Events & Shows

from $6.00 2014 Digital Photo Contest

Photos Due December 31
Members - first entry free, each additional entry $6, Non-Members - each entry $8.
Adult (18+)
Teens (12-17)
Youth (Under 12)

All photos will be considered for the following two awards:

  • President’s Pick
  • Cover of the Gardens’ Next Newsletter

Photos submitted in each age range will be considered for the following awards:

  • Best Use of Shadows and Light
  • Most Unusual Vantage Point
  • Best Use of Color
  • Most Artistic
  • Best Use of Macro Photography
Contest Rules & Requirements
  • Who may enter - Amateurs! No professionals please.
  • Photos must be taken at the Gardens (inside or outside) January 1 - December 31, 2014
  • Photos may be black and white OR full color
  • Photos must be medium to high resolution
  • All entries must be received by December 31, 2014
  • All images must be titled with the applicant/photographer’s first and last name and age range (Adult , Teen or Youth)
  • All photos entered in the contest will become part of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.’s photo library.
  • The Botanical Gardens has unlimited access and rights to use any photo entered in the photo contest. Photo credit will be given at the discretion of the Botanical Gardens.
  • Digital only please! Please e-mail your photos to us! E-mail to in a .jpg format
  • Entry forms can be mailed or e-mailed. Please make sure to use the same name on photo titles and your entry form and we will match your photos to your entry form.
  • Winners will receive a certificate and a prize from the Gardens and winners will be posted on our website in early 2015.

Questions? Call 716-827-1584 ext. 204

2013 winning photos are shown

Prescription Drug Drop Off
April 26

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Botanical Gardens and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.
from $10.00 Honey Bee Festival

May 3
Tickets for the festival:
Members, Master Gardeners and students $10
Non-Members $15

Sponsored by: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

10am - Vendor Fair
Check out all the offerings folks have available, from honey samples to beekeeping supplies, sure to “bee” a hit with all!

11am - Dr. Reed Johnson - Lecture

Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State University. He will speak on research that discusses honey bees and pesticides-a topic of current interest and concern! A question and answer period follows the lecture.

12-12:30pm - Lunch
Grab some lunch and visit the vendors!

12:30 & 1:30pm - Film Screening
More than Honey or Guided Visit to the Gardens’ Demonstration Hive

Children’s honey bee activities will also be taking place in the Wegmans Family Garden from 10am-12pm.

Celebrate the honey bee, an insect that has much to give us and much to teach us!
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.  The Honey bee Festival at the Gardens 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 honey bees? Commercial honeybee 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 honeybees 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. 

Made possible by:
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County

London & Chelsea Flower Show Trip
May 17-24
The Botanical Gardens, in conjunction with Collette Vacations, presents “The Gardens of London,” featuring the Chelsea Flower Show! We are offering an incredible experience from May 17-24, 2014 to London, England. This 8 day excursion will have you touring many unique places in London, including Windsor Castle and the Hampton Court Palace. You will also be able to attend the members-only opening day of the 101st RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious show in all of Great Britain. It is most associated with the royal family, who attend opening day every year.
Double Occupancy: $4,299 per person
Single Occupancy: $5,399 per person

Included - Round Trip Air from the Buffalo International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers and hometown pickup from the Botanical Gardens to the airport, all other travel, admissions/tickets, hotel accommodations, six breakfasts and three dinners.
Join us as we embark on a trip of a lifetime!  Reserve today!
To sign up for the informational meeting or for more information, please contact Christina at the Botanical Gardens at 716.827.1584 ext. 219 or

Starry Night in the Garden
June 18
Ticket information will follow soon!
Join Star 102.5 and the Gardens to celebrate the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Popular musical groups, local restaurants, wineries and breweries come together to party into the night to benefit the Gardens. Go to!

General Admission Tickets include:
entry to the concert and the Gardens, a wine glass, wine, beer and delicious tidbits from local restaurants.
VIP Tickets include: everything listed above AND a private VIP party and concert viewing area, VIP food and wine, band celebrity appearances and more! (limited number available)

General Event Info:
Doors open at 6pm for General Admission Ticket holders and 5:30 for VIP Ticket Holders
Will Call: The Will Call Tent will be located at the entrance to Starry Night in the Garden.  Will Call tickets can ONLY be picked up on your way into the event.  The Botanical Gardens will not have will call tickets ahead of time.
Cameras are allowed
You are not allowed to bring in any food, drink coolers etc.
This is an all ages show - Every person MUST have a ticket.
Seating: This is a general admission show and there is no seating.  You may bring a lawn chair at your own risk.
Dress: This event is outside so dress for the weather.  Summer attire is common... sundresses - khakis etc... You will be walking and standing on grass. Ladies - a flat or wedge shoe is your best bet!
Weather: This event is outside and will happen rain or shine!
Parking: Free parking is located around the South Park Ring Road and on the streets around the park.  Please obey city parking signs!  The parking lot next to the Gardens will be $10 per car and will fill up fast.  We will park on a first-come, first-served basis.
RAFFLE!  There will be a fantastic on-site raffle that benefits the Botanical Gardens.  Volunteers will be walking the crowd selling tickets and there will be a raffle prize tent located on the front lawn.  Raffle tickets are $10 for one sheet (25 tickets) or $20 for three sheets (75 tickets).

Go to for more information.