Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of programs and workshops throughout the year. This spring, the Botanical Gardens will hold Beginning Bonsai Workshops on April 19 and 20 and Hypertufa Container Workshops on May 12. In celebration of Arbor Day 2018, the Botanical Gardens will host Arbor Day Tree Tours and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 27.
The Beginning Bonsai Workshops are a hands-on workshop that is one of a kind. Participants will manipulate live bonsai trees while learning the art of bonsai with representatives from the Buffalo Bonsai Society. On both April 19 and 20, the workshops will be held from 6:00-9:00pm. Organizers suggest that participants bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport their bonsai home. Space is limited in each session and all materials will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $75 and $80 for the general public.Celebrate Arbor Day with Arbor Day Tree Tours and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 27. Tree tours will be held at 12:30pm and 2:00pm and the Tree Planting will be held at 3:30pm. The tours will take guests on a walk through the Botanical Gardens’ arboretum to visit trees in the collection. Participants will also learn the basics of tree identification. In celebration of Arbor Day 2018, members of the Botanical Gardens’ staff and volunteer family will plant a new tree for their Arboretum’s collection. The walks and tree planting will take place outdoors, rain or shine. It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes to participate. The tours and tree planting are free and open to the public.
The Hypertufa Container Workshops will be held on May 12 at 9:00am and 1:00pm. Hypertufas are very popular in the gardening scene. They are planters made from aggregates bonded together using Portland cement and can be molded into any shape or size. They are unique planting containers that are porous and a great environment for plant growth. In these workshops, participants will create their own hypertufa from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. This is a messy workshop and organizers ask participants to wear appropriate clothing. Participants must also bring one container to mold their hypertufa, no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. All materials to make the planter will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $25 and $30 for the general public.
Use #GardenWorkshops and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. 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.