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Yoga, Art and Horticulture Programs to be Held at the Botanical Gardens

Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about wellness, art and horticulture. Two sessions of yoga, Gentle Hatha and Gentle Power Flow, will be offered for a fall session beginning August 30 and a winter session beginning on November 15.  Intermediate and Beginner Watercolor classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning September 5.  Four different Horticulture Certificate Series will be offered beginning with Horticulture I, starting September 9, Horticulture II beginning October 28, Horticulture III will begin January 27 and Horticulture IV will begin on April 14.  Also, new this season, the Botanical Gardens will offer an Oil Painting Workshop on October 3. 

Find balance both mentally and physically at yoga held inside the Botanical Gardens. These sessions are led by Leanne Oldenbrook owner of Oasis Yoga and Wellness and yoga instructor for 12 years. Gentle Hatha Yoga consists of gentle stretches designed to increase flexibility and strength. This class is suitable for all levels but especially students with injuries or limitations. Gentle Power Flow Yoga, features relaxation, stretching and some Pilate’s postures introduced to build strength and endurance, this class is designed for those looking for a more dynamic workout.

Both sessions of yoga will be offered Wednesday evenings and will consist of a fall and a winter session.  Gentle Hatha Yoga will run from 5:30- 6:45 pm and Gentle Power Flow Yoga will take place 7:00-8:15 pm. The fall session is a ten-week session and will be held August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1.  The winter session will be a five-week session and will be held November 15, 29, December 6, 13 and 20.

Students may enroll in a full session or individual classes.  The fall ten-week session is $100 for the full series or $15 per class.  The five-week winter session is $50 for the full series or $15 per class.  Yoga classes are free to eligible BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members. To register for one class or a series, contact Leanne at 864-1194 or or online

Adult watercolor classes, held at the Botanical Gardens, are taught by professional artist Joan Saba as her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday mornings from 8:45-11:15 am and Wednesday evenings 5:30-8:00 pm. Tuesday morning sessions include: BM1 - September 5, 12, 19 and 26; BM2 - October 3, 10, 17 and 24; BM3 -November 7, 14, 28 and December 5. Wednesday evening sessions will be held from 5:30-8:00 pm and include: BE1 - September 6, 13, 20 and 27; BE2 - October 4, 11, 18 and 25; BE3 - November 1, 8, 15 and 29. Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am.  Sessions include: IWC1 - September 11, 25, October 2 and 16; IWC2 - October 23, 30, November 6 and 13; IWC3 - November 27, December 4, 11 and 18.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Beginner Watercolor classes are $65 per series or $18 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members and $70 per series or $20 per class for the general public. Intermediate Watercolor classes are $60 per series or $17 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members and $66 per series or $18 per class for the general public. To register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 292 or register online at

David Clark, Horticulturist and CNLP, returns to the Botanical Gardens to teach enlightening Horticulture Certificate Programs, Horticulture I, II, III and IV.  David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. He is fast becoming one of the country’s noted garden speakers. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm. These classes are great for beginners who would like to learn more about gardening as well as for experts looking to refine their skills.

Horticulture I includes six classes and topics in this series include: Botany 101 on September 9; Plant Propagation on September 16; Pest Management and Disease on September 30; Shrubs and Trees (includes a tree tour) on October 7; Annuals and Perennials on October 14 and Garden Design on October 21.  Horticulture II also includes six classes and topics in this series include: Soil Science on October 28; Advanced Plant Propagation on November 4; Hydroponics on November 18; Water Gardening on January 6; Practical Principals of Pruning on January 13 and Introduction to Landscape Design on January 20.  Horticulture III includes five classes and topics in this series include: Sustainable Landscaping Practices on January 27; Gardening with Native Plants on February 17; Shade Gardening on February 24; Small Space and Urban Gardening on March 10; Beneficial Insects and Pollinators on March 17.  Horticulture IV includes five classes and topics in this series include: Gardening for Wildlife on April 7; Four Seasons Gardening on April 14; Creative Containers and Raised Beds on April 21; Herbs and Medicinal Plants on May 5; Backyard Ecology on June 16.

Classes will be held Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or for individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  Tuition for Horticulture I and II are $105 per series or $20 for individual classes for Botanical Gardens’ members, $135 per series or $25 for individual classes for the general public. Tuition for Horticulture III and IV are $100 per series or $22 for individual classes for Botanical Gardens’ members, $120 per series or $27 for individual classes for the general public. For more information, the class syllabus or to register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 292 or register online at

New this year, the Botanical Gardens will hold an Oil Painting Workshop on October 3 from 6:00-9:00pm.  Participants will learn the basics of oil painting.  Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher, topics covered will include color mixing, brushwork, and specifics on getting started with this user-friendly medium.  Participants will each complete one 9 inch by 12 inch flower painting on stretched canvas.  Space is limited and organizers recommend registering early.  The cost for the Oil Painting Workshop is $45 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $50 for the general public.

Tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at 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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