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Gala at the Gardens

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Gala at the Gardens was a huge success on September 30, 2016.  Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters and friends that made this event amazing!

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Palm Tree Removal

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. announced today that they are working with Above & Beyond Tree Expert Company to remove a Teddy Bear Palm, Dypsis lastelliana and a Carpentaria Palm, Carpentaria acuminata from the Main Palm Dome on October 14.  These palms have matured taller than expected and have outgrown their home at the Botanical Gardens.  Using them as a teaching tool, the Botanical Gardens’ education team plans to repurpose parts of the palms as part of docent training and as additional material for workshops.  Longtime supporters, John and Carol Kociela, generously provided the resources necessary for the removal of the two palms and the acquisition and installation of several new specimens.  

The Botanical Gardens will install replacement and additional palms in the Main Palm Dome this fall.  New palms include: a Betel Palm, Areca catechu, native to the tropical pacific; a Vilaito Palm, Neoveitchia storckii, native to Fiji; Calyptrocalyx leptostachys, native only to the Rainforests of Mt. Yule, Papua New Guinea; a Buccaneer Palm, Pseudophoenix vinifera, native to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and an unusual and distinct Jata Palm, Copernicia rigida, native to Cuba. “As a living museum, it is important to add new and interesting members to our collection and we are excited to welcome several new palms this fall, especially the rare Copernicia rigida,” said David Swarts, President/CEO.

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.

A New 4-H Fall Fest and Wegmans Family Day to be Held at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H that will bring an all new event to the Botanical Gardens.  The 4-H Fall Fest, including animals on the 4-H farm, will be held at the Botanical Gardens from October 7 through October 16 from 10am to 4pm daily. A special celebration on Wegmans Family Day will be included in the festival on October 15 from 10am to 2pm.

Through a wonderful partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H, the Botanical Gardens will celebrate National 4-H week by featuring a 4-H Fall Fest from October 7 through October 16. Visitors will delight in interacting with a large cast of characters including ducks, sheep, piglets and rabbits at the onsite 4-H Farm. The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am to 4pm daily and will offer engaging educational displays and visits with 4-H families for visitors to enjoy. On October 8, 4-H members will be modeling as live mannequins, textiles and clothing they created this year along with some costumes on October 15.  The Cornell Cooperative Extension programs are designed to improve the quality of life for all New York State residents.  Learn about all the amazing programs 4-H has to offer and so much more and this family fun event.

During 4-H Fall Fest, a Wegmans Family Day will celebrate all things creepy and crawly on October 15 from 10am to 2pm.  “Be prepared for a Spooky Celebration and more 4-H fun!” said David Swarts, President/CEO.   There will be interactive and hands-on activities located throughout the Botanical Gardens for children and families.  Participants can enjoy a spooky spider snack while participating in a create-your-own monster craft and other surprise activities.  4-H members will also be mannequin modeling their crafted costumes during Wegmans Family Day.  Organizers encourage participants to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enter the costume contest at 1pm.  Awards and prizes will be given to kids, adults, duos and groups. 

Both of the events are included with Garden admission - $9 adults, $8 seniors (55+), $8 students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden members and kids 2 and under are free.  There is no additional entry fee for the costume contest during Wegmans Family Day. For more information on these events and exhibits visit www.buffalogardens.com

The CCE Erie 4-H program offers hands on learning opportunities to youth between the ages of 5-19 focusing on life skills.  4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adult volunteers and mentors who inspire young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world and stand up for themselves and their communities.  For information about CCE Erie 4-H program, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

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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Fall Gardening Symposium at Sonnenberg Gardens

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Our friends at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park are holding a Fall Gardening Symposium.  Click here for more details

October 8
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$75 - $85
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Allan Armitage

Award-winning author and one of America’s favorite garden speakers, Dr. Allan Armitage, will present an all-day gardening seminar at Sonnenberg Gardens. Dr. Armitage will speak about a number of topics including: perennials, annuals, and “Crazy Plants for Crazy Gardeners.” Lunch included and a book signing to follow.


About Allan Armitage: Allan M. Armitage is an Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. He teaches, conducts research and runs the University’s Horticulture Gardens. Dr. Armitage travels widely as a lecturer and industry consultant. He has received numerous awards from nursery trade groups and horticultural organizations.

Garden/Landscaping Professionals: the CNLP CEU’s for this event is 6.

Botanical Gardens’ Digital Photo Contest is Open to All Ages

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their annual Digital Photo Contest is open to all ages.  Organizers have opened the contest to Adults (ages 18 and older), Teens (ages 12 to 17), and Youth (under the age of 12) and many awards will be given. All entered photos will be considered for the following two awards and photos submitted in each age range will be considered for several different creative award categories. Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2016.

The first award is the President’s Pick.  Chosen by President/CEO Dave Swarts, he considers every photo entered, regardless of age category. “I look forward to seeing the remarkable photo submissions from all ages and choosing only one is a challenge,” said Swarts.  The second award will also consider all entries.  The Cover of the Gardens’ Next Newsletter is a great honor as the winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of the Spring edition.  The Botanical Gardens produces over 20,000 copies of this edition, mails it to over 4,000 homes and each visitor who enters the Botanical Gardens will be handed a copy.

A winner from each age range will be chosen from the following categories: Best Use of Shadows and Light; Most Unusual Vantage Point; Best Use of Color and Best Use of Macro Photography and, for the first time, Best Selfie at the Botanical Gardens.  When photographing for the Best Use of Shadows and Light category, photographers should keep in mind the tremendous amount of natural light in the greenhouses. Natural light can create amazing shadows that can turn an ordinary picture into a complex shot.  Some patience is needed in this category as every shot will be unique depending on how the light falls. Distort reality in the Most Unusual Vantage Point category. Participants are encouraged to think outside of the box to create a one of a kind photo by playing with different dimensions.  The Botanical Gardens offers an enormous variety of plants and flowers in a huge spectrum of colors. Participants are encouraged to find these unique color combinations for the Best Use of Color category. The Best Use of Macro Photography is a popular category returning to the contest this year. Participants are encouraged to get extreme close up shots to create a very detailed picture. Macro Photography offers a view of details such as texture, color, and shape that could easily be missed by standard photography.  Contributors are encouraged to get playful and creative with the all new category, Best Selfie at the Botanical Gardens. Become part of the lush background and create the unexpected. The Botanical Gardens offers unique opportunities where the perfect selfie can be taken, so participants are encouraged to have fun with this category! 

The first entry is free for Botanical Garden members and each additional entry will be $6.  Each entry for the general public will be $8. The age range categories are broken up into the following:  Adults (ages 18 and older), Teens (ages 12 to 17), and Youth (under the age of 12).  All photos should be submitted via email at events@buffalogardens.com by December 31, 2016.  For more information and for an entry form visit 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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