Buffalo Events

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we recommend you confirm with the host whether the event is still taking place as listed.

updated on 7/6/21


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 Tonawanda 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 10am, VFW Post 1419, 2985 Lakeview Rd, Hamburg. May plant sale. Summer garden tours. Guests are welcome. Contact 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.

Lewiston Garden Club meets the fourth Monday of the month. See website for meeting information, lewistongardenfest.com/garden-club.html or contact at PO Box 32, Lewiston NY 14092.

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 meets1-4pm the first Sunday of the month at the Julia Boyer Reinstein Public Library, 1030 Losson Road, South Cheektowaga. 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—In-person meetings have resumed. July 21-Informal Rose Show Awards, August 18-Tour of Delaware Park Rose Garden, September 15-Best Roses for cold weather by Leon Ginenthal. See website for details. St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. wnyrosesociety.net.

Youngstown Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm, First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church Street, Youngstown. 



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

DRAV: Draves Arboretum, 1815 Sharrick Road, Darien, NY 14040. 585/547-3341. dravesarboretum.org.

REIN: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043. 716/683-5959; reinsteinwoods.org.

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

July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29: Open garden Thursdays, 5–7pm. Did you know there are nearly 100 exceptional gardens to visit throughout Buffalo Niagara on Thursdays and Fridays, for select hours, in July? Add the Martin House historic landscape to the list when you visit the Parkside neighborhood. Organizers are adding to the fun with a series of workshops and optional self-guided tours. Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214. 716/856-3858; education@darwinmartinhouse.org; darwinmartinhouse.org. 

T July 9-11: Lockport in Bloom, Free city-wide walking/driving tour of gardens and public parks throughout the City of Lockport.  facebook.com/LockportInBloom

F July 14: Insect Exploration Walk at Billy Wilson Park, 10am. Explore the pond and fields at Billy Wilson Park (in Amherst) to find insects that call it home. Note: Preregistration required. REIN

T July 10-11: Hamburg Garden Walk, Rain or shine. Self-guided tour. Maps are available at Memorial Park, Lake and Union in Hamburg. Event is free. hamburggardenwalk.com

T July 10: Fourth Annual Open Tour, 1:30–3:30pm. Learn more about Draves Arboretum and its woody species collections through a guided tour of the grounds. Tour includes arboretum history, species identification, and other points of interest. The arboretum grounds have hills and uneven terrain, so wear walking/hiking shoes for your safety. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time. You are welcome to stay beyond the tour and explore on your own. $12/person. Register at website. DRAV

T July 16-17: Ken-Ton Garden Tour—Night Lights, 8:30–11pm. See the gardens illuminated Friday and Saturday night! Self-guided tour in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Free. Kentongardentour.com.

T July 17-18: Ken-Ton Garden Tour—Day Tour, 10am-4pm. Self-guided tour in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Free. Kentongardentour.com. 

F July 17: Turtle Walk, 10am. Discover turtles living at Reinstein Woods on this guided walk. Preregistration required. REIN

July 20-21: Summer Teacher Institute—Day in the Life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed, 9am–3:30pm. Dive into watershed STEM, become a certified GLOBE educator, and plan a meaningful watershed educational experience for your students in this immersive two-day training. For educators of students in grades 5–12. 12 CTLE hours. $25 fee. Register online: reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops REIN

F July 21: Fairy Houses at Amherst State Park, 10:30am. Join a naturalist in creating a house to attract nature’s fairies. Once you learn how, you can make one anywhere. For children age 5-10 and their caregivers. Preregistration required. REIN

July 24: Gardener’s Day—Trees and Bees, 1–4pm. With Bill Hendricks of Klyn Nurseries. Bill will instruct students on the inclusion of trees and shrubs in the landscape that will attract and feed pollinators throughout the gardening season. Handouts and a tour of the Arboretum grounds included. CNLP Credits available. $30/Members, $35/Non-members. DRAV

F July 24: Summer Wildflowers, 10am. Search for seasonal wildflowers and learn about their uses and folklore. For adults and children ages 10 and older. Preregistration required. REIN

T July 25-25: Garden Walk Buffalo, 10am–4pm. America’s largest garden tour is back after a COVID year off! The self-guided tour is absolutely free—no tickets required. Just pick up a map at select sponsor locations. gardensbuffaloniagara.com/garden-walk-buffalo

F July 28: Creek Critters at Amherst State Park, 10:30am. Discover which amazing animals are lurking underwater in Ellicott Creek. Preregistration required. REIN

July 30: Virtual Program: Insects of the Night, 9:30pm. The night offers a different world of insects that is rarely explored. Group will search its own backyards for moths and other insects attracted by light and scent. Preregistration required. REIN

F July 31: Birding 101, 9am. Learn how to identify birds by their calls while on a hike at Reinstein Woods. Bring binoculars if you have them. Preregistration required. REIN

August 3-4: Summer Teacher Institute—STEM in the Schoolyard, 9am-3:30pm. Transform any schoolyard into a NYSSLS learning laboratory using nationally recognized Project WILD activities and more. For educators of students in grades K-12. 12 CTLE hours. $25 fee. Register online at reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/ REIN

August 5: Watershed—STEM in the Schoolyard, 9am–3:30pm. Learn how to use water sampling equipment in Watershed STEM kits to engage students in hands-on learning. For educators of students in grades K–12. Six CTLE hours. Register online at https://reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/ REIN

August 21: Trail Steward Saturday, 10am. Give back to the place you love by helping to remove invasive plants and care for the trails at Reinstein Woods. Preregistration required. REIN

S August 28: Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale, 9am–2pm. Hundreds of daylilies, hostas, and irises will be for sale at reasonable prices. There will be experts on hand to answer plant questions. The sale is free and open the public and will take place in the administration building located next to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens. BECBG

September 11: 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 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, Ste 201, Rochester, NY 14610. upstategardenersjournal.com. 

S September 14–16: Gala at the Gardens, Join us for the Gala at the Gardens Virtual Auction! 2021 will celebrate the Botanical Gardens’ commitment to sprouting minds and inspiring curiosity through educational programming. BECBG

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Annamarie May 13, 2021 at 8:33 am

Hello I am looking for the times location and any additional information on the Lewiston garden club plant sale this Saturday.


cathym May 13, 2021 at 10:46 am

Hello Annamarie,
This information was posted on the Lewiston GardenFest Facebook page on May 5: Annual Perennial Sale: Saturday, May 15th, 10 AM to 1 PM At The Lewiston Red Brick School, Corner of 4th And Onondaga Streets.


Hope this helps!


Maria Cudeck February 27, 2021 at 10:35 am

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Maria Cudeck


cathym March 4, 2021 at 8:54 pm

Absolutely—thanks for reading!


marie jusko March 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Will there be an African violet show and sale at the Galleria Mall this year ?



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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