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Unique workshops at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

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Wed, Feb 12th 2020 04:50 pm

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of workshops throughout the year.

The tropical glass terrarium workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 5. Participants will each build a terrarium with tropical plants like those found in the Botanical Gardens’ collection. Organizers ask participants to bring gloves and a box for transporting creations. Space is limited in this workshop. All materials will be provided. The cost for this workshop is $25 for the general public or $20 for Botanical Gardens’ members.

The fresh spring floral arrangement workshop has been added to the schedule by popular request! Participants can choose from one of two dates, at 6 p.m. April 7 or 8. Participants will create a lovely and fragrant display for their home or holiday table. Led by an expert, this is a hands-on, guided workshop requires no previous arranging experience. Space is limited in each session. All materials will be provided. Organizers ask participants to bring a box to transport arrangements, and hand clippers. The cost for this workshop is $45 for the general public or $40 for Botanical Gardens’ members.

The beginning bonsai workshop is also a unique hands-on workshop. Participants will manipulate live trees while learning the art of bonsai with representatives from the Buffalo Bonsai Society. The workshop will be held from 6-9 p.m. April 22 or 23. Organizers suggest participants bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport a bonsai home. Space is limited in each session. All materials will be provided. Workshop pricing is $80 for the general public or $75 for Botanical Gardens’ members.

The hypertufa container workshop will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 9. Hypertufas are planters made from aggregates bonded together using Portland cement. They can be molded into any shape or size and are unique planting containers that are porous and a great environment for plant growth. In this workshop, participants will create their own hypertufa from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. This is a messy workshop, so organizers ask participants to wear appropriate clothing. Participants must also bring one container to mold their hypertufa, no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. All other materials to make the planter will be provided. Workshop pricing for the general public is $30 ($25 for Botanical Gardens’ members).

The succulent garden workshop, held at 6 p.m. June 4, is a way to gather friends for a fun hands-on experience. Participants will design a small succulent container garden while discovering exciting, low-maintenance succulent plants. Participants can choose from a variety of miniature succulents that come in many unique forms and add some creative touches for their new succulent garden. Organizers suggest bringing gardening gloves. All materials will be provided. Workshop pricing for the general public is $25 ($20 for Botanical Gardens’ members).

Use #GardenWorkshops and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at buffalogardens.com. 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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