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Yoga, Horticulture and Art Programs are Planned at the Botanical Gardens

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about wellness, horticulture and art. Two sessions of Yoga, Gentle Hatha and Gentle Power Flow, will be offered beginning August 28 and two Horticulture Certificate Series will be offered.  Horticulture I, will begin September 7 and Horticulture II will begin November 2.  Beginner, Intermediate, and Studio Watercolor classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning September 9.

Find balance both mentally and physically during yoga held inside the Botanical Gardens. These sessions are led by Leanne Oldenbrook, owner of Oasis Yoga and Wellness and yoga instructor for 13 years. Gentle Hatha Yoga consists of gentle stretches to warm up joints and muscles, postures designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance, and time for relaxation and meditation. This class is suitable for all levels but especially students with injuries or limitations. Gentle Power Flow Yoga, is a more vigorous practice featuring relaxation, warm up stretches, series of sequences, and Pilates postures designed to build strength, endurance, and body heat. 

Both sessions of yoga will be offered Wednesday evenings.  Gentle Hatha Yoga will run from 5:30- 6:45 pm and Gentle Power Flow Yoga will take place 7:00-8:15 pm. This is a ten-week session and will be held August 28, September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.  Yoga at the Botanical Gardens is sponsored by Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health.

Students may enroll in a full session or individual classes.  The ten-week session is $100 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 716-864-1194 or or online

David Clark, Horticulturist and CNLP, teaches enlightening Horticulture Certificate Programs; Horticulture I, II, III, IV, V and VI at the Botanical Gardens. 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 begins on September 7 and includes six classes.  Topics in this series are comprised of: Botany 101 on September 7, Plant Propagation on September 14, Pest Management and Disease on September 28, Shrubs and Trees on October 5, Annuals and Perennials on October 12 and Garden Design on October 26.

Horticulture II begins on November 2 and includes six classes.  Topics in this series are comprised of: Soil Science on November 2, Advanced Plant Propagation on November 16, Hydroponics on November 23, Water Gardening on January 4, Practical Principles of Pruning on January 11 and Introduction to Landscape Design on January 18.

Classes will be held Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and participants are welcome to enroll in all classes 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 Horticulture II is $23 for individual classes or $138 per series for the general public and $18 for individual classes or $108 per series for Botanical Gardens’ Members. For more information, the class syllabus or to register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 730 or register online at

Adult Watercolor Classes, held at the Botanical Gardens, are taught by professional artist Joan Saba.  Her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Beginner Watercolor classes include introductory techniques and concepts.  Students will learn the basics of how to paint with watercolors. As students advance through the classes they will discover how their skills grow. Tuesday morning sessions will be held from 8:45-11:15am and will include: Session 1 - September 10, 17, 24 and October 1; Session 2 - October 8, 15, 22 and 29; Session 3 - November 12, 19, December 3 and 10.  Wednesday evening sessions will be held from 5:45-8:15pm and will include: Session 1 - September 11, 18, 25 and October 2; Session 2 - October 9, 16, 23 and 30; Session 3 - November 6, 13, 20 and December 4.  

Intermediate Watercolor Classes are for students with previous experience who would like to move beyond the basics.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7:45pm and will include: Session 1 - September 10, 17, 24 and October 1; Session 2 - October 8, 15, 22 and 29; Session 3 - November 12, 19, December 3 and 10.  Studio Watercolor classes encourage students to bring in paintings in progress for advised instruction and feedback. This class features group interaction, a welcoming environment and is appropriate for all levels. Studio classes will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include Session 1 - September 9, 16, 30 and October 7; Session 2 - October 14, 21, 28 and November 4; Session 3 - November 18, December 2, 9 and 16.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Beginner Watercolor classes are $19 per class or $76 per series for the general public and $17 per class or $68 per series for Botanical Gardens’ Members. Intermediate and Studio Watercolor classes are $17 per class or $68 per series for the general public and $15 per class or $60 per series for Botanical Gardens’ Members. For more information, the class syllabus including supplies or to register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 730 or register online.

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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