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Wegmans Family Garden @ Botanical Gardens

By GirlFriday:
Considering the current obesity rate in America, and the trends toward people over-consuming nutritional devoid, processed food products, in addition to the ongoing debate over kids receiving inadequate nutrition in schools, it is very refreshing to hear about the latest addition to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.  
The Botanical Gardens has teamed up with Wegmans, and through this partnership, along with the countless hours of volunteers’ time and energy spent, the resulting effort is the opening of the Wegmans Family Garden.  This Garden will serve to educate our young population about nutrition, healthy eating, and the important connection we must have to the plant world to ensure that those are met.  This impressive programming will allow kids to plant, dig, observe, explore, taste, touch, smell, and experience all the wonders of natural foods, in all forms and stages.  What is so exciting about these workshops is the tangible element being offered.  Once kids can interact on such an intimate level with the creation of these dishes, it is hoped that these lessons will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
These workshops run every Saturday during the winter and spring months, and are geared toward ages 4-10, yet are open to children of all ages); they run from 10:30-11am, and also from 11-11:30am.  Below you will find the detailed line-up of each activity, and admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.  

January 5 – Veggie print placemat 
January 12 – Apple refrigerator magnet
January 19 – National Popcorn Day – Popcorn Bird Feeder
January 21 – Grand Opening – Wheat berry grinding, vegetable prints and cheerio bird feeders (1:30pm-3:30pm)
January 26 – Wheat Berry Grind and Seed Planting
February 2 – Bean Mosaic Art
February 9 – Paint a Pot Activity
February 16 – Fun Fruit Squeeze
February 23 – Edible Toast Art
March 2 – Potato Stampers
March 9 – Egg Shell Planter
March 16 – St. Patrick’s Day Salad
March 23 – Wheat Berry Easter Critter
March 30 – No Programs
April 6 – Butter Dance Party
April 13 – Pizza Garden
April 20 – Food Composter
April 27 – Honey Bee Activity 
May 4 – Ice Cream Party
May 11 – Fruit Prints
May 18 – Cereal Mosaic
May 25 – Orange Pomander

Additional programming and exhibits scheduled include:

Eileen Graetz & Jillian Kenyon – January 19 – March 3  
Arcangel Gallery Exhibit *Included with admission
NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens: This will be an exhibit of the 2012 NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens event.  Two artists with different perspectives!  See the Gardens in a new light!  Go to for more information

Amaryllis & Cymbidiums – January 19 – February 17
Special Garden Feature *Included with admission. Go to for more information
Sunday Kids Programs
January 27 – Bagel Bird Feeder
February 24 – Wheat Berry Growing
March 24 – Propagation by Cuttings
April 28 – Earth Day and recycling
May 26 – Muddy Sneakers/Boots
11am-1pm, *Included with admission
Kids 4-12 will enjoy these Sunday hands-on activities held in the new Wegman’s Family Garden. Go to for more information
Horticulture Certificate Classes 
with David Clark, Horticulturist – Join us for an entertaining garden education!  David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  These classes are for those who just want to know more than garden basics.
Horticulture I & II
There is space available in these classes but please call 716.827.1584 ext. 291 to register if not previously signed up so we have sufficient materials available.  No certificate will be issued for those attending individual classes.
11am-1pm, Garden Members $20 per class, Non-Members $25 per class
Horticulture I
HCP 104 – January 19 – Shrubs and Trees
HCP 105 – February 2 – Annuals and Perennials
HCP 106 – March 2 – Garden Design
Horticulture II
HCP 204 – January 26 – Hydroponics
HCP 205 – February 16 – Water Gardening
HCP 206 – March 9 – Landscape Design 2
Horticulture III and Horticulture IV
David is taking gardening to a new level!  If you enjoyed Horticulture I and II, you’ll delight in Horticulture III and IV!
11am-1pm, Garden Members $80 per series or $22 per class, Non-Members $100 per series or $27 per class
Horticulture III
HCP 301 – March 16 – Native Plants in Your Landscape
HCP 302 – April 13 – Shade Gardening
HCP 303 – June 1 – Gardening in Small Spaces
HCP 304 – June 15 – Landscape Design 3/Landscape Architecture
Horticulture IV
HCP 401
– March 23 – Four Season Gardening
HCP 402 – April 20 – Container Gardening and Raised Beds
HCP 403 – June 8 – Herbs and Medicinal Gardening
HCP 404 – June 22 – Gardening for Wildlife – Creating a National Wildlife Foundation Certified Wildlife Habitat
Go to for more information or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens
powered by National Grid
January 30, 31, February 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
6-9pm Wednesdays & Thursdays *Admission doors open at 6pm
6-10pm Fridays & Saturdays *Admission doors open at 6pm
INSIDE THE GARDENS! – $10 adults, $8 Garden members, seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, kids under 3 are FREE! 
Lighting designs by:  SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. and sponsored by: National Grid, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Dundee Ale & Lager, Seagram’s Coolers
*Guest passes and coupons are not valid during NIGHT LIGHTS
* Photography policy – Cameras and mono pods are welcome every night however, tripods are not permitted. *See photographer night below.
*Tickets go on sale January 21, 2013 or you can purchase them at the door.
Photographer Night – February 5 – 6-8pm
This night is for professional and amateur photographers only.  Tripods will be permitted on this night ONLY!
New features! The interior of the Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting.  NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens will inspire imaginations and delight your senses! 
Saturday Art Classes for Kids
Series KA1 – February 2, 9, 16
Series KA2 – March 2, 9, 16
Series KA3 – May 4, 11, 25

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What better way for a child to express him/herself than through artistic creation!  These multi-medium classes are for kids ages 5-15.  An art work will be completed at each class. Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All supplies are provided.  Go to for more information or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes
Series D1 – February 6, 13, 20, 27
Series D2 – March 6, 13, 20, 27
Series D3 – May 8, 29, June 5, 12
Garden Members $58 per series or $16 per class, Non-Members $64 per series or $17 per class
You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All skill levels are welcome! Go to for more information or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes
Series WC1 – February 11, 25, March 4, 11
Series WC2 – April 8, 15, 22, 29
Series WC3 – May 6, 13, June 3, 10
8:45-10:15am, Garden Members $58 per series or $16 per class, Non-Members $64 per series or $17 per class
You don’t need a smock or a beret to join us for our Monday Morning Watercolor Classes.  Both novice and veteran artists are welcome!  Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher.  Go to for more information or call 827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
Dollar Day – February 18
10am-5pm – $1, Members & kids under 3 are free! Go to for more information.
Yoga at the Gardens – Starts February 20
February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
5:30-6:45pm, *No class March 20
FREE to eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10 week session, $15 each individual class
Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels. Led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga
To register for one or all sessions, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at 716-864-1194 or e-mail or go to Crescent Moon Yoga online or go to for more information. 
Medicinal Garden Special Feature – February 23
10am-2pm *Included with admission
National Heart Month – February
Activities include: botanical displays highlighting the plant sources for medications used to treat medical conditions related to the heart and cardiovascular system, blood pressure education and screenings, education regarding the ABCS of the Million Hearts national campaign aiming to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.  Medicinal Garden made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. Go for more information.
Orchid Show – February 23-24
by: The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society & the Gardens
10am-5pm Sat & 10am-3pm Sun – $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free! The show includes dozens of amazing orchid exhibits spread throughout the Gardens and educational programs will be held both days for growing orchids and other aspects of indoor gardening. Orchids and supplies will be for sale from our various vendors including: Bloomfield Orchids, Marlow Orchids, Piping Rock Orchids and Hydroponics of Buffalo.  Go to for more information.
Bloomin’ Art Show – March 9 – April 21
Arcangel Gallery Exhibit  *Included with admission
On view will be current paintings from the members of the Monday Morning Watercolor Class held here at the Botanical Gardens. Works will feature the Gardens’ vast plant and flower collection, the interesting architecture of the Conservatory, the surrounding landscape, and more!  Go to for more information.
Medicinal Garden Special Feature – March 16
10am-2pm – * Included with admission
Nutrition & Poison Prevention Month – March
Activities include: presentations about the benefits of foods from plants containing health-promoting compounds; botanical displays of edible plants which are good for health; and common local plants which may be toxic to humans and pets; education regarding the prevention of accidental ingestion of toxic substances by infants and children in the home. Medicinal Garden made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.  Go for more information.
LifeCycles – March 16 – April 7
An Orangery and Demonstration Garden Exhibit 
Architecture students from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will display their projects and models inside the Botanical Gardens.  This exhibition is a sampling of results from a remarkable collaboration between the Department of Architecture and the Botanical Gardens. Over four months in early 2012, students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and outside design critics all collaborated to generate over sixty highly diverse strategies for thinking about the Botanical Gardens today and its potential architectural additions. In short, the life of the building, its planted and human inhabitants were all considered as alive and changing – as having lifecycles and therefore best studied as such. The studio was taught by professors Brian Carter, Nerea Feliz, Curt Gambetta, Jordan Geiger (coordinator) and Brad Wales. Go to for more information.
Taste of Paradise – March 15
Sponsored by: ONE ROQ Vodka, M&T Bank, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Backyard Party Supply and Dundee Ale & Lager
6pm-9pm – Garden Members $25, Non-Members $28, After March 6 $30
Soak in the vibrant colors and tastes of the Botanical Gardens while you sip crisp, fresh garden cocktails from One Roq Vodka, enjoy the fresh smells of spring, tastes of herbs, fruits and savory delights and listen to the sounds of tropical fun!  Delicious tidbits from: Oliver’s, Lucarelli’s, Curly’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Obviously Avi Catering and Quaker Bonnet. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 827.1584 ext. 204. 
Spring Flower Show – March 16 – April 7
Presented by M&T Bank
Sponsored by: Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s
10am-5pm – $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free!
The Botanical Gardens will be FILLED with spring colors and beautiful fragrances!  Visit the Gardens for some great WNY tradition and family fun!  Farmer Brown’s Animals – 10am-4pm daily – Visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more!  The Easter Bunny – March 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 – 10am-5pm. Go for more information.

Dress Your Easter Best – March 29-31
Presented by M&T Bank
Sponsored by: Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s
10am-5pm – *Included with admission
Celebrate spring tradition and wear an Easter Bonnet or Easter Tie to the Gardens! The Easter Bunny’s Helper will choose winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize. You can make it, borrow it or buy your bonnet or tie!  Go to for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt – March 30
Presented by M&T Bank
Sponsored by: Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s
11am –  Pre-Registration Only! 
GM Child/Grandchild $6, NM Child/Grandchild $8, After March 17 $10
The Hunt sells out every year!  Register early! Register online at, on the registration form in the back of this book or by calling 827.1584 ext. 204.  Kids ages six and under are eligible to participate in the Hunt.  Each Hunter will collect two eggs to exchange for a great prize! The Hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.  Hunters are admitted free to the Gardens this day!  If you plan to visit the Botanical Gardens this day before or after the hunt, please see Spring Flower Show admission prices.  Inside – kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities: a scavenger hunt, games, a petting zoo, prizes and more! Go for more information.
Easter Arrangement – March 27
Make-It, Take-It Workshop
6:15pm, Garden Members $30, Non-Members $35
Create a fresh, beautiful arrangement for your Easter table!  Bring clippers, and a box to transport your creation.  Go to for more information or call 827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
Great Plant Sale Pre-Order – Orders Due April 5
New this year – Hot Picks!  They are in limited quantities and can ONLY be ordered ONLINE! Hot Picks are in high demand this season so act fast! Hot Picks – Alstromeria ‘Inca Ice’, Buxus ‘Wedding Ring’, Calycanthus x ‘Aphrodite’, Cimicfuga ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ and Geranium ‘Perfect Storm’.  Perennials – Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’, Buddleia ‘Royal Red’, Chelone ‘Hot Lips’, Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ , Hakonechloa ‘Aureola’, Hosta ‘Ripple Effect’ , Monarda ‘Pardon my Purple’, Physostegia ‘Miss Manners’, Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’, Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’, Verbascum ‘Summer Sorbet’ and Veronica ‘Red Fox’.  Annuals – Alyssum ‘Giga White’, Angelonia ‘Serinita Raspberry’, Begonia ‘Bada Bing Pink’, Celosia ‘Fresh Look Mix’, Kong Coleus ‘Salmon Pink’, Gazania ‘Kiss Frosty Red’, Impatiens ‘Dazzler Bright Eye’, Impatiens ‘Enlighten Flutter Appleblossom’, Impatiens ‘Enlighten Flutter Bright Purple’, Petunia ‘Double Cascade Mix’, Petunia ‘Pirouette Purple’, Petunia ‘Pretty Flora Mix’, Salvia ‘Lighthouse Red’, Snapdragon ‘Twinny Mix’, Zinnia ‘Magellan Mix’, Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Strawberry’ and Zinnia ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’.  Go to for more information and to order.

Medicinal Garden Special Feature 
– April 7
10am-2pm – *Included with admission
World Health Day
Activities include: Good things to eat, easy thing you can do each day to improve your general health, and some great stress relief ideas and foods that come from botanicals. Medicinal Garden made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. Go to for more information.
Black Friday – Spent Spring Bulb Sale – April 19
8am – $7 per bag
We are pulling thousands of bulbs and they all must go!  We provide a bag and you fill it with many different varieties.  Limit 3 bags per person! Sale is in garage behind the Gardens. Go to for more information.
Hypertufa – April 20
Make-It, Take-It Workshop
9:00am, Garden Member $25, Non-Member $30
Put on your old clothes ’cause it’s that time again… Fashion your own unique planting container from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite.  Containers must be smaller than 12″ X 16″ and due to mixing constraints, only one planting container per person. Go to for more information or call 827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
Sandra Kicman – April 27 – June 2
Arcangel Gallery Exhibit *Included with admission
I have always felt compassionate about taking pictures. Looking through the viewfinder and composing within the constraints of that space to capture texture, positive and negative space and color to me, is very gratifying and exciting. There are many distractions, responsibilities and demands that are part of our daily lives.  Photography, for me, is a way to put that aside and dive head first into the amazing visual world we live in. Go to for more information.
Honey Bee Festival – April 27
10am-2pm, Tickets for the lectures are: Students $5, GM and Master Gardeners $10, NM $15.  The vendors and demonstrations are available to all visitors at no charge.
10am-2pm – Vendors & Demonstrations – Including honeybee information, honey and bees’ wax vendors and more!
Learn about the bee hive structure created by UB architecture students housing honeybees in front of the grain elevators near the Ohio Street Bridge.  Gaze as bees tend brood in an observation hive (behind glass).
11am-12pm – Lecture from Dr. Thomas Seeley
Dr. Seeley, a professor at Cornell University, will speak on the subject of his latest book, Honey Bee  Democracy.  The fascinating story of decision-making within the hive is guaranteed to pique your interest.  If you pre-order a copy of the book, purchase one the day of the lecture or bring your personal copy, Dr. Seeley has agreed to do a book signing.  Honey Bee Democracy may be pre-ordered and picked-up at the festival for $25 per copy or purchased the day of the festival for $28 a copy.  
1-2pm – Lecture from 
Barbara Ochterski, Local Beekeeper
Barbara will discuss the basics of backyard beekeeping, followed by an informal question and answers session. 
Go to for more information or call 827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
Buffalo Spree magazine presents a rejuvenating evening of healthy living, beauty, fashion & shopping.  Spree’s Beauty Book comes to life in Buffalo’s most beautiful garden!
5:30-8:30pm – $15 – Ticket proceeds  benefit the Gardens
The Botanical Gardens offers the perfect backdrop to introduce a fresh philosophy and creative new ideas on beauty and fashion. Spree’s fashion writer, Erin Habes, reveals this viewpoint throughout the garden space with avant-garde fashion creations that use the botanical backdrop in exciting ways. Ticket includes: admission, fashion exhibition, over 30 retail, wellness and beauty vendors, appetizers, cash bar and silent auction. Tickets will be available starting March 21 or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202.  Go to for more information.
National Teacher Day – May 7
3:30-5:30pm – Free for Teachers (with ID)
To honor this noble profession, we are offering free admission from 3-5:30pm on National Teachers’ Day to all teachers.  Just show your ID badge and come in to see what we have to offer.  Enjoy a free tour, science demos and more!  Go to for more information or call 827.1584 ext. 291.
National Public Gardens Day – May 10
10am-5pm – $1 & Members and kids under 3 are always Free!
Free mini-tours all day!  National Public Gardens Day is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Go to for more information.
Medicinal Garden Special Feature – May 11
10am-2pm – *Included with admission
Arthritis Awareness & Osteoporosis
Awareness & Prevention Month – May
Activities include; educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived from and which future medications are being researched.  Medicinal Garden made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.  Go to for more information.

Bonsai Show
 – May 18-19
10am-5pm – $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free!
Bonsai masters and novices display their prized trees at their peak.  Do not miss this once a year opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one place. This event is brought to you by The Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Gardens. Go to for more information.
The Great Plant Sale – May 18-19
Sponsored by:  Buffalo Spree and Star 102.5
May 17 – 4-7pm – Members and Volunteers Only!
Open to the Public May 18-19, 9am-4pm
In the Administration Building
Don’t miss the Greatest Plant Sale of the year! Highlights include: hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees & shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants & flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese maples, herbs and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!  Go to for more information.
Dazzling Flower Pouch – June 1                                                                   
Make-It, Take-It Workshop
9:30am, Garden Member $18 per bag, Non-Member $22 per bag
Give your garden a face lift!  Join us as we plant a 21″ flower pouch which will bring garden beauty as they fill in, to your fence, your gate or wherever you choose.  These hanging pouches rest flat against the surface from which they hang and require less watering than traditional hanging baskets.  Empty bags will be available for purchase for $3.00 each for class participants.  These bags are great for herbs, as well.&
nbsp; Go to for more information or call 827.1584 ext. 291 to register.
Celebration of Coleus & Color – June 15 – July 28
10am-5pm – $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Members and kids under 3 are always Free!
NEW this year!  We are adding more color and more coleus!  From our front walkway, outdoor perennial shrub garden to our indoor tropical paradise… the Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers!  Go to for more information.
Art Camp for Kids
9am-12pm, Garden Members $90 per week or $18 per day, Non-Members $100 per week or $20 per day
Kids ages 5-12. Join us for artistic fun at the Gardens! 
AC1 – July 8-12 – Multi-medium
AC2 – July 15-19 – Drawing
AC3 -July 22-26 – Strictly Watercolor
AC4 – August 12-16 – Multi-medium
AC5 – August 19-23 – Drawing

Advanced Art Camp
Advanced Drawing & Painting camp for students ages 10-16 who have had some previous art training under Mrs. Saba or another professional artist.
AAC1 – July 29-August 2 – Drawing & Painting
Go to for more information or call 827.1584 ext. 291 to register.