Events & Shows

Morty the Corpse Flower
MORTY STATUS - Will bloom in the next few days
Updated July 30, 2014 @ 12pm

In early July 2014, the Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanum tubers and one is set to bloom. Corpse Flowers (its common name), are native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia and are famous for their horrible smell, like rotting flesh, while in bloom. Corpse Flowers can bloom every 6-10 years, making it a rare sight to see and smell!

Like many Corpse Flowers living at botanical gardens, ours has a name, Morty. Corpse Flowers can be quite challenging to grow so Morty’s “Undertaker”, Jeff Thompson, Director of Horticulture and our horticulture team are making sure it has the right conditions to thrive in our environment.
It is hard to predict when the plant may bloom but our best estimate of bloom time will be soon. Growing quickly, the bloom can grow about two to eight inches a day and can grow six to eight feet tall. When it finally blooms, the flower, and its accompanying stench, lasts only 24-48 hours.
Amorphophallus titanum is in the Arum family. The bloom or leaf come from the part of the plant called a corm. A corm is an underground tuber, a swollen plant stem that is a storage organ for plants. A corm is similar to a true bulb. This large structure looks like a big potato and according to his Undertaker; Morty’s corm weighed approximately 120 pounds when it arrived.
Morty will be on public display inside the Botanical Gardens and depending on the bloom, will be on display through mid-August.  During its short bloom the Botanical Gardens plans to have extended hours. After it flowers the plant wilts and the stench fades. When not flowering, it will send up a green leaf structure.
Visitors can receive updates on the plant, extended hour information, fun facts, and its blooming stage on the Gardens’ Facebook page and through Morty’s Twitter Account @Mortystinks - “like” and “follow” to get regular updates. Use hashtags #corpseflower and #buffalogardens when posting!

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

German American Musicians at the Gardens
August 7
Free Outdoor Concert (behind the Gardens)

The German American Musicians, Buffalo’s BIG German Band, have kicked off their 81st season by performing four free summer concerts around Western New York. Their fourth and final performance will take place at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens on Thursday, August 7th from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Thanks to a very generous grant from the County of Erie, this concert series is free and open to the public.

The Botanical Gardens is excited to have the German American Musicians perform on their grounds for the first time. “We are excited to be playing in front of audiences that may not normally get the chance to see our band in action” said Melanie Hachten, spokeswoman for the German American Musicians. “When people hear German band, they automatically think omp pah music and Oktoberfest celebrations. Our cultural organization is that and so much more, especially since we are in possession of one of the largest and oldest German music libraries in the country, outside of Germany.”

Every year the German American Musicians find themselves very busy, performing at many different Oktoberfest celebrations around the WNY area.
Like the Oktoberfests the German American Musicians perform at, each summer concert has showcased music that is traditional to German cultural; such as waltzes, rheinlanders, polkas, marches and music you can shunkel to. They have even performed newer musical selections that have focused on the more modern day music of Germany.

The concert is free and will be held outdoors behind the conservatory.

If you would like more information about the German American Musicians – Buffalo’s BIG German Band, please visit their website at or join their facebook page! There you will find a list of their upcoming events, ways you can help support their cause, and hiring information. The German American Musicians Association, Inc. is organized under IRS code 501(c)(3) - a Not-for- Profit cultural organization whose goal is the cultivation and performance of the traditional music and culture of German-speaking lands. They are member of the Federation of German-American Societies, Inc. Buffalo, New York & vicinity and a member of the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County.