Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes a love of sustainable gardening and the natural world through education and volunteerism. This club is open to all persons interested in gardening. 


    In 1991, a group of volunteers began the transformation of a wild thicket of buckthorn and invasive species along the Batavia Riverwalk into what is now The Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary. These sanctuary gardeners formed Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners, an organization dedicated to supporting The Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary and other projects while cultivating the love of gardening among experienced as well as novice gardeners.
    The club sponsors monthly educational programs as well as fundraising activities for The Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary, a local college scholarship and other special projects. The club’s plant sale is held every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day and features native and other perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees.

    Garden Walks are held every two years. Past projects have included purchasing and seasonally planting the interactive sculpture “Kaleidoscope” which is located in the Batavia city plaza, and maintaining the planters near the Peace Bridge in downtown Batavia.

    Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). Meetings are held at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. (SE corner of Rt. 31 and Wilson St.) or other Batavia sites as announced. Guests and new members are always welcome.

    Doris Trout, President
    Linda Valdez Karl, Vice President
    Yvonne Richter, Secretary
    Barb Schaefer, Treasurer
    Penny McDowell,  Public Relations
    Karen Jensen Smeets, Programs
    Sally Janunas, Hospitality
    Sarah Kimber, Wildflower Sanctuary
    Karen Messer, Plant Sale
    Lorayne Hrejsa, Garden Walk
    Nikki Matthiscyk



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  • 2024 Garden Walk

    2024 GARDEN WALK

    We hope that you will join us for the 2024 Garden Walk “For the Love of Gardens” taking place on

    Saturday, July 13, 2024 from 10:00am-3:00pm  (rain or shine!)

    Please note that the gardens are not handicapped accessible.

    No strollers or pets are allowed in the gardens. 

    Spend your day surrounded in nature as you tour eight separate gardens in the Batavia area.

    Each garden has been thoughtfully designed for beauty, tranquility, function and include many unique and fun elements.

    More information and ticket purchasing is available here.

  • Kaleidoscope


    Be sure to visit the Batavia City Plaza to check out the fun flower displays through the Kaleidoscope, by Kai Schulte!

    These fun seasonal floral displays are designed and maintained by our volunteers!