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Botanical Gardens will be Filled with Fairies and Gnomes this Spring

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY – Spring has sprung at the Botanical Gardens!  Come and celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 8, have some family fun at the Fairy and Gnome Festival on May 9 from 10am-3pm!  Enter the Fairy and Gnome House Contest which will be displayed May 9 – May 17 and attend the Kids Spring Fairy Garden Workshop May 9. The Pollinator Festival on June 14 will round up the fun!
National Public Gardens Day is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation and education in communities nationwide.  Join the Gardens May 8 from 10am-5pm with discounted prices of $1 for non-members and free admission for members and kids 2 and under.
Celebrate spring with fairies and garden gnome friends!  Join the Gardens on May 9 at the Fairy and Gnome Festival for fun programs, including fairy activities, a special scavenger hunt, fairy house building, story time and nature walks.  You can also view our Fairy and Gnome House contest entries and vote for your favorite!  The festival is from 10am-3pm and is included with Garden admission (Adults $9, Seniors $8, Students 13+ $8, Children 3-12 $5, Children under 2 and Garden Members are free).  Wear your costume for $1 off admission!
Attention scouts, classrooms, families and other groups!  Build a fairy house and enter it into the Gardens’ Fairy and Gnome House Contest.  The contest is free to enter.  Intent to participate is due April 15 and submissions are due by April 29.  Entries will be on display inside the Gardens May 9- May 17 and winners will be chosen and prizes will be given at the Fairy and Gnome Festival.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more information and for an entry form.
The Kids Spring Fairy Garden Workshop is taking place May 9 at 9am and 3pm. Kids ages 4-12 can make their own container miniature garden for fairies or gnomes!  They will be using found and natural materials to make the perfect hideaway.  Acorn dishes, leaf fences and seed mailboxes – what will their imagination create?  Containers, soil and plants are included and add on pre-made twig furniture for $5 per two pieces.  Pre-registration is required as space is limited!  The workshop is $15 for Garden Members and $20 for non-members and the general public.
Join the Gardens as they party with pollinators at the Pollinator Festival on June 14.  Native gardening, butterfly, honey bee and pollinator activities are all part of the family fun.  Visit with vendors and get information on how you can help local pollinators at demonstrations or talks with our panel of experts.  Speakers include Sally Cunningham, Dave O’Donnell and other experts in the field!  Make friends with a butterfly and walk through an enclosure set up inside the Gardens with the folks from the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm in Clarence, NY.  Refreshments will be available.  The festival takes place from 10am-3pm and price is included with Garden Admission (Adults $9, Seniors $8, Students 13+ $8, Children 3-12 $5, Children under 2 and Garden Members are free).
For more information on all of these events visit us at www.buffalogardens.com.  The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

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