Buffalo Events

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updated on 09/01/2022

REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS

African Violet & Gesneriad Society of WNY meets the third Tuesday of the month, March–December, at 7pm, Greenfield Health & Rehab Facility, 5949 Broadway, Lancaster. judyoneil1945@gmail.com.

Alden Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except July & August) at 7pm, Alden Community Center, West Main Street, Alden. New members and guests welcome. Plant sale each May. 716-937-7924.

Amana Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except January) at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main Street, West Seneca. Visitors welcome. 716-844-8543, singtoo@aol.com. 

Amherst Garden Club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month (except December, March, July & August) at 10am, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Main Street, Williamsville. New members and guests welcome. 716-836-5397.

Bowmansville Garden Club meets the first Monday of the month (except June, July, August & December) at 7pm, Bowmansville Fire Hall, 36 Main Street, Bowmansville. New members and guests welcome. For more information, 716-361-8325.

Buffalo Area Daylily Society. East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King Street, East Aurora. Friendly group who get together to enjoy daylilies. Plant Sales, May & August. Open Gardens, June–August. Facebook.

Buffalo Bonsai Society meets every second Saturday at 1pm at the Critchen Restaurant, 3377 Clinton St, West Seneca. October 8: Demo and workshop—bring your tree to work on and get advice from members. November 12: Guest speaker Ron Maggio on the Art of Suiseki.buffalobonsaisociety.com. 

East Aurora Garden Club meets at noon on the 2nd Monday of each month, except January. We meet at Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main Street, East Aurora, NY (just west of the 400 Expressway exit). The club’s objective is to stimulate, create interest and promote education on horticulture, the art of gardening, flower arranging and environmental conservation; and to promote the beautification of surrounding areas. For more information about the club or membership call 716-912-1589.

Federated Garden Clubs NYS – District 8. Nancy Kalieta, Director, nancyk212@aol.com. gardenclubsofwny.com.

Forest Stream Garden Club meets the third Thursday of the month (September–May) at 7pm, Presbyterian Village, 214 Village Park Drive, Williamsville and other locations. Summer garden teas & tours. Ongoing projects include beautification of the Williamsville Meeting House, garden therapy at a local nursing home, youth gardening & Victorian Christmas decorating. eileen.s@markzon.com

Friends of Kenan Herb Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 6pm (January–March), 5:30pm (April–November), Kenan Center for the Arts, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. Meeting dates, times and campus locations: kenancenter.org/affiliates.asp, 716-433-2617. 

Garden Club of the Tonawanda meets the third Thursday of the month at 7pm, Tonawanda City Hall, Community Room.

Garden Friends of Clarence meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm, September–June, Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main Street, Clarence. gardenfriendsofclarence@hotmail.com.

Hamburg Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10am, VFW Post 1419, 2985 Lakeview Rd, Hamburg, NY. June plant sale. Summer garden tours. Guests are welcome. Contact lonabutler4@gmail.com.

Kenmore Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of the month (except July, August & December) at 10am, Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Activities include guest speakers, floral designs and community service. New members and guests welcome. songnbird@aol.com. 

Ken-Sheriton Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of the month (except January) at 7pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 576 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Monthly programs, artistic design and horticulture displays. New members and guests welcome. 716-833-8799, dstierheim@gmail.com.

Lancaster Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month (except January, July & August) at 7pm, St. John Lutheran Church, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster. All are welcome. Meetings are currently on hold. 716-685-4881.

Lewiston Garden Club meets the fourth Monday of the month. See website for meeting information, lewistongardenfest.com/garden-club.html or contact at PO Box 32, Lewiston, NY 14092.

Niagara Frontier Koi and Pond Club meets the second Friday of the month at 7pm, Zion United Church, 15 Koening Circle, Tonawanda.

Niagara Frontier Orchid Society (NFOS) meets the first Tuesday following the first Sunday (dates sometimes vary due to holidays, etc.), September–June, Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. niagarafrontierorchids.org.

Orchard Park Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month except July and December at 11:30am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4536 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Contact Diana  Szczepanski at 716-674-8970 for membership information. Guests are always welcome.

Ransomville Garden Club meets the third Wednesday or Saturday of the month at 5:45pm, Ransomville Community Library, 3733 Ransomville Road, Ransomville. Meetings are open to all. Community gardening projects, educational presentations, June plant sale. bbonnie2313@gmail.com. 

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 11am, Silver Creek Senior Center, 1823 Lake Road (Rte. 5), Silver Creek. edlorrie@yahoo.com, Facebook. 

South Towns Gardeners meets the second Friday of the month (except January) at 9:30am, West Seneca Senior Center. New members welcome. 

Town and Country Garden Club of LeRoy meets the second Wednesday of the month (except February) at 6:30pm, First Presbyterian Church, 7 Clay Street, LeRoy. New members and guests are welcome. 585-768-2712, ritawallace005@gmail.com, Facebook.

Western New York Herb Study Group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo.

Western New York Honey Producers, Inc. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora. wnyhpa.org.

Western New York Hosta Society. East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King Street, East Aurora. Meetings with speakers, newsletter, sales. Hosta teas first Saturday of July, August, September. h8staman@aol.com, wnyhosta.com.

Western New York Hosta Society Breakfast Meetings, a friendly get-together, first Saturday (winter months only) at 10am, Forestview Restaurant, Depew. wnyhosta.com.

Western NY Iris Society meets the first Sunday of the month at the Julia B. Reinstein Public Library, 1030 Losson Road, South Cheektowaga, NY 14227. For info,contact Vel Szczesny, 716-741-2912. 

Western New York Rose Society meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm. WNYRS has gone back to Zoom meetings. Check the website or Facebook page for updates. St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. wnyrosesociety.net.

Youngstown Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm, First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. 


CLASSES / EVENTS

FREQUENT HOSTS:
BECBG: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218. 716-827-1584; buffalogardens.com. 

BNW: Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, 721 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203. 716-852-7483, bnwaterkeeper.org.

CCE/EC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052. 716-652-5400 x176 or jah663@cornell.edu. erie.cce.cornell.edu/events. 

REIN: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. 716-683-5959; reinsteinwoods.org.

F  Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
S Indicates plant sales/swaps.
T Indicates garden tours.
O Indicates online event.

September 10: Botany 101, 10:30am–12:30pm. Introduction to Horticulture series. Re-discover the basics of how plants work and apply this knowledge to your garden. General/$25, Members/$22.50. BECBG

O September 15: Lunch & Learn: Save Scajaquada Now,12pm–1pm. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is celebrating Scajaquada Creek all September long. Learn how you can help the creek year-round. BNW

September 17: Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece, 11am–12pm. Hosted by Mary Kruszka. Use specialty pumpkins and succulents for this beautiful centerpiece workshop. $45/person. Repeats on September 24. Lockwood’s Garden Center, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. 716-649-4684; weknowplants.com.

September 17: Plant Propagation, 10:30am–12:30pm. Introduction to Horticulture series. Propagate healthy new plants using many techniques and various growing mediums. General/$25, Members/$22.50. BECBG

F September 17: Fall-A-Palooza, 10am–4pm. An outdoor, family-friendly event with food, craft vendors. and music, plus fall fun activities, crafts, pumpkins, a kid’s scavenger hunt, and alpacas. Wine tasting and wine slushees. Lavocat’s Family Greenhouse & Nursery is located at 8441 County Rd, East Amherst—less than a mile from Transit Rd.

F September 17: 22nd Annual Fall Festival, 10am–4pm. Kick off the fall season by spending a day in the woods. Enjoy crafts for kids, live animals, hands-on activities, food, live music, and more! No registration required. REIN

September 19–21: Cornell Maple Camp, 12pm. Get started with maple syrup production or making maple confections. Contact Aaron Wightman at arw6@cornell.edu with questions and cornellmaple.com for registration. Location: Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, 611 Co Rd 13, Van Etten, NY, 14889. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Allegany County, 5435A County Rd. 48, Belmont, NY 14813. 585-268-7644; allegany.cce.cornell.edu.

September 20: The Ten Least Wanted List: Invasive Insects in the Garden, 6:30–8pm. Invasive insects can damage food crops and ornamental plants and decimate species like elm and ash trees. Food gardeners are often among the first to note the presence and damage done by these insects. Learn to be an informed observer of your environment. General: $15/class or $45/3 classes. Master Gardeners (any county): $40/3 classes. CCE/EC

September 23: Gala at the Gardens, 6–10pm. Mingle at twilight, bid on exciting auction items and basket raffles, and enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner provided by Salvatore’s Hospitality. BECBG

S September 24: Plant and Seed Exchange, 10am–2pm. Free exchange of perennials, herbs, vegetables, annuals and tropicals. Seeds accepted and distributed by ARTseeds of the University Heights Arts Association. University Presbyterian Church, 3330 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214 at Niagara Falls Blvd. Hosted by Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. See ourheights.org/gardenwalk or capengardenwalk@gmail.com.

September 24: Forest Bathing and Yoga, 8–11am. Join Yogis in Service for a relaxing fall hike at Reinstein Woods followed by a session of outdoor yoga. Bring your own mat. Ticket cost and registration information available at reinsteinwoods.org. REIN

September 24: Scajaquada Scavenger Hunt, 12pm–2pm. Do you and your friends crush it on trivia night? Put your skills to the test to save Scajaquada Creek! You and your team will visit locations along Scajaquada, racing against other teams to complete activities while exploring the Creek. BNW

September 28: Jumpin’ Jehosaphat—It’s Jumping Worms, 10–11:30am. Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.) have appeared in WNY gardens, where they can dramatically change soil texture and strip nutrients from topsoil, killing plants. Learn how to identify jumping worms by their unusual movements, understand their life cycle, and distinguish them from common earthworms in your garden. General: $15/class or $45/3 classes. Master Gardeners (any county): $40/3 classes. CCE/EC

October 1: Pests and Diseases, 10:30am–12:30pm. Introduction to Horticulture series. Learn about some common and uncommon pests/diseases you may encounter and discover mitigation techniques. General/$25, Members/$22.50. BECBG

October 1: Invasive Plants and Weeds:  What’s a Gardener to Do?, 10–11:30am. Invasive and aggressive plants are competitors in your garden—crowding out valued plants and competing for water, light, and nutrients. This class will help gardeners identify a variety of these plants and provide some alternatives in plant choices. General: $15/class or $45/3 classes. Master Gardeners (any county): $40/3 classes. Unity Church of Buffalo, 1243 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209. CCE/EC

October 1: Educator Workshop: Project Learning Tree, 9am–1pm. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program featuring an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum that uses the forest as a window into the world. All activities are correlated to Common Core math and ELA standards. 4 CTLE hours provided. For formal and non-formal educators of students in grades pre-K–8. Registration required, call 716-683-5959. REIN

October 8: Shrubs and Trees, 10:30am–12:30pm. Introduction to Horticulture series. Learn how to use trees and shrubs in the landscape and how to plant new trees, plus care and maintenance. General/$25, Members/$22.50. BECBG

F October 8: Fun Guy’s Guide to Fungi, 10am. Our knowledge of fungi has mushroom for improvement to say the yeast. Learn about these mysterious organisms and by the end you’ll be lichen them! For adults and children ages 12 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. REIN

F October 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 28, 29, 30: Creatures After Dark, 6–9pm. Explore a collection of cool creatures made out of plants, large crystals and geodes from Past and Present, all under spectacular lights. E-tickets are required for all visitors. See website for prices and to purchase tickets. BECBG

October 15: Autumn Colors, 10am. Fall foliage is a blaze of color, from flaming oranges and reds to subtle yellows. Enjoy the beauty of autumn’s trees on this guided walk as we identify trees in the fall. Registration required, call 716-683-5959. REIN

October 22: Annuals and Perennials, 10:30am–12:30pm. Introduction to Horticulture series. Learn how to select flowers and foliage given your space and their growing needs, and discover can’t-miss selections. General/$25, Members/$22.50. BECBG

October 29: Introduction to Garden Design, 10:30am–12:30pm. Introduction to Horticulture series. Learn how to plan your garden space—the class will cover tips on sketching, color theory, curves, drifts, and hardscaping to bring it all together. General/$25, Members/$22.50. BECBG

October 29: Living Sustainably Fair, 10am–12pm. Concerned about climate change but not sure what to do about it? This open-house event will connect you with local resources that can help you remove fossil fuels from your lifestyle. You may even save a lot of money as a result. No registration required. REIN

F November 5: Woods Walk: Trees, 1pm. They look dead as winter approaches, but what’s really going on with these wonderful plants, anyway? No registration required. REIN

November 5: Soil Science for Gardeners, 10:30am–12:30pm. Foundations of Horticulture series. Learn how to use amendments to get the soil of your dreams—including pH, aeration, fertilizers, and soil pyramids. General/$25, Members/$22.50. BECBG

F November 12: Project FeederWatch, 10am. Learn how to identify winter feeder birds, what to feed them, and how to count them for Project FeederWatch—a community science project across North America. For adults and children ages 10 and older. Registration required, call 716-683-5959. REIN

S November 12–13: Niagara Frontier Orchid Society Annual Fall Show, Saturday, 10am–4pm and Sunday until 3pm. Sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue. BECBG

SAVE THE DATE

December 3: Advanced Plant Propagation. Foundations of Horticulture series. BECBG

December 10: Hydroponics. Foundations of Horticulture series. BECBG

January 14: Water Gardens. Foundations of Horticulture Series. BECBG

January 21: Pruning. Foundations of Horticulture series. BECBG

January 28: Intro to Landscape Design. Foundations of Horticulture series. BECBG

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Rick Williams October 12, 2021 at 11:25 am

Hello all, im new to this. Im looking for help in the Orchard Park /West Seneca area.
My daughter 14 had a high investment and passion for horticulture and botany. She is looking for instructions, clubs, even internship to help and especially learn about horticulture. Ive seen this child bring plants back from the dead, ive seen her massaging plants with oils and sit and read on just about anything. What I see is a passison . What we are asking is for 1, exception of her age, guidance, knowledge, and mentor.
What you get in return is a well driven, focused, and passionate young adult with knowledge and drive pushing her to want more.
Any advice is deeply appreciated.
Email myself at ricowilliams1371@gmail.com
Or just post here . all keep checking back

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janem February 21, 2022 at 10:42 am

I would definitely take her to the Plantasia show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in March!

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Annamarie May 13, 2021 at 8:33 am

Hello I am looking for the times location and any additional information on the Lewiston garden club plant sale this Saturday.

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cathym May 13, 2021 at 10:46 am

Hello Annamarie,
This information was posted on the Lewiston GardenFest Facebook page on May 5: Annual Perennial Sale: Saturday, May 15th, 10 AM to 1 PM At The Lewiston Red Brick School, Corner of 4th And Onondaga Streets.

https://www.facebook.com/Lewiston-GardenFest-351421411561691/

Hope this helps!
Cathy

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Maria Cudeck February 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

Can you add me to your email list. I would love to receive this newsletter when you send it out please.

Thanks

Maria Cudeck

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cathym March 4, 2021 at 8:54 pm

Absolutely—thanks for reading!

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marie jusko March 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Will there be an African violet show and sale at the Galleria Mall this year ?

Regards,
Marie

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cathym March 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Hi Marie-
Yes! Here is the calendar listing as shown above:
May 6–7: African Violet & Gesneriad Show & Sale, Saturday, 12–6pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Judged show & sale presented by African Violet & Gesneriad Society of WNY. Walden Galleria Mall, 1 Walden Galleria, Buffalo. judyoneil1945@gmail.com.

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