Tonawanda News — “Being new to Lewiston, it’s a great way to meet people,” Gima said. “Hopefully I’ll meet some fellow gardeners.”
He’s likely to, as Gardenfest chairwoman Barbara Landree said the event continues to grow each year, raising increasing amounts of money to beautify the public spaces in Lewiston. Last year, the eighth annual Gardenfest raised about $6,000, she said, adding that club members hope the money raised this year will be enough to refresh several of the pocket parks on Center Street.
“Our visitors love coming to Lewiston because our pots are so beautiful,” Landree said, noting the club has placed 120 large flower pots along Center Street, as well as many hanging pots.
The club also maintains three pocket parks on Center Street, as well as helping to maintain the flowers at the Historical Museum and at the Lewiston Public Library.
The festival includes demonstrations from master gardeners and floral society representatives, along with more than 50 vendors selling flowers, plants, garden art and more to beautify one’s outdoor space.
The Garden Talks are scheduled for both days of the event at the community tent located in the center of the festival route. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Mark Yadon of Mischlers Florist will demonstrate techniques for perennials in containers. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, presents “Get Crafty in Your Garden.”
At 11 a.m. June 22, Bob Brachikawski from Opportunities Unlimited presents “Herbs from Garden to Kitchen.” Landscape professional Colleen Gaskill will show how different color tones and textures of plants can complement each other at 2 p.m. June 22 in her demonstration.
Also, representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Hosta & Daylily Society and the Iris Society will answer gardening questions throughout the weekend and Cornell Cooperative Extension provide soil sample analysis.
There will be a container garden contest in which participants are asked to bring their small gardens in a planter or container, along with a stand for display, to the hospitality booth at 4th and Center streets by 9 a.m. Saturday. Festival-goers will be able to vote for their favorites throughout the weekend and prizes will be awarded.IF YOU GO • WHAT: The ninth annual Lewiston Gardenfest, sponsored by the Lewiston Garden Club • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and June 22 • WHERE: Center Street, Lewiston • MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.lewistongardenfest.com