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Popular make-it, take-it workshops offered at Botanical Gardens

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Thu, Oct 17th 2019 02:15 pm

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of programs and workshops throughout the year. Make-it, take-it workshops are popular. Some classic favorites are on the Botanical Gardens’ schedule for this fall and holiday season.

A succulent dish garden workshop will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, followed by the fresh Thanksgiving arrangement workshop Nov. 25-26, a tropical glass terrarium workshop on Dec. 5, the fresh boxwood arrangement workshop on Dec. 7, the popular fresh conifer wreath workshop on Dec. 8 and the fresh holiday arrangement workshop  on Dec. 19-20.

A press release said, “Make-it, take-it workshops are a great way to spend time with friends or family members, while doing something fun and creative.”

The succulent dish garden runs from 6-7:30 p.m. Participants will design a unique succulent container garden while learning more about these low-maintenance plants. Attendees will learn how succulents grow and how to propagate them. Each participant can add some creative touches to their arrangement from a variety of included supplies. Organizers ask attendees to bring gloves and a box for transporting their creation. The cost for this workshop is $25 for the general public or $20 for Botanical Gardens members.

The popular fresh Thanksgiving arrangement workshop will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. In this floral design workshop, participants will create an autumnal arrangement for their Thanksgiving get-together. Organizers ask participants to bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport their arrangement. The cost for this workshop is $45 for the general public or $40 for members.

Organizers note the Botanical Gardens will be closed Nov. 25-28 to “create some holiday magic” inside the conservatory. As such, this class will be held in the administration building next to the Botanical Gardens on Nov. 25-26.

Last year’s new tropical glass terrarium workshop was a success and sold out very quickly. This year’s event will be held from 6-7:30pm. Participants will each build a terrarium from tropical cuttings from the Botanical Gardens’ collection and be able to add some creative touches to their terrarium. This workshop is a unique friend get-together, a fun night out, and a chance to make great gifts. Organizers ask participants to bring gloves and a box for transporting their creation. The cost for this workshop is $25 for the general public or $20 for members.

A long-time favorite, the fresh boxwood arrangement workshop will take place from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Participants will create their own boxwood arrangement from fresh boxwood cuttings. The Botanical Gardens will supply all materials along with ribbons and small holiday décor. Participants should bring gloves, hand clippers, and a large box for transporting their arrangement. The cost for this workshop will be $45 for the general public or $40 for members.

The fresh conifer wreath workshop will take place from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Participants will create a 14-inch, fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath to add some seasonal greenery to their home. The Botanical Gardens will supply all materials along with ribbons and small holiday décor items. Attendees should bring hand clippers, garden gloves and a large box for transport. The cost for this workshop is $45 for the general public or $40 for members.

The fresh holiday arrangement workshop is back this year with two dates to choose from: Dec. 19 or 20. The workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. both days. Participants can bring the scents of the holidays home by designing an arrangement for their dinner table or for the perfect gift. Participants will want to bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box for transporting their creation. All supplies needed for this workshop will be provided. The cost for this workshop is $45 for the general public or $40 for members.

Space is limited for all workshops, as many of them sell out early. Pre-registration is required. Visit buffalogardens.com or call 716-827-1584, ext. 730, for more information or to register.

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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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