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Lewiston GardenFest encourages gardening as a family affair

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LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – If you have a green thumb or just an appreciation for gorgeous gardens, you won’t want to miss the Lewiston GardenFest this Saturday and Sunday.

As part of the annual fundraiser for the Lewiston Garden Club, which improves landscaping around town, there will be 80 vendors along Center Street offering everything you need for your garden and beyond.

“They’re selling all sorts of things to enhance your outdoor environment, and we even have some jewelry and soaps and clothing and things like that,” Barbara Landree, Lewiston GardenFest co-chair, told News 4.

Whether you’re in the market for the latest in lawn ornaments or beautiful blooms, or you’re just looking for advice from the pros, one of the best things you can take away from the Lewiston GardenFest is inspiration, especially after touring some of the gardens that are open for the public this weekend.

“We love to share it. First of all, it enhances Lewiston. We love to have people come down and enjoy our lovely community and to see the things that we have around in our area,” Landree said. “And it gives us a chance to see the things that are new.”

This year, there are seven home gardens that will be open for tours, as well as seven community gardens, including the one at the Stella Niagara school.

That garden is proof that you can enjoy gardening at any age, something that’s reflected in the theme of this year’s GardenFest: Garden Together. Make Gardening a Family Affair.

This weekend, there are all sorts of activities that will get kids get into gardening, including the chance to make tissue paper flowers and ladybug rocks, informational activity booklets, a chance to see a butterfly release at Hennepin Park Saturday morning, and even a special speaker who will talk about getting kids involved in gardening.

“They get to see what they plant and what grows for them. It’s magical,” said Lewiston GardenFest committee member Doreen Albee, adding that gardening helps get kids out enjoying nature and is beneficial for their development.

To further help encourage kids to join in on the gardening fun, there’s even a special kids’ division in the annual container garden contest.

That annual competition is a chance for everyone to show off their green thumbs and creativity.

“I am amazed at the things that the people come out for ideas whether it’s a traditional color combination or whether it happens to be a whimsical type of thing,” said Kay Kalick, the chair of the container garden contest.