June 2022

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.

Container Garden Contest

The Container Contest is judged by the public during the two-day event, and the People's Choice awards will be presented, Sunday at 3 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 by bringing the special garden you created in a planter, a crock, a tub, or any funky container that appeals to you.  

Daily Activities

Historic Center Street, in Lewiston, NY 

Lewiston GardenFest



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

​​Prizes for the 2022 Container Garden Contest were generously provided by the following: Aquarium of Niagara,  Maid of the Mist, Peggy Barber, Treichlers,  and Zehr's on the Lake. 

​              ​​Make and Take Fun on Center Street


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

(While supplies last)

  Colorful Tissue Flowers

Beautiful Flower Garden Rock Craft

Get your Questions Answered in Hennepin Park

A Master Gardener, representing the Cornell Cooperative Extension, was in the Gazebo in Hennepin Park to answer gardening questions and perform soil tests.

​​Speaker Series in Front of the Frontier House

Saturday June 18th

11 a.m.  David O'Donnell from Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm

 Restoring the Depleted Monarch Butterfly Population

David founded the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm in Clarence, NY in 2007.  His farm is devoted to restoring the depleting monarch butterfly population to the WNY region, and to the Eastern United States at large.  The farm raises between 800-1,000 monarchs in a season and is certified by the Department of Agriculture to grow and sell the monarch butterfly host plant, native perennial swamp milkweed. David also educates the community on gardening with native plants to attract butterflies. The Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm is a Monarch Butterfly Recovery and Habitat Conservation Member of the International Butterfly Breeders Association. 

​​1  p.m.   Tim Zimmerman, CNLP from Medford Nursery
                   New and Underused Plants for 2022

Tim is a sales representative for Medford Nursery, a wholesale grower based in Southern New Jersey providing container grown material to garden centers and landscapers throughout the North East.  He is a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) and has 20 years of experience as a landscape designer and estimator in WNY, including 13 years as the landscape manager with Menne Nursery in Amherst, NY.  His projects have been honored with PLANT WNY Awards, NYSNLA Honorable Mentions, and been profiled in Nursery Lines Magazine.  Tim now provides instructional training and seminars at garden centers and trade association shows throughout New York State and NW Pennsylvania

Sunday June 19th 

1  p.m.   Lyn Chimera, Master Gardener

              Tools and Techniques for Successful Pruning


​     Lyn is a retired Kindergarten teacher. After retiring she followed her lifelong love of nature and gardening and received her Master Gardener certification from Cornell and began a garden consulting business, Lessons from Nature.

     Lessons from Nature provides on-site garden consulting, site assessment and gardening classes as well as selling organically grown perennials and native plants. She makes house calls to help solve your garden problems.  Lyn is also an active volunteer for the Master Gardeners, teaching and manning the hot line phones.
    She has self-published a book, 5 Keys to Better Gardening, writes a monthly gardening column for After 50 Magazine and contributes Garden Tips to Upstate Gardeners Journal as well as articles for The Master Gardener Newsletter and Figure 8, the Federated Garden Clubs publication.