be assisted in creating a bas-relief of their chosen image. On the second day you will mold the clay image in alginate and then cast a reproduction of the sculpture in plaster. To finish the project, different options for putting a patina on the plaster bas-reliefs will be shown. Materials will be provided. The cost is $140. The registration deadline is Monday, August 6.

 

Sunday, August 12

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Wednesday through Sunday, August 8 to 19

Erie County Fair

This is the 173rd year of the Erie County Fair. See all the events here.

 

Saturday, Aug. 11

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club will meet at the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY. The presentation will be “Why Stop Now?” by Margaret Postle. She will share tricks, tools, ideas and adjustments to help us keep a favorite activity for years and years.

 

Saturday, August 11

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The club will hold its auction.  Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, August 11
Noon to 5 p.m.
Net+Positive, a new not-for-profit organization on Buffalo’s East Side, will be hosting its Second-Saturday Artisan Sale and farm stand at The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo.

 

Sunday, August 5

Western New York Iris Society iris sale

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its iris sale in a new location at the  Clarence Flea Market, 11111 Main St. , Clarence, NY.

 

Sunday, August 5

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5

Demonstration: Canning salsa at Lancaster Market

A demonstration on canning salsa will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday, August 4

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starry Night Garden Tour: 8 to 10 p.m.

Daytime and nighttime garden tours are part of this event in Black Rock, Riverside and West Hertel areas. It is free. Maps are available online at www.brrgardenwalk.com or during daytime hours at St. Mark’€™s, 311 Ontario Street, Buffalo, and Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo.

 

Week of July 31

Deer-resistant, butterfly-attracting plant on sale at Lockwood’s

This week all varieties of Thalictrum Meadow Rue are 20 percent off at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Thalictrum, or Meadow Rue, is a deer-resistant, butterfly-attracting wildflower that prefers a shady, moist location.  It is available in several varieties at Lockwood’s including Hewitt’s Double, Black Stockings, Flavum, Tukker Princess and Splendide.

 

Wednesday through Sunday, August 1 to 5

Niagara County Fair

The Niagara County Fair marks its 75th anniversary. See all the events here.

 

Now through Sunday, August 5

Celebration of Color

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nature has so much color to offer and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo is going to highlight it!  From the front walkway, outdoor perennial shrub garden to the indoor tropical paradise,  the Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers! The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, August 4

Western New York Iris Society iris sale

7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its iris sale on two days at two new locations. The Saturday sale will be at the North Tonawanda Farmers Market, 310 Robinson St.,  North Tonawanda, NY. There will also be a sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at the  Clarence Flea Market, 11111 Main St. , Clarence, NY.

 

Saturday,  August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Friday, August 3

 

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Thursday and Friday, August 2 and 3

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Late Day Painting

3 to 8 p.m.

Set up during the late day sun and observe the lengthening shadows and subtle shifts in color during these long days of summertime at at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. From the beautiful vistas at Linwood, participants will create expressive compositions. Learn to edit, crop, and simplify forms while experimenting with color combinations. You need an outdoor painting rig and acrylics or oils. A detailed materials list is provided upon registration. The cost is $125. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26.

Now through  Friday, August 3

Art Camps for Kids

Drawing Camp

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Now through end of July

30 percent off sale at Mike Weber Greenhouses

Stock up on perennials and mixed planters at Mike Weber Greenhouses, 42 French Rd., West Seneca, NY, while they’re 30 percent off. Phlox and delphinium are 40 percent off! Get a gift with purchase.

 

Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3

Art Camps for Kids

Drawing Camp

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Sunday, July 29

 

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Sunday, July 29

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29

Garden Walk Buffalo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of more than 370 Buffalo gardens. It’s the largest garden tour in America! Find a list of locations where you can pick up a paper map of the garden locations. Get a pdf of the map right here.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29

Canning demonstration at Lancaster Market

A demonstration on canning local harvests will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday, July 28

Summer wildflowers program at Reinstein Woods

10:30 a.m.

Search for seasonal wildflowers and learn their uses and folklore in this program at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. The program is for adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

 

Friday, July 27

Sally Cunningham is known as a plant expert and will host this tour for people who want to know more about the plants they are seeing. Guests will receive a handout of some unusual plants found in each of the specialty gardens chosen, and during the tour Sally will identify plants and help guests understand how and where to grow them. Stops will include Northtowns and Buffalo gardens with large perennial borders, mixed shrub and flower beds, large yards featuring unusual trees, alpine plants and other specialties, and one enormous display of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The trip will conclude with a guided stop at the Marina Trial Gardens to see dramatic planters and display beds featuring new offerings from the plant industry.  Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27

Art Camps for Kids

Multi-Medium Art Camp I  

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday, July 26

Motorcoach bus tour: Southern Tier Scenic Tour: Flowers & Farm Gardens

The popular and entertaining international hosta expert Mike Shadrack will show you one of the best private perennial gardens in the region. Your tour will also include visits to the all-natural Someday Maybe Farm, the Burton Garden and Farm in Stockton, and Eagle Bay, a rare conifer and hosta nursery owned by hybridizer Ran Lydell. Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Sunday, July 22

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

 

Blood drive at Lancaster Market

Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold a blood drive at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  There will also be a Dilly Bean demonstration. Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10th anniversary

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with night tour on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

This self-guided tour will take place in the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda. The night tour, called Saturday Night Lights, will be held 8:30 to 10:30 pm. Saturday, July 21.  Look for a guide to the gardens here.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

Lancaster Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 9th annual Lancaster Garden Walk is a free self-guided tour of gardens. Programs are available at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 720 Aurora Street in the Town of Lancaster, and at Petals to Please,  corner of Central Avenue and Pleasant Avenue in the Village of Lancaster. For more information visit lancastervillage.org or visit them on Facebook. See the list of gardens on the 2012 Lancaster Garden Walk and a map of the walk.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

West Seneca Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The West Seneca Garden Walk will take place for the first time this year. Pick up maps at Ebenezer Greenhouse, 1347 Union Rd., West Seneca. Get maps right here. Maps will also be available on the Burchfield Nature & Art Center website.

 

LAST DAY TO VOTE:  Saturday, July  21

 

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Voting will take place.

 

 

Saturday, July 21

Amherst Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free. Get maps here. Amherst Garden Walk maps are also available in front of Town Hall, 5583 Main Street, Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 3 Culpepper Rd corner of Maple after 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

 

Saturday, July 21

Motorcoach bus tour: Grassroots Community Gardens

Buffalo’s gardening movement isn’t just about the flowers – we’re strong on urban gardening and green living too. Tour dynamic community gardens with Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo. See an urban working farm, green roof garden, a straw house, and even a fish farm. Includes organic and locally-grown picnic lunch. Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Saturday,  July 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, July 21

Hunters Creek splash hike

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a Hunters Creek splash hike at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. Hikers will meet hike leader John Sly at the parking lot of Hunters Creek Park off of Centerline Road. Hikers will slosh hike to the creek bed from the Centerline Bridge to the office of the Land Conservancy at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve. This is a special, by reservation only, event. There will be frequent stops with short talks about the creek and a lunch stop at the base of Mossy Point. Bring a bag lunch and water. The creek bed may be slippery with sharp shale. Wear sturdy footwear. Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Reservations are required to attend as space is limited. Please call (716) 687.1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is a public event and is free of charge.

 

Friday, July 20

Motorcoach bus tour: Preview Tour – Best of Buffalo Gardens 

Garden Walk Buffalo is America’s largest garden tour, and this is your chance to see some of the best private gardens – including some you can’t see on the Garden Walk Buffalo weekend – without the crowds. The tour is hosted by Jim Charlier, president of Garden Walk Buffalo. Tours include roundtrip transportation from Buffalo, Rochester, Orchard Park and Williamsville; expert tour host; lunch; and gratuity for your driver. For reservations and more information, go to Horizon Club Tours online or call 1-800-242-4244.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Thursday to Saturday, July 19 to 21

20th Annual ReLeaf Conference

The 20th annual statewide ReLeaf Conference will be held at Canisius College in Buffalo. Community volunteers, tree board members,  arborists, tree care workers, public and private sector foresters, landscape architects, horticulturists and government officials are all encouraged to attend. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from across the country and Canada and to tour local community forestry projects, a green housing development and a tree nursery. Registration is required by July 10. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.  The conference is hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

 

Thursday, July 19

Make “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arangement”6:30 pm

Make a “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arangement” in this hands-on seminar at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. (between Sy and Witmer Roads), Wheatfield. This hot-colored assorted fresh flower arrangement is sure to brighten your home or patio. The seminar provides complete step-by-step instructions and materials. No experience is necessary! Bring your friends to a stress-free evening.The cost is $25. The deadline for registration and payment is July 6. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in addition to checks are now accepted. Respond to Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, extension 244. Sales, classes and events support progressive programs for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, a full-service horticulture therapy, retail and vocational training program. Hands-on seminars are scheduled through December. For a brochure, call JoAnn at 297-6400 or email info@opportunitiesunlimited.org.

 

Thursday, July 19

Native plants panel discussion

 

5:30 to 7 p.m.

A native plants panel discussion will take place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Hear featured speakers discuss how we can contribute to healthy communities that support and sustain our unique local ecology. Topics include the significance of native plants, revitalizing neighborhoods by creating beautiful livable growing places, and the impact of individual decision making on the quality of life in Western New York. Panelists include Sally Cunningham, author, consultant and director of the National Garden Festival; Renata Kraft of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; Joy Kuebler, Landscape Architect Studio; Daniel Oles, Promised Land CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); Ken Parker, native plant specialist and Tree, Shrub & Perennials manager at Lockwood’s, and Joan Calder of California, speaker and author.  For more information, contact the Western New York Land Conservancy at info@wnylc.org. The event is part of the National Garden Festival.

Wednesday, July 18

Kenmore Garden Talks

7 p.m.

“Landscaping with Native Plants” will be discussed by Brittany Rowen during the Kenmore Garden Talks series. The talks are free and will be held at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building.   The series will conclude on  Thursday, July 19, with “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Tuesday, July 17

Kenmore Garden Talks

7 p.m.

“How to Grow Better Roses” will be discussed by Joe Manuel during the Kenmore Garden Talks series. The talks are free and will be held at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building.   Other talks are: Wednesday, July 18, “Landscaping with Native Plants” by Brittany Rowen, and Thursday, July 19, “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Monday, July 16

Smallwood Garden Club flower show

7 to 9 p.m.

Smallwood Garden Club will present a Small Standard Flower Show titled, “Summer Pleasures and Garden Treasures” at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. All will be warmly welcomed.

 

Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20

Art Camps for Kids

Strictly Watercolor I  

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members child $80 per week or $17 per day; Non-Members child $90 per week or $19 per day

Don’t become a victim of kids’ classic summer chant, “There’s nothing to do around here.  I’m bored”.  Sign them for a week or two of art fun with professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba.  Classes will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Space is limited so register early.  Sign up online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, July 16

Kenmore Garden Talks

7 p.m.

“Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and the Wise Use of Water in the Garden” will be discussed by Kerri Bentkowski during the Kenmore Garden Talks series. The talks are free and will be held at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building.   Other talks are:Tuesday, July 17, “How to Grow Better Roses” by Joe Manuel; Wednesday, July 18, “Landscaping with Native Plants” by Brittany Rowen, and Thursday, July 19, “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Sunday, July 15

South Buffalo Alive Annual Tour of Gardens

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The South Buffalo Alive Annual Tour of Gardens will will showcase the gardens of South Buffalo and the Old First Ward.  People can pick up maps the day of the event at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2010 South Park Avenue, Buffalo 14220.

 

Sunday to Sunday, July 15 to 22

Kenmore Garden Week

Five garden talks and a two-day garden walk will be part of Kenmore Garden Week. The talks are free and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Kenmore Village Green, which is the area in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the talks will be held inside the Municipal Building. The dates and topics are: Sunday, July 15, “What’s Hot in Western New York in July” by Sally Cunningham; Monday, July 16, “Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and the Wise Use of Water in the Garden” by Kerri Bentkowski; Tuesday, July 17, “How to Grow Better Roses” by Joe Manuel; Wednesday, July 18, “Landscaping with Native Plants” by Brittany Rowen, and Thursday, July 19, “Growing Your Own Delicious Organic Vegetables & Using Worm Power for Better Flowers and Produce” by Solveig Hanson.  Kenmore Garden Talks is an initiative of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

 

Sunday, July 15

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15

 

Recycling weekend at Lancaster Market

Recycling will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk is a free, self-guided garden walk. Maps are available at the Memorial Park bandstand, corner of Lake St. and Union St., Hamburg. Coupons for village restaurants and businesses will be included in the brochure.  Visit the vendor fair at the park and then start your tour.  All participating gardens will be clearly marked with “garden participant” signs. The event takes place rain or shine.

 

Saturday, July 14

Grand Island Garden Tour

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presale tickets are $12 and are available by calling 716-773-2421 or 716-773-4946. On the day of the tour, maps and tickets, which are $15, are available at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. Proceeds go for the preservation of the Gothic Revival country church.

 

Saturday, July 14

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk is a free self-guided tour of more than 60 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces. It showcases the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus, including University Heights, Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst. The Capen Garden Walk is designed to encourage neighborhood beautification and to build community among neighbors. Samuel P. Capen was the first full-time, salaried chancellor of the University of Buffalo. Maps will be available at the Capen Garden Walk websiteand at University Community Farmers Market on Main St. (at Kenmore Ave.), Buffalo, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tool Lending Library at 5 W. Northrup, Buffalo, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 135 Capen Blvd., Amherst; 38 Brinton St., Buffalo;  22 Larchmont, Amherst;  and 1069 Eggert Rd., Amherst. Visit the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk on Facebook or contact them at capengardenwalk@ourheights.org.

 

Saturday, July 14

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be wiring and shaping (raft style demonstration). Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Friday, July 13, August 24 and September 14

 

Martin House landscape tour: Plants, People and Design

10:30 a.m.

Stroll through the Martin House estate, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, with Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at the Martin House, and Margaret Stehlik, director of operations. You will see three distinct types of gardens all with the same theme. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of the natural world is expressed in his vision for the gardens, and influenced by owner Isabelle Martin’s desire to bring the beauty of the gardens indoors. From the landscape of Toshiko Mori’s 21st Century Greatbatch Pavilion, to the Victorian influence at the turn of the century, to the planned Floricycle (or Hemicycle), learn about the common thread uniting the dwelling with the landscape. See what is planted, what is planned, and the backdrop and structure that prompted the design. The tour is 90 minutes. The cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members.

 

Friday, July 13

Motor coach tour:  Southtowns Bouquet, with the Shadrack Garden

Led by international hosta author and raconteur Mike Shadrack, this tour includes superior gardens of the scenic southtowns, including the Shadracks’ Smug Creek Gardens. Other private gardens include a rare conifer and topiary collection, and a garden of 1,000 named hostas. Catered luncheon at Lockwood’s Greenhouses; shopping and guided tour by garden author Sally Cunningham. Rochester pickup available. Get details here.

 

Friday, July 13

Last day of work in Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Thursday through Friday, July 12- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Monday through Friday, July 9- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Thursday, July 12 and/or Saturday July 14

 

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Interpreting the Landscape

A workshop on interpreting the landscape will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. This workshop emphasizes interpreting the landscape in ways that encourage going beyond faithful description.  The leader will guide you in filling up a sketchbook in a short period of time using colored drawing media such as dry, oil or watercolor crayons and graphite sticks.  A painting is then started using the drawing as well as the location as reference. The cost is $75 per day or $60 per day if you sign up for both days. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 1.

 

Thursday, July 12

Orchard Park Garden Club picnic

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will honor their past presidents at a picnic at the Hillcrest Fire Company’s grove, 7125 Ellicott Rd., Orchard Park. Members are urged to bring a decorated picnic or unusual basket incorporating a design using fresh flowers, fruit and/or vegetables in any combination. The baskets will be displayed on a buffet table for everyone to see and enjoy.

 

Wednesday, July 11

80th anniversary of Federated Lancaster Garden Club

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the club with a celebration at the Lancaster Country Club,  6061 Broadway,  Lancaster,  New York.  A social hour will begin at 5 p.m.,  followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m.  Members and past members are cordially invited to attend.  For more information and reservations (due by June 13)  please call Debbie at 681-0744.

 

Wednesday through Friday, July 11- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

 

Tuesday, July 10

Deadline to register for statewide 20th Annual ReLeaf Conference

The 20th annual statewide ReLeaf Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday, July 19 to 21 at Canisius College in Buffalo. Community volunteers, tree board members,  arborists, tree care workers, public and private sector foresters, landscape architects, horticulturists and government officials are all encouraged to attend. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from across the country and Canada and to tour local community forestry projects, a green housing development and a tree nursery. Registration is required by July 10. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.  The conference is hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

 

Tuesday through Friday, July 10- 13

Front Yard Competition of National Garden Festival

Work on the 2012 Front Yard Garden Competition will take place. Voting will take place from Saturday, July 14, through Saturday, July 21.

Monday, July 9

Bowmansville Garden Club annual picnic

6 p.m.

Bowmansville Garden Club will enjoy a stroll  through the gardens and gift shops at the Country Cottage, 10448 Harper Road, Darien,  followed by dinner for their annual picnic. Short meeting and announcements after.

 

Sunday, July 8

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, now in its tenth year, is a self-supported community garden tour. It consists of roughly 25 private gardens and carefully tended public spaces in the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods of Amherst and Cheektowaga. All types of garden styles and plants are represented in a backdrop of architecture from 1910s to 1950s. The gardens range from newer to well-established, smaller to larger, and vegetable to perennial. Several gardens include water features and garden structures. Get maps at Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Avenue, Amherst. A $3 donation is appreciated.

 

Sunday, July 8

Western New York Land Conservancy’s Natural Gardens & Habitats Tours, National Garden Festival

1 to 6 p.m.

Experience first-hand what can be done with native plants in your own garden to foster natural native habitats! This self-led tour will include stops at a selection of Western New York Land Conservancy member gardens and properties that represent the diverse benefits of native plant gardens and habitats. Locations include gardens in Amherst, East Aurora and Tonawanda; an Amherst 35-acre grassland restoration for bird habitat, and Lytle Nature Park in Lockport. Suggested donation $10 advance, $12 day of event. All proceeds benefit the Land Conservancy. For more information, contact the Western New York Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225 or info@wnylc.org

 

Sunday, July 8

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 8th annual Lockport in Bloom is a free self-guided garden walk featuring more than 40 beautiful private home gardens and five city parks. You will see fountains, ponds, flowers, ironwork and even some unusual pets. Maps are available at Lockport City Hall, One Locks Plaza, Lockport;  Erie Canal Discovery Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Maps are also available at many area nurseries and at all of Lockport in Bloom’s sponsors’ locations; visit the Lockport in Bloom website for a complete list of sponsors.  Maps will  also available on the days of the event at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., where the tour begins. You can call 716-434-2380 for more information.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8

 

Demonstration: Canning jams and jellies at Lancaster Market

A jams and jellies demonstration will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday,  July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, July 7

Native Plants Day

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Native Plants Day will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Topics include the significance of native plants, revitalizing neighborhoods by creating beautiful livable growing places, and the impact of individual decision-making on the quality of life in Western New York. Panelists include Sally Cunningham, author, consultant and director of the National Garden Festival; Tim Fulton, executive director of Groundwork Buffalo; Joy Kuebler, Landscape Architect Studio; Daniel Oles, Promised Land CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); Ken Parker, native plant specialist and Tree, Shrub & Perennials manager at Lockwood’s, and Joan Calder of California, speaker and author. Pre-register at www.weknowplants.com. Individual programs are $10 each and the full program is $25. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Garden Festival. For more information, call (716) 649-4684 or email info@wnylc.org.

 

Saturday, July 7

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Friday, July 6

Motor coach tour: The Outliers: Superior Gardens of the Northtowns

Garden Walk visitors often miss some of the best private gardens that just happen to fall a bit farther out on the map in suburban areas. This tour focuses on Amherst, and includes three of the popular gardens from last year’s tour on Berryman, Darwin and Sargent, as well as three new gardens. You’ll see four sunny, flower-filled gardens of the sort that everyone wishes for, as well as two beautiful, multi-green shade gardens that are the reality for many of us. The gardens range, too, in size from small suburban plot to a surprising one acre in the heart of Amherst, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. The tour will be led again this year by Mary Van Vorst, a Master Gardener, whose name and voice you may know from her years in radio. As chair of Open Gardens for three years, Mary has been able to select truly superior gardens that highlight our regional styles. Get details here.

 

Thursday and Friday, July 5 and 6

 

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed here by neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Tuesday, July 3

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Now through July 1

Garden railway exhibit

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A garden railway exhibit is running at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. There are two setups this year. The first is  a circus-themed train that will be full of lively colors and whimsical fun.  The second will feature Thomas the Train and friends.  The exhibit is included with admission. It is brought to you by the Botanical Gardens and the Western New York Garden Railway Society

 

Saturday, June 30

Village of Williamsville Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of Village of Williamsville residents’ gardens will be open to the public during this free garden walk. Pick up your garden map at the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville, on the day of the event. Come for a delightful stroll while gathering great garden tips and plenty of inspiration. There will also be village merchant Main Street sidewalk sales.

 

Saturday, June 30

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-206 Landscape Design 2: Landscape Remediation and Grasses

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 30

Earth Bowl Festival

4 p.m.

The  Earth Bowl Festival will take place at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY, overlooking the scenic Niagara River. Parking is available along the river. A vegetarian dinner will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, which you can take home with you. There will be a plant sale, concert, food demos, film screenings, games and family activities. You can also visit a straw bale building, walk a labyrinth and enjoy woodland trails. Tickets for the event are $40 for an adult and you can take home a handmade bowl. The Earth Bowl Festival is a fundraiser to help support the ninth annual World on Your Plate, a community food forum that will take place Oct. 12 and 13 at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. For more information, contact June Licence at 716-773-1426 or jlicence@acsu.buffalo.edu or Eveline Hartz at 716-741-8815 or aehartz@roadrunner.com.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1

 

Health fair and Fourth of July celebration at Lancaster Market

A health fair will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Sunday, July 1

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Thursdays and Fridays, June 28 to July 27

Open Gardens

The National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.Visitors are allowed to simply drop by. Open Gardens are listed hereby neighborhoods. Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.

 

Friday, June 29

Free BPO concert

Join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for a free outdoor concert at the beautiful Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.  Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer will lead the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of light classical favorites.  This concert is part of the BPO 2012 Summer in the Parks Concert Series and is sponsored by First Niagara.  This concert will be rain or shine. For more information, visit www.bpo.org.

 

 

Friday, June 29

Motor coach tour: Buffalo’s Historic Gardens and Architecture

Sample Buffalo’s astounding architectural and historic heritage, including the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Delaware Park, the Japanese Garden, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin Complex, Forest Lawn Cemetery, and Millionaire’s Row – homes of the great industrialists of the 1900s. Picnic lunch in the Rose Garden near Hoyt Lake. Rochester pickup available. Get details here.

 

Monday, June 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Sunday, June 24

The inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park, 84 Parkside Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.  Buffalo-style garden are eclectic, funky mixes in which found objects and exotic-looking rooftops figure prominently. The Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale will take place during, and in the footprint of, the Parkside Garden Tour, which includes more than 60 gardens in a beautiful and historic Buffalo neighborhood. In addition to the artist booths, the event will feature the Western New York Hosta Society’s Hosta Show and Judging and “Plant Society Avenue,” a section with members of area garden societies who will be available to answer gardening questions.

 

Sunday, June 24

Parkside Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 15th annual Parkside Garden (and Architecture & History) Tour is sponsored by the Parkside Community Association. Pick up maps at the Church of the Good Shephard, 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. There is a $5 suggested donation. There will be a Parkside audio-visual presentation at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and an architecture guided walking tour at noon and 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 24

Hosta show

1 p.m.

The Western New York Hosta Society proudly presents an American Hosta Society Accredited Hosta Show called “An Arts and Crafts Garden”in the Parkside Lodge, Delaware Park, Buffalo. Anyone may enter. Exhibits will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Judging starts at 10:30 a.m. Categories include Individual Cut Leaves, Container Grown Hosta and Container / Trough Arranged for Effect. There are two special classes in the last category: container arranged for effect with a theme of “Stained Glass” and trough garden with a theme of “A Walk in the Garden.” There will also be educational displays and artistic designs featuring hostas—registration for designs is necessary. For more information, contact Dianne Giordano at deg888@verizion.com.

 

Sunday, June 24

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Sunday, June 24

 

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24

Lewiston GardenFest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 7th annual Lewiston GardenFest will be held along historic Center Street in the Village of Lewiston. The Lewiston GardenFest is part of the Buffalo National Garden Festival. The charming Village of Lewiston will showcase vendor booths from area nurseries, landscapers, garden and outdoor suppliers line a portion of Center Street, which is closed for the event to allow carefree shopping. Enter to win a prize for your favorite potted container of flowers to be judged by the public.  There is a free garden walk. Sally Cunningham, author,  gardening expert and garden host for WIBV’s Wake Up, will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Jackie Albarella, gardening expert and garden host for WGRZ TV. will speak at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24

Demonstration: Canning jams and jellies at Lancaster Market

A jams and jellies demonstration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Saturday, June 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, June 23

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-106 Garden Design

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 23

Orchid Care Workshop at Arbordale

2 p.m.

You will learn basic orchid care from John Kociela of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society during this workshop at Arbordale Nurseries, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. John will instruct on how to grow and maintain the most popular type of orchids including proper pruning, feeding and selection techniques. Free with preregistration. For more info call 688-9125. Like Arbordale on Facebook to keep up to date on events.

Saturday, June 23

National Fairy Day workshops at Mischler’s

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In celebration of National Fairy Day, Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will hold two  workshops at 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Staff will help you design and plant a fairy garden of your own using plants, fairy garden accessories and containers available in their Garden Center.  Each workshop will last approximately two hours. The first half of each workshop will consist of an explanation and demonstration by Mischler’s creative staff. The second half will be hands-on as Mischler’s staff assist you with planting your own fairy garden. Reservations and a fee of $20 are required to reserve your spot. The reservation fee includes a 12-inch bowl, potting mix, plants and a fairy figurine. In addition, Mischler’s will offer a 10% discount on any item purchased from their Fairy Nook during the workshop. Bring your child or grandchild to share in this unique gardening experience of fun and fantasy! Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop so make your reservation today by calling Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses at 632-1290.

 

Saturday, June 23

 

Volunteer to plant trees and shrubs with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

9 a.m. to noon

Join volunteers in planting trees and shrubs to create habitat for wildlife and protect water quality along the waterfront. This planting will take place at Forest Lawn, 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. All tools and equipment are provided. Register on the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper website,  email Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org, or call 852-7483, ext. 31.

 

Saturday, June 23

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KE

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Thursday through Sunday, June 21-24

Buffalo Citybration

Buffalo Citybration is a four-day event that showcases Buffalo’s assets, highlights opportunity and celebrates the city’s many successes. Thursday’s activities include Buffalo Waterfront Photography Contest Exhibit Opening, the Buffalo Shuffle and Twilight Tour of Mansions and other tours. Other activities are: Friday, Sunset Reception at City Hall, Hot Air Balloon Rides and tours; Saturday, Scanvenger Hunt,  Floating Cocktail Party and Boat Parade,24 Hour Musical Festival, Hot Air Balloon Rides, The Ride for Roswell 2012, Artists, Authors, and Architects, Buffalo Living Tour and other tours, and Sunday, Festival @ Canal Side,  Citybration 5K Race and Fun RunCheerios vs Chicken Wing Challenge on the Boardwalk, Buffalo Public School Alumni Reunion, Waterfront Bike Rides, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Artists, Authors, and Architects and tours. Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com will be one of the exhibitors at the Festival @ Canalside, so stop by and say hello!

 

Monday, June 18

Smallwood Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, will present at the Smallwood Garden Club meeting at Forest Elementary School, 250 North

Forest Road, Williamsville, NY. Her topic is “Lessons From Garden Walk Gardens.”  Visitors are welcome.

 

Mondays, June 18, 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17

Food Bank drop-off at Lancaster Market

Drop off items for the Food Bank at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

 

Sunday, June 17

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Sunday, June 17

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Painting Italian Landscapes

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A workshop on painting Italian landscapes will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $125. See the Linwood Gardens website for more information.

 

 

Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, August 5

Celebration of Color

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nature has so much color to offer and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo is going to highlight it!  From the front walkway, outdoor perennial shrub garden to the indoor tropical paradise,  the Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers! The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, June 16

Super Saturday Sale

Homemade strawberry shortcake made with berries harvested from community gardens will be featured at this sale where you can buy local arts and handcrafted objects. See list of vendors. In addition to sales, there will be craft demonstrations on making decorated paper and glass art, local music and “live art” happening throughout the day.  The event will be held at The Foundry,  a new artisan work space on Buffalo’s East Side, located at 298 Northampton Street.  The space is currently in development, but already a woodshop, a glass shop, a carpentry shop, and a local architect are carving out spaces to innovate and create with reclaimed and found materials. The event is sponsored by Net+Positive, a new community organization based on Buffalo’s East Side.

 

Saturday, June 16

 

Volunteer to plant trees and shrubs with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

9 a.m. to noon

Join volunteers in planting trees and shrubs to create habitat for wildlife and protect water quality along the waterfront. This planting will take place at Fontana Boathouse, 1 Rotary Row  Buffalo.All tools and equipment are provided. Register on the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper website,  email Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org, or call 852-7483, ext. 31.

 

Saturday, June 16, 23

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KE

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 16

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-205 Water Gardening

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 16

Open Garden Day at Linwood Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy the visual abundance of Linwood Gardens for a day to paint, write, photograph, or simply explore and reflect at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. The cost is $20 per day. Register at least three days ahead of time. For more information, see the Linwood Gardens website.

 

Friday, June 15

 

Deadline to order in native plant sale

The Western New York Land Conservancy will hold a sale of native plants. An order form with available selections will be coming soon. You order in advance and pick up your plants between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Amherst. Native plants are those that evolved naturally for particular areas, and thus provide essential and beneficial habitat for butterflies, insects, hummingbirds and other small birds and animals we know and need. They are vigorous and hardy and, once established, require no irrigation or fertilization.Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden, a native perennial nursery located in Springwater New York, will be available at the pick-up location Saturday morning, June 23, to answer questions. Ellen has a degree in agricultural and natural resources from SUNY Cobleskill and has worked in the horticultural field for 29+ years. Ellen is a New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional.You can also visit two native plant gardens close to the pick-up location that will be open Saturday, June 23, 9am to 1pm. The first is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville.The second is a private garden created by longtime Land Conservancy members Eileen Watson & Greg Garten at 373 Reist Street, Williamsville.

 

Now through June 15

The Garden Center will be open until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 15  at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. It will be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of June.

 

Wednesday, June 13

Joint meeting of Federated Lancaster Garden Club & Bowmansville Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will conduct a joint meeting with the Bowmansville Garden Club on at St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, New York. The program, “Lessons from Garden Walk Gardens,” will be presented by Sally Cunningham.

 

Wednesday, June 13

Deadline to register for Federated Lancaster Garden Club’s 80th anniversary commemoration

See details for the event’s listing on July 11

 

Wednesday, June 13

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, at 100 Church Street, Youngstown, NY. The program will be presented by Carolyn Stanko, Niagara County Community Colllege’s Horiculture Program Coordinator. She will speak about plant selections and landscape design. Ms. Stanko received her MS from Michigan State College and is a Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional.

 

Tuesday, June 12

 10 a.m.
The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. The theme will be “Contain Yourself.” A representative from Menne’s Nursery will give a program on window boxes and container gardening. The Kenmore Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

Monday, June 11

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Sandra Barnes, New York State certified landscape professional, will speak on trees for landscaping at the meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club at St. Mathias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. She will discuss how last winter’s mild weather coupled with an early spring freeze will affect the trees, what trees you should plant and how you should care for them.

 

Mondays, June 11, 18, 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Saturday,  June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10

Demonstration: Canning strawberry jam at Lancaster Market

10 a.m.

A strawberry jam demonstration will be held at Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Rd. near William in Lancaster, across from Target.  Hours for the market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

 

Sunday, June 10

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Learn about the landscape and other features of Forest Lawn in tours of the cemetery at 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. A trained volunteer docent will talk about its history, art, architecture, landscape and, of course, many of Forest Lawn’s famous residents – some of whom guests will get to meet along the way! All tours take approximately two hours. Guests can choose to ride in climate-controlled comfort on the Forest Lawn trolley at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (cost is $25) or they can walk through Forest Lawn’s beautiful grounds on the walking tours at noon and 2 p.m. ($15).  Sensible walking shoes are strongly recommended for the walking tours. Space on all tours is limited; reservations are required.  Call the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600 for reservations. Gift certificates are available.

 

Saturday, June 9

Perennials Day at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about the perennials in your garden—and a great lunch too!—will be held at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Lockwood’s will have fine speakers on a range of perennials topics as well as a catered luncheon. More details to come.

 

Saturday, June 9

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be pruning and styling. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, June 9

“Kitchens in Bloom” floral show and plant sale

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In conjunction with the Lewiston Tour of Kitchens, this year, for the first time, the Youngstown Garden Club will present “Kitchens In Bloom,” a show of kitchen-related floral arrangements at the Bistro Restaurant at the Old Fort Inn, 110 Main Street, Youngstown. There will also be a plant sale for the general public and botanical craft demonstrations by members of the Youngstown Garden Club. No ticket is required.

 

Saturday, June 9

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-105 Annuals and Perennials

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 9 CANCELLED

 

Wildflower hike on the Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Join Mary AliceTock for a wildflower hike sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy in Eighteen Mile Creek County Park, Hamburg. Walk down into the gorge off of South Creek Road in Hamburg, which leads to the confluence of two branches of Eighteen Mile Creek and is interesting both geologically and botanically. Here hikers can find many late spring/early summer wildflowers. It’s located off of South Creek Road between Route 20 and 62. Bring a lunch & “water sneakers.” Ms. Tock has led walks in a variety of settings from the Adirondack Mountains to the streets of downtown Buffalo and for groups such as the National Wildlife Federation and the Buffalo Museum of Science. She is a past president of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society. Reservations are required.  Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.  The hikes are public events and are free of charge.

 

Saturday, June 9

The Mill Road Project Spring Gala

7 to 10:30 p.m.

A  fundraising event to support the Mill Road Scenic Overlook Project in East Aurora will be held at the Roycroft Power House, 39 South Grove Street,  East Aurora, NY 14052. The Friends of Mill Road is a citizens group formed to raise funds to preserve 60 acres of open space on Mill Road in East Aurora. The group has embarked on a $630,000 capital campaign to raise funds to acquire the property, construct a scenic overlook and place a conservation easement on the property to protect it so that future generations can enjoy this unique and beautiful open space. This event will include  jazz guitar music by Natural Elements Duo and a silent auction featuring items such as a fly-fishing trip, a balloon ride and a yacht tour of the Buffalo waterfront.  There will be light fare and a cash bar.  Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online, at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora or from committee members.

 

Friday, June 8

 

Deadline to register your garden for Ken-Ton Garden Tour

5 p.m.

All gardeners in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda are welcome to open their home garden for public viewing in the 2012 Ken-Ton Garden Tour. This year’s Garden Tour will be held rain or shine on Saturday and Sunday, July 21and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the annual daytime event, gardeners may register for the Saturday Night Lights evening tour, held on Saturday, July 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 8. Late applications will not be accepted. See registration details here.

 

Thursday, June 7

Orchard Park Garden Club meeting

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, S. 4369 S.Buffalo St., Orchard Park.Following a business meeting, Alisa Harrison, winner of the Orchard Park Garden Club Marion A. Wilhelm College Scholarship will be the guest speaker. Alisa is studying landscape architecture at the State University of New York School of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse.

 

Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WD

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Sunday, June 3

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature canning demonstrations.

 

Saturday, June 2

Lancaster Market: canning demonstrations

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature canning demonstrations.

 

Saturday, June 2, 16, 23

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KE

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, June 2

Make a summer planter

10:30 am

Make a summer planter with Mary Gurtler in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $35. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Saturday, June 2

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-204 Hydroponics

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, June 2

Orientation for volunteers for Buffalo in Bloom

9:30 a.m. (registration at 9 a.m.)

An orientation for volunteers for Buffalo in Bloom will be held  at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. (at West Ferry St.), Buffalo. For Buffalo in Bloom, volunteer scouts, working in a team of two to four people, are assigned a several-block section of the City of Buffalo. They scout their area between July 1 and 22 looking for “bloom-worthy” front yards. You don’t have to live in the City of Buffalo to volunteer.

 

Saturday, June 2

 

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In addition to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week the Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club will perform.

 

Saturday, June 2

Herb and Plant Sale

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Herb and Plant Sale sponsored by Friends of Kenan Herb Club will be held at the Kenan House Gardens at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. There is no admission charge for this event, which coincides with 100 American Craftsmen.  An extensive variety of common and unusual herbs and other plants will be featured, along with free samplings of herbal recipes. Garden-related items will also be sold. Because some Herb Club members are Master Gardeners, you can also bring your inquiries or samples of plants you have questions about. Friends of Kenan Herb Club meets regularly and tends to the Kenan Gardens. Membership information will be available.

 

Saturday, June 2

Grand opening of Unity Peace Park labyrinth

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Featured in a recent article, the labyrinth in Unity Peace Park at Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, will hold a grand opening.The guest speaker is Sam Richardson of North Carolina, who has 14 years experience dousing for and creating labyrinths along the East Coast. He will share some of the  fascinating history of labyrinths, their stylistic differences and global significance.

 

Friday, June 1

Deadline to enter your garden on Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk showcases the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus, including University Heights, Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst. If you would like to share your garden on the garden walk, register by June 1.

 

Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Late Day Painting

3 to 8 p.m.

Set up during the late day sun and observe the lengthening shadows and subtle shifts in color during these long days of summertime at at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. From the beautiful vistas at Linwood, participants will create expressive compositions. Learn to edit, crop, and simplify forms while experimenting with color combinations. You need an outdoor painting rig and acrylics or oils. A detailed materials list is provided upon registration. The cost is $125. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 24.

 

Thursday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 6

Museum Week

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day, $7 Adults, $6 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $4 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free!

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo will be offering free mini tours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.! Visit your local museums during this state-wide Museum Week!

 

Now

Sale at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping

Impatiens flats of 48 are on sale for $10.99 at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. They’re grown in Niagara and arrive fresh daily. Click here for coupons.

 

Sunday, May 27

Lancaster Market: blood drive

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature a blood drive by Upstate New York Transplant Services.

 

Saturday, May 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, May 26

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In addition to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week there will be soil testing and questions & answers with Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, as well as crafts. Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com will also be there, so stop by to say hello.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 26 & 27

Summer workshop at Linwood Gardens: Early birds and tree peonies

7:30 to 9 a.m.

Join ornithologist Celia Lewis on a morning bird walk through the fields, woods and gardens at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525. Look for bobolinks in the field, wood thrushes in the woods and northern orioles among the peonies. Afterward, enjoy coffee and muffins and take a stroll through the gardens while the blossoms unfold, before the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers opens for the day. Wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars if possible. The cost is $20. The deadline to register is Friday, May 25.

 

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 26, 27 & 28

Tree Peony Festival of Flowers

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tree Peony Festival of Flowers will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525 (35 miles southwest of Rochester). The historic gardens feature a distinguished collection of tree peonies. Each spring when the tree peonies are in bloom, Linwood celebrates this special event with the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. (The dates for the festival were revised this year due to the early spring weather.) Linwood Gardens is listed on the National and The New York State Register of Historic Places. Linwood Gardens is a not-for-profit organization. The suggested contribution for the festival is $8 to be used for garden preservation. A guided tour is $10. Linwood Gardens is a private residence and open to the public only for the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, Summer Workshops, and the Open Garden Day participants.

 

Saturday, May 26

Lancaster Market: blood drive

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Lancaster Market is located at 4913 Transit Road (near William) in Lancaster, NY.  In addition to vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods and other local products, the market will feature a blood drive by Upstate New York Transplant Services.

 

Saturday, May 26

Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out

The Master Gardeners’ plant sale will be held at 1071 Amherst Street (between Delevan and Colvin), Buffalo, NY 14216. There will be a choice selection of sun and shade perennials, natives, herbs, annuals, shrubs, and vines direct from the gardens of Erie County Master Gardeners. You can get great plants at great prices. The sale benefits the Master Gardener program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County.

 

Saturday, May 26

Plant sale by the Federated Lancaster Garden Club

9 a.m. until sold out

In combination with Lancaster Farmers Market, the Federated Lancaster Garden Club will have its annual plant sale at the Lancaster Bowling Lanes parking lot,  5319 Transit Road,  Lancaster,  New York.  Beautiful perennials,  annuals and garden items  will be available to the public.

 

Saturday, May 26

East Aurora Garden Club plant sale

9 a.m. to noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold a plant sale in the old Ames Plaza on Grey St.,  East Aurora.

 

Friday, May 25

Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Master Gardeners’ plant sale will be held at 1071 Amherst Street (between Delevan and Colvin), Buffalo, NY 14216. There will be a choice selection of sun and shade perennials, natives, herbs, annuals, shrubs, and vines direct from the gardens of Erie County Master Gardeners. You can get great plants at great prices. The sale benefits the Master Gardener program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County.

 

Friday, May 25

Deadline to register for summer workshop: Early birds and tree peonies

See details at entry for May 26 and 27

 

Wednesday, May 23

Small standard flower show presented by Amherst Garden Club

1 to 4 p.m.

“Celebrate Spring,” a small standard flower show, will be presented by the Amherst Garden Club in the Community Room of St. John Lutheran Churh, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville, NY. The event is free and open to the public. The Amherst Garden Club was federated in 1933 and is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Atlantic Region, Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc., District VIII, Erie Section IV.

 

Wednesday, May 23

Alden Garden Club annual plant auction

6 p.m.

The Alden Garden Club will hold its annual plant in the Alden Community Center, 13116 Main St., Alden NY 14004. The live auction will include perennials grown by the club members, beautiful annuals and perennials from local nurseries, fun garden accessories and handmade wheelbarrows and bird feeders decorated by club members. Refreshments will be served. The event will take place rain or shine. The auction benefits the club’s scholarship fund for two Alden students.

 

Monday, May 21

Smallwood Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Garden Club will meet in the cafeteria of Forest Road Elementary School, 250 North Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.  Linda Blyth will give a presentation on “Planting for

Season-long Interest” and show pictures of her beautiful Tonawanda garden. Guests are welcome.

 

 

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20

The Great Plant Sale open to the public

 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss the Greatest Plant Sale of the year in the new Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20

Bonsai Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bonsai masters and novices display their prized trees at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Do not miss this once-a-year-opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one place. This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens. Admission is $9  for adults, $8 seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID), $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and kids under 3.

 

Saturday, May 19

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In addition to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week there will be a llama shearing, demonstrations & crafts, and a bottle drive.

Saturday, May 19

Smallwood Garden Club annual plant sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Smallwood Garden Club will hold its annual plant in the parking lot of Evanstown Plaza on Evans Street in Williamsville, just south of Sheridan Drive. The sale includes geraniums, flats of annuals and a large variety of perennials at great prices.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20 and 26, 27 & 28

Tree Peony Festival of Flowers

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tree Peony Festival of Flowers will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525 (35 miles southwest of Rochester). The historic gardens feature a distinguished collection of tree peonies. Each spring when the tree peonies are in bloom, Linwood celebrates this special event with the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. (The dates for the festival were revised this year due to the early spring weather.) Linwood Gardens is listed on the National and The New York State Register of Historic Places. Linwood Gardens is a not-for-profit organization. The suggested contribution for the festival is $8 to be used for garden preservation. A guided tour is $10. Linwood Gardens is a private residence and open to the public only for the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, Summer Workshops, and the Open Garden Day participants.

 

Sunday, May 20

The Great Plant Sale open to the public

 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., *In the new Administration Building

Don’t miss the Greatest Plant Sale of the year in the new Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Sunday, May 20

Bonsai Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free!

Bonsai masters and novices display their prized trees at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Do not miss this once a year opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one place. This event is brought to you by The Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Gardens.

 

Saturday, May 19

Customer Appreciation Day at Heimiller Greenhouses

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wine tasting, caricatures, face painting, magic shows, crafts for kids and ice cream will be part of Customer Appreciation Day at Heimiller Greenhouses, 3038 Ewings Road, Newfane, NY 14108. There will be plant specials, too. Click here for a coupon for a free 4.5-inch specialty annual with a $20 purchase (good while supplies last).

 

Saturday, May 19

Pond Building 101

11 a.m.

This is the class you need before you dig the hole! Pond Building 101 will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Proper planning is essential in owning a low-maintenance water garden. The class will cover site and product selection with many time-saving tips. Master pond builder Jeff Salmon will share years of experience. The class is free with preregistration. To register, email  info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, May 19

Garden Faire

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event, sponsored by the Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club, will take place at the Silver Creek gazebo and park, Main and Central, Silver Creek. It will include a plant sale, garden book sale, bird houses, feeders and garden deco. Educational speakers will give presentations on various garden topics all day.  There will also be garden vendors, information booths, free print-outs, kids’ projects and face painting.  There will be a drawing for a food gift basket and a 50-50 raffle.

 

Saturday, May 19

Wildflower hike on the Niagara Escarpment Preserve, Lockport

 

Noon to 2 p.m.

 

Join Jason Sorens for a walk sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy at the conservancy’s first protected property on the Niagara Escarpment Preserve. Bordering Leete Road in Lockport, the 36-acre property contains several unique woodland plants and ten acres of restored grassland habitat. The escarpment is a unique geological formation is often associated with unusual plants and ecological communities and is responsible for the specific weather, soil conditions, and hydrology that define Niagara County’s heritage and economy. The escarpment is responsible for the dramatic beauty of Niagara Falls, contributed to signature rises and ravines of the Underground Railroad, and enabled the intricate lock system of the Erie Canal.  Jason Sorens, a professor and amateur naturalist, landscaped his backyard with a native plants meadow (viewable on the conservancy’s Natural Gardens & Backyard Habitat Tours July 8). He volunteers with the Western New York Land Conservancy to protect native habitats for our birds, insects and wildflowers. Reservations are required.  Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.  The hikes are public events and are free of charge.

 

Saturday, May 19
9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will hold its bi-annual plant sale at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst NY, 1/4 mile south of Main St. Native woodland species, some of them rare, and garden plants from members collections will be for sale.

 

Saturday, May 19

Village of Williamsville’s Second Annual Parks Day

9 a.m. to noon

The Village Parks and Beautification Committees invite residents to get together for a few hours of improving the village’s parks and meeting your neighbors during the Village of Williamsville’s Second Annual Parks Day. Meet at the gazebo in South Long Park, at the gazebo in Garrison Park, or at the pavilion in Island Park to assist with small projects that will include spring clean-up, planting flowers and trees, and painting. Bring your shovel and gloves. There will be crew leaders at each park to direct all volunteers. A potluck picnic will follow. Please bring a dish to share and your own drinks. The event will be held rain or shine. For more info, please contact Nancy Locke at 238-0901 or nancyaroundtheworld@yahoo.com

 

Friday, May 18

The Great Plant Sale for Members and Volunteers Only

4 to 7 p.m.,  Members and Volunteers Only!

(Open to the Public May 19-20 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Don’t miss the Greatest Plant Sale of the year in the new Administration Building at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Highlights include hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and more.

 

Thursday, May 17

Wire Wrapped Stone Cabochon

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Garden Members $45, Non-Members $50

Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery will teach you how to create a pendent of your own as part of the Make-it, Take-it Workshop offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo! A cabochon (from the French word caboche or head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted.  Chain not included. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

Wednesday, May 16

Ladies Night Wines & Vines at Arbordale

5 to 8 p.m.

Ladies Night Wines & Vines will be held at Arbordale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. There will be three hours of exclusive specials with wine tastings from a selection of wineries. You can chat about wines with wine expert Louis Mulone of Lexi’s and Addy’s Fine Wines. Non-wine enthusiasts can sample flavored whip creams and specialty vodkas. To hear about updates, like Arbordale on Facebook.

 

Wednesday, May 16

Perennial plant sale and auction by the Garden Friends of Clarence

Sale from noon to 6 p.m., auction at 6:30 p.m.

The Garden Friends of Clarence will have its legendary perennial plant sale and auction at the Clarence Town Park Large Pavilion, 10405 Main St., Clarence NY.  The plant sale is from noon – 6 p.m. followed by the auction at 6:30 p.m. There will be several varieties of plants, including some rare and unusual items from the members’ gardens. Master gardeners will be on hand to do soil testing from noon-6 p.m., so bring your soil sample to the sale. The public is welcome to attend. For more information please email gardenfriendsofclarence@hotmail.com.

 

Wednesday through Monday, May 16-20

2012 National Garden Clubs Convention in Buffalo

The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State and 8th District Federated Garden Clubs are hosting this national convention in the newly renovated Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church St . Buffalo, NY 14202. The convention is open to all; you don’t have to be a member of a garden club to attend. Information on registration and events is posted at www.gardenclubsofwny.com. The convention will include Annual National Garden Club meetings; Mike Shadrack, horticulture luncheon speaker, Ricardo Costa, internationally known floral designer from Brazil for evening program; seminars, and a National Flower Show themed for New York State.

 

Tuesday, May 15

 

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Tuesday, May 15

Deadline to have your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Buffalo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. Share your garden and show your pride in your neighborhoods and city. If you’d like your garden to be on the walk, find out more and apply here.

 

Tuesday through Sunday, May 15 to 20

Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012

The 83rd national convention of the National Garden Clubs Inc., called Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012, will be held in Buffalo. The deadline to register without a financial penalty is April 15. You don’t have to be a garden club member to attend. Read more about the event.

 

Tuesday, May 15

Deadline to enter your photo in National Public Gardens Day Photo Contest

Enter photos of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for a chance to win $500 and other prizes in the National Public Gardens Day Photo Contest. All photos must be taken between May 1 and May 15, 2012. See rules.

 

Monday, May 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Monday, May 14

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Church,374 Main St., East Aurora. Sally Cunningham, author and columnist, will speak on “Great Garden Companions.”

 

Saturday, May 12

Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5  p.m.

The Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show will be held during the Holland Tulip Festival at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland, NY. (Avoid traveling to or from the show during the parade, which will be held at 2 p.m.)

 

Saturday, May 12

“Keeping the Green Away”: A pond primer

11 a.m.

Arbordale experts will take the mystery out of keeping your pond clear during this seminar at Arbordale, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville. Discussions will include new treatments, aeration’s role in healthy water and more. The class is free with preregistration. To register, email info@arbordale.com or call 688-9125.

 

Saturday, May 12

Flower market fundraiser for youth group of St. Luke Lutheran Church

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The youth group of St. Luke Lutheran Church will hold a flower market fundraiser at the church, 900 Maryvale Dr., corner of Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14225.  In case of rain, the event will be held indoors. The market will include hanging baskets, geraniums, butterfly plants, begonias, flats, perennials, vegetables and more. If you’re looking for something special or have questions, you can email Greg Tedesco at birdgt4@aol.com. Ten percent of the proceeds will be tithed to the church’s community garden project, which helps supplement clients to the food pantry with fresh-grown vegetables and herbs.

 

Saturday, May 12

 

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. A guest speaker will give a presentation on tropical bonsai. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

 

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, May 12

Orchard Park Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held at the Orchard Park Railroad Depot  (behind the Orchard Park Library, 4570 South Buffalo St.) in Orchard Park, NY. Note that this event is being held a week earlier than in previous years. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, accent plants and hanging baskets will be available for purchase.  To purchase gift certificates please call  662-5248.

 

Saturday, May 12

Countryside Garden Club of Elma plant sale

9 a.m. to noon

The Countryside Garden Club of Elma will hold a plant sale at Old Elma Town Hall, Bowen and Rice Roads, Elma.

 

Saturday, May 12

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club will meet in the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY 14136. The presentation will be “Amish Culture, Customs and Crafts” by Sally McCarthy of McCarthy’s  Horse and Buggy Quilt Co.

 

Saturday, May 12

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KD

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 12

Mother’s Day Tea Cup Arrangement

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Garden Members $30, Non-Members $35

Put a tear in Mom’s eye when you present her with this lovely fresh flower arrangement in a china tea cup!  Kids, with an accompanying adult, are welcome to participate.  Presented by the Make-it, Take-it Workshop for kids at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Saturday, May 12

Alden Farmers Market

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Alden Farmers Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Rte. 20), Alden, next to the Tractor Supply Store. In additon to selling plants, vegetables and crafts, the market offers special events. This week will feature a Mother’s Day crafts show and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 12 & 13, 19 & 20 and 26, 27 & 28

Tree Peony Festival of Flowers

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Tree Peony Festival of Flowers will be held at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525 (35 miles southwest of Rochester). The historic gardens feature a distinguished collection of tree peonies. Each spring when the tree peonies are in bloom, Linwood celebrates this special event with the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers. (The dates for the festival were revised this year due to the early spring weather.) Linwood Gardens is listed on the National and The New York State Register of Historic Places. Linwood Gardens is a not-for-profit organization. The suggested contribution for the festival is $8 to be used for garden preservation. A guided tour is $10. Linwood Gardens is a private residence and open to the public only for the Tree Peony Festival of Flowers, Summer Workshops, and the Open Garden Day participants.

 

Friday, May 11

National Public Gardens Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Public Gardens Day held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.  Admission is $1 and  free mini-tours are available all day. Admission for members and kids under 3 is always free. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Friday, May 11

Medicinal Garden program on arthritis and osteoporosis

 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In honor of Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, a Medicinal Garden program will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. With the help of the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, the Botanical Gardens will offer enlightening presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis. This special feature will also include plant displays from which current medications are derived and future medications are being researched. This feature is included with Botanical Garden admission which will be $1 on May 11.

 

Friday, May 11

Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show

7 to 9 p.m.

The Holland Garden Club Annual Standard Flower Show will be held during the Holland Tulip Festival at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland, NY.

 

Thursday, May 10

Make a Mother’s Day gift planter

6:30 pm

Mary Gurtler will show you how to make a Mother’s Day gift planter in this workshop at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. The fee is $40. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Wednesday, May 9

Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet in St. John Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086. Dorothy Julius will conduct a hands-on workshop for a spring flower arrangement. New members are always welcome.

Wednesday, May 9

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the Youngstown Presbyterian Church, corner of Main and Church Streets, Youngstown. The program, presented by Garden Club Members, will give directions and tips for making floral arrangements and transplanting garden plants for sale. Any interested nonmembers are invited to attend. This workshop will prepare garden club members and interested parties to get ready for the club’s special spring event being held in conjunction with The Lewiston Tour of Kitchens. This year, for the first time, the Youngstown Garden Club will present “Kitchens In Bloom,” a show of kitchen-related floral arrangements. There will also be a plant sale for the general public. This one-day only event will be held on June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bistro Restaurant on Main Street in Youngstown.

 

 

Tuesday, May 8

10 a.m.
The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. The theme will be  “Forever Blooming.” Julie McIndoo of McIndoo Arts and Flowers will give a program on continuous blooming perennials. Club members will participate in a May basket exchange by sharing plant divisions from their gardens. The Kenmore Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

 

Tuesday, May 8

National Teacher Day

3:30 to 6 p.m.

To honor this noble profession, free admission is being offered on National Teachers’ Day to all teachers at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Just show your ID badge and  see what the Gardens have to offer.  Enjoy a free tour, science demos and more! Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Tuesday, May 8

“IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?”

12:10 – 1 p.m.

Debbie Whitehouse, senior director of Guest Relations, Gardens & Nature at the Niagara Parks Commission, Canada, will speak at the Buffalo and Erie County Downtown Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. This is part of the lecture series “IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?” held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. On opposite Tuesdays, the lecture series explores “IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: Why do the arts matter?” The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature (C-SAAHN).

 

Mondays, May 7, 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

While supplies last

 

Perennial Sale at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

The once-a-year sale of perennials will take place at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Road (between Main St. and Wehrle Dr.), Williamsville.

 

 

Saturday, May 5

East Aurora Farmers Market opens

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The East Aurora Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 5 at the Aurora Village (Tops) Plaza on Grey St., East Aurora. The market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. Only vendor-grown/produced products are sold.

 

Saturday, May 5

Free plant swap sponsored by Hamburg Garden Club

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hamburg Garden Club is sponsoring a free plant swap at the Hamburg Farmer’s Market, Buffalo Street parking lot, Hamburg. Donations will be accepted for  World Gardening  and Water for South Sudan.

 

 

Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, June 3

Rachel’s Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

Her first exhibition… Rachel is a 10-year-old fourth grader.  Her photographs have received first place at the Erie County Fair and she has won first place in the Binational Tourism Alliance’s Doors Open Niagara Architage Contest four years in a row, including an award for the photograph of the Botanical Gardens that is in this exhibition.   She enjoys taking pictures of plants and architecture, which makes the Gardens a natural fit.  In the future, she hopes to be an art teacher and a photographer.  Visit the exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information. The cost of the exhibit is included in admission.

 

Saturday, May 5, 12

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KD

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, May 5

Spring Gardening Class

9 a.m. to noon

The 2012 Communities in Bloom spring gardening class will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora. The event is brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extention master gardeners of  Erie County in cooperation with Buffalo In Bloom. Sally Cunningham will present “New and Neglected Superior Plants,” which will discuss perennials, annuals and shrubs that are new in the market, as well as some not‐so‐new plants that gardeners should know better. Carol Ann Harlos and Lyn Chimera, Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardeners, will present “Right Place, Right Place… Right Plant, Wrong Place: A Key to Best Success in the Garden,” which will discuss choosing the best plant selections for your site. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $20. Pre-registration is required, and the deadline is Friday, April 27. For more information, call (716) 652-5400 x176 or visit http://cce.cornell.edu/erie/ to download a registration form.

 

Saturday, May 5

Native Woodland Plants of the Northeast

10:30 am

A class on native woodland plants of the northeast will be conducted by Ken Parker, CNLP,  at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. Parker  is a native plant specialist and manager of trees, shrubs, and perennials at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. The fee for the event is $10. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Saturday, May 5

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-104 Shrubs and Trees

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6

Judged Show and Sale by African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will hold its judged show and sale in the Galleria Mall, Galleria Drive, Cheektowaga. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be Favorite Songs. For more information, contact Paul Kroll at (716) 652-8658 or pfkroll@roadrunner.com.

 

Thursday, May 3

Growing orchids

6:30 pm

Everyone, from beginner to expert, will gain something from this class at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. David Clark, horticulturist, goes through the requirements for orchids to do their best in a home setting. His demonstration on repotting will give you the tools you need to get the job done right. Even if you’re just thinking about trying an orchid, you shouldn’t miss this presentation. Fee is $10. Sign up online or call the store at (716) 649-4684 to reserve your spot.

 

Thursday, May 3

Refresh, Revive, Rejuvenate!

5:30 to 9 p.m., $15 – All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo offers the perfect backdrop to introduce a fresh philosophy and creative new ideas on beauty and fashion. Buffalo Spree’s fashion writer, Erin Habes reveals this viewpoint throughout the garden space with avant-garde fashion creations that use the botanical backdrop in exciting ways.  Experience an evening of shopping, beauty, and wearable art creations. There will also be a silent auction. Ticket includes: admission, fashion exhibition, over 30 retail and beauty vendors, appetizers, cash bar and much more! Tickets will be available starting March 1 at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202.

 

Tuesday, May 1

Registration opens for River Academy

The River Academy program of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper features local experts sharing their passion for Niagara River hydrology, geology, ecology, contamination issues, land use impacts, restoration project design, mapping, stream assessment and more. Sessions will include field trips and hands-on workshops.  River Academy provides an exciting opportunity for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of Niagara watershed issues, students in need of hands-on field experience, teachers seeking professional development, and all other fans of our wonderful waterways! Through Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s partnership with Erie Community College, SUNY course credit is available.  River Academy II (Fall semester) begins Saturday, September 8. For more information or to register, email  rdrake@bnriverkeeper.org or call Robbyn Drake at 852-7483, ext. 12.

Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28

2nd Annual Birdhouses For The Clubhouse: a fundraising event to benefit Gilda’s Club Western New York

1 to 6 p.m.

Buy or bid on handcrafted birdhouses suitable for indoor or outdoor display at this fundraiser at Gilda’s Club WNY, 1140 Delaware Avenue (corner of West Ferry), Buffalo, NY 14209. Admission is free.  You can also learn about birding and the environment from experts, purchase one-of-a-kind items from vendors who are donating a portion of their proceeds to Gilda’s Club, buy raffle tickets for a chance to win beautiful baskets of goodies, place orders for geraniums for spring planting and enjoy delicious refreshments. Gilda’s Club Western New York is a non-profit support community for men, women and children who are living with cancer, as well as their families and friends. It serves the eight counties of Western New York. For more information about Gilda’s Club WNY, call 716.332.5900 or visit www.gildasclubwny.org. Handicapped accessible. No strollers please.

 

Saturday, April 28

Presentation: “Own Your Own Landscape” at Lockwood’s

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, will give two presentations at Lockwood’s, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg. At 10 a.m. she will discuss the basics to create and maintain a beautiful yard. At 11 a.m. she will discuss superior shrubs for Western New York yards. Questions are welcomed. Bring pictures to show your problems or the space you want to landscape. The cost is $10 for one class or $15 for both classes. To register, call 649-4684 or sign up online.

 

Saturday, April 28

Village of Williamsville Earth Day/Arbor Day event

 

10 a.m. to noon

An Earth Day and Arbor Day event  will be held at the Noll Nature Center on Glen Avenue across from Glen Falls in Williamsville. Activities include Dual-stream recycling truck demonstration, Arbor Day sapling give-away, children’s activities, live music, wildlife, guest speakers and the announcement of the biggest tree in the Village of Williamsville. Participants include Messinger Woods Wildlife Rehab, Paw Park, Adirondack Mountain Club, Modern Disposal, Tifft Nature Preserve, Amherst State Park, Foothills Trail Club, Cornell Master Gardeners, Erie County Dept. of Environmental Planning and Amherst Youth Engaged in Service. The Amherst Conservation Advisory Council and the Arboretum at Amherst State Park Volunteers will have tables with displays set up. For more information on volunteering with the Arboretum volunteers, contact l.shriver@roadrunner.com. The event is sponsored by Village of Williamsville, Village Environmental Advisory Committee and the Village Tree Board.

 

Saturday, April 28

Basket Weave Hypertufa

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Garden Members $25, Non-Members $30

Fashion you own unique planting container from peat moss, perlite and Portland cement as part of the Make-it, Take-it Workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Bring a basket with a defined structure to get the best results. The basket may have to be sacrificed when un-molding the planter so don’t bring a prized heirloom! Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Saturday, April 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County test soil and answer questions

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, April 28, May 5, 12

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KD

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, April 28

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-203 Practical Principles of Pruning

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Mondays,  April 30, May 7, May 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Now through Saturday, April 28

Indoor tent sale at Lockwood’s

With May fast approaching, Lockwood’s Greenhouses needs to make room for flowering plants, so discounts have been increased to 60 percent off merchandise in its indoor tent sale at 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Additional large pottery is located outside at the edge of the perennial area on pallets, so don’t miss these great buys! Lockwood’s is open Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-5 and Monday-Friday 9-6. Starting May 1, they are open until 8 p.m. weekdays.

 

Friday, April 27

Deadline to register for2012 Communities in Bloom spring gardening class.

See details at the entry for May 5.

 

 

Friday, April 27

Black Friday – Spent Spring Bulb Sale

8 a.m., $7 per bag of bulbs

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo is pulling thousands of bulbs and they all must go!  They provide a bag and you fill it with many different varieties.  Limit 3 bags per person! Sale is in the garage behind the Gardens. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

 

Mondays,  April 23, 30, May 7, 14

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WC

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Now through April 22

Western New York Earth Week is a week-long celebration. Visit  www.grownwny.org to learn more about exciting environmental events and ways to make a difference during Earth Week throughout the region. Register for the Earth Week Happy Hour on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 – 7:30p.m. at D’Arcy McGees.  Read the Grow Blog written by experts on local environmental issues. Take the pledge to participate for Earth Week, and learn about many ways you can volunteer.

Saturday, April 21

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Annual Spring Cleanup of Amherst State Park

9 a.m. to noon

You can join volunteers from Amherst Arboretum and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers to clean up Amherst State Park, 400 Mill St., Williamsville. Meet in the parking lot by the maintenance pathway.  Riverkeeper provides gloves, trash bags, hand sanitizer and first aid kits. Please dress for the weather. No flip-flops. Riverkeeper will be giving away free reusable totes as a way of saying thank you for your help. A free volunteer appreciation picnic party will be held directly following the cleanup event from noon to 3 p.m.  at the American Legion Post, 533 Amherst St., Buffalo. All are welcome. If you will attend the cleanup, please contact l.shriver@roadrunner.com so they know how many supplies to have on hand.

 

Saturday, April 21

Make spring floral arrangement at Roycroft

9 a.m. to noon

Bring the beauty of spring into your home by creating a floral basket arrangement filled with gorgeous flowers and greenery accents in this workshop at the Roycroft Campus, 31 South Grove Street, East Aurora. Learn the basics of flower arranging in a step-by-step visual approach.  Students will learn how to condition the flowers, prepare the container, cut and arrange flowers and greenery and care for the design. Materials supplied for the class include floral foam, a decorative container, a variety of flowers (roses, gerbera daisies, tulips and flowers of the season), greenery (ruscus and variegated pitiosporum) and floral accents. The instructor will be Malinda Schneider, floral arranger and gardener for the Roycroft Inn. She is a self-taught gardener with a love for color and design.  The fee is $90  for Roycroft members  and $95 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited to a maximum of 20 students. Register online or call the Roycroft Copper Shop at 716-655-0261.

 

Saturday, April 21

Spring shoreline cleanup with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

9 a.m. to noon

Individuals as well as families, community groups, employee groups, service clubs, student groups, school clubs, scouts troops, churches, and volunteer groups can help remove the unsightly trash and debris that has accumulated over the winter during Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s spring cleanup.  This trash and debris is harmful to wildlife and degrades water quality.  Volunteers that participate in the movement to beautify Buffalo and Niagara’s waterways will receive a thank you gift and are invited to attend Riverkeeper’s volunteer appreciation picnic following the cleanup. You can register online to volunteer at one of 40 cleanup sites around Western New York.  Please register by Wednesday, April 11, 2012. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Lamont at (716) 852-7483 ext. 19 or elamont@bnriverkeeper.org.

Friday, April 20

Buffalo Enviro-Fair

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sixth annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair will be celebrating Earth Day with booths from area eco-organizations in front of City Hall in Niagara Square, Buffalo. Re-Tree WNY, an all-volunteer not-for-profit group formed to replace trees lost in the October, 2006 snowstorm, hosts the event. Re-Tree WNY will give out free tree seedlings and will sell reusable shopping bags to benefit Re-Tree WNY. The event is free and open to the public. The not-for-profits at the event are supported in part by environmentally-aware business sponsors, who are also sought for 2012’s event. Any organization, whether a not-for-profit or potential sponsor, can contact Paul Maurer at (716) 553-4061 or email pauldavidmaurer@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, April 19 or Thursday, May 17

Wire Wrapped Stone Cabochon

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Garden Members $45, Non-Members $50 *Offered twice!

Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery will teach you how to create a pendent of your own as part of the Make-it, Take-it Workshop offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo! A cabochon (from the French word caboche or head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted.  Chain not included. Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information.

 

Tuesday, April 17

 

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meets

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Sunday, April 15

Deadline to register for Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012

The 83rd national convention of the National Garden Clubs Inc., called Explore the Wonders, Buffalo/Niagara 2012, will be held May 15 to 20 in Buffalo. The deadline to register without a financial penalty is April 15. You don’t have to be a garden club member to attend. Read more about the event.

 

Saturday, April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 29

Master Gardeners of Erie County

Master Gardeners will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to answer gardening questions.  Bring your soil to test! Soil testing will be done while you wait. For a small fee of $5, you may bring up to three different samples. Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. Proceeds from the soil testing benefit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Please call 827.1584 ext. 291 for information on how to take your soil samples.

 

Saturday, April 14

Workshop: Learn How to Make Your Own Compost

9 a.m. to noon

Join Groundwork Buffalo, Cornell University and City Honors School for a free composting workshop at City Honors School, 186 East North Street, Buffalo. Explore the art and science of composting and learn to turned unwanted spoils into nutritious soil.  You will also learn about how to build worm bins, wire bins, and pallet composters; projects being developed by students and teachers, and staying healthy and saving with composting. For more information, contact Groundwork Buffalo at info@groundworkbuffalo.org or call (716) 462-1074.

 

Saturday, April 14

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club will meet in the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY 14136. The presentation will be “The Herbal Medicine Chest” by Jackie Swift of Rainbow’s End Herbs.

 

Saturday, April 14

Western New York Bonsai Club meeting

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet in Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. The topic will be “Spring Bonsai Care and Repotting.” Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Youngstown Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown, NY. The program will be presented by Nancy Smith of the Western New York Land Conservancy. She will be talking about the Bond Lake Project and other Conservancy activities. The Youngstown Garden Club welcomes members of the community who wish to attend.

Wednesday, April 11

Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Lancaster Garden Club will meet in St. John Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster, NY. The program will be  “Perennials and Using Perennials in Container Gardening” with Mark Yadon from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses.  He will do a power point presentation and bring examples of perennial plants.

 

Tuesday, April 10

10 a.m.
The Kenmore Garden Club will meet at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore. The theme will be “Think Spring.” Dorothy Julius, co-owner of Along Garden Paths, will create a spring design and tell us about pressed flowers and her home-based business. The Kenmore Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

 

Monday, April 9

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main Street (corner of Maple), East Aurora. Nancy Kalieta of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will speak on “Famous Crystal Palaces.” Her PowerPoint presentation will take the audience on a tour of Phipps Conservatory, Longwood Gardens, Sonnenberg Gardens, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and more. She will discuss the history of greenhouses and the problems they face today.

 

Saturday, April 7

Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m. – Pre-Registration Only!

Garden Members Child/Grandchild $6, Non-Members Child/Grandchild $8, After March 25 $10

Kids ages six and under are eligible to participate in the Hunt at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Each Hunter will collect two eggs to exchange for a great prize! The Hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.  Hunters are admitted free to the Gardens this day!  If you plan to visit the Botanical Gardens this day before or after the hunt, please see Spring Flower Show admission prices.  Inside – kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities: a scavenger hunt, games, a petting zoo, prizes and more! Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s. The Hunt sells out every year!  Register early! Register online at www.buffalogardens.com, on the registration form in the back of this book or by calling 827.1584 ext. 204.

 

Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens as part of the Spring Flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8

Dress Your Easter Best

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  *Included with admission

Celebrate spring tradition and wear an Easter Bonnet or Easter Tie to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo! The Easter Bunny’s Helper will choose winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize. You can make it, borrow it or buy your bonnet or tie!  Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Thursday, April 5

Meeting of Orchard Park Garden Club

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Lana Bilger will do a presentation on pruning.  Lana has worked at Menne Njursery since 1989 and has presented gardening classes there for several years  She has been a New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional since 1990.

 

April through September

Volunteer to plant trees and shrubs with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Join Restore Corps volunteers in planting trees and shrubs to create habitat for wildlife and protect water quality along the waterfront. Plantings are usually 3-4 hours and include all tools and equipment. Just bring a willingness to get muddy! Register on the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper website,  email Matt at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org, or call 852-RIVER.

 

Monday, April 2

Deadline to apply for FreshConnect grant

Grants are available for projects to get farm products to areas in need. Read more about it here. 

 

Saturday, March 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 31

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-103 Pest Management and Disease

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, March 31

6 p.m.

The Western New York Bonsai Club will meet at the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, NY 14219. A beginners workshop will be held. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact 716-822-0222. Monthly meetings consist of demonstrations, workshops, and much more. Members have access to the group’s comprehensive bonsai library, participate in monthly club raffles, and display and organize upcoming club shows. Meetings are also a great time to meet fellow bonsai enthusiasts and to ask any bonsai questions you might have. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month.

 

Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens as part of the Spring Flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Saturday, March 31

Deadline for artists to register for inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale

The National Garden Festival has issued a call for artists for its inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park, Buffalo, N.Y. Artists can apply online at www.nationalgardenfestival.com by March 31. The event is a fundraiser for the National Garden Festival and artists will be charged a $10 application fee, $50 booth fee and 10 percent of their sales from the event.

 

Wednesday,  March 27

 

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York. The program will be the installation of officers,  presentation of awards and a pot luck dinner. Members are asked to bring a favorite dish to pass and a place setting including a miniature or small arrangement to be judged.

 

Thursday, March 29

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Lewiston Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston, NY 14092. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1

Baltimore Trip

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for some fun as they partner with AAA Tours to travel via luxury motor coach to the beautiful historic city of Baltimore. Trip includes the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, the Inner Harbor and a few surprises. The excursion closes travelling homeward with a stop at the 23 acres of botanical beauty at Hershey Gardens, in Hershey PA. For more details, go online or call 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, March 26

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WB

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Monday, March 26

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

6:30 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Porter Town Hall, 3265 Creek Road, Youngstown, NY 14174. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

March 22-25

Flower show at Plantasia

The 8th District Judges Council  is sponsoring a standard flower show called “A Taste of Spring”  during Plantasia in the Expo Building of the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY.  The show will feature designs, horticulture and special exhibits.

 

Thursday, March 22

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

1 PM:   Attracting Birds and Butterflies to the Landscape, Tom Mitchell – Horticulture Instructor NCCC & owner of Mitchell Landscaping Inc

2 PM:   Edible Landscapes, Daphne Kroll, CNLP – Dore Landscape Associates

3 PM:  Gardens of the Garden Walk, Jim Charlier – JCharlier Communication Design

4 PM: Agri-Tourism:  What It’s All About, Dan Robillard, Horticulture Instructor, McKinley High School, Buffalo

 

Thursday, March 22

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Friday, March 23

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

11 AM:             Innovative Hardscapes In Outdoor Living Spaces, Mike Frank – Chevalier Outdoor Living

Noon:   ECO-Logic: How to Use it Naturally in the Landscape , Ken Parker –  Lockwood Gardens

1 PM:   Do You Know How Waterfront Landscaping Affects Water Quality and Quantity?

Larry Brooks – Watershed Restoration Project Manager Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

2 PM:   Pruning – The How And Why Of Good Pruning Techniques, Lynn Chimera – Lessons from Nature

3 PM:  Garden Personalities:  Stories Of Local Gardeners and Their Creations, Connie Oswald Stofko –   Publisher of Buffalo-Niagara Gardening.com 

3 PM: (Small Conference Room): Traditional Designs For Flower Shows, Judy Tucholski – 8th District Garden Clubs Judge

4 PM:   Plants with All Season Interest, Lana Bilger – Menne Nursery Garden Artistry

 

Friday, March 23 to Sunday, April 15

Joan Saba Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

Art in Bloom – Joan Saba’s oil paintings feature sun-drenched flowers where shadows provide intrigue and color reigns supreme.  Their grand scale, masterful brushwork, and rhythmic compositions are a visual delight.  Visit the exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is included in admission price.

 

Friday, March 23

Paradise Under Glass

6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Garden Members $25, Non-Members $28, After March 18 $30

Dont miss this great event to celebrate SPRING at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo!  Wear your tropical attire and see a sneak preview of the Spring Flower Show, try your luck at a great basket raffle, enjoy Dundee Ale & Lager, Seagram’s Escapes, delicious tidbits from: Lucarelli’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Obviously Avi Catering, Curly’s, Quaker Bonnet and Tandoori’s, free parking and more! Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager, Seagram’s Escapes, Backyard Party Supply and Wendy’s.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 204.

 

Saturday, March 24

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

11 AM: English Gardens, Mike Shadrick –British Horticulture Speaker &Author. Books available for purchase and signed.

Noon: Put Your Best Look Forward – Design for an Unforgettable Front Yard, Sally Cunningham, CNLP & Author – Lockwood Greenhouse

1 PM:   Container Gardening, Lynn Chimera – Lessons from Nature

1PM (Small Conference Room) Caring for Your Waterfront Property Workshop, Larry Brooks- Watershed Restoration Project Manager Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

2 PM:   Things Gardeners Should Know But Don’t, Ken Brown – Host WBEN Radio (930 AM Dial)

3 PM:  Success with Vegetable Gardening, Tom Mitchell – Horticulture Instructor NCCC & owner of Mitchell Landscaping Inc.

4 PM:   Lawn, Landscape and Garden Facts and Fallacies

Terry Ettinger  – Greenhouse Manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology,                             YNN TV Garden Expert

5 PM:   The Garden Revolution: A Call To Trowels, Albert Gilewicz – Consultant and speaker

6 PM:  Green Roofs and Their Benefits, Gaelle Berges – Vegetali.D.

 

Saturday, March 24

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

1 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held during Plantasia at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, April 15

Spring Flower Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

See the spring flowers in full bloom at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Farmer Brown’s Petting Zoo – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily – visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more! The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens March 24, 25, 31, April 1, 6, 7, 8 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Saturday, March 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 24

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP-202 Advanced Propagation

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always free!

The Easter Bunny visits the Gardens as part of the Spring Flower show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

 

Sunday, March 25

Plantasia: Taste of Spring

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $9 for adults ($8 with coupon); $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

11 AM:  Get a Jump Start on the 2012 Growing Season/How to Start Flowers and Vegetables, Dave Clark – Horticulture Speaker and Instructor, Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens

Noon:   Environmental Landscape Design and Management Strategies, Terry Ettinger   – Greenhouse Manager for SUNY Department of Environmental & Forest Biology,  YNN TV Garden Expert

1 PM:   More Bang with Perennials, Sally Cunningham, CNLP & Author – Lockwood Greenhouse

2 PM:   How to Design and Care for Your Indoor House Plants, Kathy O’Donnell – Botanicus Interior Landscaping

3 PM:  Plant Envy: “Must Have” Annuals and Perennials for Every Garden, Carolyn Stanko, CNLP – Educator, Niagara County Community College

 

Sunday, March 25

 

Sunday Kids Program at the Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. Register online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

March 22-25

Flower show at Plantasia

The 8th District Judges Council  is sponsoring a standard flower show called “A Taste of Spring”  during Plantasia in the Expo Building of the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY.  The show will feature designs, horticulture and special exhibits. The deadline for pre-registration for designs and special exhibits is March 8. Horticulture may be brought in on the entry day, March 21, from 9 am-1 pm. Contact Judy at irisjudy@aol.com for questions and special instructions.

 

Tuesday, March 20

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meets

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Tuesday, March 20

“Sharpest Tool in the Shed” workshop

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House will host a workshop to help you learn about the tools professionals use and why they work better, save you time and keep you out of the doctor’s office. The workshop will be held in the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214. Understand the tools of the trade and learn why the tools lurking in your garage are often not suited for the job. Sharpening will be discussed and demonstrated, so bring your clippers or scissors. From rakes and shovels to pruners and trowels, learn the best tools for the price and why they save you time and money in the long run. Martin House horticulturalist Nellie Gardner and her assistant, Norma Wiegley, will lead you through this fun and informative workshop. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Reserve you space now or call 716-856-3858.

 

Wednesday, March 21

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at the Wheatfield Community Center, 6812 Nash Road, Wheatfield, NY 14120.   Note correct address: 2790 Church Rd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Wednesday, March 21

Plantasia: Taste of Spring—Preview Night

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Western New York’s Premier Garden and Landscape Show will be held at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Expo Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. Wander through thousands of square feet of beautiful gardens, water features, patios, flowers and accessories bringing to life this year’s theme Taste of Spring. Shop with over 175 vendors, who are offering plants, grills, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden décor and everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening. Children will be delighted with the activities and special events found in the Children’s Garden.

 

Monday, March 19

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Saturday, March 17

Lockwood’s opens for the season

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, is opening for the season. Join us for scones and coffee in the morning. The store is stocked with houseplants, flowering plants, pansies and violas. The gift shop is bursting with new items that will amaze you. Helleborus ‘Cinnamon Snow’ and ‘Pink Frost’ are in full bloom and looking good. (May need to be covered when danger of frost is possible.) Spring also means time for spring cleaning and they have a great sale area set up with 40% off because they need room for all the new items still coming in over the next few weeks. Pottery included! (Sorry, no loyalty points on discounted merchandise.)

 

Saturday, March 17

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KC

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 17, 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Now through Sunday, March 18

Doug Hansgate Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

*Included with admission

Orchids – they are so diverse and beautiful you wonder how nature has been able to create such a variety of such uniquely beautiful flowers. Visit Doug Hansgate’s exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to view some compelling photos showcasing that deliciously intricate and artistically thought provoking wonder of the orchid species. Explore the details and makeup that have helped to create such a diverse group of blooms, but most importantly revel in the magnificence that is the ORCHID.

 

Now through March 16

Tree and shrub seedling sale

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual sale of deciduous and evergreen seedlings. You can also order wildflower seed mixes, fertilizer tablets, tree shelters, orange marker flags and bluebird nest boxes. You can find the order form online, but it must be mailed in with payment and received by March 16.

 

Thursday, March 15

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Wednesday,  March 14: Rescheduled to March 27

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York. The program will be the installation of officers,  presentation of awards and a pot luck dinner. Members are asked to bring a favorite dish to pass and a place setting including a miniature or small arrangement to be judged.

 

Mondays, March 12, 26

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WB

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Monday, March 12

Annual meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual meeting in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora, New York 14052. The group will install new officers; recognize members who have been in the club 20, 30 or 40 years, and recognize new members. The potluck luncheon will feature cold salads. Members are asked to bring a small salad and a serving utensil.

 

Sunday, March 11

Victorian Tea

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Garden Members $20, Non-Members $24

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo for a light lunch, tasty tea and an entertaining presentation.  Unique teapots will be available for your shopping pleasure, and don’t forget to don your Victorian bonnet! Registration is required – call 827.1584, ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 10

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meeting

2 p.m.

The Western NY Iris Society  will give a slide show presentation at the meeting of the Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club in the First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek, NY 14136.

 

Saturday, March 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 10

Ecology and the Interaction of Natural Systems in Home Gardens

11 a.m to Noon

Join  David Clark, horticulturist, as he explains the delicate and balanced ecosystems of your yard and how to foster and maintain some amazing relationships at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Register online or by calling 827-1584, ext. 291. The cost is $8 for garden members, $10 for non-members and $5 for students. This is also included as a Bonus Class in the Horticuture Series I & II.  The event is sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County and 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State.

 

Thursday, March 8

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14302. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Friday, March 9

South Towns Gardeners

10 a.m. to noon

South Towns Gardeners meets the 2nd Friday of each month us at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224.  At this meeting, there will be the annual election of officers and a business meeting. New members are welcome!

 

Wednesday, March 7

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeperwill host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held Sheridan Parkside Auditorium, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Monday, March 5, 12, 26

 

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WB

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class, Non-Members $60 per series/$16 per class.

 

Saturday, March 3, 10, 17

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KC

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m., Children of  Garden Members $2, Children of Non-Members $3

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, March 3

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP 102-Basic Propagation (with advanced techniques)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Thursday, March 1

Meeting of Orchard Park Garden Club

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will meet at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.  Following a business meeting, Lynn Chimera, guest speaker, will present a program on how to use native plants in your garden.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Deadline to apply for new community garden with Grassroots Gardens

If you are interested in starting your own community garden in the City of Buffalo, Grassroots Gardens may be able to help. Click here for more information.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 29

“Caring For Your Waterfront Property”

7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeperwill host workshops to provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The workshop on this date will be held at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Office, 1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213. The riparian zone plays an enormous role in providing clean water for our communities and healthy habitat for wildlife. Thousands of species rely on these habitats to survive and many of them have a direct impact on our way of life here in Western New York. Volunteers who get involved in restoration projects along the water’s edge have the unique opportunity to protect and improve the ecology of riparian lands and serve as models for their community. By attending, you will learn of the many opportunities Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has to offer for becoming a steward of our natural heritage. Because the material covered will be the same in each, you need to attend only one. For more information please contact Matt Candeias at mcandeias@bnriverkeeper.org or 852-7483 ex. 31.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 to Sunday, March 18

Doug Hansgate Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens

*Included with admission

Orchids – they are so diverse and beautiful you wonder how nature has been able to create such a variety of such uniquely beautiful flowers. Visit Doug Hansgate’s exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo to view some compelling photos showcasing that deliciously intricate and artistically thought provoking wonder of the orchid species. Explore the details and makeup that have helped to create such a diverse group of blooms, but most importantly revel in the magnificence that is the ORCHID.

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

 

Sunday Kids Program at the Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. Register online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26

Orchid Show by The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society & the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Dozens of special orchid exhibits will be spread throughout the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo and the many blooming orchids in the permanent collection will be at their best!  There will be educational programs daily for growing orchids and other aspects of indoor gardening. There will be plenty of orchids for sale as well as supplies from various vendors. The orchid vendors will include Bloomfield Orchids, Marlow Orchids, and Piping Rock Orchids and other vendors include Hydroponics of Buffalo. Go out to the Gardens to see hundreds of blooming orchids! Cost is $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are free.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25

Medicinal Garden Special Feature

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  * included with admission

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, this Saturday for Nutrition & Poison Prevention Month. Activities include: presentations about the benefits of foods from plants containing health-promoting compounds; botanical displays of edible plants which are good for health; and common local plants which may be toxic to humans and pets; education regarding the prevention of accidental ingestion of toxic substances by infants and children in the home.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 21

African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York meets

7:30 p.m.

The African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Bldg., 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Wednesday,  Feb.  22Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series DA

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

This beginner/intermediate drawing class will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for garden members or $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Wednesday,  Feb.  22

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

Amherst Garden Club will hold a meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville.  The program will be “Ponds & Water Features for Your Patio” by Tim Zimmerman of Menne Nursery & Florist.  Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday through Saturday, February 15, 16, 17, 18

Night Lights at the Gardens

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

Night Lights is held inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting. Last year’s eventwas a huge success, and 2012 will bring new features, different lighting arrangements, soundscapes and more. As visitors walk through the Gardens, they will encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes that will inspire imaginations and delight the senses. Lighting designs by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. On Friday, Feb. 17,  the GAHU Drum Ensemble will perform. Calling the Chautauqua region their home, the GAHU Drum Ensemble will perform traditional rhythmic percussion and vocals. Led by TR McKotch and Rhonda Harp, the ensemble plays and teaches throughout the Southern Tier. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons are not valid during Night Lights.

 

Saturday, February 18

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KB

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291. Cost is $2 for children of  Garden Members and $3 for children of non-members.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18

Horticulture II Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP 201-Soil Science

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David is back again by popular demand and he promises lots of hands-on learning and of course, fun, in this series of classes. Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Sunday, Feb. 19

Meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society

1:30 p.m.

The Western New York Hosta Society will meet in the East Aurora  Senior Citizen Center, corner of Oakwood and King St., East Aurora. Thomas Herrera-Mishler, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, will give an illustrated talk on “Frederick Law Olmsted – His life & Works.”

 

Sunday, Feb. 19

Wines of the Buffalo Meridian

3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo can’t promise to transform you into a wine connoisseur, but they can help you shake the winter blahs as they sample the wines of the regions on the Buffalo Meridian.  Light munchies will be provided to cleanse the palate as Ed Dore directs the sommelier quest. Registration is required. Call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden Members is $20 and forNon-Members, $24.

 

Monday, Feb. 20

Dollar Day at the Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  $1 for Non-members, Members & kids under 3 are free at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo!

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Hearts in the Gardens

The fundraising gala for the National Garden Festival will be held in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres by Lucarelli’s, beer and wine, as well as a silent auction. You can also enjoy NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens, the Amaryllis & Cymbidiums display and the current Arcangel Gallery exhibition. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Feb. 7.  Proceeds help the National Garden Festival and Buffalo’s growing national reputation as a summer gardening destination.

 

Wednesday,  Feb. 15,  22

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series DA

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

This beginner/intermediate drawing class will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for garden members or $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

 

Monday, February 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Monday, February 13

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main Street, East Aurora.  Paul Kroll from the African Violet Society will give a demonstration on dividing, propagating and properly caring for the plants.

 

Wednesday through Saturday, February 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18

Night Lights at the Gardens

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

Night Lights is held inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting. Last year’s eventwas a huge success, and 2012 will bring new features, different lighting arrangements, soundscapes and more. As visitors walk through the Gardens, they will encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes that will inspire imaginations and delight the senses. Lighting designs by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. On Friday, Feb. 10, John & Mary will perform.  Hailing from the lineage of the alternative rockers 10,000 Maniacs, John & Mary will bring their original folk rock tunes. The duo has released four albums during their 20 year career. Mary Ramsey is the lead singer in 10,000 Maniacs. John Lombardo was a former founding member of the band. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons are not valid during Night Lights.

 

Friday, Feb. 10

South Town Gardeners meeting

10:30 a.m.

The South Town Gardeners meets the second Friday of each month at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Rd., West Seneca. New members are welcome.

 

Saturday, February 11, 18

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KB

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Feb. 11, 18

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!   Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291. Cost is $2 for children of  Garden Members and $3 for children of non-members.

 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Reservation deadline for Hearts in the Gardens

Hearts in the Gardens is the gala fundraiser for the National Garden Festival. See details below at its Feb. 14 listing.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Federated Lancaster Garden Club

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will have the annual “Welcome Back”  meeting on Wednesday,  February 8 at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster,  New York. Members will work on “goody bags”  for the National Convention coming to Buffalo in May. Members are asked to bring scissors and check other details through the club mailings.

 

Monday, February 6 and 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Wednesday through Saturday, February 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18

Night Lights at the Gardens

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

Night Lights is held inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting. Last year’s eventwas a huge success, and 2012 will bring new features, different lighting arrangements, soundscapes and more. As visitors walk through the Gardens, they will encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes that will inspire imaginations and delight the senses. Lighting designs by SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. On Friday, Feb. 3, Lazlo Hollyfeld, an all-instrumental group will play their original compositions created from a blend of electronic, percussion and guitars. Lazlo Hollyfeld has toured the country and have been local favorites for over a decade. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors & students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3. Guest passes and coupons are not valid during Night Lights.

 

Wednesday,  Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22

Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes, Series DA

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

This beginner/intermediate drawing class will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It will will cover shading techniques, value scale, symmetry, grid method, perspective, positive and negative space and composition.  For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for garden members or $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4 

Medicinal Garden Special Feature at Botanical Gardens

10 a.m.to 1 p.m.

Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, this February for National Heart Month while they feature Medicinal Gardens. Activities include: botanical displays highlighting the plant sources for medications used to treat medical conditions related to the heart and cardiovascular system, blood pressure education and screenings, education regarding the ABC’s of the Million Hearts national campaign aiming to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. This exhibit included in admission.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11, 18

Bud Buddies

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Calling all kids ages 4-10 for garden fun on Saturdays!  Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located on 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo  for activities, games, songs, stories and more. Every session will be different!  Space is limited so make sure to pre-register online or by calling 827.1584 ext. 291. Cost is $2 for children of  Garden Members and $3 for children of non-members.

 

Saturday, February 4, 11, 18

 

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KB

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Monday, January 30

Make-it, Take-it Workshop for adults: Succulent Wreath and Propagation 

6 to 8 p.m.

Create a living wreath of desert plants to grace your home for years to come at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Learn how to propagate these plants to create beautiful desert dish gardens.  Bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport your beautiful handiwork. The cost is $35 for Botanical Gardens members and $40 for non-members.

 

Monday January 30, February 6, 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, January 28

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Jan. 28

Horticulture 1 Certificate Series with David Clark, Horticulturist

HCP 101-Basic Botany and Plant Environment

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Certificate Program is for the serious gardeners, as well as, those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes, but individual classes may be taken if desired.  (Classes will be repeated in 2013 in the event that you must miss one.)  If you’ve ever attended a class that David has taught, you know you’re in for a memorable experience!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Be entertained while you learn! Register with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo online or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291. The cost for Garden members is $105 for the series or $20 per class, and for non-members, $130 for series or $25 per class.

 

Sunday, Jan. 22

Sunday Kids Program at the Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids aged 4-10 will have a wonderful time as they dabble in a new activity each month with help from docents at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The activities are included in the price of admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3. Register online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

 Jan. 14 to Feb. 20

Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

See an exhibit of the 2011 NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens event,  at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Featured will be the work Chris Podosek, John Gerovac & Arnold Abira, three artists with three different perspectives. See the Gardens in a new light! The exhibit is included with admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3.

 

Jan. 21 to Feb. 20

Amaryllis & Cymbidium Exhibit

See an exhibit of amaryllis and cymbidiums (a species of orchids) at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The exhibit is included with admission. Admission is $7  for adults, $6 for seniors (55+), $6 for students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for members and children under 3.

 

Monday January 23, 30, February 6, 13

Monday morning adult art classes, Series WA

8:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran artist, you’ll benefit from the tutelage of Joan Saba at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. For a suggested list of supplies, call 827.1584 ext. 291. The cost is $54 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Garden members and $60 per series or $16 per class for non-members.

 

Saturday, January 21, 28

Saturday Art Classes for Kids, Series KA

9-10:30 a.m.

These multi-medium art classes are for kids ages 5-15. Taught by Artist Joan Saba, a product will be complete in each class. Supplies are included. The cost is $30 per series or $11 per class. Make reservations online or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21

 

Garden Design(HCP 106 )

 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the sixth class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, Jan. 14

This is the fifth class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Now through Sunday,  Jan. 8

“Micro Botanicals”: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

Michael Mandolfo & Sara Heidinger  will bring a unique photography exhibit that highlights vibrant and colorful flowers of all kinds to the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The photos will bring you up close and personal with the unique textures, color tones, and personalities of nature’s finest!

 

Now through Sunday, Jan. 1

Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your family to the biggest exhibition of poinsettias in the Western New York region at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Escape the cold.  It is always 72 degrees and humid at the Gardens. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Now through  Sunday, Jan. 1

Garden Railway Exhibit

This year the railway exhibit will be double the size at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Two different trains, a traditional set-up and a Thomas the Train exhibit, will be a part of the magical family fun. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Gardening Events in Buffalo, NY area for 2011

Now through Sunday, Jan. 1

Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your family to the biggest exhibition of poinsettias in the Western New York region at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Escape the cold.  It is always 72 degrees and humid at the Gardens. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Now through  Sunday, Jan. 1

Garden Railway Exhibit

This year the railway exhibit will be double the size at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Two different trains, a traditional set-up and a Thomas the Train exhibit, will be a part of the magical family fun. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Friday, Dec. 30

Dollar Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is just $1 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3 is free.

 

Saturday, Dec. 31

Deadline to enter photo contest at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Categories are Glass, Water and Color. Awards are first, second and third place in each category and the photo used on the cover of the Botanical Gardens’ next newsletter. Entry forms will be available on the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling 827-1584, ext. 204. For members of the Botanical Gardens, the first entry fee is free and each additional entry is $6. For non-members, the entry fee is $8.

 

Now through Friday, Dec. 30

Christmas decorations at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

See period decorations created by members of the 8th District Federated Garden Clubs at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, between North and Allen Streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5 per person.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Holiday Fresh Floral Arrangement

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Choose the traditional look or bring a taper to add candlelight to the center of the arrangement that you make at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your floral showpiece. The cost is $30 for Botanical Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

 

Now through Sunday, Dec. 18

Holiday coupons from Perry’s Nurseries and Garden Center

Click here to find a coupon from Perry’s for $10 off your purchase of $35 in garden accents, $5 off Christmas trees, and more!

 

Saturday, Dec. 17

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Christmas centerpiece

10:30 a.m.

Design a Christmas centerpiece with floral design artist Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The centerpiece will be made of fresh-cut greens and have a holiday motif. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Thursday, Dec. 15

Hands-On Holiday Seminar: Fresh Tabletop Tree

6:30 p.m. 

The Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara will hold a hands-on holiday seminar at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $30 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials. No experience is necessary to create your own arrangement. Participants must bring scissors, pruners and wire cutters. You must register and pay in full by Thursday, Dec. 1.  If your business or social organization would like to attend as a group, please call Bob Bracikowski at 504-2617, ext. 244. Registration through credit card or check may be done in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by mail to 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd, LPO Box 360, NF, NY 14304-0360.  Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities.  These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale and for use in this seminar.

 

Sunday, Dec. 11

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Boxwood topiary

2 p.m.

Design a boxwood topiary with floral design artist David Clark at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $40. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Sunday, Dec. 11

Riverkeeper/Squeaky Wheel Documentary Premiere

3 p.m.

View the first part of the Riverkeeper/Squeaky Wheel documentary, Everyone Lives Downstream,  at the Burchfield Penne  1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Everybody Lives Downstream examines the history of Buffalo’s complicated relationship with the Buffalo River –- the way we continue to alter this body of water through industrial exploitation as well as remediation and restoration efforts.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Kissing ball

10:30 a.m.

Make a kissing ball with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $30. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Bow making

11:30 a.m.

Learn how to make bows at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost for instruction and two bows is $10. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holiday Celebration at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a holiday celebration at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3. The fee for kids’ activities and crafts is $2 per child . Photos with Santa are $5 per photo.

 

Thursday, Dec. 8

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Fresh wreath

6 p.m.

Make a fresh wreath (basic wreath, bow included) with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is$25. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Tropical Holiday Brunch at Romanello’s

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual holiday party at Romanello’s. Spend an afternoon with friends, enjoy a delicious brunch and learn about tropical plants from the gardeners of the Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the great basket raffle and the opportunity to grab some holiday gifts. See the order form or call 827-1584 ext. 204 for details. The cost is $24 for Botanical Gardens members or $27 for non-members.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Amherst Garden Club’s benefit luncheon

Doors open at 11 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon to benefit its scholarship fund and civic, conservation and other projects at the Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Rd., Clarence.  The reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 18.  Tickets are $25 payable to Amherst Garden Club.  Call Nan Davis at 688-2784 for further details.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Lancaster Garden Club Christmas party

6 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet for its annual Christmas party at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens,  6461 Transit Road,  Depew.  This will be the final meeting of the year.  There will no regular meeting in January.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Panel Discussion: “The Economic Benefits of Conservation: Making Choices Today for Sustainability Tomorrow”
 3 to 5 p.m.
A panel discussion on “The Economic Benefits of Conservation: Making Choices Today for Sustainability Tomorrow” will be held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Join panelists from American Farmland Trust, Edible Buffalo, Field & Fork Network, Lexington Co-Op, the WNY Environmental Alliance, and the Western New York Land Conservancy to discuss bottom-line community values, with special interest paid to community health, local food from sustainable farms, and green space. Panelists will discuss current community initiatives such as local food, the “we” versus “me” trend, smart energy and sustainable healthy communities.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Open House at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get ideas for holiday decorating as well as gift giving at the open house at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe, 2365 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Print out the online coupon to receive a free holiday gift with purchase.

 

Sunday, Dec. 4

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Entry planter or decorative cone

2 p.m.

Make an entry planter or decorative cone with Mary Gurtler at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Fresh materials will be used and you can use the finished piece outside. The cost is $40. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Dec. 10

Victorian Christmas at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

See period decorations created by members of the 8th District Federated Garden Clubs at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, between North and Allen Streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5 per person. A shuttle van will run from the Holiday Inn parking lot (620 Delaware Avenue) to the TR Site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Note that this service is NOT available in the evenings, on Saturdays, or on Friday, December 16.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Open House at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Get ideas for holiday decorating as well as gift giving at the open house at Elaine’s Flower Shoppe, 2365 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Print out the online coupon to receive a free holiday gift with purchase.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Hosta Conversation & Breakfast

10 a.m.

Western New York Hosta Society will hold an informal gathering for conversations on hostas at the Gardenview Restaurant, 1744 Union Rd. West Seneca. If you’d like to attend, you must RSVP  by email  to H8staman@aol.com  or by phone to (716) 941-6167.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Decorative swag with greens & berries

10:30 a.m.

Make a decorative swag with greens and berries with Mary Gurtler at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Mixed greens wreath

11:30 a.m.

Make a mixed greens wreath with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Holiday Photo Op at Mischler’s

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your family and your camera to take a memorable holiday photo with hundreds of our beautiful poinsettias as your backdrop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Amherst. Pets are welcome, too. The photo opportunity is in celebration of Season in the Village of Williamsville, presented by the Williamsville Business Association.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Boxwood Tree

9 to 11 a.m.

Make a boxwood tree at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your handiwork. The cost is $25 for Botanical Garden members and $30 for non-members.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Make-it, Take-it for kids: Christmas Orange Pomander

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Bring the luscious smell of oranges and cloves into your home this Christmas with this craft at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Very traditional and very easy to do, it is one craft the kids never tire of.  In fact, it makes a perfect gift! The cost is $7 for Botanical Garden members and $8 for non-members.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Fresh Greens Wreath

Noon to 2 p.m.

Bring the smell of fresh greens into your home with a 14-inch wreath you make at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your handiwork. The cost is $25 for Botanical Gardens members and $30 for non-members.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Mixed greens wreath

6 p.m.

Make a mixed greens wreath with Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Bow making

6:45 p.m.

Learn to make bows with Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost for instruction and two bows is $10. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Deadline to register for Dec. 15 Hands-On Seminar: Fresh Tabletop Tree

See details at the listing for Dec. 15.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Sea Glass Jewelry

6 to 8 p.m.

Create a sterling silver wire wrapped sea glass pendant  and earrings under the expert tutelage of Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  (Chain is not included.) Bring wire cutters and needle nose pliers if you have them.  The cost is $45 for Botanical Garden members and $50 for non-members.

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

Orchard Park Garden Club annual Christmas luncheon

Noon

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its annual Christmas luncheon, Good Tidings of Friendship,  at the Orchard Park Country Club, 4247 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. There will be a friendship through gift exchange, where the members  exchange a fresh or dried small arrangement that they made.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Make a fresh wreath

10:30 a.m.

Make a fresh wreath with Sally Cunningham (basic wreath, bow included) at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Sunday, Nov. 27

Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities

Fun, garden-related activities will be held for children ages 3 to 12 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. The activities are free with garden admission.

 

Friday, Nov.  25  to Sunday, Jan. 1

Poinsettia Show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your family to the biggest exhibition of poinsettias in the Western New York region at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Escape the cold.  It is always 72 degrees and humid at the Gardens. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Friday, Nov.  25  to Sunday, Jan. 1

Garden Railway Exhibit

This year the railway exhibit will be double the size at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Two different trains, a traditional set-up and a Thomas the Train exhibit, will be a part of the magical family fun. Special holiday hours are 10 a.m. to noon on  Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and 10 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Friday, Nov.  25  to Sunday,  Jan. 8

“Micro Botanicals”: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

Michael Mandolfo & Sara Heidinger  will bring a unique photography exhibit that highlights vibrant and colorful flowers of all kinds to the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The photos will bring you up close and personal with the unique textures, color tones, and personalities of nature’s finest!

 

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26

Holiday Photo Op at Mischler’s

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your family and your camera to take a memorable holiday photo with hundreds of our beautiful poinsettias as your backdrop at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Amherst. Pets are welcome, too. The photo opportunity is in celebration of Season in the Village of Williamsville, presented by the Williamsville Business Association.

 

Monday, Nov. 21

Presentation on “Gems of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with Floriade 2012″

6 p.m.

Get information on the spring trip “Gems of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with Floriade 2012,” which will be hosted by garden author Sally Cunningham, during a meeting at McKinley’s Banquet Center, S-3950 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell. Reservations are required for the meeting. To make a reservation, call AAA at 800-242-4244.  The trip will be held March 31-April 8, 2012. You can save $475 per person by making trip reservations by Nov. 30.

 

Monday, Nov.  21

Make-it, Take-it for adults: Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Make a fresh Thanksgiving arrangement at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The arrangement will have a dish or pumpkin base. Add $5 for pumpkin base (the staff  prepares the pumpkin beforehand). The cost is $30 for Botanical Garden members and $35 for non-members. Bring hand clippers and a carton to transport your masterpiece.

 

 Saturday, Nov. 19

Holiday Workshop at Lockwood’s: Thanksgiving Centerpiece

10:30 a.m.

Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece with floral design artist Mary Trifunovic at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. The cost is $35. You may register and pre-pay by telephone (649-4684), in person at the shop or online.

 

Saturday, Nov. 19

Exploration Earth for youth: Sun Solutions

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. During this day’s class, participants can Explore solar energy, historical and future implications. Make and look through a spectromoscope and see how a solar car works. The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Friday, Nov. 18

Deadline to register for Amherst Garden Club’s benefit luncheon

See details in the listing for Wednesday, Dec. 7

 

Thursday, Nov. 17

Great American Smokeout

Smoking is bad for your plants. The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. The program will be “How to Grow & Show Houseplants” by Mischler’s Florist & Greenhouses.  The horticulture presentation will be “Bulbs and their Proper Care” by Linda Zeder.  Guests and newcomers are welcome.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Federated Holland Garden Club meeting

11 a.m.

The Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following a business meeting and luncheon, Dorothy Julius, member of the Federated Lancaster Garden Club, will present a workshop entitled, “Making a Mini Arrangement.” For more information, call 652-2539. New members are always welcome.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 15

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30  to 9 p.m.

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 40 Embry Place, Lancaster.

 

Monday, Nov. 14

Meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

Members of the East Aurora Garden Club will demonstrate techniques for decorating for the holidays at the meeting at St. Mathias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. The presenters will be Gloria DeFilippo, wiring cones and fruit for wreaths as well as bow making; Carol Hasselback, assembling baskets of fresh greens; Mary Ann Jackson and Judy Dembinski, making plaques on oasis forms; Lynn Wilkins, using hydrangeas in holiday decorating, and Chris Hartmann, boxwood, apple and other topiaries. There will be many simple but clever ideas– you may want to bring your camera.

 

Sunday, Nov. 13

Western New York Hosta Society meeting

1:30 p.m.

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at the East Aurora Senior Citizens Center,  Oakwood and King St., East Aurora. The topic will be “The Hosta Garden.”  All Garden enthusiast are welcome to attend.

 

Saturday, Nov. 12

Christmas Open House at Lockwood’s

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Come Enjoy Christmas music and festivities while you find items to decorate for the holidays and give as gifts. It’s all at the Christmas open house at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. A free gift will be presented to the first 100 guests who make a purchase.There will be homemade cookies, savory treats, hot spiced cidar, decorated wreaths, boxwood trees, poinsettias and seasonal flowering plants. You can also sign up for Lockwood’s fall classes.

 

Saturday, Nov. 12

Standard Flower Show & Fashion Show set by Orchard Park Garden Club

11 a.m.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower Show & Fashion Show at Michaels Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.  The doors open at 11 a.m. featuring our Standard Flower Show and theme basket raffles. Pressed flower night lights will be available to purchase.  Fashions will be by Dress Barn. A lunch will be served.  Tickets are $25 per person. All tickets will be pre-sold only; no tickets will be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling Alice Holmes at 662-6997.


Saturday, Nov. 12

Free event sponsored by Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club
2 p.m.

Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of Polish Customs, Traditions, and Folklore, as well as other books, will present a slide show and speak about herbs and flowers at 72 Burgess St., Silver Creek. Her books will be available for purchase. The hostess will be Donna Metzger. For more information, call Sue at 934-7608.

 

Saturday, Nov. 12

Class on Trees and Shrubs (HCP 104 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the fourth class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

Colleen Gaskill will speak on “Garden Pathways” at the meeting of the Youngstown Garden Club at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Potential members are invited to attend.  For more information, please call Garda O’Keefe, membership chair at 745-9590 or email GardaOK@aol.com.Youngstown Garden Club is on Facebook, too.

 

Wednesday,  Nov. 9

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. The program,  “Boxwood Teacup Arrangement,”  will be presented by David Clark of Sieck’s Wholesale Florist.  It will include a hands-on workshop .

 

Through Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

Special coupon offer from Perry’s Nurseries

A coupon just for readers of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com is available by clicking here. The coupon entitles you to half off trees and shrubs at Perry’s Nurseries and Garden Center, 5203 Seneca St., West Seneca.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Kenmore Garden Club meeting

10 a.m.

Theresa Marone of Floral Accents in North Tonawanda will design a fall arrangement suitable for your Thanksgiving table and a Christmas arrangement at our meeting at Kenmore United Methodist Church on Landers Rd. at Delaware Rd. in Kenmore. (Entrance is through the church parking lot door.) These arrangements will be raffled during lunch. Guests are welcome.

 

Monday, Nov. 7

“What’s New for the Holidays” presented by Bowmansville Garden Club

6:15 p.m.

“What’s New for the Holidays” will be presented by the Bowmansville Garden Club in the Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main St., Bowmansville. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., refreshments begin at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. “Innovative Holiday Ideas” will be presented by Tim Walters from Flowers by Johnny. There will be theme baskets and a Share the Wealth raffle. Tickets are $8 and are available by calling Kathy K. at 407-3218. No tickets will be sold at the event.

 

Monday,  Nov. 7

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes: Fall Series 2

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or expert,  you will learn a lot from Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher in these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 for the series or $15 per class. The cost for non-members is $60 for the series or $16 per class. A list of suggested supplies can be obtained by calling 827-1584 ext. 291. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sunday, Nov. 6

2 to 4 pm
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Western New York Land Conservancy will co-host a talk at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. Stan Radon, geologist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, will discuss the geology of Western New York and the Niagara Escarpment. Popular for his gripping tours of local rock formations, Radon will speak about time, climate and the evolution of the geology and landscape of Western New York. This talk will describe the geologic resources and formations of Western New York, discuss sand and gravel deposition and mining, and discuss how salt, oil and gas deposits are formed and then mined. Radon has been a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the past 20 years and teaches geology and environmental sciences at UB and Daemen College.

Saturday, Nov. 5  

Hosta Conversation & Breakfast

10 a.m.

Western New York Hosta Society will hold an informal gathering for conversations on hostas at the Gardenview Restaurant, 1744 Union Rd. West Seneca. If you’d like to attend, you must RSVP  by email  to H8staman@aol.com  or by phone to (716) 941-6167.

 

Saturday, Nov. 5

Waffle or Worm Plate fundraiser

9 am-noon

Central City Cafe’, a soup kitchen at 200 East Eagle St., Buffalo, needs 80 cubic yards of good quality soil to build vegetable gardens for its neighbors. (Central City Cafe’ began growing fresh vegetables.  As the garden grew, so did the curiosity of the neighbors; they wanted to know how they could grow vegetables for their families.) To raise money for the new garden plots, the Cafe’ is holding a Waffle or Worm Plate fundraiser. Contributors can purchase a waffle breakfast for $5, or they can purchase a worm for $20, which will be eaten by the Cafe’s garden manager and other friends of the Cafe’. The Cafe’ has been serving meals for 20 years. It  provides a free lunch and shower for anyone who stops in Monday-Friday.  The kitchen is run by a volunteer staff.  If you would like to volunteer or contribute in other ways, please contact Caesandra Seawell at caesandra@gmail.com.

 

 

Saturday, November 5, 12 & December 3

Saturday Kids’ Art Classes (Series B)

9-10:30 a.m.

Join Instructor Joan Saba, professional artist, for a fun Saturday morning as you explore different art mediums at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. All supplies provided. Cost is $11 per class or $30 for the series.

 

Saturday, Nov. 5

Pest Management and Disease Class (HCP 103 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the third class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order.  The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, Nov. 5

Exploration Earth for youth: Reduce

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This day’s class helps participants discover how changing and reducing our consumption habits can help the environment and make this world a better place. Use creative thinking power to formulate nature cartoons and advertisements. The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Thursday, Nov. 3

5:30–9 p.m.

Join Lockwood’s for the second year of this special event at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens for a fun evening with your friends. Proceeds from this event benefit Child and Family Services – Haven House. There will be many vendors offering everything from jewelry to massages. Lockwood’s will be there with a special preview of some of the amazing Christmas ornaments they will be featuring at their Christmas Open House on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the store. They will also have their seasonal favorites from the Thymes – Fraser Fir Candles and more.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club will get together. There will be a field trip or there will be a meeting at Menne’s, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.  For more information, email wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 27

Hands-on seminar: “Pumpkin Flower Arrangement”

6:30 p.m.

Halloween is just around the corner. Bring home a fresh pumpkin filled with dried and fresh flowers you make during this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by October 13.Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities. These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. The program will be “Cornucopias” by Mary Ann MacDonald of Shelley’s Florist & Gift Shop in Williamsville. This will be a hands-on workshop.  Contact Nan Rung at 639-3947 for a list of supplies. Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Tuesday, October 25

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30  to 9 p.m.

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet in the LVAC Building, 40 Embry Place, Lancaster. A presentation by Barbara Donsky will cover  the basics of potting, grooming, watering and fertilizing Mini and Semi-Miniature African Violets. Everyone is invited to bring in their plants for assessment and help with problems. A leaf exchange, blossom display board and 50/50 split drawing will also be available. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served. For further information, please call Paul Kroll at 652-8658.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Energy-efficient lighting options for the holidays

7 p.m.

A presentation on energy-efficient lighting options for your household and for your holiday decorating will be given  in the Community Room at the Philip Sheridan  Building, 3200 Elmwood  Ave., Town of Tonawanda. You don’t have to be a Tonawanda resident to attend. This is the last of four presentations in the 2011 annual Environmental Speakers Series sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment. This event will kick off the application process for the Town of Tonawanda’s annual “Energy Smart” Holiday Decorating Contest.

 

Saturday, Oct. 22

Exploration Earth: Birds’ Turf

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This day’s class focuses on bird habitat conservation. Participants can discover some challenges birds face through an active game and take home a bird feeder. The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Sunday, Oct. 23

Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities

Fun, garden-related activities will be held for children ages 3 to 12 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Kids’ activities will also be held Nov. 27. The activities vary each day. The activities are free with garden admission.

 

Saturday, Oct. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 13

Chrysanthemum Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Chrysanthemum Show will be heldat the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is sponsored by John & Carol Kociela. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Saturday, Oct.  22

Class on Propagation – Basic and Advanced (HCP 102 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the second class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes, which may be taken in any order. If you attended the propagation classes in the spring, you will receive credit toward the certificate course and do not need to repeat this class.  The cost of the entire program will be prorated accordingly. The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Film: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

7 p.m.

The Buffalo Film Society presents If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Dr., Amherst. The film tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liveration Front by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thrilller, the film interweaves a verite chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Sea Glass Jewelry : Make-it, Take-it Worshop for adults

6 to 8 p.m.

Create a sterling silver wire wrapped sea glass pendant and earrings under the expert tutelage of Diana Traver of Exotic Gemmery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Chain for the pendant  is not included. Bring wire cutters and needle nose pliers if you have them.  The cost is $45 for Botanical Gardens members and $50 for non-members.

 

Tuesday, October 18

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York

Meeting date moved to Oct. 25.

 

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16

Orchid Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An American Orchid Society (AOS) judged show will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is being sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens. The plant judging is against previously judged and awarded plants that represent the best standard for that particular species or hybrid plant.  As the teams judge each category, they will grant ribbons for first, second and third place in each category, best in category, best in show, as well as plants deemed worthy of AOS awards and  show awards.  Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

 

Saturday, Oct. 15

Free program sponsored by Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club
2 p.m.

Lyn Chimera will speak on  “Gardening On A Dime With Less Time”  to help you save time and money in your garden. The event will be held in First Baptist Church, 32 Main St., Silver Creek. For more information, call Sue at 934-7608.

 

Saturday, Oct. 15

Deadline for Master Gardener Training Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County is offering the Master Gardener Training Program this fall. You can read more details here. Cooperative Extension asks that students pay the tuition by Oct. 15. Classes start Oct. 29.

 

Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 20

“The Gardens Inside-Out”: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

John Gerovac will exhibit his work in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. He writes: “When I visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, I observe all of it.  I see inside & out, beds & buildings, flowers & facilities, ponds & pools, etc., etc., etc.  Of course, you will see flower photographs too.  But hopefully, you will experience so much more. ”

 

Thursday, Oct. 13

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar: “Pumpkin Flower Arrangement”

See details at the Oct. 27 listing.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Youngstown Garden Club: Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays

7 p.m.

The Youngstown Garden Club is holding open meetings this fall.  Guests and newcomers are welcome. This  workshop will show you how to force bulbs for the holidays. Reservations are required. For more information, please call Garda O’Keefe, membership chair  745-9590 or email GardaOK@aol.com Youngstown Garden Club is  on Facebook.

 

Monday, Oct. 10

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon, with new member orientation at 11:15 a.m.

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. Kerri Li of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will speak on “Water Conservation in Your Own Backyard.” As part of the new member orientation series, Florence Mergenhagen, design chair and flower show judge, will give a short presentation on “Designing for Pleasure.”

 

Saturday, Oct. 8

Volunteers needed to spruce up pocket park

9 a.m. to noon

Groundwork Buffalo is looking for volunteers to help neighbors spruce up a pocket park in Buffalo in preparation for the National Preservation Conference, which is coming to Buffalo later this month. Volunteers will assemble at 420 Wohlers, just near East Ferry/Goulding. They will repair flower beds and plant fall perennials, tulips and other plants to make sure the pocket park looks great year round.  They’ll also prune shrubs and trees, collect refuse and plant some curbside trees. If you’d like to come out and lend a hand, bring a pair of work gloves (or mittens).

 

Saturday, Oct. 8

Exploration Earth for youth: Endless Existence

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploration Earth is an environmental stewardship program for youth ages 10-14 that  uses hands-on learning to build an understanding of conservation ethics and solutions to the critical environmental problems we face. It is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This day’s class looks at what biodiversity is and why it’s important. Participants can enjoy a diverse scavenger hunt and take home some exotic plants . The cost for members of the Botanical Gardens is $24 for the program or $8 per class, and the cost for non-members is $30 for the program or $10 per class.

 

Thursday, Oct. 6

The Unstill Life of Plants

7 p.m.

Dr. Roger Hangarter, professor of biology at Indiana University will use time-lapse photography techniques to demonstrate the remarkable dynamics of plant life at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Dr. Hangarter is the author of a compelling website,  recipient of many teaching awards and a fascinating presenter.  Gardeners, artists, photographers and botanists won’t want to miss this. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County and 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State. Admission is $20 for members of the sponsoring organizations, $25 non-members, and $10 for students with ID.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne’s, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.  For more information, email wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Sunday, Oct. 2

Victorian Tea

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Victorian tea will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. There will be a light lunch of finger sandwiches, fruit, scones, desserts and of course, a variety of teas.  Thepresenter will be the ebullient, effervescent and entertaining horticulturist, David Clark. Victorian hats are encouraged! Admission is $20 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $22 for non-members. This event will fill up fast, so don’t wait until the last minute to register.  Pre-registration is required.

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

Fall plant sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fall plant sale will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The sale includes perennials for fall and winter interest, flowering shrubs, tropical house plants and more. See a list of available plants, along with photos, at the Botanical Gardens’ website.

 

Saturday, Oct.  1

Basic Botany and Plant Environment class (HCP 101 )

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the first class in the Horticulture I Certificate Program offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. These classes are for the serious gardener as well as those who just want to know more than gardening basics.  To earn the certificate, you must attend all six classes. Basic Botany is a prerequisite for the other five classes which may be taken in any order.  The classes will be repeated in 2012 if you need to make up a class. See the list of all the classes in the certificate program as well as information on fees. You can register online or call 827-1584.

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday, October 1, 8 & 22

Saturday Kids’ Art Classes (Series A)

9-10:30 a.m.

Join Instructor Joan Saba, professional artist, for a fun Saturday morning as you explore different art mediums at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. All supplies provided. Cost is $11 per class or $30 for the series.

 

Friday,  Sept. 30

Fall plant sale at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

3 to 7 p.m.

A fall plant sale will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  The sale includes perennials for fall and winter interest, flowering shrubs, tropical house plants and more. See a list of available plants, along with photos, at the Botanical Gardens’ website.

 

Now through Friday, Sept. 30

Sale on shrubs and trees at Lockwood’s

Get 30 percent off shrubs and trees at Lockwood‘s, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Sale includes hydrangeas, Japanese maples, butterfly bushes, and some really amazing shrubs for fall color (Itea, Callicarpa (Beauty berry), Fothergilla, and Viburnums.) They also have a wide selection of special small to medium-sized yard trees–Stewartia, Chionanthus (did you ever see the dark purple berries?), Seven-sons tree, and disease-resistant crapabbles. The hard-to-find native Washington Hawthorne is also available–not much to see now, but someday a gorgeous perfect oval with flame red color in autumn.

 

Thursday, Sept. 29

Hands-on seminar: “Dried Fall Arrangement”

6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the beauties of the upcoming season by creating a unique arrangement of dried flowers during this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by September 15.Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities. These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. The program will be “Flower Arranging Made Simple” by Sylvia Fredricks.  The horticulture presentation will be “Pruning Perennials” by Linda Zeder.  Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Monday, Sept.  26

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes: Fall Series 1

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or expert,  you will learn a lot from Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher in these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 for the series or $15 per class. The cost for non-members is $60 for the series or $16 per class. A list of suggested supplies can be obtained by calling 827-1584 ext. 291. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sunday, Sept. 25

Sunday Afternoon Kids’ Activities

Fun, garden-related activities will be held for children ages 3 to 12 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Kids’ activities will also be held Oct. 23 and Nov. 27. The activities vary each day. The activities are free with garden admission.

 

Saturday, Sept. 24

Gala at the Gardens: A Celebration of Herbs

7 to 10 p.m.

The flavors and essence of herbs will be celebrated throughout the evening at this gala at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Individual tickets are $100. Members of the Western New York Herb Society provided their time and expertise. Call 827-1584, ext. 203 for more information.

 

Now through Sept. 24

Summer Sweepstakes at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

You could win $2,500 cash or a trip to England in the Summer Sweepstakes held by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Raffle tickets are $50 each and only 500 will be sold. Early Bird Winners will be drawn every Friday for 10 weeks at 10 a.m. beginning July 15. Early Bird prizes are $250 cash. These winners are still eligible to win more Early Bird prizes and the Grand Prize. Every ticket has up to 11 chances to win! The Grand Prize winner will be drawn on Sept. 24 and the winner must choose one Grand Prize. You can buy tickets online. 

 

Now through  Friday, Sept. 23

You can vote online in Show Us Your Garden contest at Zehr’s

Who has the best garden? You decide in the Show Us Your Garden photo contest at Zehr’s On the Lake. Prizes are $150 gift card for first place, $100 gift card for second place and $50 gift card for third place. Voting runs from Sept. 1 to 23, and the winners will be announced on Sept. 24.

 

Wednesday, Sept.21

Western New York Rose Society meeting

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephen’s Church, 750 Wehrle Dr., Cheektowaga. (The meeting is downstairs.) The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York meeting

7:30  to 9 p.m.

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at the LVAC Building located at 40 Embry Place, Lancaster. (Embry Place runs south off Walden Avenue, one block east of Central Avenue.) Everyone is invited to bring in their plants for assessment. Demonstrations and discussions will be held on the basics of repotting, grooming, watering and fertilizing. A leaf exchange, blossom display board and 50/50 split drawing will also be available. Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served. For further information, please call Paul Kroll at 652-8658

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Make-it, Take-it workshop for adults: Garden Stepping Stones

5:30-7 p.m.

Create two 7”x 7” stepping stones for your garden in this workshop at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring baubles, stones, shells or anything else you’d like to use to decorate your stones, as well as plastic to cover the floor of your trunk.  The cost is $11 for members of the Botanical Gardens and  $14 for non-members.

 

Monday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Sept. 30

Sale on shrubs and trees at Lockwood’s

Get 30 percent off shrubs and trees at Lockwood‘s, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Sale includes hydrangeas, Japanese maples, butterfly bushes, and some really amazing shrubs for fall color (Itea, Callicarpa (Beauty berry), Fothergilla, and Viburnums.) They also have a wide selection of special small to medium-sized yard trees–Stewartia, Chionanthus (did you ever see the dark purple berries?), Seven-sons tree, and disease-resistant crapabbles. The hard-to-find native Washington Hawthorne is also available–not much to see now, but someday a gorgeous perfect oval with flame red color in autumn.

 

Thursday, Sept. 15

Deadline to register for hands-on seminar: “Dried Fall Arrangement”

See details for event at its Sept. 29 listing.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Youngstown Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

Terry Yonker will speak on “Migratory Birds in Niagara” at the meeting of the Youngstown Garden Club at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Potential members are invited to attend.  For more information, please call Garda O’Keefe, membership chair at 745-9590 or email GardaOK@aol.com. Youngstown Garden Club is on Facebook, too.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Federated Lancaster Garden Club meeting

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet  at St.  John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. The program,  “The Women and Gardens of Forest Lawn,”  will be given by Sandy Starks.

 

Monday, Sept. 12

Herbal wreath workshop at meeting of East Aurora Garden Club

Noon

An herbal wreath workshop will be held at the meeting of the East Aurora Garden Club at St. Mathias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora. Janice Frasier from the Amana Garden Club will lead the workshop. You need to bring a wreath form made of wire, grapevine or straw no larger than 8-10” in diameter. The larger the form, the more plant material you need to bring. Also bring thin spool wire, a wire cutter, clipper and fresh or dried herbs. Suggested plant material includes sweet Annie, artemisia, sage, lamb’s ear, mints, thymes, rosemary, lavender, yarrow, marjoram, oregano, southernwood and dusty miller. Don’t bring basils or parsley– they shatter when dry. Small strawflowers, baby’s breath, globe thistle, nigella and sea holly can be added for interest. For more informaion,  call Chris at 655-1042.

 

Saturday, Sept. 10  to Sunday, Oct. 2

Succulent Show at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many different types of cacti and succulents will be exhibited during the Succulent Show to be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens,  2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. They include common landscape succulents used in rock gardens such as sedums and sempervivums (hens and chicks).  The event will also showcase many unusual or not so common plants such as the Split-Rock plant native to Africa.  There will be many different types of succulents such as echeverias, aeoniums and euphorbias.  Designs will include a succulent bedroom as well as a dog house with a “green roof” and a dog made from pots to occupy it. The event is sponsored by John and  Carol Kociela. Admission is  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & students, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for members of the Botanical Gardens and children under 3.

 

Saturday, Sept. 10

Buffalo Audubon Society’s annual Homestead Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Buffalo Audubon Society will hold its annual Homestead Festival at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. The festival focuses on pre-industrial life and will include many exhibitors demonstrating old time arts and crafts like blacksmithing, candle making, flint knapping, broom making, hearth cooking, woodcarving, and basketry. Actors will be dressed as settlers, rangers, mountain men, Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. Activities for children include making corn husk dolls and other crafts. There will be homemade ice cream and other foods made the traditional way, all to the sound of live bluegrass music. The 400-acre Beaver Meadow Audubon Center is only 15 minutes south of East Aurora. Visitors can walk 8 miles of trails during the festival and experience a range of habitats and environments while reconnecting with nature. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and free for children 3 and under.

 

Now through Saturday, Sept. 10

Perennial sale at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

Buy any one perennial at the regular price and get the second perennial of equal or lesser value free at Mischler’s Florist, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville (between Main Street and Wehrle Drive). The sale continues while supplies last.

 

Saturday, Sept. 10

Fall Garden Fair at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fall Garden Fair is a day of special speakers, great food and 20 vendors featuring gardening themed items, jewelry and art at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, . Admission free; classes are $10 each. Talks feature Sally Cunningham on “Your Garden and Landscape: To Do and Not to Do in September,” Carol Ann Harlos on bulbs for spring bloom, and demos on dried and fresh flower arrangements and autumn wreaths. Pre-register after Aug. 15.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club will meet at Menne’s, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The main presentation will be on Venus Fly Trap care. For more information, email wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Saturday, Sept.  3 to Monday, Oct.  10

Cacti and Other Treasures: Exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery

Eileen Graetz, a photographer and artist, will exhibit her work in the Arcangel Gallery at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. She discovered a passion for the southwest through her travels and finds inspiration in cacti and succulents.

 

Saturday, Sept. 3

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Thursday, Sept. 1 to Friday, Sept. 23

You can vote online in Show Us Your Garden contest at Zehr’s

Who has the best garden? You decide in the Show Us Your Garden photo contest at Zehr’s On the Lake. Prizes are $150 gift card for first place, $100 gift card for second place and $50 gift card for third place. Voting runs from Sept. 1 to 23, and the winners will be announced on Sept. 24.

 

Now through Thursday, Sept. 1

Sale on perennials at Zehr’s on the Lake

All perennials are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.  You can subscribe to Zehr’s e-newsletter for free by going to their website. You’ll see the “Subscribe” box in the left column.

 

Now through Wednesday, Aug. 31

Submit photos to Show Us Your Garden contest at Zehr’s

You can show off your garden and have the chance to win a great prize when you enter the Show Us Your Garden photo contest at Zehr’s On the Lake. Prizes are $150 gift card for first place, $100 gift card for second place and $50 gift card for third place. Everyone who enters receives a free mum. Even if you don’t enter, you can participate by voting. Voting runs from Sept. 1 to 23.

 

Mondays, Aug. 29 and Sept. 12, 19 & 26

Monday Morning Adult Art Classes: Fall Series 1

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Whether you’re a novice or expert,  you will learn a lot from Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher in these classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $54 for the series or $15 per class. The cost for non-members is $60 for the series or $16 per class. A list of suggested supplies can be obtained by calling 827-1584 ext. 291. Pre-registration is required.

 

Saturday, Aug. 27

Pick-up date for flower sale with mums and native plants

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is holding its annual flower sale fundraiser. Order by Aug. 17 and pick up your order Aug. 27 at Orchard Glen Retirement Community. Contact the Land Conservancy for more information.

 

Sunday, Aug. 28

Russell’s 2nd Annual Plant Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society

Item preview begins at noon; auction starts at 1 p.m.

Plants, trees, tools, garden supplies and more will be auctioned off to benefit the American Cancer Society at Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm, 9800 Transit Rd., East Amherst.

 

Sunday, Aug. 28

Kids’ activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11:30 a.m.

Bring the kids ages 3-12 to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, for fun and educational activities. Activities vary and children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are free with admission. Ice Cream Sundaes will be for sale as well.

 

Now through Saturday, Aug. 26

Sale at Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm

Free palletized stone delivery with coupon, and up to 50 percent off on maple trees. See more specials here.

 

Through Aug. 21

Art show: “A Walk in the Garden”

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“A Walk in the Garden,” a juried exhibit, is being held at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The show features works with garden-related themes created by 28 local artists  working in photography, watercolors, ink drawings aquamedia and pastels.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Public Daylily Sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society will hold its annual Public Daylily Sale at the Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Rd., West Seneca. Daylilies of all shapes sizes and colors will be available at reasonable prices.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Garden Party fundraising event

Noon to 3 p.m.

An informal fundraising event is being held at Sunset Bay on Lake Erie to benefit the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club so that it can continue to bring the beauty of flowers to its area. The event includes a wine tasting with wines produced by Merritt and Willow Creek Winery, a basket auction and a silent auction. The event will take place at Cabana Sam’s, 1028 South Shore Dr., Irving. Tickets are $5 presale and $6 at the door. For more information, contact Sue Duecker at 934-7608.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

Geology hike at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

10 am to noon

This hike is sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy. Hikers Led by Stan Radon, this hike features views of the gorge walls and a beautiful waterfall. Please be prepared to walk in the creek with shoes that have great traction. This is a great family hike on a hot August day. Please register early as this hike fills to capacity very quickly. Hike leader Stan Radon has been a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 20 years. He also teaches geology and environmental studies at UB, Buffalo State College and Daemen College. Reservations are required because space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is free.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “What’s in the Water?”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. “What’s in the Water?” will explain pond ecosystems and water pollution through microscopes and fun activities. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Now through Friday, Aug. 18

Sale on flowering shrubs at Zehr’s on the Lake

All flowering shrubs are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.  You can subscribe to Zehr’s e-newsletter for free by going to their website. You’ll see the “Subscribe” box in the left column.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Ordering deadline for flower sale with mums and native plants

The Western New York Land Conservancy’s annual flower sale fundraiser will feature plants for fall landscaping, mums in assorted colors and a variety of native plants that include Cardinal Flower, Eastern Purple-Coneflower, Gentian, Willow Blue Amsonia and Woodland Phlox. Native plants are those that evolved naturally for particular areas, and thus provide essential and beneficial habitat for butterflies, insects, hummingbirds and other small birds and animals we know and need. They are vigorous and hardy and, once established, require no irrigation or fertilization. Order by Aug. 17 and pick up your order Aug. 27 at Orchard Glen Retirement Community. Click here for a list of plants and ordering information. Contact the Land Conservancy for more information.

 

Thursday, August 18

Hands-on seminar: “Cactus Garden”

6:30 p.m.

Bring a southwestern flare to your home or office when you create a festive assorted cacti and succulents planter during this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by August 4.Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities. These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Thursday, Aug. 11

Pittsburgh Day Trip

Visit Longwood Gardens, the Nemours Mansion and Gardens and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in a trip sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Travel will be by luxury motor coach. Lunch will be atop Mt. Washington, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the City of Pittsburgh. All meals, admissions, tours, transportation, tips and taxes are included. The cost is $99 for members of the Botanical Gardens and $114 for non-members. See the Botanical Gardens site for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Protecting Our Trees From The Emerald Ash Borer

7 to 8:30 p.m

The Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment continues its 2011  Town Environmental Speaker Series with “Protecting Our Trees From The Emerald Ash Borer” in the Community Room in the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda. Patrick Marren of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  and Jack Schifferli from the Tonawanda Town Highway Department will give an update on the emerald ash borer’s presence and current activity in Erie County as well as discuss strategies to minimize the impacts of this aggressive pest.

 

 

Monday through Friday, August 15-19 CLASS IS FULL

Summer Art Camp for Kids at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to noon

Multi-medium Art is the theme for this camp at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The instructor is Joan Saba, professional teacher and artist. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $80 per child for the week or $17 per day. The cost for non-members is $90 per child for the week or $19 per day. To register, go to the website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Wednesday to Sunday, Aug. 3 to 7

Niagara County Fair

Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

The Niagara County Fair is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara County. It is held at 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport, NY. Admission is $2 per person.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Garden at Buffalo Central Terminal

A fundraiser for the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Breast Cancer Awareness Garden at the Buffalo Central Terminal will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the terminal, 495 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Western New York Iris Society annual rhizome and plant sale

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its annual rhizome and plant sale at Galley Greenhouses, 2722 Clinton Street, West Seneca. Featured will be bearded and beardless iris including some of the latest in Japanese iris, Siberian iris and species/cross iris. For more information, contact pattygardens@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens; Starry Night Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Starry Night Garden Tour from 8 to 10 p.m.

The seventh annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and the Starry Night Garden Tour are free, self-guided tours and will be held rain or shine.  The event features more than 60 day gardens and 20 well-lit evening gardens. Maps, t-shirts, and information will be available at the two day headquarters: St. Mark’s Church, 311 Ontario St., and Renovation Church, 567 Hertel Ave., both in Buffalo. Maps also will be available at area businesses, or by calling Councilman Joe Golombek’s office 851-5116 in advance, or by downloading it online at the walk’s website.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday, August 6

Hunters Creek Ridge hike at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This hike is sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy. Hikers will meet hike leader John Sly at the parking lot of Hunters Creek County Park off Centerline Road and follow the western ridge of Hunters Creek to Kenneglenn, the headquarters of the Western New York Land Conservancy. This is a special, by reservation only, guided hike with an experienced hike leader, as the trails in Kenneglenn are not yet fully developed. Hikers may be hiking in staggered small groups leaving about five minutes apart. There will be frequent stops with short talks about the areas and a lunch stop. Bring a bag lunch and water for the trail. Mr. Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Reservations are required to attend because space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is free.

 

Saturday, Aug. 6

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “Intense Energy”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. “Intense Energy” on August 6 will encourage kids to explore alternative energy sources and the benefit they have for our environment. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Monday through Friday, August 1-5

Summer Art Camp for Kids at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to noon

Drawing is the theme for this camp for children ages 6 to 12 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The Drawing Camp will teach shading, values, positive and negative space, perspective and composition. The instructor is Joan Saba, professional teacher and artist. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $80 per child for the week or $17 per day. The cost for non-members is $90 per child for the week or $19 per day. To register, go to the website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Now through Friday, Aug. 5

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

All hibiscus and echinacea are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons. There are only 150 baskets left out of 2,250. All baskets $20 each until they are gone!

 

Thursday, Aug. 3

Deadline to register for August 18′s  hands-on seminar:  “Cactus Garden.” See details at August 18 listing.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club’s first meeting will be held in Picnic Shelter #5 (near the tennis courts) at Lincoln Park, 299 Decatur Rd., Tonawanda. Co-founders of the club will have live carnivorous plants on hand and basic care requirements will be covered. There will also be a discussion on club officers, future meeting sites and this year’s monthly topics and themes. Please RSVP on Facebook or e-mail the group at wnycpclub@aol.com.

 

Saturday & Sunday, July 30-31

Garden Walk Buffalo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or as long as the yellow sign is out

Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in America. It is a free, self-guided tour of more than 350 Buffalo gardens that draws between 45,000 and 50,000 visitors. Pick up maps at the Richmond Summer Senior Center, corner of Richmond and Summer, Buffalo; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, and Aids Community Services, 206 S. Elmwood Ave. at corner of Chippewa, Buffalo.

 

Sunday, July 31

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Friday, July 29

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 29

Bus tour: The Darwin Martin House of Frank Lloyd Wright and Private Gardens of Historic Parkside & Amherst

The tour host will be Mary Van Vorst, Master Gardener. You’ll see the traditional plantings of the Darwin D. Martin House, which is an architectural jewel and considered by many to be the finest achievement of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. You’ll also see wonderful private gardens in Amherst and Tonawanda. Lunch will be at DiGiulio & Company. The price is $79 per person. Please register on or before July 19. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, July 28

Hands-on seminar:  “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arranging”

6:30 p.m.

Make a hot-colored assorted fresh flower arrangement in this hands-on seminar held by the Niagara Floral Center & Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield (between Sy and Witmer Roads). Payment of $25 includes complete step-by-step instructions as well as all materials to create your own arrangement. No experience is necessary. Register by July 14. Paid reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The class is limited to 40 people and a minimum of 20 people is required for the class. A special group rate for six or more attendees is available. Registration may be done with credit card, check or cash either in person at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 504-2617, ext. 244. E-mail questions to info@opportunitiesunlimited.org. Proceeds benefit the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which offers training and horticulture therapy to people with developmental disabilities from across Niagara County and neighboring communities.  These individuals nurture the plants and create the arrangements for sale year-round.

 

Thursday, July 28

Talk:“Outside the Bungalow:America’s Arts & Crafts Garden”

7:30 pm

Paul Duchscherer, author, speaker and arts & crafts expert, will speak at the Roycroft Inn, 40 South Grove St., East Aurora. Admission is $10. The restaurant will be open for dinner prior to the lecture. The event is presented by The National Garden Festival and the Roycroft Inn. For more information, call  (716) 652-5552.

 

Thursday, July 28

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Wednesday, July 27

Tour of Forest Lawn organized by Amherst Garden Club

The Amherst Garden Club will take a trolley ride and tour of Forest Lawn followed by lunch at Pano’s restaurant, 1081 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Meet at Forest Lawn. Tour begins at 10 a.m. RSVP to Nan Rung at 639-3947 by July 6. Tour is $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to Amherst Garden Club and sent to Nan Rung.

 

Wednesday, July 27

Teddy Bear Picnic

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Teddy Bear Picnic will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is co-sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. Mama Earth’s Kitchen Band Show will use music and song to help spread the message of respect towards all of Earth’s creatures. Mama Earth sings about composting, gardening, hiking, bird-watching, fossil hunting, and recycling. A visit from Buffalo Clown Alley, yummy picnic food, games, stories and other good things will all be part of the fun. Don’t forget a blanket to sit on and your favorite teddy. The cost is $5 per person and includes a picnic lunch of grilled hot dog, snack & beverage. Pre-registration is required! Please call 884-0095 to register.

 

Sunday, July 24

Kids’ activities at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

11:30 a.m.

Bring the kids ages 3-12 to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, for fun and educational activities. Activities vary and children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are free with admission. Ice Cream Sundaes will be for sale as well.

 

Sunday, July 24

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday, July 23

Amherst Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Amherst Garden Walk is primarily a driving route. The Town of Amherst will be divided into quadrants this year for the purposes of mapping, with north, south, east and west quadrants. Our gardeners offer a wide variety of gardens including prolific perennial presentations, country style gardens, gardens tucked into wooded paths,  traditional English gardens, bountiful vegetable gardens,  fragrant herb gardens and beds splashed with colorful annuals. Many features such as pergolas, waterfalls, ponds and fountains can be found among Amherst’s gardens. The walk is free, and maps can be downloaded at http://www.amherst.ny.us They can also be picked up at the information table in Island Park during Old Home Days July 12-15. For more information, e-mail gardenwalk@amherst.ny.us.

 

Saturday, July 23

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “Re-Create”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. Re-Create”will explore the path of trash and how reduce, reuse and recycle can save our earths precious resources. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Saturday, July 23

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a night tour on Saturday

This self-guided tour will take place in the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda.  The event’s very first night tour, titled “Saturday Night Lights,” will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Saturday. A map and garden descriptions will be available online at www.tonawanda.ny.us toward the end of June.

 

 

Friday, July 22

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Thursday, July 21

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Now through Thursday, July 21

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

All butterfly bushes, upright phlox and baskets are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.

 

Monday through Friday, July 18 to 22

Summer Art Camp for Kids at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to noon

“Strictly Water Color” is the theme for this camp for children ages 6 to 12 at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. The instructor is Joan Saba, professional teacher and artist. The cost for Botanical Gardens members is $80 per child for the week or $17 per day. The cost for non-members is $90 per child for the week or $19 per day. To register, go to the website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Sunday, July 17, through Friday, July 22

Front Yard Contest: Voting week

Members of the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association will compete in a front yard makeover competition, part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The contest will take place on Newman Place in South Buffalo and will include 15 front yards facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park . Voting takes place this week.

 

Now through Thursday, July 21

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

All butterfly bushes, upright phlox and baskets are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.

 

Tuesday, July 19

Early registration date for July 29 bus tour of  the Darwin Martin House of Frank Lloyd Wright and Private Gardens of Historic Parkside & Amherst

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Sunday, July 17

South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour features a variety of about 60 gardens featuring koi ponds, master gardeners’ displays of talent and many amateurs’ creations of rock, perennial and annual gardens, plus several South Buffalo public gardens cared for by volunteers. Maps will be available July 14-16 at Caz Café Coffee Shop, 688 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, 825-7806. Maps will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the walk at the Tim Russert Children’s Garden,  2002 S. Park Ave (between Choate & Whitfield), Buffalo. The fee is $2.

 

Sunday, July 17

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17

Lancaster Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4:30  p.m.

The eighth annual Lancaster Garden Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of gardens at homes throughout the Village of Lancaster and the Town of Lancaster. Programs will be available in the Lancaster Bee on Thursday, July 14, or you can pick them up on Friday, July 15 at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street, Lancaster, and at Petals to Please, 63 Central Ave., Lancaster, or you can print maps from the website. The event is free.

 

Saturday, July 16

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2011 marks the 10th year of the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. It is a free self-guided tour of more than 60 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus, including University Heights, Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst. The Minnesota Avenue Block Club will again present its “Gardens on the Median”  showcasing four blocks of city landscape representing the community garden project of the Minnesota Avenue Block club members. You can pick up maps at the University Community Farmers Market (Main St. at Kenmore Ave., Buffalo); 38 Brinton St., Buffalo; 135 Capen Blvd., Amherst; 178 & 201 Minnesota Ave., Buffalo, and theTool Lending Library, 3083 Main St., Buffalo. For more information, contact Anne Tarantino at CapenGardenWalk@ourheights.org.

 

Saturday , July 16

Herb symposium at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Details to come

Culinary, cosmetic and medicinal uses of herbs will be discussed at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

 

Saturday , July 16

Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk is presented by the Main Street Business and Professionals Association, Niagara Falls, NY. It will showcase gardens in the city’s Historic Main Street core neighborhoods, as well as the urban gardens of the businesses that line the friendly and walkable tour. Spend your morning exploring gardens from formal to cottage, native to allergy free, gathering scads of ideas and information. Then stop into one of our many downtown restaurants for a delicious lunch, before exploring the many wonders of the Niagara Falls State Park. The city’s first garden festival, to be held the same day, will feature local nurseries, artists and garden-centered vendors. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any of your plant questions or to help with your garden woes, and a staff of volunteers will be scattered amongst the neighborhoods to help guide you. Start your self-guided tour at Niagara Fall’s Historic City Hall building, located at 745 Main St., a central spot to the mile long tour, where you’ll find your map, vendors, information and parking. For more information, e-mail historicniagarafallsgardenwalk@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, July 16

Arts in the Park

Noon to 5 p.m.

Gardening-related activities are part of the multi-art celebration to be held in Schoellkopf Park, Portage Road and Pine Street, Niagara Falls, NY. It’s just down the street from the Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk, which takes place the same day. (See information above.) The stage schedule is: 1 p.m. Joy Kuebler, nationally acclaimed landscape architect, will speak on the redesign of Schoellkopf Park; at 2 p.m. Dave Bauer will speak on sustainable earth solutions; at 3 p.m. will be Carol Ann Harlos from Herb Gardeners of the Niagara Frontier; at 3:30 p.m. will be Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, storyteller and musician, and at 4 p.m. will be Jill Clause and Manny Yellow on Native American Culture. Around the park will be garden experts, free pony rides and many other vendors and demonstrations.

 

Saturday, July 16

Master Gardeners of Erie County at the University Community Farm Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners will be present at the University Community Farm Market, UB South Campus, for pH soil testing and for and questions & answers.  Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. A small fee will be charged for pH soil testing:  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie , click on the link for Master Gardeners and look for Resources.

 

Friday, July 15

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 15

Bus tour: Buffalo’s Famous Private Gardens

The tour hosts will be Jim Charlier, president of Garden Walk Buffalo, and Sally Cunningham, director of the National Garden Festival. You’ll see selected gardens of the famous Garden Walk Buffalo in the Cottage and Elmwood Village districts. You’ll miss the crowds of the garden walk while seeing some of the most interesting gardens Buffalo has to offer. Lunch will be at Cabaret. The price is $75 per person. Please register on or before July 5. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, July 14

Deadline to register for July 28′s  hands-on seminar:  “Sizzling Fresh Flower Arranging.” See details at July 28 listing.

 

Monday, July 11, through Saturday, July 16

Front Yard Contest

Members of the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association will compete in a front yard makeover competition, part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The contest will take place on Newman Place in South Buffalo and will include 15 front yards facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park . Work takes place this week.

 

Now through Thursday, July 14

Sale at Zehr’s on the Lake

Baskets, astilbes and hydrangeas are buy one get one 50% off at Zehr’s on the Lake Farm Market and Nursery, 5353 West Lake Road (Rt. 18) in Burt. The sale excludes Bonus Bucks and cannot be used with other coupons.

 

Thursday, July 14

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

July 8 through Friday, Aug. 21

Art show: “A Walk in the Garden”

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“A Walk in the Garden,” a juried exhibit, is being held at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The show features works with garden-related themes created by 28 local artists  working in photography, watercolors, ink drawings aquamedia and pastels.


Monday, July 11, through Saturday, July 16

Front Yard Contest

Members of the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association will compete in a front yard makeover competition, part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. The contest will take place on Newman Place in South Buffalo and will include 15 front yards facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park . Work takes place this week.

 

Monday, July 11

East Aurora Garden Club meeting

Noon

The East Aurora Garden Club will meet in St. Mathias Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora.  Thomas Roach, president of the Western New York Honey Producers Association, will give a presentation on “The Buzz About Bees.” The club’s September meeting will be a workshop on making wreaths with dried or fresh herbs. You can begin drying herbs now. Some that dry well include oregano, sweet marjoram, thyme, mint, sweet Annie, rosemary, sage and lavender. You might also dry yarrow, artemesia, gomphrena, sea holly and nigella. The easiest way to dry herbs is to tie a small bundle together with a rubber band (which will contract as the stems dry). Hang the bundle upside down in a dark dry place like an attic or closet for a few weeks.

 

Sunday, July 10

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 9th annual Snyder-CleveHill Garden View includes approximately 30gardens in the the Snyder and Cleveland Hill neighborhoods. Included on the tour will be gardens in the 1920′s “Audubon Terrace” neighborhood, the entrance to which is distinguished by stone arches and wrought iron street markers having historic landmark status. Maps will be available at the Trillium’s Courtyard Florist (corner of Darwin Dr. and Kensington Ave., Amherst) on the day of the event. $3 donation appreciated. Car or bike recommended. The tour is sponsored by Univera Healthcare and the HKC Community Association. For further details, visit the association’s website.

 

 

Sunday, July 10

House and Garden Tour presented by Landmark Society of Genesee County

1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for Landmark Society members and $20 for non-members and are available at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St.,  Batavia, (585) 343-6802; Harrington’s Greenhouse in Elba (585) 757-2450, or Harrington’s Greenhouse in Batavia (585) 343-0805. The event includes a dessert reception, a presentation by Master Gardeners and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the St. James Episcopal Church Restoration Fund.

 

Sunday, July 10

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pick up your map and guide at the Memorial Park Band Stand located on the corner of Lake and Union Streets in the Village of Hamburg. There will again be a Garden Fair, where visitors can purchase garden-related items and talk to gardening professionals. The Hamburg Festival of the Arts will also be in the park both days.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10

Lockport in Bloom

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The seventh annual city-wide garden tour  features more than 45 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport. Also included in this tour are city parks containing well maintained flowerbeds and trees. The tour runs rain or shine. Starting in mid-June, map/brochures will be available at Niagara County Federal Credit Union, Kenan Center, Faery’s Nursery (Ransomville), Badding Brother’s Nursery, Zehr’s Nursery on the Lake, Larose’s Nursery, Boka Farms, Stedman Nursery, Lockport City Hall, Tom’s Diner, Art and Soul, Hahn’s Sales and Service (Ponds), and Heimiller Greenhouses. The day of the tour, you can pick up maps at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St. or at City Hall, 1 Locks Plaza. For more information, e-mail blumgarden@roadrunner.com. The tour is free.

 

Saturday, July 9

Soil testing and Q&A with master gardeners at Lancaster Village Market

9 a.m. to noon

Master gardeners will be present at the Lancaster Village Market, Broadway and Aurora in Lancaster, for ph soil testing and for questions & answers. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Saturday, July 9

Garden Path Tour 2011 of Orleans County

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the Master Gardener Garden Tour Fundraiser, brought to you by Master Gardeners/Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County. Call (585) 798-4265 for tickets.

 

Saturday, July 9

Splash hike hosted by the Western New York Land Conservancy

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a Hunters Creek Splash Hike at the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in the Town of Wales. Hikers will meet hike leader John Sly at the parking lot of Hunters Creek Park off of Centerline Road. Hikers will slosh hike to the creek bed from the Centerline Bridge to the office of the Land Conservancy at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve. This is a special, by reservation only, event. There will be frequent stops with short talks about the creek and a lunch stop at the base of Mossy Point. Bring a bag lunch and water. The creek bed may be slippery with sharp shale. Wear sturdy footwear.  Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Reservations are required to attend as space is limited. Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations. The hike is a public event and is free of charge.

 

Saturday, July 9

For middle school students: Exploration Earth, “Rainforest Riches”

10 a.m. to noon

Exploration Earth is a new program for kids ages 10-14 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Each session includes hands-on activities, games, lessons and explorations into our natural world while working to build a better understanding of how we can better protect our earth. “Rainforest Riches” explores what we use everyday from the rainforest and how we can protect it. Exploration Earth is taught by the Botanical Gardens Education Department. Sessions are $8 per day or $24 for all four days for Botanical Garden Member’s children or grandchildren and $10 per day or $30 for all four days for non-members. Register for Exploration Earth at the Botanical Gardens’ website or by calling (716) 827-1584, ext. 292.

 

Saturday, July 9

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

Friday, July 8

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 8

Bus tour: Southtowns Bouquet

Mike Shadrack, international hosta expert and author, will be the tour host. You’ll see the Boston hosta and shade garden of Mike and Kathy Shadrack, who wrote The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small, and Mini Varieties. You’ll also see outstanding private gardens in Hamburg and Eden. Lunch will be at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. The price is $75 per person. Please register on or before June 28. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, July 7

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Wednesday, July 6

Reservation deadline for tour of Forest Lawn organized by Amherst Garden Club

On Wednesday, July 27, the Amherst Garden Club will take a trolley ride and tour of Forest Lawn followed by lunch at Pano’s restaurant, 1081 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Meet at Forest Lawn. Tour begins at 10 a.m. RSVP to Nan Rung at 639-3947 by July 6. Tour is $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to Amherst Garden Club and sent to Nan Rung.

 

Tuesday, July 5

Early registration date for July 15 bus tour of Buffalo’s famous gardens

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Sunday, July 3

Western New York Iris Society annual Japanese Iris Show “Spectacular Elegance”

 

Noon to 4 p.m.

The Western New York Iris Society will hold its annual Japanese Iris Show called  “Spectacular Elegance” at Rudolph Galley and Son Greenhouses,  2722 Clinton Street, West Seneca.  Society members will exhibit beautiful Japanese iris show-quality specimens and floral designs.  Ikebana International Buffalo Chapter 50 members will also present floral exhibits using the Japanese iris. For more information, contact irisjudy@aol.com.

 

Sunday, July 3

 

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Friday, July 1

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Friday, July 1

Bus tour: Buffalo’s Celebrated Olmsted Parks

Brian Dold of  Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be the tour host. You’ll see all six of the Olmsted Parks (Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King Jr., Riverside and South) and the parkways connecting them. Learn more about America’s oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways. Lunch will be at the Lunch Box at Parkside Lodge, Delaware Park. The price is  $65 per person. Please register on or before June 21.  (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Thursday, June 30

Open gardens, part of National Garden Festival in Buffalo

Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time.  Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Open gardens are listed here by neighborhoods and by day.

 

Now through June 29

Garden Railway Exhibit

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

The exhibit is held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. It is brought to you by the Botanical Gardens and the Western New York Garden Railway Society. The price is $8  for adults, $7  for seniors (55+) & students (13+ with ID), $4 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children under 3.

 

Wednesday, June 29

Starry Night in the Garden, fundraiser for Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

The event features live music, food from many of Buffalo’s best restaurants, wine tasting, and of course, the beautiful gardens. For more information or to make reservations, call (716) 827-1584 or go to the Botanical Gardens’ website.

 

Wednesday, June 29

Documentary film The Garden and panel discussion

7 p.m.

As part of Building A Movement: A Nickel City Film Series, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. will show The Garden. The documentary that looks at a neighborhood’s struggle to keep the land that is home to a 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles. The screening will take place in the Theatre of Youth/ Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo.  Admission is free. Following the screening, a panel discussion will take place to explore how land-use policies and community gardens affect the City of Buffalo. The panel will be moderated by the Buffalo News’ Maki Becker, with panelists including Susannah Barton of Grassroots Gardens, Erin Sharkey of  the Massachusetts Avenue Project and Mark Stevens of Wilson Street Urban Farm.

Tuesday, June 28

Early registration date for July 8 bus tour called Southtowns Bouquet

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26

Lewiston GardenFest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tour beautiful gardens in historic Lewiston during the Lewiston GardenFest.  Sponsored by the Lewiston Garden Club, the event is located on Center Street, Lewiston. The event includes speakers, vendors, master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension to test soil samples, and floral societies to answer questions. You can also vote in a container garden contest. The tour is free.

 

Sunday, June 26

14th Annual Parkside Garden Tour

10am-4pm

The Parkside garden tour is a major fund-raising effort to support the numerous educational and arts activities of the Parkside Community Association. A $5 donation to Parkside Community Association is encouraged. Pick up maps for the walk at Church of Good Shepherd, Jewett Parkway & Summit Avenue, the day of the event. New this year is a free visual presentation of the history of Parkside, in addition to an optional walking architectural tour ($7 fee) of the neighborhood. The historic street layout is the design of Frederick Law Olmsted, and is an integral part of his “landscape architecture” vision for Buffalo,  Delaware Park. For more information, go to the Parkside Garden Tour’s website. The Parkside Garden Tour is also part of Buffalo Citybration, a celebration of our city, from June 23 to 26. Check out all the Buffalo Citybration events at its website.

 

Sunday, June 26

Tours of Forest Lawn

One of Buffalo’s first landscaped green spaces, this cemetery contains well-tended gardens and more than 200 varieties of trees, including seven Bald Cypress trees that were originally on display during the Pan-Am Expo in Buffalo in the early 1900s. Walking tours and trolley tours are available.

 

Saturday , June 25

 

Perennial Day at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, is kicking off the National Garden Festival with a day of great speakers. The day includes a delightful

catered luncheon under the tent.

Topics:

• 9:30 Sally Cunningham, Western New York garden expert, author and columnist will present “Designing with Flowers for Front Yard Curb Appeal.”

• 10:45 Kerry Ann Mendez, author of The Perennial Gardenerʼs Top Ten Lists, will speak on “Blue Ribbon Perennials for your Winning Garden.”

• 1:00 Tony Post pf  Valleybrook Greenhouses will speak on “Rock Stars for Alpine or Miniature Gardens.”

• 2:00 Ken Parker, founder of Sweet Grass Gardens (North Americaʼs first native plant nursery), will speak on “Native Perennials, Grasses, and Wildflowers for Western New York Gardens.”

Fees:

Four talks with luncheon: $50

Morning or afternoon only without luncheon: $25

 

 

Saturday, June 25

8th Annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The  8th Annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk is free. A donation gets a ticket on a basket of gifts and gift certificates usually valued at over $600. Maps for the walk can be picked up the day of the event at Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville. There are usually about 30 gardens participating in the one-square-mile event. For more information, send an e-mail to gardenwalkvow@aol.com.

 

Saturday, June 25

 

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

Friday, June 24

Opening events for National Garden Festival in Buffalo

  • 3 p.m.A Walk in the Garden with Kerry Mendez and Sally Cunningham: Join garden experts Kerry Mendez and Sally Cunningham for an informative tour of the perennials and shrubs of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens,  2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. They will walk and talk with you, show you the garden’s selection of superior cultivars of great plants for Western New York, and answer your questions.
  • 4 p.m. Book sale/signing opportunity
  • 4:30 p.m. in the Botanical Garden meeting room: Tips for Low-Maintenance, High Impact Perennial Gardens from Kerry Mendez:Learn to create and care for great looking, ever-blooming gardens using organic practices. Recommendations include plant selection, design tips, mulch, fertilizer, maintenance shortcuts and more. (An opportunity for book signing and sales follows the talk.) For registration information and fees, see below.
  • 5:30 p.m. press conference/tour inside the Botanical Gardens
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m. Welcoming Reception at Botanical Gardens: You’ll have the opportunity to register early (with price breaks) for limited-seating bus tours, seminars, and pick up a schedule for all the other festival activities. You’ll also be able to purchase our signature “Great Green Umbrella,” a tee shirt or terra cotta plant pot coffee mug. Door prizes throughout the evening!

Registration and Fees: Pre-registration is required for this event, in order to calculate our seating arrangements and food. You can register at BuffaloGardens.com .

  • Before June 10: Entire program including Walk & Talk,keynote presentation, and party: $24. (Party only: $6)
  • After June 10: Entire program: $28. Party only: $10.

 

Friday, June 24

Bus tour: Forest Lawn Cemetery and the Botanical Gardens

 

Sandy Starks, Interpretive Program Director at Forest Lawn Cemetery, will be the tour host. You’ll see the gardens and ancient trees of Forest Lawn Cemetery, tour the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and  enjoy a“Walk & Talk in the Perennials Garden” with  Kerry Ann Mendez, where you’ll be able to chat with her and ask her questions. Mendez, a frequent contributor to HGTV and many national magazines including Fine Gardening, is the author of The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists (2010), and has a really new book—just released this month—on shade gardening. Lunch will be at Curly’s Grill. The price is $79 per person. Please register on or before June 14. (It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.) Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Tuesday, June 21

Early registration date for July 1 bus tour of Buffalo’s Celebrated Olmsted Parks

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Wednesday, June 22

Amherst Garden Club meeting

9:30 a.m.

The Amherst Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville. Program: The basics of planning and participating in a flower show by Joan Peard, National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge, and Mary Ann Mache, Amherst Garden Club Member. Horticulture presentation: Perennials easily grown from seeds by Linda Zeder. Guests and newcomers welcome.

 

Saturday , June 18

Standard Flower Show held by Town and Country Garden Club

Noon to 5 p.m.

Town and Country Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower Show at the Amberleigh Retirement Community, 2330 Maple Road, Williamsville. For further information contact irisjudy@aol.com.

 

Saturday, June 18

Annual June Rose Show by Western New York Rose Society

1 to 5 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will hold its Annual June Rose Show at the Galleria Mall, One Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. Information on roses will also be available.

 

Saturday , June 18

 

Hosta talk at Lockwood’s Greenhouses

10 a.m.

Mike and Kathy Shadrack, authors of  The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small and Mini Varieties, will speak at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

 

Saturday , June 18

Kids’ workshop: Garden toad abode

10 to 11 a.m.

Delight Dad on his day by making a hand-painted house from a clay pot at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. When placed on its side and partially buried in a moist and shady spot, the pot will welcome insect-eating amphibious creatures to your yard. The cost is $7 for Botanical Gardens members and $8 for non-members. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Wednesday, June 15

Meeting of the Western New York Rose Society

7 p.m.

The Western New York Rose Society will meet at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Dr. (near Union Road), Williamsville. Presentations will be “How to Show Roses” by Steve Styn and “How to Create Arrangements” by Camille DiGregorio. Meet on the lower church level.

 

Tuesday, June 14

Early registration date for June 24 bus tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery and the Botanical Gardens

It may be possible to get a reservation after that, but if you wait until the last minute to try to reserve a seat, you may miss out. If a tour doesn’t have the required minimum number of reservations 10 days ahead of time, the tour will be cancelled.  Click here for pick-up times and other details.

 

Saturday, June 11

Plant sale by Wheatfield Garden Club

9 a.m. to noon

Wheatfield Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale at the Wheatfiled Town Hall and Community Center, 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield. Perennials and garden items will be available.

 

Saturday, June 11

Summer tree identification hike at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

10 a.m. to noon

The Western New York Land Conservancy is co-hosting a summer tree identification hike with Beaver Meadow Audubon Center at 1610 Welch Rd., North Java. John Sly will lead hikers from the Audubon Center to the Arboretum, sharing information on how to identify trees in the summer. Sly is a Land Conservancy volunteer and long-time volunteer program leader for the Buffalo Audubon Society. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for protection from thorns and poison ivy. The hike is a public event and is free of charge, but space is limited and reservations are required.  Please call (716) 687-1225 or email info@wnylc.org for directions and reservations.

 

Saturday, June 11

 

Soil testing at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

 

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County will test soil samples at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.  Bring a dry soil sample and testing will be done while you wait.  Soil remediation strategies will be suggested based on the findings. The fee is  $2 for one sample or $5 for three samples. For instructions on how to take a soil sample, visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County website and look for “Resources” on the right hand side.

 

 

Wednesday, June 8

Live auction sponsored by Alden Garden Club

6 p.m.

The Alden Garden Club will hold a live auction of plants and garden accessories at the Alden Community Center, 13116 Main St., Alden to benefit its scholarship fund for two local students. A large variety of items will be available, including beautiful plants from local nurseries, perennials grown by club members, fun garden accessories, and homemade window boxes and deck planters decorated by club members. Refreshments will be served. Admission is a donation for the Alden Food Pantry.

 

Wednesday, June 8

Lancaster Garden Club Meeting

7 p.m.

The Federated Lancaster Garden Club will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Hall,  55 Pleasant Avenue,  Lancaster. The program, “At Risk Medicinal Botannicals,”  will be given by Marion Prezyna.  It will describe growing plants for medicinal purposes.

 

Mondays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Monday morning watercolor classes at Botanical Gardens

 

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist, these classes are styled to meet the needs of novices and the experienced painter. They are held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $54 for the series  or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens members and $60 for the series or $16 per class for nonmembers. For those new on the scene, a suggested list of supplies may be obtained upon registration. To register, go the Botanical Gardens website or call 827-1584 ext. 291.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5

Tree Peony Festival at Linwood Gardens

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tree peonies are expected to be in bloom for the last weekend of the Tree Peony Festival at Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Rd., Pavilion (about an hour from Buffalo). The suggested donation is $8, which will be used for garden preservation. Guided tours cost $10. For more information, go to the Linwood Gardens site.

 

Saturday, June 4

Plant a summer container or windowbox at Lockwood’s

In this workshop,  you will choose among the newest and longest-flowering annuals and plant a container full of blooms at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Gardening expert Mary Gurtler will offer tips about the plants and their care. The cost is $35.

 

Saturday, June 4

Carnivorous plant class at Lockwood’s

1 p.m.

David Clark will lead a class on “Insect-Eating Plants: Carnivores of the Plant World” at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Learn how to keep your Venus flytrap snappy, your pitcher plants filled, and Sundews sticky. Fabulous specimens will be for sale after class, with plant discounts for youth. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 7 to 12.

 

Saturday, June 4

Western New York Iris Society annual show and exhibition
1 to 5 p.m.
The Western New York Iris Society will hold i