Buffalo Events

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. 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 promote daylilies. Open Gardens in July. August 26: Hosta & Daylily Sale, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (see calendar, below). 716/ 698-3454; Facebook; buffaloareadaylilysociety.com.

Buffalo Bonsai Society meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm, Buffalo Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo. June 3–4: Bonsai Show, 10am–5pm (see calendar, below).

Federated Garden Clubs NYS – District 8. Marcia Becker, District Director. 716/681-3530; marshmelo601@yahoo.com; gardenclubsofwny.com.

Friends of Kenan Herb Club meets Monday evenings, Kenan Center for the Arts, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. June 3: Plant & Herb Sale, 10am–3pm (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 every month at noon, summer garden tours, Hamburg Community Center, 107 Prospect Avenue, Hamburg. 716/648-0275; droman13@verizon.net.

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. May 20: Plant Sale, 9am–2pm, Zion United Church, Tonawanda (see calendar, below). June 13: Container Gardening presented by Lyn Chimera. 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. May 10: Spring Cleaning with Lyn Chimera, spring garden maintenance the easy way. 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. June 17–18: Koi Show, 9am–5pm, Masterson’s Garden Center, East Aurora (see calendar, below).

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.

Smallwood Garden Club meets the third Monday of the month at 7pm, United Methodist Church, 5681 Main Street, Williamsville. New members welcome. May 15: Spectacular Container Garden Creations with Lyn Chimera. May 20: Plant Sale, see calendar (below). June 19: Royal Horticultural Society Presents the Chelsea Flower Show with Mike Shadrack. Claudia, 716/833-2251.

Silver Creek-Hanover Garden Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 2pm, location changes monthly. Ed Newman, 716/934-2170; edlorrie@yahoo.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. wnycpclub@aol.com; 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. Meetings with speakers, newsletter, sales. August 26: Hosta & Daylily Sale, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (see calendar, below). September 16: Fall Hosta Forum, four speakers, lunch, auction, vendors, Edinboro, PA. 716/941-6167; 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 New York Iris Society usually meets at members’ homes and gardens. Information about growing all types of irises and complementary perennials. Guests welcome. June 17: Iris Show, Eastern Hills Mall (see calendar, below). August 26: Plant Sale, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (see calendar, below). Carolyn Schaffner, 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 17: Fresh Cut Flower Demo by Julie Hughes. June 14: How to Exhibit Roses for Show by Steve Styn. June 17: Rose Show, Walden Galleria Mall (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.

LOCK: Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY 14075. 716/649-4684; weknowplants.com.

MENNE: Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228. 716/693-4444; mennenursery.com.

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

Ongoing: Family Walk at Beaver Meadow, Sundays, 2pm. Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the Preserve. Donation appreciated. BMAC

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: Endangered Species Day, 7–8:30pm. Naturalist Mark Carra will discuss the importance of protecting fragile plants and animals. $5. Registration required. BMAC

S- 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

S- May 20: Plant Sale – Smallwood Garden Club, 9am–1pm. Member-grown plants. Club members will be available to answer questions. Randall Church, 6301 Main Street, Williamsville.

S- May 20: Native Plant & Perennial Sale, 9am–2pm. Large selection of natives for WNY plus perennials for sun and shade. Purchase from local growers, Lessons from Nature and Amanda’s Garden. Pre-order available: 585/750-6288; amandasgarden@frontiernet.net. 170 Pine Street, East Aurora. lessonsfromnature.biz; amandasnativeplants.com.

S- May 20: Ken-Sheriton Garden Club Plant Sale, 9am–2pm. Perennials, annuals, garden related items and basket raffle. Club members and Master Gardeners will be present to answer gardening questions and provide planting tips. Soil testing, $2 per sample. Zion United Church, 15 Koenig Circle, Tonawanda.

 • S- May 20: Garden Fair – Silver Creek, Hanover Garden Club, 9am–4pm. Plants, flowers, vendors, silent auction, kid’s projects, food & more. Village Park & Gazebo, Routes 5 & 20, Silver Creek.

May 20: Zoar Valley Ephemerals, 10am–2pm. Search out early blooming flowers with naturalist Mark Carra as he explains the area’s natural history of the flora and fauna as well as the unique history of the humans that lived there. Meet: Springville Tops, 10am. Bring a bag lunch. $7. Registration required. BMAC 

May 23: Container Garden Workshop, 6:30pm. See description under May 16. $42. Registration required. LOCK

S- May 26–27: Plant Sale – Erie County Master Gardeners, 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. First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Erie County. 716/652-5400 x177; mgerie@cornell.edu; erie.cce.cornell.edu.

May 30: Container Garden Workshop, 6:30pm. See description under May 16. $42. Registration required. LOCK

June 3: Odyssey to Ithaca Day Trip. Join UGJ staff us 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 at Baker’s Acres included. $77. Registration required. Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, 1140 Ridge Crest Drive, Victor, NY 14564. 716/432-8688; 585/591-2860; upstategardenersjournal.com.

June 3: Friends of Kenan Herb Club – Plant & Herb Sale, 10am–3pm. Plant sale, garden items, raffles, herbal treats and recipes. Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport.

June 3–4: Bonsai Show, 10am–5pm. Presented by Buffalo Bonsai Society. Displays, demonstrations, vendors, raffle. Included with admission. BECBG

• June 3–July 9: Garden Railway Exhibit, 10am–5pm. Presented by Western New York Garden Railway Society. Included with admission. BECBG

June 10: Landscape Design Basics, 10am. Gain a few ideas on creating an outdoor living area by adding new plantings, patios and water features to increase usable space while providing privacy, fragrance, color and sound. Free. Registration required. MENNE

June 10: Bonsai Workshop, 2 pm. Peter Martin will introduce the basics of creating and caring for Bonsai including watering, fertilizing, pruning and wiring techniques. Participants will create their own bonsai to take home. Requires purchase of Bonsai plant and pot, all other materials included. Free. Registration required. MENNE

June 17: Rose Show. Presented by Western New York Rose Society. Walden Galleria Mall, 1 Walden Galleria, Buffalo. wnyrosesociety.net.

June 17: Reading and Feeding your Landscape, 10am. Horticulturist Nellie Gardner will incorporate lessons from the past with science of today to explain how to read the landscape, provide a healthy environment and foster a successful garden. $25 members; $30 non-members. Registration required. Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. 716/856-3858; education@darwinmartinhouse.org; darwinmartinhouse.org.

June 17: Art in Bloom – Watercolor, 11 am. Sherryl Perez will discuss various watercolor techniques, color mixing/theory, design layout and more. Participants will leave with a completed, matted painting. Materials included. $25. Registration required. MENNE

June 17: Iris Show, 1–4pm. Presented by Western New York Iris Society. Eastern Hills Mall, near Sears & food court, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville.

June 17–18: Koi Show, 9am–5pm. Saturday, demonstrations; Sunday, 11am, auction. Presented by Niagara Frontier Koi and Pond Club. Masterson’s Garden Center, 725 Olean Road, East Aurora.

T- June 17–18: Lewiston GardenFest, 10am–5pm. Open gardens, speakers, demonstrations, container garden contest, vendors and more. Center Street, Lewiston. 716/634-2447; Facebook; lewistongardenfest.com.

June 17–August 6: Coleus & Color, 10am–5pm. See thousands of coleus mixed with many different types of flowers in full bloom. BECBG

June 21: Starry Night in the Garden. Music, food, beverages. Fundraiser to benefit the Gardens. BECBG

June 24: Summer Tree Tour, 11am. Learn about some of the interesting and unique trees in the Gardens’ Arboretum and surrounding South Park. $10. BECBG

June 24–25: Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale, 10am–5pm. Shop nearly 40 vendors of nature-themed items or works that can be displayed in a garden setting including sculpture, metalwork, paintings, woodwork, architectural remnants, found art, jewelry, ceramics, planters and more. Representatives from area plant societies will be on hand to answer questions about their specialty plants. Presentations on garden topics. Free. Rain or shine. Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue. gardensbuffaloniagara.com.

June 25: Seneca Traditional Uses of Medicinal and Edible Plants, 1:30–3:30pm. Marvin “Marty” Jacobs will share the Seneca world of respect and understanding for plants. Brief indoor session followed by outdoor walk. $5. Registration required. BMAC

July 1: Tamarack Swamp Hike, 9:30am–12pm. Registration required. BMAC

T- July 8–9: Lockport in Bloom Garden Walk. Self-guided walking and driving tour. Free. lockportinbloom.com.

T- July 8–9: Hamburg Garden Walk, 10am–4pm. Self-guided. Vendors. Rain or shine. Free. Maps: Memorial Park, corner Lake & Union Streets, Hamburg. 716/648-7544; hamburggardenwalk.com.

July 9: Allenberg Bog Walk, 9am–2pm. Registration required. BMAC

T- 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. capengardenwalk@gmail.com; ourheights.org/gardenwalk.

T- July 15: Capen at Night, 8–10pm. Self-guided evening tour of Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk (above). capengardenwalk@gmail.com; ourheights.org/gardenwalk.

July 16: Summer Tree Tour, 11am. Learn about the trees and shrubs that have been planted at the Gardens. $10. BECBG

 

SAVE THE DATE…

T- July 21–22: Ken-Ton Garden Tour – Night Lights, 8:30–11pm. See gardens illuminated at night. Part of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour (see below). Self-guided. Rain or shine. Free. kentongardentour.com.

T- July 22–23: Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10am–4pm. See open gardens in the village of Kenmore and town of Tonawanda. Self-guided. Rain or shine. Free. kentongardentour.com.

T- July 29–30: Garden Walk Buffalo, 10am–4pm. Self-guided, over 400 gardens. Free. Facebook; gardenwalkbuffalo.com.

August 5: Beyond Flowers Bus Tour, 10am–3pm. Visit eight locations including successful recoveries of land and water resources along the waterfront, an urban habitat project and a bioretention cell. Lunch included. $35. Registration required. gardensbuffaloniagara.com.

T- 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.

T- 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.

August 12: East Side Momentum Bus Tour, 9am–1pm. Visit the diverse and often overlooked projects in this area of Buffalo. Gardens, parks and a Buddhist community garden round out the stops. $25. Registration required. gardensbuffaloniagara.com.

S- August 26: Hosta, Iris & Daylily Sale, 9am–2pm. Hundreds of daylilies, hostas and irises, labeled and described, for sale at reasonable prices. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Presented by Western New York Hosta Society, Western New York Iris Society & Buffalo Area Daylily Society. Free. BECBG

September 16: Fall Hosta Forum. Peace, Love & Plants. Four speakers, lunch, auction, vendors. Edinboro, PA. wnyhosta.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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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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