About Us

Created from the visions of extraordinary men; David F. Day, Frederick Law Olmsted, John F. Cowell,  Frederick A. Lord and William A. Burnham, this masterpiece opened in 1900. Lord & Burnham, premier designers of Victorian glass houses brought these visions to life with their unique design that was based upon the famous Crystal Palace in Kew Gardens Palm House in England.

The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. Today, the Botanical Gardens is thriving! Nearly 100,000 people visit annually to enjoy the amazing architecture, and the indoor and outdoor garden sanctuaries. It is
a gathering place where visitors can find peace and harmony and enjoy the simple power of the natural world. Some visitors also see it as a place for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection.

The Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is 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.

Mission Statement

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a living museum 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.

Vision Statement

We are moving toward a future where the lives of people of all ages are enriched by living plants of all kinds, and they are committed to sustaining the wonders of Earth’s natural systems to ensure diverse plant life for future generations.