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Garden Notes for June 17-21

The Western New York Rose Society will present its annual rose show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 at Walden Galleria. Free admission.

Western New York Iris Society will present an iris show, “Tiptoe through the Iris,” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 at Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence. Anyone interested in flower design is invited to enter the Design Division of the show. Preparation and setup begins at 8 a.m. Iris will dominate the designs, which will include footwear. Classes include: “These Boots Are Made for Walkin,’ ” “Stepping Out With My Baby” and “Shall We Dance.” Specific requirements, reservations and information may be obtained from Marilee Farry, 668-1789.

Lewiston Garden Club will present its 12th annual Lewiston GardenFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 and 18 along historic Center Street. The event includes a free walk of an anticipated 12 gardens, both private and public. Kicking things off at 10 a.m. June 17 is a butterfly release at Hennepin Park by Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm.

Other highlights include daily speakers, demonstrations, a return of the popular container garden contest, soil sample analysis, questions answered by master gardeners and members of the Hosta & Daylily and Bonsai societies and vendors selling flowers, plants and garden-related items.

Volunteers from the Lewiston Garden Club, which is celebrating its 90th year, will create a pop-up garden at the Lewiston Museum on Plain Street. GardenFest brochures will be available at the hospitality booths at each end of the festival on Center Street.

Mike Shadrack will present a program to Smallwood Garden Club at 7 p.m. June 19 in Williamsville Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. The topic: The Royal Horticulture Society presents the Chelsea Flower Show – a review of the history, organization, set-up and ambience of the famous show.

The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Greenfield Health & Rehabilitation Center. Contact

Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. June 21 in the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following a business meeting and luncheon, Donna Lipowicz, American Orchid Society student judge, will discuss what is needed to grow these exotic plants. Chairwoman is Karen Stephens-Mace. New members welcome.

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