Our Gardens

Indoor Gardens

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Florida Everglades - House 12

This special immersion exhibit about the Everglades showcases different native habitats, a self-sustaining vivarium, plants and animal species. Learn the importance of maintaining wetlands, the natural water filtration system of the world.





Panama Cloud Forest & Epiphyte Pavilion - House 11

This exhibit engages visitors to experience epiphytes the way they would live 200' above the rainforest floor. Exotic orchids, bromeliads and tillandsia varieties are part of this natural exhibit.

 

 

Rental Space - House 10

This house is home to  draped ivy and a collection of tropical plants and is available for weddings, cocktail parties, showers, meetings and more. Seasonal flower show exhibits may also be seen here throughout the year. 

 

 

Tropical Collection - House 9

Home to common and not so common flowering houseplants, highlights include many water features, a vine covered gazebo and a relaxing place to place checkers.

 

 


Orchid Collection - House 8

A visitor favorite! This exhibit showcases a unique variety of exotic orchids displayed when in bloom. Varieties include many common and unusual species.

 

Wegmans Family Garden

Children of all ages will delight in a place to dig, discover and dream as they plant a seed, build a sand castle, water a garden, smell a flower, examine a bug, read a book or touch a fuzzy plant. This garden is indoors and open year-round.  Click here for Saturday activities in the Wegmans Family Garden.

 

 

 

Medicinal Garden & Begonias - House 6

Made possible by D'Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, the Medicinal Garden is a place to learn the importance of medicinal plants and how they relate to our everyday lives. Begonias are also seen here with vibrant colors and unusually textured leaves.

 


Ivy & Bonsai - House 5

The largest public ivy collection in the world is featured here. Highlights also include the Bonsai Collection, the Carnivorous the ever popular Sensitive Plant, many flowering trpoical houseplants and the herb collection.


 

 

Cacti & Succulents - House 4
This collection of succulents features many varieties found in American deserts, including the giant cacti and agave plants. Euphorbs and sansevierias found in the African deserts can also be seen. Highlights include varieties of lithops and a unique collection of succulents from South Africa.

 

 


Ancient Rainforest - Houses 2 and 3
The centerpiece in this exhibit is a 30' waterfall surrounded by banana trees. The pond is home to aquatic plants and koi fish of all sizes. The large dinosaur topiaries forage among ferns and cycads, ancient survivors of plant evolution.

 

 

Palm Dome - House 1

Standing at 67' tall, the Palm Dome is full of magnificent palms and tropical fruit trees. As visitors enter, a globe introduces the Gardens’ long-term renovation project with a theme The Buffalo Meridian. This theme will take visitors on a walking tour through the Gardens and around the world. Guests will visit various locales and plant collections found along the Buffalo Meridian...a line circumnavigating the globe, connecting us to other people, places and plants.

Check out more about our collections.

 

Outdoor Gardens


Front Entrance Garden

March through October – Seasonal combinations of thousands of spring bulbs, annuals and tropical plants (depending on the season) greet visitors as they approach the main entrance.





Rose Garden

June through October – This garden contains rich and beautiful colors of extra hardy and disease resistant rose cultivars. You can take notes for a carefree home garden.




Shrub/Perennial Peace Garden

March through October – Home to rare and unusual perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, this beautiful garden is home to vignettes of masterfully selected combinations of foliage and flowering plants. This garden presents ever changing vistas of color throughout the seasons. Designated as a Peace Garden, this garden delights the senses and is a beautiful place for spiritual healing and reflection. This garden is also the perfect place for special occasion photos, wedding or renewal vows. Call 716.827.1584 ext. 219 for reservation information. Click here for news about our Bi-national Peace Garden dedication.




Outdoor Children’s Garden

Late May through October – This garden is designed to stimulate the senses. Fragrant herbs, a colorful butterfly garden and a cascading water feature highlight this hands-on garden. Soil exploration areas, a compost area and digging areas encourage kids to explore gardening.