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A Bonsai Show, a Hosta Show and a Hosta, Daylily and Iris Sale
are Planned at the Botanical Gardens This Summer

Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is excited to announce the annual Bonsai Show that will take place June 1 and 2 from 10:00am-4:30pm, the unique Hosta Show that will be held on June 9 from 10:00am-4:00pm and a Hosta, Daylily and Iris Sale that will be on August 24 from 9:00am-2:00pm.  All three events will be held on the Buffalo Botanical Gardens’ campus.

The Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Buffalo Botanical Gardens proudly present the Bonsai Show June 1 through 2 from 10:00am-4:30pm.  Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with members of the Bonsai Society as they display amazing bonsai specimens from their personal collections. Trimming and shaping demonstrations on live trees will take place throughout the show.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase sculpted bonsai trees and plants, starter plants, accent plants and pots, as well as a raffle tickets for a chance to win bonsai baskets and merchandise. 

The Buffalo Bonsai Society was established in 1965 to promote the study of bonsai in Western New York. Bonsai is a living art form which enables the hobbyist to transform conventional trees into a harmonious miniature representation of a mature tree in a small container. Since it involves a growing tree, the design is forever changing and evolving. Some of the techniques used to achieve this miniaturization and styling involve the pruning of roots and branches, defoliation of leaves and wiring the tree and its branches. The Society meets at 7:00pm, typically on the third Wednesday of each month at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

The unique Hosta Show will take place on June 9 from 10:00am-4:00pm.  Hostas are America’s favorite perennial, and because they are grown and exhibited for their diverse foliage rather than their flowers, it is difficult to exhibit the whole plant.  Members of The Western New York (WNY) Hosta Society show single, well groomed, leaves in vases.  Hundreds of leaves that vary in size, shape, form and color will be on show for attendees to enjoy.  The leaves will be judged the previous day by Master Judges from the North Eastern USA and then displayed in large groups. Troughs, trays and pots, artfully planted with small hostas and companion plants, will also be displayed.  One of the creative highlights of the show will be artistic flower arrangements that incorporate hosta leaves.

The WNY Hosta Society is a dedicated group of diverse individuals who enjoy the world of hostas and shade gardening. Members stay up to date with what is happening in the hosta world and reap the rewards of gardening expertise and newfound friendships.

Admission to The Bonsai Show and the Hosta Show are included with Buffalo Botanical Gardens’ regular admission.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.  Prices are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+), $6 for kids 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ Members and kids two and under are free.

The Hosta, Daylily & Iris Sale will be held on August 24 from 9am-2pm at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens’ Administration Building.  Hundreds of daylilies, hostas and irises will be labeled and described for sale at reasonable prices.  Experts will be on hand to answer your plant questions. Organizers would like to note that there will be a long line waiting for the doors to open and they recommend attendees arrive early to the Sale.  The Sale is free and open the public and will take place in the Administration Building located next to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

Use #BuffaloGardens and tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.


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