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Lewiston GardenFest seeking applications

LEWISTON – Spring is definitely underway, as the Lewiston Garden Club is making plans for its 11th annual Lewiston GardenFest on June 18-19.

Organizers are currently accepting applications for both vendors and local residents interested in showcasing their gardens. The Lewiston GardenFest is part of Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara.

“From offering different beautification ideas to getting expert advice or picking up new plants, Lewiston GardenFest offers a garden-filled weekend for enthusiasts of all skill levels,” said Doreen Albee, the festival’s chairwoman. “We encourage both past and new vendors alike to apply to help us fill Center Street with everything needed for one’s garden or landscape. Lewiston residents interested in showcasing the fruits of their gardening labors should also consider applying to be part of our open gardens.”

Businesses and vendors who sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists, builders and others, are encouraged to apply. Vendor applications are due by May 1 and may be downloaded at: www.lewistongardenfest.com. The application fee varies from $125 to $225, based on the size of the vendor display.

Lewiston GardenFest also is accepting applications for this year’s open gardens.

Lewiston residents, who are interested in showcasing their own gardens or just a particular section of their yard, are encouraged to apply. Festival attendees will be able to view the participating gardens only when the “Open Garden” sign is in place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during Lewiston GardenFest weekend.

For more information or to download an application, visit: www.lewistongardenfest.com. This deadline to participate is also May 1.

This free event also features speakers, who demonstrate different techniques in enhancing one’s gardens, and master gardeners are on hand to answer questions throughout the weekend.

In addition, the public is invited to participate in a container garden contest.

All proceeds from the event are used by the Lewiston Garden Club for civic beautification and scholarships.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.