Buffalo Events

updated on 5/01/19

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. August 24: Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale, see Calendar (below). 716/ 698-3454; Facebook.

Buffalo Bonsai Society meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Buffalo Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.May 22: Club Auction. June 1–2: Bonsai Show, see Calendar (below). June 5: Jennifer Price. July 17: Bob Blankfield. buffalobonsaisociety.com.

Federated Garden Clubs NYS – District 8. Marcia Becker, District Director. 716/681-3530; marshmelo601@yahoo.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. June 1: 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) at 10:00am, Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. New members and guests welcome. ewpinkposies1@gmail.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 at 7pm, St. John’s Lutheran Hall, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster. No meetings January, July & August. June 7: Plant Sale, see Calendar (below). 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.

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; duke.sue@roadrunner.com.

South Town Gardeners meets the second Friday of the month (except January) at 9:30am, West Seneca. 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. See Calendar (below):June 9: Hosta Show. August 24: Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale. h8staman@aol.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 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 welcome. August 24: Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale, see Calendar (below). 716/837-2285; 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. May 15: Companion Planting & Silent Auction. June 19: Exhibiting Roses & Arrangements. June 22: Rose Show, see Calendar (below).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; wilsongardenclub@aol.com.

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.

BMAC: Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY 14113. 585/457-3228; 800/377-1520; buffaloaudubon.org. 

CCE/GC: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County, 420 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. 585/343-3040; genesee.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.

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

F- Ongoing through May 20: Fairy and Gnome Festival, 10am–4:30pm. Fairy-themed crafts & activities, magic shows, balloon animals, music, scavenger hunt and more. Included with admission. BECBG

May 14: Container Planter Workshop, 6pm. Participants will choose from a large selection of annuals to create their own planter to take home. Presented by Marge Vogel. $45. Registration required. LOCK

May 15:Senior Stroll, 10am. Leisurely guided walk through the woods. Adults only. Free. Registration required. REIN

F- May 17: Dollar Day, 10am–4:30pm. $1 admission. BECBG

S- May 17–18: The Great Plant Sale, Friday, 10am–8pm; Saturday, 9am–4pm. Japanese maples, locally grown lilacs, vegetable plants, herbs, hanging baskets, natives, drought-tolerant and plants propagated from the Gardens’ collection. BECBG

S- May 18: Lessons from Nature & Amanda’s Garden Plant Sale, 9am–2pm. Shop many native and unusual plants, all potted and ready to go. 170 Pine Street, East Aurora. 585/750-6288. 

S- May 18: Spring Garden Gala, 10am–1pm. Sale featuring indoor & outdoor plants, geraniums, garden art, used garden books, chance basket auction, free soil pH testing. Presented by Genesee County Master Gardeners. CCE/GC

May 18:Woods Walk – Nature Guide’s Choice, 11am. Free. No registration required. REIN

May 18: Square Foot Gardening Method, 2pm. Presented by Caesandra Seawell. Location: Tyler Street Community Garden, 73 Tyler Street, Buffalo. Free. Registration required. Urban Roots, 716/362-8982; info@urbanroots.org; urbanroots.org.

May 18: Beekeeping 101, 2pm. Presented by Andrea Kuettel & Erin Masterson Hoklo. Location: MAP Farmhouse, 387 Massachusetts Avenue, Buffalo. Free. Registration required. Urban Roots, 716/362-8982; info@urbanroots.org; urbanroots.org.

May 20–June 24: Plein Air Painting, 4 Mondays, 8:45–10:45am. Watercolor classes held outdoors. If inclement weather, class will be indoors. Per class: $15 members; $17 non-members. Registration required. BECBG

May 21: Container Planter Workshop, 6pm. See description under May 14. $45. Registration required. LOCK

May 21–June 11: Plein Air Painting, 4 Tuesdays, 8:45–10:45am or 5:45–7:45pm. See description under May 20. Per class: $15 members; $17 non-members. Registration required. BECBG

May 25: Zoar Valley Adventure, 10am–2pm. Naturalist Mark Carra will lead this long hike in search of early blooming flowers. Meet: Springville Tops, 10am, group will carpool. Bring lunch. $7. Registration required. BMAC

May 25: Surviving White-Tailed Deer, 10:30am. Learn facts and myths about white-tailed deer and how to keep them from destroying your landscape and gardens. Adults only. Free. Registration required. REIN

May 28: Container Planter Workshop, 6pm. See description under May 14. $45. Registration required. LOCK

May 29: Plein Air Painting, 4 Wednesdays (dates TBD), 5:45–7:45pm. See description under May 20. Per class: $15 members; $17 non-members. Registration required. BECBG

June 1: 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 Lab of Ornithology; shopping at a variety of nurseries including Baker’s Acres and Cayuga Landscape; wine tasting and more. Lunch included. $82. 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 1: Friends of Kenan Plant Sale, 10am–3pm. Presented by Friends of Kenan Herb Club. Rain or shine. Kenan Center for the Arts, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. 716/433-2617; kenancenter.org/affiliates.asp.

June 1: Make & Take Vegetable Gro Bag, 10:30am. Choose from a selection of seasonal vegetables to plant in a portable Gro Bag. Works well for those with limited space or mobility or those new to vegetable gardening. $45. Registration required. LOCK

June 1–2: Bonsai Show, 10am–4:30pm. Displays, demonstrations, items for sale including starter plants & containers, raffle. Presented by Buffalo Bonsai Society. Included with admission. BECBG

June 2: Summer Bulb Discussion, 1:30pm. Learn techniques for planting and caring for a variety of summer flowering bulbs. A selection of dahlias, gladiolus & lilies will be available for purchase. $10. Registration required. LOCK

June 6: Garden Talk – Native Plants for Butterflies, 12:15–12:45pm. Lunchtime talk presented by Master Gardeners. Bring your lunch. Free. CCE/GC

June 6: Succulent Garden Workshop, 6pm. Participants will design and construct their own low-maintenance container garden. $15 members; $20 non-members. Registration required. BECBG

S- June 7: Lancaster Garden Club Plant Sale, 12–7pm. Lancaster Senior Center, 100 Oxford Avenue, Lancaster. 716/685-4881.

June 8: Fiber Window Box Workshop, 10:30am. Create your own window box using a selection of annuals. Presented by Marge Vogel. $45. Registration required. LOCK

June 9: Hosta Show, 10am–4:30pm. Judged show of leaves differing in size, shape, form and color as well as displays of troughs, trays and pots planted with small hostas and companion plants. Presented by Western New York Hosta Society. Included with admission. BECBG

June 13–27: Botanical Drawing Series, three Thursdays, 6:30pm. Beth Henesey will cover basic drawing skills and shading along with flower and foliage anatomy, shape and proportion. For beginner and early-intermediate artists. Materials included. $10 single session; $25 all three sessions. Registration required. LOCK

T- June 15–16: Lewiston GardenFest, 10am–5pm. Open gardens, speakers, demonstrations, vendors, container garden contest. Center Street, Lewiston. lewistongardenfest.com. 

June 16: Allenberg Bog Excursion, 9am–3:30pm. USDA Entomologist Wayne Gall will lead this walk through a northern peat bog, with a quaking mat and open bog pond, during prime time for flowering of great rosebay, Rhododendron maximum. Be prepared for wet, mucky conditions and biting flies. Bring lunch. Rain or shine. Ages 14+. $10. Registration required. BMAC

June 22: Rose Show, 1–5pm. Presented by Western New York Rose Society. Galleria Mall, 1 Walden Galleria, Buffalo. wnyrosesociety.net.

June 23: Seneca Traditional Uses of Medicinal & Edible Plants, 1:30–3:30pm. Marvin “Marty” Jacobs will give a brief indoor introduction followed by a walk outside to explore nature. $7. Registration required. BMAC

June 26: Starry Night in the Garden, 6–9pm. Outdoor concert with Andy Grammer, Shaed and Flora Cash. Tastings from local restaurants, wineries and breweries. Proceeds benefit the Botanical Gardens. $50. Tickets: mystar1025.radio.com. BECBG

June 29: Growing Hydrangeas, 10:30am. Jeff Fabian will discuss the varieties that are hardiest in WNY, site requirements, pruning and how to turn the mop head varieties blue. $10. Registration required. LOCK

June 29–30: Garden Art Sale. Garden- and nature-themed artwork suitable for display indoors or in the garden including sculpture, planters, metalwork, paintings, architectural remnants and more. No plants. BECBG  

July 11: Birds in the Landscape – Plants for Birds, 6–8pm. Learn about the connections between a native garden landscape and local wildlife and pollinators. Presented by Buffalo Audubon Naturalist Mark Carra. $16 members; $18 non-members. Registration required. BECBG   

T- July 13: Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10am–4pm. Self-guided in the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus in Buffalo, Amherst & Eggertsville. Rain or shine. Free. Facebook; ourheights.org/gardenwalk.

T- July 13: Capen Garden Walk by Night, 8–10pm. Evening portion of Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk(above). Rain or shine. Free. Facebook; ourheights.org/gardenwalk.

T- July 13–14: Hamburg Garden Walk, 10am–4pm. Self-guided. Maps & vendors: Memorial Park Band Stand, corner Lake & Union Streets. Rain or shine. Free. hamburggardenwalk.com. 

T- July 13–14: Lockport in Bloom, 10am–4pm. Enjoy over 2 dozen gardens. Rain or shine. lockportinbloom.com.

SAVE THE DATE

T- July 19–20:  Ken-Ton Garden Tour – Night Lights, 8:30–11pm. See the gardens illuminated at night. Self-guided. Free. kentongardentour.com.

T- July 20–21:  Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10am–4 pm. Self-guided tour in the Village of Kenmore & Town of Tonawanda. Free. kentongardentour.com.

T- July 27–28: GardenWalk Buffalo, 10am–4pm. Self-guided. Free shuttle buses available. Free. gardensbuffaloniagara.com. 

T- August 2–3: Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens & Starry Night Garden Tour. Friday & Saturday, evening garden tours; Saturday, day-time garden tour. brralliance.org.   

S- August 24: Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale, 9am–2pm. Presented by: Western New York Hosta Society, Buffalo Area Daylily Society & Western NY Iris Society. Members will be on hand to answer questions. BECBG  

S- September 7: Fall Garden Gala, 10am–1pm. Plant sale featuring indoor and outdoor plants, chance basket auction, free soil pH testing. CCE/GC

September 7: Fall Garden FairLOCK 

November 16: Christmas Open HouseLOCK

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Bobbie April 12, 2019 at 7:23 am

Hi, I’m a bit confused by the location abbreviations, is there a key I’ve missed? I was looking for my town’s garden club plant sale date & happened on this site. There’s some fun things I would like to check out, but not sure about their locations. Thank you in advance of a reply.

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cathym April 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Hi Bobbie-
The “Frequents Hosts” key is listed just under the Classes/Events header before all the listings.

Thanks for reading!
Cathy

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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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pam February 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

I am wondering if there is a website for garden club craft shows? I make garden flowers from old dishes and I wanted to get applications

thank you for any help you can offer

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janem March 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm

I don’t know of any—so sorry. I would contact the Federated Garden Club and see if they have some sort of chapter directory. —Jane

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