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Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected Exhibit and Harry Potter Train is Wowing Visitors!

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Erin Grajek

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The Botanical Gardens’ Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected Exhibit and Harry Potter Train is Wowing Visitors!

Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected is wowing visitors! This year, the Gardens has reinvented the traditional Poinsettia Show to incorporate the entire conservatory with all kinds of vibrant and whimsical surprises. Each greenhouse is decorated differently to keep you guessing as you explore the Gardens.

The Dome is full of poinsettias, a giant adorned tree and many delightful red and gold decorations that complement this magnificent room. The next greenhouses include lots of oversized metallic wrapped gifts complete with giant bows. The presents are set among crazy colorful trees that have been painted to evoke your imagination. Now onto the desert house where the cacti and succulents have chosen their favorite hats to wear to make you laugh. Mini, sheriff, sombreros, fascinators and traditional Santa hats are all part of the fun! As you enter the next greenhouse you are greeted by the bonsai collection that is decorated with all things mini. It is sure to make you smile!

As you pass the bonsai collection, you will stumble upon the Western New York Garden Railway Society’s annual show. This year, the train exhibit will take you on a trip to Hogwarts and the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Creative and imaginative, this active train zips though popular scenes from the Harry Potter movies. You can’t miss this! As you enter the next greenhouse you are met with jewel-toned ornaments galore! Purple and teal poinsettias are the backdrop to this sparkly theme. Everywhere you look there is color and shimmer. The next greenhouse is full of thousands of poinsettias. Colors include apricot pinks, salmon corals, creamy whites and lipstick reds. This is the perfect room to take family photos. These rich colors of nature will brighten your visit and give warmth to even the coldest days during the winter season. Next you will enter a snow and ice themed greenhouse where everything is blue, white and silver. Imagine the cold outside and the warm tropical air inside. The final greenhouse is Candy Land! Giant candy greets you as you wander through this greenhouse. Lollipops and candy of all sizes surround you in this movie-like scene!

As you exit the Gardens, the gift shop is full of delightful gifts to share with loved ones. Escape the cold and visit the colorful tropics during Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected. This exhibit, including the train, are on display at the Botanical Gardens now-January 4 and are included with admission. Tickets are available at the door and are $9 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids 2 and under are free!

Great Visitor Comments!

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Erin Grajek

"I visited Morty at the garden, and was truly amazed and impressed by the beautiful holiday decorating you and your staff have produced!"

"All the sparkle, trains and miniature buildings, poinsettias, and tiny hats on cacti, were just spectacular! I am sending all my friends to see it. There is nothing I have seen, to equal the festive spirit you have created there."

"A line of people young and old smiling at each little embellishment, are traveling pathways  together,  sharing eye catching shiny boxes with ribbons, and suspended pieces of faux candy, strategically placed among the live greenery. This, is an experience  no one should miss! Bravo! Well done!"
 
- Gloria Masters

Replace Botanical Gardens’ storm-damaged plants & 4 more ways your donation helps

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Erin Grajek

Posted on BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com

December 9, 2014

by Connie Oswald Stofko

During the recent Snowvember storm, the wind and the weight of the snow broke 150 panes of glass in two greenhouses at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

The storm destroyed 154 plants indoors. It will cost roughly $6,000 to replace them. That’s not taking into account damage done to plants outside.

But you can help by making a monetary donation today.

Not only did the Botanical Gardens lose plants in the storm, it lost revenue, making it that much harder to maintain and enhance the collection, explained David J. Swartz, president and CEO.

The storm closed down the Botanical Gardens for several days, so there was no revenue from admissions or from sales in the gift shop on those days. Staff spent time cleaning up the debris before the site could reopen to visitors, so salaries had to be paid on days when there was no revenue coming in.

Your gift can help. You can give online or mail a check to Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., Attn: Development Department, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14218.

Here are four more ways your gift can help the Botanical Gardens:

Create a stunning entrance garden.

The Botanical Gardens has been chosen as a site for a Proven Winners Signature Garden. The Botanical Gardens will be working closely with Proven Winners to install plantings that will create exciting new gardens along the front walkway.

But those gardens need to be maintained, and an underground watering system is needed to ensure that the gardens look their best. That will cost about $5,000 or $6,000, Swartz said. Your donation can help that project.

Buy plants for the outdoor healing garden

A Medicinal Garden was created inside the Botanical Gardens a couple years ago and work began this summer on the outdoor Healing Garden. Both aim to give visitors a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants and how the plants are used in traditional, herbal and modern medicines.

Plants to go into the outdoor garden still need to be purchased for planting this spring.

Restore the domes

While the plants and the programs are a draw for gardeners, the amazing architecture is an integral part of the experience at the Botanical Gardens.

Two of the domes– the Palm Dome or main dome, and the dome in House 11, which you see on your left as you approach the building– need paint and restoration work on the exterior. So far, $110,000 has been raised and $15,000 more is needed, Swartz said.

The Palm Dome had been restored in 2002 and the dome in House 11 had been restored in 2007, but since then, the paint has worn off and the exterior is deteriorating, he said. It’s important to maintain the building because it houses the plants, but it’s important in its own right.

“With its 19th century Victorian design, it’s an iconic structure,” Swartz said. “It’s a treasure. We want to make sure it lasts another 114 years.”

Help programs grow

The good news is that programs at the Botanical Gardens are growing. A group of 11 volunteers recently graduated after undertaking three months of training to become docents. Attendance is increasing.

But all that participation has a flip side, Swartz said.

“As participation rises, so do expenses,” he noted.

If you enjoy the exhibits, events, classes and workshops of the Botanical Gardens, you can help make sure they continue by making a gift.

Go to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ website and click “Support” to see more ways you can help.

WGRZ TV Story - Behind the scenes at a jewel of the Queen City

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Erin Grajek

Behind the scenes at a jewel of the Queen City
Aired November 7, 2014
On 11 acres in Buffalo's South Park sits a jewel in the Queen City's crown, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH!

Docent Graduation 2014

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Erin Grajek

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens congratulates the 11 members of the 2014 docent class as they set out on their mission of educating Gardens visitors of all ages on the wonders of the plant world.

The ceremony will be held Thursday, November 13th at 11am followed by a potluck lunch. New docents will first participate in a mini-tour led by fellow docents-in-training before graduating from the docent program. The docent graduation is a celebration of their efforts and accomplishments. After this, all 11 graduates will be ready to perform the full duties of a docent here at the Gardens.

Docents are friendly, knowledgeable volunteers who conduct the various educational programs at the Gardens. Docents lead guided tours, hands-on programs for school groups, and much more. Each docent undergoes approximately sixty hours of training over a 10 week period. Thirteen of the Gardens’ current docents served as mentor docents to the new trainees.

Docents must be at least 18 years of age, complete the docent training course and have a passion for gardening and plants. Our next docent training session begins in September of next year.

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