June 2021

Container Garden Contest

Historic Center Street, in Lewiston, NY 

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.

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 this year by bringing the special garden you created in a planter, a crock, a tub, or any funky container that appeals to you.  

Lewiston GardenFest

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





​​Prizes for the 2021 Container Garden Contest were generously provided by the following: Aquarium of Niagara, H.A.Treichler & Sons,  Maid of the Mist, Wayside Nursery, Zehrs on the Lake, Stedman Nurseries, O'Connors, and  the Barber Family.






​​Make and Take Fun



 






Bumble Bee Rocks 

Colorful Tissue Flowers 


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.


​​How to be Bee Friendly

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1.     Avoid the use of pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides on plants or in your garden.

2.     Buy  honey from your local beekeepers.

3.     Plant your garden with native and bee friendly plants. They provide great sources of nectar and pollen (both food for the bees and butterflies). It is important for bees, as it is for us, to have a diverse and regular food supply.

4.     Avoid having a perfect lawn.  Perfect lawns are a desert for bees.  

5.     Many plants like dandelion are an excellent source of food for bees. In early spring, those “weeds” are often the only source of food for beneficial insects.

6.     Even if you just have a small outside area, you can install a little water basin for the bees to drink during the summer. Put a few stones and floating cork on the water so bees will not drown!

7.     Educate yourself and your children about bees. Bees are not dangerous; they forage on flowers and do not attack humans. By better understanding them we will learn to better respect them. 


8.   Plant trees that support bees such as: Basswood, Cherry, Oak, Redbud, Crabapple, Locus, Serviceberry, Apple, and Maple. 


9.    If you have a severe bee sting allergy follow directions from your healthcare provider and intervene as directed.