By Alicia Dziak

Spring has officially arrived, and with it comes Plantasia, the area’s premier garden and landscape show happening this weekend at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

This year’s theme is “Gardens Through the Ages.”

Journey through 15 gardens. Shop with over 115 vendors offering plants, garden decor, grills, seeds, outdoor furniture, lighting, garden tools and everything you need to inspire your own perfect outdoor living experience. Enjoy free educational seminars presented by experts covering every aspect of gardening.

Plantasia features fully-landscaped theme gardens covering 15,000 square feet with blooming trees, shrubs, flowers, water gardens, patios and more in a breathtaking spring display.

Guests can also enjoy free education seminars all day, every day, given by Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals and garden experts and the Garden Market, where attendees can shop for garden accessories and services. Choose from a wide selection of plants, garden equipment, outdoor furniture, lighting, unique garden decor and artisanal products – everything you need to create your own perfect outdoor living experience!

The Children’s Discovery Garden hosted by the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens provides an activity center with play areas and educational events every day.

Nightly entertainment, live broadcasts, balloon artist and more will round out the event.

While at Plantastia, be sure to visit the local Springville area businesses: Lamb & Webster, Inc., Shamel Milling Company, Gernatt Asphalt Products, Springville Door & Window, Inc. Chevalier Outdoor Living and A Growing Business, Inc.

Many of these vendors will be set up near one another in the “Springville section” of the merchant area, in the northeast corner of the building, near the Casino entrance.

Dave Kessler of Lamb & Webster said they have been attending this show for at least 10 years, attributing the success they have there to the timing of the event. “We attend shows in January, where there is interest but no urgency,” he explained, noting that by late March, people are really ready to get moving on their spring landscaping.

“Our equipment is what (show attendees) need to maintain their landscaping,” Kessler said of the Kabotas and zero-turn mowers that are among the items they will be selling at the show. Lamb & Webster will be occupying booths 47, 48, 59 and 60.

Over on the landscaping side, A Growing Business, Inc. (AGB) will be back with their award-winning landscape design. “We been doing Plantasia for 12 years,” said Claire Brown, owner of AGB. “It’s been a great exposure for us.  It allows us to connect with people from all over Western New York.  We enjoy talking about landscaping and sharing ideas.”

AGB’s booth is located in Garden Space L. “We are using materials and design elements that are pulled from other times up through today,” Brown explained of how their booth fits in with this year’s theme.

“With everything inside blooming and green, Plantasia is a great place to remind yourself that spring is really coming,” Brown said.  “If you are looking for ideas, or planning on hiring a company to do some work for you, it’s a great place to ‘sample’ landscapers.  Because each landscaping company has built a display and is there to speak with, you can get a real sense of their style and how they would be to work with.”

Plantasia takes place at The Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075.Show dates and times are as follows:

Thursday, March 23,  10 a.m. to 9  p.m.; Friday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 26,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit