REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
African Violet & Gesneriad Society of WNY meets the third Thursday of the month, March—December, at 7pm, Greenfield Health & Rehab Facility, 5949 Broadway, Lancaster. May 6–7: Judged Show and Sale, Walden Galleria Mall (see calendar, below). email@example.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.
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. Open Gardens in July. 716/ 698-3454; Facebook; buffaloareadaylilysociety.com.
Federated Garden Clubs NYS – District 8. Marcia Becker, District Director. 716/681-3530; firstname.lastname@example.org; gardenclubsofwny.com.
Friends of Kenan Herb Club meets Monday evenings, 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 Tonawandas 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. email@example.com.
Hamburg Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at noon, summer garden tours, Hamburg Community Center, 107 Prospect Avenue, Hamburg. 716/648-0275; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken-Sheriton Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of the month (except January) at 7:30pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 576 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Monthly programs, artistic design and horticulture displays. March 18: Installation of Officers and Reports Luncheon, 12 pm, The Eagle House, 5578 Main Street, Williamsville. New members and guests welcome. 716/833-8799.
Lancaster Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm, St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster. No meetings January, July & August. April 19: Ten New and Emerging Garden Pests and How to Control Them with John Farfaglia. May 10: Spring Garden Maintenance, the Easy Way with Lyn Chimera. 716/685-4881.
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 at 12pm, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park. President: Ruth Ann Nowak, 716/662-1017.
Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 2pm, First Baptist Church, 32 Main Street, Silver Creek. Sue Duecker, 716/934-7608; email@example.com.
South Town Gardeners meets the second Friday of the month (except January) at 10:30am, Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. New members welcome.
Western New York Carnivorous Plant Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm, Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook.com/wnycpclub.
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. A group of hosta lovers who have come together to promote the genus hosta. 716/941-6167; email@example.com; wnyhosta.com.
Western New York Hosta Society Breakfast Meetings, a friendly get-together, first Saturday of the month at 10am, Forestview Restaurant, Depew. wnyhosta.com.
Western New York Iris Society usually meets at members’ homes and gardens. Information about growing all types of irises and complementary perennials. Show and public sale. Guests welcome. Carolyn Schaffner, 716/837-2285; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western New York Rose Society meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm, St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. March 15: Pruning & Planting Bare Root Roses with Steve Styn. June 17: Rose Show, Walden Galleria Mall. wnyrosesociety.net.
Wilson Garden Club generally meets the second Thursday of each month at 7pm, Community Room, Wilson Free Library, 265 Young Street, Wilson. Meetings open to all, community floral planting, spring plant sale, local garden tours. 716/751-6334; email@example.com.
Youngstown Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm, First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown.
CLASSES / EVENTS
BECBG: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218. 716/827-1584; buffalogardens.com.
BMAC: Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY 14113. 585/457-3228; 800/377-1520; buffaloaudubon.org.
CCE/EC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052. 716/652-5400 x177; firstname.lastname@example.org; erie.cce.cornell.edu.
LOCK: Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. 716/649-4684; weknowplants.com.
REIN: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. 716/683-5959; dec.ny.gov.
• Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
Ongoing through April 7: Great Plant Sale Pre-Order. Place orders online. Plants will be available for pick up at the Great Plant Sale, May 18–20. BECBG
March 18: Education Day, 8:30am–3pm. Garden Design and the Kitchen Garden and Growing Herbs, Greens and Aromatics in Small Spaces and Containers with Ellen Ecker Ogden, food & garden writer. Identifying and Controlling Weeds with Dr. Tony DiTomasso, Cornell University. Includes hot buffet lunch. Classics V Banquet Center; Amherst. $30 Erie County Master Gardeners; $45 Master Gardeners outside Erie County; $50 general public. Registration required. CCE/EC
March 18–-June 10: Horticulture Certificate Series – VI, 5 Saturdays, 11am–1pm. Horticulturist David Clark will cover: Great Grasses & Lawn Care; Color Theory & Texture in Gardens; World Tour of Garden Design; Tough Plants for Tough Sites; Edible Plants & Composting. Series: $100 members; $120 non-members. Single class: $22 members; $27 non-members. Registration required. BECBG
March 19: Pruning and Planning Your Home Landscape, 1:30–3:30pm. Taught by Sally Cunningham & Jeff Fabian. $15. Registration required. LOCK
March 22: Plantasia Preview Night, 5:30–8:30pm. Gardens Through the Ages. See the gardens, enjoy refreshments and shop the vendors. Advance purchase tickets. Fairgrounds Event Center & Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. 716/741-8047; plantasiany.com.
• March 23–26: Plantasia, Thursday–Saturday, 10am–9pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm. Gardens Through the Ages. Theme gardens, exhibits, seminars, vendors, Children’s Discovery Garden. $9 adults; $7 senior citizens (60+); children 12 & under free. Fairgrounds Event Center & Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. 716/741-8047; plantasiany.com.
• March 25: Red Wiggler Worm Composting, 10:30am. Discover the many benefits of worm composting. Starter kits will be available to make at the program. $3 per kit, members; $5 per kit, non-members. Registration required. REIN
March 30: Citizen Science Research: Project Budburst Training, 6:30pm. Reinstein Woods is involved in monitoring specific tree and plant species each year to record their phenophases (annual life cycle of plants) throughout the seasons. Recordings needed April–November, days and times flexible. Adults only. Registration required. REIN
March 31: Taste of Paradise, 6–9pm. Fundraiser to benefit the Gardens. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers while surrounded by flowers and the fresh smells of spring. $35 members; $40 non-members; $45 after March 26. BECBG
• April 1: Make an Upcycled Planter, 10am. Create a unique planter from natural and recycled materials. For adults and children ages 10 and up. $2 members; $4 non-members. Registration required. REIN
April 1: Plants for Birds, 10–11:30am. Learn which native plants to grow in the garden, patio or balcony that will provide food and shelter for birds. $3 members; $5 non-members. Registration required. BMAC
April 1: Get Started with Fruits & Vegetables, 10am–2pm. Two sessions. Vegetable Gardening, 10–11:45am, Sally Cunningham will explain soil preparation, garden layout, organic methods, watering and tending by plant families. Fruit Trees & Berries, 1–2pm, Fred Safford and Lacy Folga will discuss selecting, planting and year-round management. $30 full day, includes lunch; $20 morning only; $10 afternoon only. Registration required. LOCK
• April 1–23: Spring Flower Exhibit, 10am–5pm. Celebrate spring and enjoy the fragrance of over 22,000 bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, amid shrubs and flowers. A 4-H farm will host baby bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and more. Included with admission. BECBG
April 6: Kokedama Hanging Garden, 6pm. David Clark will show participants how to make their own hanging moss ball gardens created with a plant, mosses, packed soil mixture and string. $45 members; $50 non-members. Registration required. BECBG
April 8: Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers, 10:30am. Taught by Roxanne McCoy from Lilies of the Field Cut Flower Farm. $10. Registration required. LOCK
April 11: Create an Easter Centerpiece, 6pm. Marge Vogel will guide participants in creating their own spring centerpiece. $35. Registration required. LOCK
• April 12: The First Wildflowers of Spring, 1–3pm. Naturalist Mark Carra will lead this walk in search of some of the elusive ephemerals at Beaver Meadow. Be prepared for wet and muddy trails. All ages. $5. Registration required. BMAC
April 15: Natural Egg Dyeing, 10:30am. Discover how spices, fruits, vegetables and other natural materials can create rich natural colors and patterns on dyed eggs. Registration required. REIN
April 22: Fungi with a Fun Gal, 10:30am. Enjoy a walk to look for mushrooms while learning the basics of identification and how fungi contribute to the ecosystem. Registration required. REIN
April 22: Shrubs for Foundations, Front Beds or Hedges, 10:30am–12pm. Taught by Sally Cunningham. Registration required. LOCK
April 22: Aliens, 2pm. Join a guided tour to learn about plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. Registration required. REIN
• April 23: Kids Art Workshop – Totally Trees, 1–3pm. Children will create two pieces of art: a paper tree sculpture and a colorful tree painting. Ages 5–15. $20 members; $25 non-members. Registration required. BECBG
April 27: Beginning Bonsai Workshop, 6–9pm. Fashion a live bonsai tree while learning about the art of bonsai techniques and styles. Taught by members of the Buffalo Bonsai Society. $75 members; $80 non-members. Registration required. BECBG
April 28: Arbor Day Tree Tour, 4pm. Learn the basics of tree identification. Rain or shine. $10. Registration required. BECBG
April 28: Beginning Bonsai Workshop, 6–9pm. See description under April 27. $75 members; $80 non-members. Registration required. BECBG
April 29: Arbor Day Tree Tour, 9:30am. Learn the basics of tree identification. Rain or shine. $10. Registration required. BECBG
April 29: Superior Landscape and Front Yard Trees, 10:30am–12pm. Taught by Sally Cunningham. Registration required. LOCK
• April 29: Nature Paints, 2pm. Learn how artists made paints before the introduction of synthetic materials. Ages 10 and up. $2 members; $4 non-members. Registration required. REIN
April 29–May 6: Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to the cherry blossoms, visitors can enjoy music, boat rides, demonstrations & activities. Parking: Buffalo History Museum, corner Elmwood Avenue & Nottingham Terrace. Japanese Garden, Delaware Park, Buffalo. buffalocherryblossomfestival.org.
April 30: Foraging for Wild Edibles – Ramps, 1–3:30pm. Learn how to ID and sustainably harvest ramps (wild leeks). Each participant will be allowed to harvest a limited amount to take home as well as taste recipes. Adults only. $10. Registration required. BMAC
May 4–7: Spring Open House, 10am–5pm. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; Facebook; chickencooporiginals.com.
May 5: Spent Spring Bulb Sale, 9am. Thousands of bulbs pulled from the Gardens. Bag provided, you fill. $10 per bag, limit 3. BECBG
• May 6: Make a Fairy Garden, 9am or 2pm. Kids age 5–12 can make a miniature garden for fairies or gnomes using found and natural materials. Includes container, soil, plants. Pre-made twig furniture, $5 / 2 pieces. $15 members; $20 non-members. Registration required. BECBG
• May 6: Fairy and Gnome Festival, 10am–5pm. Fairy-themed crafts and activities, scavenger hunt, fairy house contest, food trucks. Included with admission. BECBG
May 6: Choosing and Growing Roses, 10:30am–12pm. Tim Zimmerman from Medford Roses will discuss different types of roses including which ones will do best in the home garden as well as how to grow them. Registration required. LOCK
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. email@example.com.
May 7: Herb Day, 11am–1pm. Herbalist Sarah Sorci will discuss herbs and herbal treats. LOCK
May 12: National Public Gardens Day. Free members; $1 non-members. BECBG.
May 13: Hypertufa Container Workshop, 9am or 1pm. Participants will fashion their own unique planting container using a mix of peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. $25 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. BECBG
• May 13: Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants Walk, 2pm. Discover some local wild plants that can be used as food and medicine. Learn to identify and sustainably harvest them and sample some prepared dishes featuring wild foods. For adults and children ages 12 and up. $3 members; $5 non-members. Registration required. REIN
SAVE THE DATE…
May 16: Container Garden Workshop, 6:30pm. Marge Vogel will discuss which plants work best together and will guide participants in creating their own container garden to take home. $42. Registration required. LOCK
May 19–20: The Great Plant Sale, Friday, 10am–8pm; Saturday, 9am–4pm. Locally grown plants: native, drought-tolerant, sun, shade, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, lilacs, Japanese maples and more. BECBG
May 23: Container Garden Workshop, 6:30pm. See description under May 16. $42. Registration required. LOCK
May 26–27: Erie County Master Gardener Plant Sale, Friday, 8:30am–3pm; Saturday, 8:30am–2pm. Shop a selection of sun and shade perennials, natives, herbs, annuals, shrubs and vegetables. Master Gardeners will be on-hand to provide advice on selecting and growing plants. Soil testing, see web site for directions on collecting samples. First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo. CCE/EC
May 30: Container Garden Workshop, 6:30pm. See description under May 16. $42. Registration required. LOCK
June 17: Rose Show. Presented by Western New York Rose Society. Walden Galleria Mall, 1Walden Galleria, Buffalo. wnyrosesociety.net.
June 17–18: Lewiston GardenFest, 10am–5pm. Open gardens, speakers, demonstrations, container garden contest, vendors and more. Center Street, Lewiston. firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook; lewistongardenfest.com.
July 8–9: Lockport in Bloom Garden Walk. Self-guided walking and driving tour. Free. lockportinbloom.com.
July 8–9: Hamburg Garden Walk, 10am–4pm. Self-guided. Vendors. Rain or shine. Maps: Memorial Park Bandstand, corner Lake & Union Streets. 716/648-7544; hamburggardenwalk.com.
July 15: Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10am–4pm. Self-guided tour of 70 private gardens and public spaces in the neighborhoods surrounding the UB South Campus. email@example.com; ourheights.org/gardenwalk.
July 15: Capen at Night, 8–10pm. Self-guided evening tour of Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk (above). firstname.lastname@example.org; ourheights.org/gardenwalk.
July 29–30: Garden Walk Buffalo, 10am–4pm. Self-guided, over 400 gardens. Free. Facebook; gardenwalkbuffalo.com.
August 5: Riverside Tour of Gardens, 10am–4pm. Self-guided, features more than 50 gardens. New: 14207 Day, local activities throughout the area. Free. 716/851-5116. brrtourofgardens.com.
August 5: Starry Night Garden Tour, 8–10pm. Self-guided, features 20 gardens. Part of Riverside Tour of Gardens (see above). Free. 716/851-5116. brrtourofgardens.com.