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Exercise Your Creative Side at the Gardens!

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release - April 15, 2013

Exercise Your Creative Side at the Gardens!

Buffalo, NY - As we inch closer to summer, the Botanical Gardens has many creative and educational activities for guests of all ages. Bring your young artist to the Gardens starting May 4 as we kick off Saturday Art Classes for Kids from 9:00-10:30am. For the adult aspiring artists, the Gardens will offer Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes starting May 6 from 8:45-10:15am and Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes starting May 8 from 8:45-10:45am. On May 7, the Gardens will honor teachers of all levels with National Teacher Day from 3:30-5:30pm. Keeping the educational spirit in mind, the Medicinal Garden will present a special feature dedicated to teaching awareness about Arthritis and Osteoporosis on May 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Cultivate your creative side by exploring a variety of different art classes offered at the Gardens! Taught by professional artist Joan Saba, you are guaranteed to create an exquisite piece of work. Saturday Art Classes for Kids are a fantastic way for your child to express him/herself by creating their own artistic masterpieces! These multi-medium classes are for kids ages 5-15. Costs for children of Garden Members & Non-Members are $30 per series or $11 per class.

Adults will have the opportunity to join us starting with Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes. Both novice and veteran artists are welcome! Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes are another fun and creative way to express your inner artist! All skill levels are welcome to come create beautiful drawings with inspiration from the gardens! For both adult classes, Garden Members are $58 per series or $16 per class, Non-Members $64 per series or $17 per class.

In honor of National Teacher Day, on May 7, the Gardens will offer free admission for teachers from 3:30-5:30pm. Encourage all the teachers in your life to take their knowledge outside the classroom and reward their hard work with the beauty that is the Gardens. Just show your school ID badge and come see what we have to offer. Teachers can enjoy a free tour, science demos and much more!

The month of May is Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month. On May 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Medicinal Garden will host a special feature with the purpose of educating garden visitors about recognizing and treating symptoms through botanical methods. Activities include; educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived from and which future medications are being researched. Health Screenings will also be offered by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. The Medicinal Garden feature is included with Garden admission. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids ages 3-12, and free for members and kids under 3!

For more information on all of these events visit us at www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

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Celebrate the Start of Gardening Season with Beautiful Plants and Spectacular Entertainment!

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2013
Contact: Erin Grajek, Director of Marketing
716.827.1584 ext. 204 - egrajek@buffalogardens.com

Celebrate the Start of Gardening Season with Beautiful Plants and Spectacular Entertainment!

Buffalo, NY - Join us at the Botanical Gardens for upcoming events as we celebrate spring!  April 27 through June 2, the Archangel Gallery will be hosting a photography exhibit featuring the works of Sandra Kicman. On May 2, Buffalo Spree Magazine and the Botanical Gardens will host Refresh, a creative and fun event from 5:30-8:30pm.  National Public Gardens Day will be honored on May 10 from 10:00am-5:00pm. The weekend of May 18 and 19, the Gardens will feature both the Bonsai Show and The Great Plant Sale. The much anticipated Bonsai Show will run from 10am-5pm, while the Great Plant Sale will go from 9am-4pm.

Sandra Kicman is a talented photographer who is very passionate about her photos. Her exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery from April 27-June 2 will show off her unique perspective.  Her work has a way of capturing texture, color, positive and negative space and turning it into a truly magnificent snapshot of our visual world. Escape your own day-to-day responsibilities and dive head first into her world of photography. The exhibit will be held in the Archangel Gallery and is included with admission to the Gardens.

Refresh is a rejuvenating evening of healthy living, beauty, fashion and shopping presented by Buffalo Spree Magazine. The Botanical Gardens offers a picture-perfect backdrop to introduce a fresh philosophy with new and exciting creative ideas on beauty and fashion. Spree’s fashion writer, Erin Habes, reveals this viewpoint throughout the garden space with avant-garde fashion creations that use the botanical backdrop in exciting ways. Ticket includes: admission, fashion exhibition, over 30 retail, wellness and beauty vendors, appetizers, cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are available at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202.  

Come support your favorite botanical garden for National Public Gardens Day on May 10 from 10:00am-5:00pm! National Public Gardens Day is a celebration of America’s public gardens while recognizing the important role they play in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities across the nation.  Admission is $1.00, Garden Members and kids under 3 are free!

The Bonsai Show on May 18 and 19 from 10:00am-5:00pm will give both Bonsai masters and novices a chance to show off their hard work and dedication! Come see these prized trees displays at their peak. Take advantage of this opportunity to see all these meticulously manicured trees all under one roof! This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens. Admission is $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids under 3 are free! 

Spruce up your garden and landscape with plants from The Great Plant Sale, the Botanical Gardens’ biggest sale of the year!  The Sale will include vibrant hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees and shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants and flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese Maples and much, much more! The Great Plant Sale is sponsored by Buffalo Spree Magazine and Star 102.5.

For more information on all of these events visit us at www.buffalogardens.com.  The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

Honey Bee Festival - April 27

Posted on April 04, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2013

Contact: Erin Grajek, Director of Marketing

716.827.1584 ext. 204 - egrajek@buffalogardens.com

Celebrate the Honey Bee, an Insect that has Much to Give Us and Much to Teach Us!

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens announces a Honey Bee Festival featuring Dr. Thomas Seeley on April 27 from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Honey bees are critically important pollinators.  In the course of gathering nectar from flowers, bees transport and disperse pollen in ways that make possible the growth of fruits, nuts, and seeds.  This festival will provide us with insight into what is happening within the beehive, show us the feasibility of beekeeping in our own backyards, and make available for purchase some of the fruits of the labor of honeybees. 

How important are honeybees? Commercial honey bee operations pollinate crops responsible for one out of every three bites of food on our tables. The importance of honey bees makes their precarious status a concern for all of us.  Since 2006 beekeepers across North America have experienced a bewildering phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Adult bees appear to abandon the hive, leaving the queen and insect larvae behind unable to sustain themselves.  Will we have to find alternative ways to grow much of our food?  What will happen to the price and availability of fruits, nuts, and vegetables?

Although there is intense research to identify and rectify the root causes, the annual die-off of honey bees has become increasingly dramatic.  It is critically important that humans understand what goes on in and around the beehive so we can help stem the tide of honeybee decline and promote re-population.  Honey and beeswax, products of the beehive, enhance our lives in many ways. We need to appreciate that healthy honeybees give us something even more significant as they drift from flower to flower – the pollination of plants essential to our food supply as well as flowers for our enjoyment. 

The festival schedule is as follows: 10am-2pm - Vendors & Demonstrations will include honey bee information, honey and bees’ wax vendors and more!  Learn about the bee hive structure created by UB architecture students housing honeybees in front of the grain elevators near the Ohio Street Bridge.  Gaze as bees tend brood in an observation hive (behind glass).  11am-12pm - Lecture from Dr. Thomas Seeley - Dr. Seeley, a professor at Cornell University, will speak on the subject of his latest book, Honey Bee  Democracy.  The fascinating story of decision-making within the hive is guaranteed to pique your interest.  If you pre-order a copy of the book, purchase one the day of the lecture or bring your personal copy, Dr. Seeley has agreed to do a book signing.  Honey Bee Democracy may be pre-ordered and picked-up at the festival for $25 per copy or purchased the day of the festival for $28 a copy.  1-2pm - Lecture from Barbara Ochterski, Local Beekeeper - Barbara will discuss the basics of backyard beekeeping, followed by an informal question and answers session.

The Honeybee Festival is made possible by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Tickets for the lectures are $5 Students, $10 Garden Members and Master Gardeners and $15 Non-Members.  The vendors and demonstrations are available to all visitors at no charge.

For more information visit us at www.buffalogardens.com.  The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

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Spring Flower Show Video

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Spring Flower Show is in FULL BLOOM!  Check out our colorful video!

 
 


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Bloomin' Art Show Video

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Bloomin' Art Show at the Gardens' Arcangel Gallery - Check it out!

 

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