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10th annual Lewiston GardenFest set for June 20-21

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Mon, Jun 1st 2015 12:20 pm
Lewiston GardenFest
Lewiston GardenFest

Lewiston Garden Club celebrates a decade of presenting annual event

This June marks the tenth year the Lewiston Garden Club has combined Lewiston's historic Center Street with its love of gardening via the annual Lewiston GardenFest.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, the event will include gardening demonstrations and more than 60 vendors selling flowers, plants, garden art and more along Center Street. Lewiston residents will showcase their green thumbs with several gardens available in and around the village participating in a free garden walk.

"Lewiston GardenFest is organized completely by volunteers, and we are excited to celebrate this milestone as it's truly been a labor of love for gardening and for our community," said Barbara Landree, Lewiston GardenFest chair. "It's an event that appeals to gardeners of all skill levels from across our local communities and Southern Ontario and provides plenty of ideas and how-tos to beautify one's outdoor space."

After the success of the interactive "Garden Talks" at last year's event, they are back and scheduled throughout the weekend at the community tent located in the center of the festival route. Join Mark Yadon of Mischler's Florist and Greenhouses at 11 a.m. Saturday for his demonstration, "Fairy and Miniature Gardens," which will showcase miniature landscape designs in both pots and gardens as well as using and maintaining slow growing plants.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Carol Ann Harlos, chairwoman of Herb Gardeners of the Niagara Frontier, will bring fresh herbs from the June garden and discuss ways to make herbs part of one's daily life.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Linda O'Connor from Summertime Blooms will offer simple floral designs from one's garden in her session titled, "I bet you never thought of that!" To conclude the weekend, Bob Bracikowski from Opportunities Unlimited will demonstrate techniques necessary for "Making cactus plants your friends without the bite - planting and care made easy" at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Hosta & Daylily Society and the Bonsai Society also are available throughout the weekend to answer gardening questions. In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension is providing soil sample analysis.

Join the free garden walk and view several private gardens of Lewiston residents, which are open to the public for Lewiston GardenFest weekend only. The gardens vary in size and style and are located both within walking distance and also a short drive from Center Street. Pick up a map highlighting the featured gardens at one of the hospitality booths during the event.

Put your own gardening skills to the test by participating in the Container Garden Contest. Prepare a special arrangement in a traditional container or think outside the planter and find a vessel that appeals to your creative side. Bring your container entry and a stand for display to the hospitality booth located at Fourth and Center streets by 9 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

Festivalgoers can vote for their favorites throughout the weekend and prizes will be awarded to the top vote-getters. Container Garden Contest applications are available at www.lewistongardenfest.com.

Lewiston GardenFest is free to attend and all proceeds are given back to the local community for civic beautification and scholarships. Lewiston GardenFest is sponsored by the Town of Lewiston, the Village of Lewiston, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, Modern Corp. and DiMino's Tops Lewiston.

For more information, visit www.lewistongardenfest.com.

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