Organizers of some local popular home and garden events have been making plans, while keeping track of government guidelines and state and county restrictions due to Covid-19.
Some planners are choosing dates later in the year, scaling back or, in other cases, postponing until 2022.
Postponements include the Buffalo Home Show. The show, which was originally scheduled at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for two weekends in March and then rescheduled to run one weekend in early June, is postponed until March 2022.
Visit buffalohomeshow.com for updates, a virtual showroom of exhibitors and more.
Nor will there be a Plantasia in 2021. The annual garden and landscape show at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg, which in the past has been held in March but planned months beforehand, has been rescheduled for March 2022.
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The event is known for its theme gardens; Children’s Discovery Garden hosted by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens; seminars; garden market; and many vendors.
Still, if you have a project in mind you can still visit plantasiany.com to find a recent list of landscapers and other exhibitors and vendors. You can also view photos from previous years. Plantasia is presented by PLANT WNY – the Professional Landscape & Nursery Trades.
Here is how some other events are shaping up so far, but stay tuned for any updates:
• The WNY Home & Outdoor Living Show, an annual event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center, has proposed dates on the calendar – April 16 to 18 – on the chance it will be able to proceed.
The event was originally scheduled for February then moved to April, but it is still to be determined based on state mandates, said Mark Concilla, show promoter and president of Erie Promotions & Expos in Erie, Pa., last month.
He advises people to keep an eye on the website for updates, eriepromotions.com/wny-home.
• Looking ahead to summer, plans are in the works for Garden Walk Buffalo and more than a dozen other local garden walks and tours. An early look at the schedule so far, with more to come: The outdoor Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale is scheduled for June 26 and 27. The East Side Garden Walk, July 17. Garden Walk Buffalo, July 24 and 25.
In addition, the Open Gardens event continues this year. As in previous years, participants can visit gardens throughout the Buffalo Niagara region during certain hours on Thursdays and Fridays in July. You can reserve your Open Gardens 2021 booklet here.
“We’re adjusting the event to the times, and looking at safeguards to keep our visitors and volunteers safe and healthy,” said Jim Charlier, board member and marketing chairman of Gardens Buffalo Niagara and a longtime Garden Walk Buffalo participant.
Visit GardensBuffaloNiagara.com for updates on all the local garden walks and garden-related events, as well as information on registering your garden in Garden Walk Buffalo and applying to be a vendor in the Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale.
• The 2021 Decorators’ Show House is expected to be open for public viewing from Aug. 21 through Sept. 18.
In December, the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News announced the 21st Decorators’ Show House is the Grace Millard Knox House at 800 Delaware Ave. In years past, the major community fundraiser has been held in the spring.
A “sneak peek” of the undecorated home is scheduled for May 8 and 9, and May 15 and 16. Tickets and additional information will be available on the Junior League of Buffalo’s website. You can also follow the Junior League on Facebook.
Since 1981, Decorators’ Show Houses, which take place every other year, have raised more than $4.4 million to benefit 23 local cultural and human service organizations.
• Explore Buffalo continues to offer walking tours, with Covid-19 policies and procedures in place, as well as a Winter Speaker Series with presentations on a variety of Buffalo history and architecture topics delivered via Zoom. See the calendar at explorebuffalo.org.
• The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a full lineup of events and exhibits (reservations required; Covid-19 protocols in place), virtual horticulture classes and workshops, an online plant sale and more. Visit buffalogardens.com.