Soon a flock Garden Fairies will be shuffling off to Buffalo, participants at the upcoming garden festival symposium. Garden Fairies are magical creatures with special powers, so we could just don our fairy wings and buzz off to Buffalo. But this time of year, we opt to fly commercially over dodging thunder storms. Hopefully, our magic wands and neon-glowing green thumbs will make it through security.
The symposium, to be held Friday, July 23rd, is part of the five week long National Buffalo Garden Festival. There will be four speakers and I am first up on the program. I will present images of my Magical Garden and Patio Transformations, taking spaces from blah to a-ha. At lunch the Garden Fairies will demo how to make personalized garden mementos. Using letters pressed into cement, participants will learn how to make customized stepping stones and plaques. The Garden Fairies will also talk about their latest community beautification project, a 22′ x 17′ mosaic mural.
The symposium will take place in the Forest Lawn Chapel, a lovely and serene spot to learn more about gardening. Forest Lawn is a sacred space, a place I always enjoyed visiting, especially on a bicycle when I lived in Buffalo.
Speakers include Richard Benfield, who just got back from Tibet and will be speaking about the great botanic gardens of the world. Virginia Burt will be enlighten you with ideas about how to create sacred spaces. Sandra Sparks, who works for Forest Lawn has an intriguing topic, Women and Gardens of Forest Lawn.
Siobhan is a garden transformation artist with a neon-glowing green thumb and a magic wand.
Hope you can make it!
- 9:30am: Siobhan Nehin
- 11:00am: Virginia Burt
- 12:00pm: Lunch
- 1:00pm: Richard Benfield
- 2:15pm: Sandy Starks
Date- Friday, July 23rd
To register contact: Sandra Starks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Interpretive Program Director/ Forest Lawn Cemetery/ 716-885-1606 ext 302