Lewiston GardenFest

June 2023

Daily Activities

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.  

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 GardenFest Container Contest sponsored by Wegmans.



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

​​Prizes for the 2023 Container Garden Contest were generously provided by the following: Aquarium of Niagara,  Maid of the Mist, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, Buffalo Bisons, A-1 Landcare, Wayside Nursery, O'Connor's Nursery, Stedman's Nursery,   H.A. Treichlers and Sons Greenhouses, Upstate Gardeners' Journal and Zehr's on the Lake Nursery in honor of Mark VanBuren. 

​             Make and Take Fun on Center Street


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

(While supplies last)

Tissue Flower Art

sponsored by

Sam Talarico, Real Estate Broker, Century 21

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 17th

11 a.m.  David O'Donnell,President of Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm, will share his knowledge of the habits of butterflies and their migration  patterns in a presentation entitled, "Native Habitat for Butterflies and Caterpillars".   Plants that support this at risk population will be shown and discussed. Mr. O'Donnell is also a vendor for GardenFest and will have items available to enhance your own garden areas to support Monarchs at his booth on Center Street.  

​​1  p.m. Tim Zimmerman, CNLP,  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. Mr. Zimmerman will  have plant samples to view and will discuss key points about them that will add to your gardening knowledge in a very informative session entitled, "Wholesale Nursery Servicing Garden Centers in Northeast, United States. 

Sunday June 18th 

1  p.m. Sally Cunningham will be returning as a speaker for GardenFest 2023! She is a Tour Director with Horizon Club Tours  (AAA of WNY and Central NY), Author of Buffalo-Style Gardens (with Jim Charlier; St. Lynn’s Press) and Great Garden Companions (Rodale), Journalist,  Educator/Speaker, and Novelist.  Sally will share details for tweaking old landscapes into ones that are more pollinator friendly in a presentation entitled:  “What the Homeowner Needs to Know about the Lawn, Trees, Flowers and Bees.” Her wealth of knowledge will benefit all levels of gardeners. Individuals who attend this presentation will have a chance to win a Big Yellow Bag from Lakeside Sod.