Buffalo Events

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updated on 2/9/21

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 the second Saturday of the month, 1pm, ECC North Campus, STEM Building, Room 102. buffalobonsaisociety.com. 

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 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. gardenfriendsofclarence@hotmail.com.

Hamburg Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at noon, Hamburg Community Center, 107 Prospect Avenue, Hamburg. Summer garden tours. 716/649-6789; lonabutler4@gmail.com.

Kenmore Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of the month (except July, August & December) at 10:00am, 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.

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 at 12pm, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park. Contact: Sandra Patrick, 716/662-2608.

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 usually meets 1-4pm the first Sunday of the month at the Julia Boyer Reinstein Public Library, 1030 Losson Road, South Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Guests are welcome. Programs include information about acquiring and growing irises (bearded & non-bearded) and complementary perennials; our annual judged iris show, & a summer iris sale. During months when irises are blooming, we have garden visitations. All events are temporarily on hold. Marilee Farry, 716/668-1789, faremare@aol.com.

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. Currently holding meetings virtually, see website for details. 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.

CCE/ACC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, NY 14731. 716/945-3845; ccealleganycattaraugus.org. 

MGEC: Master Gardeners of Erie County. 716/851-5344; counties.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

January 21-February 28: Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape, Thursdays-Sundays & Winter Break from School, 5:30-9pm. This magical experience will highlight with soft lighting the shapes, sizes, textures and colors all the plants and the larger than life glass conservatory. Visitors will enjoy this Enchanted Winter Escape as light bounces around, snowflakes dance through the dome, rocks glow through the desert and twinkling terrariums hang overhead. To learn more about Gardens After Dark, read below. Reservations required. Email tickets@buffalogardens.com or call 716/827-1584, ext. 211 with questions. BECBG

January 22: An Escape to the Desert in Bloom, 4pm. Join a zoom presentation led by Master Gardener, MaryLu Wells as she takes you through Anza-Borrego State Park in Southern California. She will be covering the different varieties of annual wildflowers in bloom, the surrounding geography, its’ winter rains and more. There is no fee for the program and pre-registration is required with Jeremy Baier at 585/268-7644 ext. 14, or jtb273@cornell.edu. CCE/ACC

February 2-May 4: Watercolor IV – Intermediate Expression, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm. Offered in 3 four-week sessions: Trees, Trees and More Trees (Feb. 2-23), Warmer Days Ahead (Mar. 2-23), Nature’s Textures (Apr. 13-May 4). Participants should have a working knowledge of color theory and design elements as well as intermediate to advanced watercolor painting experience. Watercolor V will be taught by Deanna Weinholtz. Watercolor I through Watercolor V classes are for ages 16+ and the cost of each series is $78/general, $72.50/BECBG Members. ZOOM. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

February 3-May 5: Watercolor V – Masters, Wednesdays 9-11am. Offered in 3 four-week sessions: Mirrored Reflections (Feb. 3-24), Coastal Surf (Mar. 3-24), Creekside Walk (Apr. 14-May 5). Watercolor IV is suitable for anyone with previous watercolor painting experience who would like to move beyond the basics as well as students who have completed Watercolor III. Watercolor IV will be taught by Deanna Weinholtz. Watercolor I through Watercolor V classes are for ages 16+ and the cost of each series is $78/general, $72.50/BECBG Members. ZOOM. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

February 8-14: Love Week: Explore the Botanical Gardens, 10am-4pm. Take a self-guided tour of their tropical oasis and grab an entertaining scavenger hunt for a fun and competitive (only if you want it to be) adventure throughout the Botanical Gardens. Admission tickets are $12.50 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and older, $11.00 for students 13 and older with ID, $7 for kids ages 3 to 12, kids 2 and under and Botanical Gardens members are free. Special BOGO day on February 11. BECBG

February 9: Communities in Bloom Classes: Insects and Diseases in the Garden, 6:30-8pm. Are all the ‘bugs’ in your garden bad? How can you tell if your plant is ‘sick’? Learn more about the role of insects, bad and good, in your garden and how to identify and prevent disease with Carol Ann Harlow. $15/class, $35 for all 3 classes for EC MG, $40 for all 3 classes for the general public. Register at erie.cce.cornell.edu/events or contact jah663@cornell.edu or 716/652-5400 ext176. For persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Sharon Bachman 716/652-5400. MGEC 

February 9-March 2: Watercolor I – Foundations, Tuesdays 9-11am. An approachable series of classes that explores watercolor painting materials and basic techniques that will help build an excellent foundation to master this inspiring and expressive form of painting. Watercolor I will be offered in two sessions. Little to no painting experience is required to participate in Watercolor I, taught by Judith Kosinski. Watercolor I through Watercolor V classes are for ages 16+ and the cost of each series is $78/general, $72.50/BECBG Members. ZOOM. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

February 10-March 3: Watercolor I – Foundations, Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm. See details in Tuesday session. BECBG

February 11: Terrarium Workshop, 6:30-7:30pm. Do something totally different and join a virtual workshop. Bring a bit of the Botanical Gardens home and discover how low maintenance closed tropical terrariums are while creating a truly special piece. Containers, soil, plants and supplies are all included. Grab some take-out, a bottle of wine and enjoy this fun and hands-on workshop. Fast, easy and safe pickup for materials will occur from 4:30pm to 5:30pm the day of class. Classes will fill quickly as spots are limited. Virtual/Zoom. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com, $35/General, $31.50/Members. Offered again on May 20. BECBG

February 13-14: Love Week: Feed the Fish, 9:30am-10am. Get up close and personal with their family of koi fish with this new and unique experience. Participants will enjoy early access to the Botanical Gardens before they open to the public. Each participant will receive a potted plant, a cup of koi fish food, an exclusive button and time to help feed their fishy friends. Regular admission for the day is included. This special encounter is limited to 10 people per experience. Tickets are the same price for the general public and for Botanical Gardens’ members: $18.50 for ages 12 and up, $14.50 for kids ages 3-12 and kids two and under are free but must have a ticket. BECBG

February 18: Communities in Bloom Classes: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in the Home Garden, 6:30-8pm. Interest in healthy eating, fresh produce, and food insecurity issues have created a huge interest in home gardening.  Learn how to get your hands dirty and create a successful garden with Esther Kibbe & Paul Kranz. See February 9 class for fee and registration information. MGEC

February 18: Succulent Garden Workshop, 6:30-7:30pm. Participants will design a unique succulent container garden while learning more about these exciting low-maintenance plants. Learn how succulents grow and how to propagate them while adding some creative touches to your garden. Containers, soil, plants and supplies are included. Fast, easy and safe pickup for materials will occur from 4:30 to 5:30pm the day of class. Classes will fill quickly as spots are limited. Virtual/Zoom. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com, $35/General, $31.50/Members. Offered again on April 15. BECBG

February 27: Communities in Bloom Classes: Meatballs, Volcanoes, and Other Garden Malpractices, 6:30-8pm. A tongue-in-cheek look at gardening practices – and malpractices – that affect the appeal and success of the home garden. Learn how to avoid some common mistakes in your garden with Peggy Koopman. See February 9 class for fee and registration information. MGEC

February 20-March 27: Horticulture V Series, Saturdays 11am-1pm. Participants can either take the full series or sign up for an individual class that they are interested in. The following topics will be covered in this series: On 2/20, Houseplant Care and Cultivation; on 2/27, Rain Gardens; on 3/6, All About Roses; on 3/13, Hostas and Hydrangeas; and on 3/27, Vegetables and Organic Gardening. Further details about each class are below. Individual classes are $25 per class for the general public and $22.50 for Botanical Gardens’ members. A full five class series is $125 for the general public or $112.50 for Botanical Gardens’ members. All classes are Virtual/Zoom and recorded and are available to participants for one week after the class. Register online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

February 20: Horticulture V Series: Houseplant Care and Cultivation, 11am-1pm. Perfect for any struggling “plant parents.” Participants will learn how to keep their plant family happy, healthy and growing! Discover new types of indoor house plants and get answers to those burning questions about caring for houseplants. BECBG

February 25: Intuitive Painting Workshop, 6:30-8:30pm. This new and creative workshop will allow “artistic intuition” to guide each participant in creating beautiful artwork from the inside out. Intuitive painting is a process of painting without judgment or critique, using personal choices, visions, and artistic preferences to develop a work of art. Participants will work with their natural inclinations towards color, mark-making and composition. Experiment with different mark-making and paint application techniques, and paint freely in response to guided prompts. This workshop is guaranteed to bring participant’s creative joy. Ages 16+, $25/general, $22.50/members. Online/Zoom. Register online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

February 27: Horticulture V Series: Rain Gardens, 11am-1pm. Encourages participants to embrace those rainy days and provide for a thriving garden by capitalizing on some techniques to utilize rainwater in a garden space. Learn how to use a rain barrel or where to get one and discover some tips and tricks for gardens of all sizes and work with nature and its natural cycles. BECBG

March 4: Botanical Demonstrations: Orchid Repotting, 6:30-7:30pm. The instructor will demonstrate how to repot orchids and discusses orchid care allowing for open discussion, questions, and answers. Virtual/Zoom. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com, $10/General and $9/Members. BECBG

March 6: Horticulture V Series: All About Roses, 11am-1pm. This popular class dives into the details of rose care, which are surprisingly approachable for anyone. Learn about many different varieties and discover the best way to feed, fertilize and protect these gorgeous plants. This class is also a great gift alternative to a traditional bouquet of roses. BECBG

March 9-March 30: Watercolor II – Beginner Techniques, Tuesdays 9-11am. Participants will learn the basic techniques of how to paint with watercolors. As students advance through this creative and exciting series, they will watch their painting skills grow by strengthening their skills in composition and color theory.  This class is suitable for beginners with little to no experience with watercolor painting and is also taught by Judith Kosinski. Watercolor I through Watercolor V classes are for ages 16+ and the cost of each series is $78/general, $72.50/BECBG Members. ZOOM. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

March 11: Elements and Principles of Design, 6:30-8:30pm. The “Elements” are the building blocks that actually make up a painting. The “Principles” are the ways we use the Elements of Design to create a successful work of art. A background in these design foundations will help participants create their best works of art. The instructor has a strong background in design and will pull the concepts together in this introductory class. Ages 16+, $25/general, $22.50/members. Online/Zoom. Register online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

March 13: Horticulture V Series: Hostas and Hydrangeas, 11am-1pm. These are a hot topic for gardeners. This class will focus on some tips for the struggles that gardeners face with these types of plants and even learn some cool tips for how to change blue hydrangeas to pink! BECBG

March 13: Master Gardener Education Day, 9am-12:45pm. This virtual event will include presentations and Q&A with two speakers. Rick Drake, co-author with Doug Tallamy on Dynamic Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes. Paul Zammit of Niagara College/Toronto Botanical Gardens on Planning and Planting for All Seasons. Erie County MG/$25, Other MG &CNLP/$30, Public/$35. Register at erie.cce.cornell.edu/events. MGEC

March 27: Horticulture V Series: Vegetables and Organic Gardening, 11am-1pm. This a great class for both experienced and inexperienced vegetable gardeners looking to start or improve their vegetable gardens. This informative class will cover important garden maintenance, care, and pest solutions. BECBG


SAVE THE DATE

March 18-May 27: Virtual Art Workshop Series, 6:30-8:30pm. March 18, Watercolor Whimsy I. March 25, Spring Watercolor Wreath. April 8, Impressionistic Watercolors. April 14, Botanical Line Drawing. May 13, Watercolor Whimsy II. May 27, Sunny Sunflowers. Ages 16+, $25/general, $22.50/members. Online/Zoom. Register online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

April 1: Botanical Demonstrations: Spring Floral Arrangement, 6:30-7:30pm. The instructor will cover some tips and tricks for working with various spring plant materials and cut florals. Participants will also learn techniques for cut flower arranging in vases or other vessels and care tips. Virtual/Zoom. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com, $10/General and $9/Members. BECBG

April 10-May 29: Horticulture VI Series, Saturdays 11am-1pm. Participants can either take the full series or sign up for an individual class that they are interested in. The following topics will be covered in this series: On 4/10, Great Grasses and Lawn Care; on 4/24, Color Theory and Texture in Gardens; on 5/15, Edible Plants and Composting; on 5/22, Tough Plants for Tough Sites; and on 5/29, World Tour of Garden Design. Individual classes are $25 per class for the general public and $22.50 for Botanical Gardens’ members. A full five class series is $125 for the general public or $112.50 for Botanical Gardens’ members. All classes are Virtual/Zoom and recorded and are available to participants for one week after the class. Register online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

April 13-May 4: Watercolor III-Advanced Beginners, Tuesdays 9-11am. This is the third session of BECBG’s watercolor series. See BECBG for details. Completion of Watercolor l and ll or a comfortable level of experience painting with watercolor is required for these classes. Watercolor I through Watercolor V classes are for ages 16+ and the cost of each series is $78/general, $72.50/BECBG Members. ZOOM. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com. BECBG

April 22: Mini Garden Workshop, 6:30-7:30pm. This fun, interactive all-ages workshop is suitable for anyone including kids and families. This mini garden creates the perfect hideaway for fairies, gnomes, and other whimsical friends. Containers, soil, plants and some building supplies are included. Mini-Garden builders are also encouraged to collect other fun items from nature they may wish to build with prior to the workshop. Sticks, bark, pinecones, and acorns make excellent additions! Fast, easy and safe pickup for materials will occur from 4:30 to 5:30pm the day of class. Classes will fill quickly as spots are limited. Virtual/Zoom. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com, $25/General and $22.50/Members. BECBG

April 29: Botanical Demonstrations: Bonsai Demonstration, 6:30-7:30pm. The instructor will be working on pruning and fashioning a live bonsai tree and will discuss the techniques and styles of this unique practice. There will also be time for discussion, questions, and answers. Virtual/Zoom. Sign up online at buffalogardens.com, $10/General and $9/Members. BECBG

June 5, 2021: Odyssey to Ithaca Day Trip. Join UGJ staff as we travel by motor coach to tour the Ithaca region. Highlights include a visit to Cornell Botanic Gardens; shopping at a variety of nurseries including Baker’s Acres and Cayuga Landscape; wine tasting and more. Lunch included. $85. Registration required. Please call to reserve your seat: 716/432-8688; 585/591-2860. Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, 1501 East Avenue, Rochester 14610. upstategardenersjournal.com. 

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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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