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Gardening and More: Get ready for spring with fresh and new gardening classes

A TISKET, A TASKET — You can plant up an Easter basket during a hands-on workshop April 13, just one in a series of classes and workshops set at Lockwood’s Greenhouses in Hamburg. Photo courtesy Lockwood’s Greenhouses.

HAMBURG — Whether you’re looking to learn some gardening basics or want tips on how to create a pretty container with flowering plants, check out the new classes at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, located at 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

These classes are helpful because there will be time to ask questions, at the end. In fact, for the landscaping class, you’re encouraged to bring photos of your yard and any questions that you have, to help you come up with a plan for your landscape.

Registration is necessary for all classes. You can register for most of the classes online now at the Lockwood’s website at You can also register at the store or by calling 649-4684.

Flower gardening for the beginner or under-confident gardener

This class starts at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Don’t be intimidated by flower gardening. You can grow flowers with the tips and tricks you learn in these two classes.

Learn how to choose and grow easy-care perennials with Sally Cunningham, gardening expert, at 9:15 a.m. Learn about annuals and container plants with Marge Vogel of Lockwood’s at 10:30 a.m.

Classes can be taken separately, for $10 each, or sign up for both classes, for $15.

Easter basket workshop

This class starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

Plant a pretty white spring basket for the table or as a gift, at the Easter basket workshop. Mary Gurtler, designer at Lockwood’s, will instruct the class. Students can choose to make one large or two small baskets. The cost is $35.

Home landscaping for homeowners and new gardeners

The class takes place from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Sally Cunningham will present what you need to know to renovate, plan and care for a landscape. The talk includes basics on plant selection, layout, site preparation, watering, fertilizer, mulch and pruning. Bring pictures of your own yard, along with your questions. The cost is $10.

Cool season container

The class begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

Mary Gurtler, designer at Lockwood’s, will show you how to make your own large container design, for your doorstep or patio, using annuals and perennials that tolerate the light frosts of late spring. The cost is $40.

Hanging baskets or container combinations

This class takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 13, 20 or 27.

Mary Gurtler and Marge Vogel will provide the containers and a choice of plants to suit your porch or patio; together you’ll make something beautiful. The cost is $35 per class.

All about roses

The class is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

David Clark, horticulturist and floral designer, will review planting, pruning and tending roses, all with his unique charm and humor. All questions are welcome. The cost is $10.

Leaves and dishes – A “make and take” workshop

The class kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31.

Make a lightweight, concrete leaf-shaped wall hanging or dish with Artful Castings designer Julie Steinert. The price is to be determined. Watch the Lockwood’s website, for more information on this new class.

Tent sale

Lockwood’s is currently holding a spring tent sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Monday, April 14. The tent is at the back of the store, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg. Any color dotted items in the tent are now 60 percent off the regular price, so they can make room for new merchandise.

Get prepared for the spring gardening season, with classes at Lockwood’s.

Connie Oswald Stofko is publisher of, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. Email


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