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A Tree Festival, Ten Plants That Rocked History Event and a Horticulture Certificate Series are announced at the Botanical Gardens

Erin Grajek

Released August 27, 2013

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces a fall season full of educational horticulture programs.  The Tree Festival on September 14 from 10:00am-1:30pm will include an exciting tree presentation from Rochelle Smith, a fun tree walk and an informational planting clinic. Ten Plants that Rocked History on September 17 will entertain crowds and highlight plants that changed life as we knew it.  To round out the fall season, Horticulturist David Clark returns to the Botanical Gardens with his entertaining Horticulture Certificate ProgramHorticulture I and Horticulture II

The Tree Festival celebrates everything trees! Learn how to choose trees for your property, how to care for them and how to identify tree species at this educational and fun event.  Noted dendrologist Rochelle Smith, Finger Lakes Community College Horticulture Program Coordinator will conduct an informative talk from 11:00am-12:00pm on tree selection and tree health.  Kristy Blakely, Botanical Gardens Director of Education will host a South Park Tree Walk from 10:00-10:45am and 12:30-1:15pm.  Participants will walk through the South Park Arboretum and discover differences between trees, see a “living fossil” and much more. The Tree Planting Clinic from 10:00-10:45am and 12:30-1:15pm will be hosted by Master Gardener Lyn Chimera.  She will teach participants how to properly plant and care for trees including best watering practices, staking procedures, and much more.

The Tree Festival is made possible by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  The Tree Festival is $8 for Botanical Gardens’ members, Master Gardeners, seniors and students and $10 for non-members and the general public.  Hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Ten Plants that Rocked History on September 17 will explore how plants affect and are affected by the people, industry, economy, and health of their environment, as active catalysts in the life of the planet.  This evening of educational fun brings gardening lovers and history buffs together to learn unexpected stories of the amazing and significant role of plants in the journey of the human race, as told by humorous and knowledgeable Horticulturalist David Clark.  Topics will include the real reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock instead of their original destination of Virginia and some plants that are a lot racier than pepper and potatoes! 

Tickets are $20 for Gardens’ members and $24 for non-members and pre-registration is required.  Beer, wine and light refreshments are included and the evening concludes with a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens.

David Clark is a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Designed for beginners that would like to know more than garden basics, Horticulture Certificate Classes I & II are a great way to enhance any gardeners’ skills and confidence. 

Horticulture I will include basic botany and plant environment on September 28, basic propagation on October 19, pest management and disease on November 2, shrubs and trees on November 16, annuals and perennials on January 4 and garden design on January 18.  Horticulture II will address soil science on October 5, advanced propagation on October 26, practical principles of pruning on November 9, hydroponics on November 23, water gardening on January 11 and landscape design 2 on January 25.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held on Saturday mornings in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus from 11:00am-1:00pm.  Each series is $105 or $20 for each individual class for Gardens’ members, $130 or $25 for each individual class for non-members and the general public.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.buffalogardens.comor call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.  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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