Lewiston Garden Club to present event June 17 & 18
Lewiston GardenFest, presented by the Lewiston Garden Club, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, along Center Street. The festival includes approximately 70 vendors selling flowers, plants and handcrafted garden art essentials, along with a garden walk, speakers, a container garden contest, and more throughout the weekend.
“Celebrate summer at Lewiston GardenFest and come away inspired to enhance your own green spaces,” said Mary Ann Yates, chair of Lewiston GardenFest. “While the event is free to attend, proceeds from Lewiston GardenFest support Lewiston Garden Club’s ongoing beautification efforts and scholarships for local youth. Your support for the festival and our various vendors directly helps to enhance the beauty of our historic village.”
With a free garden walk, festivalgoers can also visit several public and private gardens throughout the event weekend. The gardens vary in size and style and are located both within walking distance, and a short drive from Center Street. Maps highlighting the featured gardens can be picked up at one of the hospitality booths during the festival.
Stop in front of the Frontier House for one of three speakers planned throughout the weekend. At 11 a.m. Saturday, join David O’Donnell from Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm to learn about providing an environment that supports the monarch butterfly population; and at 1 p.m., Tim Zimmerman from Medford Nursery will share information about plants that thrive in this growing area.
GardenFest file photos courtesy of the Lewiston Garden Club.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Sally Cunningham, an author, garden columnist and consultant, will share details for tweaking old landscapes into ones that are more pollinator-friendly.
The youngest gardeners can decorate flower garden rocks or create colorful tissue flowers, both while supplies last. Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will also be available in Hennepin Park to answer gardening questions and provide free soil sample analysis.
Gardeners of all ages and experience levels are invited to participate in Lewiston GardenFest’s annual container garden contest.
Organizers stated, “Prepare your arrangement in a traditional container or think outside the planter. Bring your container entry and a stand for display to the container garden tent in Hennepin Park by 9 a.m. on June 17. Throughout the weekend, festivalgoers can vote for their favorite container garden. Prizes will be awarded to those containers that garner the most votes.”
Lewiston GardenFest is sponsored by the Village of Lewiston, Town of Lewiston, DiMino’s Lewiston Tops, Lakeside Sod Supply Co. Inc., Modern Corporation, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, Sevenson Environmental Services Inc., and Wegmans.
Proceeds from Lewiston GardenFest go back into the soil of the historic village for local beautification efforts and scholarships. For more information, visit lewistongardenfest.com.