Think you don’t have a green thumb? Afraid to try creating a big garden? Always wanted to have your own little garden spot? Then here is the solution to your dilemma: the Garden Fest Container Contest sponsored by Wegmans Food Markets.

Historic Center Street, in Lewiston, NY 
June 2020

June 2019

Container Garden Contest

Lewiston GardenFest

The Container Contest is judged by the public during the two-day event, and the People's Choice awards will be presented, Sunday at 4 pm. The terrific prizes are donated by local business and garden centers.  Join us and show us your creativity.

Adults and children are invited to participate in the contest this year by bringing the special garden you created in a planter, a crock, a tub, or any funky container that appeals to you.  The children's division of the contest was new last year and we look forward to seeing what our young gardeners will create this year! 

Daily Activities

     Please click below to obtain a Container Garden Contest entry form.

Prizes for the 2019 Container Garden Contest are generously provided by the following businesses:​

Whirlpool Jet Boats

Aquarium of Niagara

​Buffalo Bisons

Maid of the Mist

Zehr's on the Lake

Stedman's Nurseries

​Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen


Wayside Nursery and Landscaping

Faery's Nursery

O'Connor Family Greenhouse

Russell's Tree and Shrub Farm

Make and Take Fun

Flower Power- Tissue Flowers

Sponsored by Sam Talarico-Coldwell Banker Integrity


Lovely Ladybug Rocks 

Sponsored by Lewiston Village Pediatrics


​​GardenFest Speaker/Demonstration Series

Located in the Community Tent in front of the Frontier House


Brought to you by the Big Yellow Bag!



​​Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 AM - Jackie Albarella

Television Host and Garden Author

“Kid’s Gardening”

Jackie is a lifelong gardener, television host and garden author.  Her gardening segments can be seen every Saturday on WGRZ-TV Ch2’s Daybreak program.  She produced and hosted “Gardening for Real People” which aired in over 20 markets throughout the United States.  Her garden programs have been broadcast on PBS stations and used as fundraisers for WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto. She is a Garden Writers of America media award winner.  She has served on the board of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and is a member of the National Garden Writers Association. Her most recent how-to book is “Dirty Tricks in the Garden”.

Saturday, June 15th at 2:00 PM -Colleen Gaskill,  CNLP
Landscape Design Specialist

“Using Ornamental Grasses in Container Gardening or in our Landscape”

Colleen is a NYS Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional with over 30 years’ experience creating specialty landscape designs in Western NY. She has worked for some of the largest nurseries in NYS as well as owned and ran her own business for 13 years. She is currently employed with Adams Landscape & Design in Lancaster, NY.  Her work includes designing residential & commercial properties. Her drawing and installing landscape designs for residential projects have earned her many awards in Western NY as well as two New York State awards.

Sunday, June 16th at 1:00 PM - Peggy Nash

Master Gardener and Herbalist

“Legends, Lore and Use of Herbs”

Peggy, a certified Master Gardener since 2012, has been cultivating herbs for a local restaurant for almost a decade.  An active member of the Youngstown Garden Club, she is a strong advocate of organic gardening methods.  Peggy is also very involved in the beautification of both Old Fort Niagara and the Village of Youngstown, and is a volunteer with the Cooperative Extension of Niagara County and the Niagara County Fair.


Gardening Resources in Hennepin Park

Get your Questions Answered!

During GardenFest 2019,  Peter Diachun,  a Master Gardener, represented the Cornell Cooperative Extension. He was in the Gazebo in Hennepin Park to answer gardening questions and perform soil tests.

The following Floral Societies were located in Hennepin Park to assist you:

​Hosta Society

Daylily Society