Buffalo Events

updated on 3/8/20

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. April 25–26: African Violet & Gesneriad Show & Sale, see Calendar (below). 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. May 9: Auction. June 6–7: Bonsai Show, see Calendar (below). buffalobonsaisociety.com.

Federated Garden Clubs NYS—District 8. Nancy Kalieta, Director, nancyk212@aol.com. gardenclubsofwny.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. May 30: Plant Sale, see Calendar (below). 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. April: Raised Bed & Container Gardening with Mark Yadon. May 22–23: Plant Sale, see Calendar (below). 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. 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. June 6: Plant Sale, see Calendar (below)

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 the first Sunday of the month (when Iris are not in bloom), 1–4pm, at the Lancaster Public Library, 5466 Broadway, Lancaster. Information about acquiring and growing irises (bearded & non-bearded) and complimentary perennials, annual flower show & summer iris sale. Guests welcome716/837-2285; drsnooks@twc.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. March 18: Preparing Your Garden—planting, pruning, fertilizing & spraying. April 15: Growing Different Types of Roses in WNY. 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:

AAA/HCT: Great Garden Travel with Sally Cunningham & AAA/HorizonClubTours. 1-800-242-4244; horizonclubtours.com/garden-travel. 

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

CCE/EC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County, 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052. 716/652-5400 x174; jah663@cornell.edu; erie.cce.cornell.edu. 

LOCK: Lockwood’s Garden Center, 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.

F- Indicates activities especially appropriate for children and families.
S- Indicates plant sales.
T- Indicates garden tours.

Ongoing through April 10: Great Plant Sale Pre-Order. Pre-order from a variety of perennials, shrubs and annuals for pick up at the Great Plant Sale, May 14–16. BECBG

March 18: Senior Stroll, 10am. Enjoy a leisurely guided walk through the woods. Adults only. Registration required. REIN 

March 18: Plantasia Preview Night, 5:30–8pm. Reflections. Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. plantasiany.com. 

F- March 19–22: Plantasia, Thursday–Saturday, 10am–9pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm. Reflections. Garden displays, seminars, vendors. Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. plantasiany.com. 

March 21: Woods Walk—Nature Guide’s Choice, 11am. Join a guided nature walk through the woods. No registration required. REIN 

March 23: Western NY Buyer-Grower Regional Conference, 9am–6pm. Workshops, networking forums & vendors. Presented by Cornell Harvest NY and Field & Fork Network. 

$65. Location: The Foundry Suites, 1738 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Tickets on eventbrite.com. 

March 23: Beginning Integrated Pest Management in the WNY Region, 11am. Email for information. $15 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. Draves Arboretum; dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com. 

March 24–April 14: Beginner Watercolor Painting, 4 Tuesdays, 8:45–11:15am. Learn the basics of how to paint with watercolors. Taught by Joan Saba. Series: $68 members; $76 non-members. Single session: $17 members; $19 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

March 24–April 14: Intermediate Watercolor Painting, 4 Tuesdays, 5:45–8:15pm. For students with previous experience who would like to move beyond the basics. Series: $68 members; $76 non-members. Single session: $17 members; $19 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

March 25–April 15: Beginner Watercolor Painting, 4 Wednesdays, 5:45–8:15pm. See the description under March 24. Series: $68 members; $76 non-members. Single session: $17 members; $19 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

March 28: Conservation Program, 11:30am. Sally Cunningham will present, Tweak the Paradigm: The positive choices we must make for healthier yards, gardens and eco-systems. Hosted by Grow Jamestown & Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. chautauquawatershed.org. 

F- March 28–April 26: Spring Flower Exhibit. Over 22,000 bulbs on display, 4-H mini-farm. Visit the Easter Bunny, April 4, 10, 11. Included with admission. BECBG  

March 28–June 13: Horticulture IV Certificate Program, 5 Saturdays, 11am–1pm. Taught by David Clark, Horticulturist & CNLP. Gardening for Wildlife; Four Seasons Gardening; Creative Containers & Raised Beds; Herbs & Medicinal Plants; Backyard Ecology. Series: $100 members; $125 non-members. Single class: $20 members; $25 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

March 29: Talk by Sally Cunningham, 1:30pm. Registration required. LOCK 

April 2: Pesticide Applicator Training & Credit Course, Core Training, 8:15am–12:15pm; DEC Exam, 1pm. Open to those seeking Private or Commercial Category Pesticide Applicator Certification.  Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County. Location: Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center Street, Room LC1, Warsaw. $20 CCE Ag enrollees; $30 non-enrollees. Advance registration & training manuals required. Don Gasiewicz, 585/786-2251×113; drg35@cornell.edu.

F- April 4: Stories in the Woods, 10am. Children ages 3–7 can enjoy hearing a nature story, followed by a guided walk in the woods. Registration required. REIN 

April 4: The Science of Pruning & Basic Pruning Practices, Part 1, 10–11am; Part 2, 11:15am–12:15pm. Presented by Jeff Fabian. $10 single session; $15 both sessions. Registration required. LOCK  

April 5: Easter Blooming Planter Bowls, 1:30pm. Create a planter filled with fresh spring flowers to take home. $45. Registration required. LOCK 

April 7 or 8: Fresh Spring Floral Arrangement, 6 pm. Create a fragrant flower display for your table. $40 members; $45 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

F- April 11: Introduction to Nature Journaling, 10am. Learn techniques, tips and tricks to sketching in the outdoors. For adults and children ages 6 and older. Registration required. REIN 

April 11: Introduction to Forest Bathing, 2pm. Guided walk will focus on the sights, sounds and smells of the forest to induce relaxation and ease stress. Registration required. REIN 

April 15: Senior Stroll, 10am. See description under March 18. Adults only. Registration required. REIN 

April 16–30: Botanical Drawing Series, 3 Thursdays, 6:30pm. Focus will be on the shapes and flowers of springtime. All levels welcome. Taught by Beth Henesey. $10 single session; $25 series. Registration required. LOCK 

April 18: Principles of Garden Design, 10 am. Mike Frank will cover the steps required to design a well-considered landscape. $15. Registration required. LOCK 

April 18: Woods Walk—Nature Guide’s Choice, 11am. See description under March 21. No registration required. REIN 

April 18: Wake Up Your Garden, 1:30pm. Beth Henesey will offer tips & reminders of what needs to be done in the garden now for success through the season. $10. Registration required. LOCK 

April 19: Make a Cool Season Porch Pot, 1:30pm. Plant up a container of pansies to take home. $40. Registration required. LOCK 

April 21–May 19: Beginner Watercolor Painting, 4 Tuesdays, 8:45–11:15am. See the description under March 24. Series: $68 members; $76 non-members. Single session: $17 members; $19 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

April 21–May 19: Intermediate Watercolor Painting, 4 Tuesdays, 5:45–8:15pm. See the description under March 24. Series: $68 members; $76 non-members. Single session: $17 members; $19 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

April 22–May 20: Beginner Watercolor Painting, 4 Wednesdays, 5:45–8:15pm. See the description under March 24. Series: $68 members; $76 non-members. Single session: $17 members; $19 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

April 22 or 23: Beginning Bonsai, 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 24: Arbor Day Tree Tours & Planting. Tree Tours, 12:30 & 2pm. Tree Planting, 1:30pm. BECBG 

April 24: Botanical Gardens’ 120th Anniversary Party, 6–9pm. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast and more. Includes open bar of champagne cocktails, beer, wine, hour d’oeuvres and commemorative glass. $45 members; $50 non-members; $60 after April 1. BECBG 

April 25: Spring Hanging Door Basket, 10am. Create your own using fresh spring flowers. $45. Registration required. LOCK 

April 25: How to Style Your Backyard Living Space, 1:30pm. Beth Henesey will share a range of ideas, from choosing plants that will naturally repel mosquitos to coordinating cushions and pillows. $10. Registration required. LOCK 

April 25–26: African Violet & Gesneriad Show & Sale, Saturday, 12–6pm; Sunday, 11am–4pm. Marvelous African Violets and Gesneriads. Presented by African Violet & Gesneriad Society of WNY. Walden Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga. 716/662-9434. 

April 26: Summer Blooming Bulbs, 1:30pm. David Clark will discuss summer bulbs and how to grow them successfully in the home garden. $15. Registration required. LOCK 

April 27: Creating New Realities, 6:30–8:30pm. Sally Cunningham will present, Tweaking the Paradigm: Make eco-friendly choices. Location: 307 Bowen Road, Elma. 

April 28: Phragmites Strike Team Training, 5:30pm. Join this team of volunteers to help monitor and remove an invasive plant threatening Reinstein Woods’ wetlands. No experience needed. Registration required. REIN 

May 2: Spring Bulb Sale, 8am. Choose from spent bulbs used in the spring exhibit. Bag provided, you fill. $12 per bag, limit 3. Location: garage behind the Botanical Gardens. BECBG  

May 2: Towering Violas, 10am. Participants will plant a terra cotta strawberry jar container with fresh violas to take home. $50. Registration required. LOCK 

May 2: Woods Walk—Biomimicry, 11am. Take a guided walk to learn about ideas humans have borrowed from nature. No registration required. REIN 

May 2: Mothers’ Day Flower Raffle, 1–4pm. Send email for information. Draves Arboretum; dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com. 

May 8–10: Spring Open House. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; Facebook; chickencooporiginals.com.

May 9: Basic Tree ID. Email for information. Draves Arboretum; dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com. 

May 9: Hypertufa Container, 9am or 1pm. Fashion your own unique planting container using a mix of  peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. $25 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. BECBG 

S- May 15–16: The Great Plant Sale, Friday, 10am–8pm; Saturday, 9am–4pm. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, hanging baskets, tropical plants and more. BECBG 

May 15–18: Spring Open House. Chicken Coop Originals, 13245 Clinton Street, Alden. 716/937-7837; Facebook; chickencooporiginals.com.

SAVE THE DATE

S- May 16: Lewiston Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale, 10am–1pm. Plants from club members’ gardens. Lewiston Red Brick Gym, N 4th & Onondaga Streets, Lewiston.

May 16: Woods Walk—Nature Guide’s Choice, 11am. See description under March 21. No registration required. REIN 

May 20: Senior Stroll, 10am. See description under March 18. Adults only. Registration required. REIN 

S- May 22–23: Master Gardener Plant Sale, Friday, 8:30am–3pm; Saturday, 8:30am–2pm. Presented by Erie County Master Gardeners. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo. CCE/EC 

S- May 22–23: Kenmore Garden Club Plant Sale, Friday, 9am–7pm; Saturday, 9am–2pm. Unusual annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables & hanging baskets. Cash or check only. Location: 939 Delaware Road, Tonawanda. songnbird@aol.com.

S- May 23: Smallwood Garden Club Plant & Garden Art Sale, 9am–3pm. Perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, baskets, planters, garden-related art & bric-a-brack. Master gardeners, rosarians & landscape advice will be available. Faith United Church of Christ, corner Maple & Hopkins Roads, Williamsville. 

S- May 23: East Aurora Garden Club Perennial Sale. Grey Street Plaza, East Aurora. 

S- May 30: Friends of Kenan Herb Plant Sale, 10am–3pm. Rain or shine. Kenan House, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. 

June 6: 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 Bakers’ 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, 390 Hillside Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610. upstategardenersjournal.com. 

S- June 6: South Towns Gardeners Plant Sale, 10am–3pm. Annuals, perennials, garden shed treasures & gifts, baked goods sale and raffle. Location: Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Arts Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. 

June 6–7: Bonsai Show, 10am–4:30pm. Presented by Buffalo Bonsai Society. Included with admission. BECBG 

June 20–21: Lewiston GardenFest, 10am–5pm. More than 80 vendors, expert advice, demonstrations, container garden contest & open gardens. Presented by the Lewiston Garden Club. Center Street, Lewiston. lewistongardenfest.com. 

June 22–26: Tour Quebec’s Eastern Townships & Montreal Botanical Garden. Travel with Sally Cunningham. AAA/HCT

July 7: Surprises in the Southtowns—Gardens of East Aurora & Holland. Tour with Sally Cunningham. AAA/HCT

T- July 11: Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10am–4pm. See 60-70 private gardens and public spaces showcasing the neighborhoods surrounding the UB South Campus. ourheights.org/gardenwalk.

T- July 11: Capen by Night, 8–10pm. See the gardens at night. Part of Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk (above). ourheights.org/gardenwalk.

T- July 11–12: Hamburg Garden Walk, 10am–4pm. Self-guided. Maps & vendors: Memorial Park bandstand, corner Lake & Union Streets. Free. Rain or shine. hamburggardenwalk.com. 

July 14: Garden Walk Buffalo Sampler Tour. With Sally Cunningham. AAA/HCT

T- July 17–18: Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens. BRRAlliance, 716/202-9070; brralliance.org. 

T- July 17–18: Ken-Ton Garden Tour—Night Lights, 8:30–11pm. See the gardens illuminated at night. Self-guided. Free. kentongardentour.com. 

T- July 18–19: Ken-Ton Garden Tour—Day Tour, 10am–4pm. Visit gardens in the Village of Kenmore & Town of Tonawanda. Self-guided. Free. kentongardentour.com.

T- July 25–26: Garden Walk Buffalo. Over 400 urban gardens. Free. gardensbuffaloniagara.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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