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An Orchid Show will Brighten the Botanical Gardens February 25-26

Posted on February 08, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be bursting with Orchids at their annual winter Orchid Show.  The show will be held February 25 from 10am through 5pm and on February 26 from 10am through 3pm. 

Along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, the Botanical Gardens will host this popular annual orchid showcase with dozens of hand-picked and award winning orchid exhibits.  These unique exhibits will be dispersed throughout the Botanical Gardens for visitors to enjoy. For those who want to expand their orchid knowledge, educational programs will be held both days on growing orchids and other aspects of indoor orchid gardening. During the show, orchids of many varieties and sizes and lots of growing supplies will be for sale through local vendors.

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s mission is to seek to promote the culture and enjoyment of orchids, and aims to further every member’s orchid related knowledge. They are dedicated to encouraging the protection of orchids and their conservation in natural habitats around the world. For more information on the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society visit www.niaragafrontierorchids.org

Tickets to the Orchid Show can be purchased at the door and prices are; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+), $6 for kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids two and under are free.

For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Winter Break and Beyond… Fun for Kids and Families at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers many events for kids and families this winter break and into the spring.  Kids Day on February 22 from 10am-2pm offers kids and families a chance to partake in fun activities throughout the Botanical Gardens during the day and Lumagination is a great winter escape running evenings through February 21.  Wegmans Family Days offer programming for the whole family and new Kids’ Make-It, Take-It Workshops will be offered on March 19 and April 23.

Kids Day will celebrate kids 12 and under with free admission to the Botanical Gardens. School is out, so it is the perfect time to experience what the Botanical Gardens has to offer. There will be hands-on activities stationed throughout the Botanical Gardens and the whole family will enjoy a day of fun in the beautiful, tropical Garden. Admission prices are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 students (13+ with ID), Garden Members and kids 12 and under are free.

Already in its second week, Lumagination is a captivating interactive exhibit that has transformed the Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination.  All ages are delighting in this amazing and unique event that runs through February 21.  Lumagination takes visitors on a spectacular walk through the Botanical Gardens to experience creatively themed greenhouses, interactive entertainment and so much more!  A truly unique experience… Lumagination will take place February 3-4, 7-11 and 14-21. Family Fun Night is planned for February 8 which includes hands-on kids’ activities, a Lion Dance performance, Kung Fu demonstrations and more.  The first 300 visitors to Lumagination on Valentine’s Day, February 14, will each receive a goodie bag and a carnation to celebrate the holiday.  Show hours will be 6:00-9:00pm and until 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Doors will open at 6:00pm each night and admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+) and students (13+), $10 for Botanical Gardens members, $6 for kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door throughout the show.

The whole family will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning activities centered around nutrition during Wegmans Family Days on February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20 from 10am-2pm. Each Family Day has a different theme including; Rainforest Exploration, All About Vegetables, Spring Celebration and Extraordinary Pollinators. These activities are aligned for children ages 4-10 but caregivers for the youngest learners are encouraged to assist with the creations. Admission prices are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+ with ID), $6 for kids ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Gardens members and kids 2 and under.         

New Kids’ Make-It, Take-It Workshops are planned for this spring.  An Art Workshop will be held on March 19 and will take kids on several art adventures in the newest exhibit space at the Botanical Gardens.  Kids will create a colorful and creative koi fish through bright oil pastels and delve into fun origami folding. Totally Trees will take place on April 23 to celebrate Earth Week and Arbor Day.  Participants will create a beautiful paper tree sculpture and a colorful tree painting.   These multi-medium workshops are for kids ages 5-15 and participants will complete two pieces of art at each themed session.  These classes are taught by Joan Saba and will be held from 1-3pm.  The fee to participate for Botanical Gardens Members is $20 and $25 for the General Public.  Register online or contact 827.1584 ext. 292.

Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Two New Exhibits at the Botanical Gardens, an Aquatic Garden and an Asian Rainforest, Will Open January 14!

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. announced the opening of two new exhibits to the public.  The greenhouses have been closed since April 2015 for complete structural renovations and to install entirely new exhibits, an Asian Rainforest and an Aquatic Garden.  An Exhibit Opening Party is planned for January 14 from 10am-5pm and is free to the public.


“We are very proud to open two new exhibits to the public and we hope everyone enjoys our interpretation of an Asian Rainforest and an Aquatic Garden. We are confident these exhibits will delight visitors for generations to come!” said David Swarts, President/CEO. 

In 2004, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization and Erie County formed a public/private partnership that would ensure the growth and long-term viability of the Botanical Gardens. Under the terms of that agreement, the Society takes full responsibility for day-to-day management of the conservatory and horticultural functions, whereas the county is responsible for capital improvements. Erie County managed and funded the renovation project. With the help of generous donors and members, the Society raised the funds to create and install the new exhibits.

Over the past year, the Society has been working to create an exciting new exhibit design and has been collecting plants that represent the incredible range of botanical life found in an Asian Rainforest. Expanding the diversity of the existing collection, the Society strives to ensure the survival of rare and unusual species often threatened in their natural habitat.

From the world’s rarest palm to the world’s tastiest fruit, our Asian Rainforest and Aquatic Garden feature some of the most incredible plants from across the globe.  A new water feature, donated by Mr. Paul Taylor and Ms. Jennifer Morrison-Taylor and The Reimagine Water Community, will greet visitors as they enter the new exhibits.  A family of koi will swim beneath a new garden bridge and Bamboo of every color brings visitors deep into the grass forests of China.  Buddha will welcome visitors as they pass a decorative Tea House, as well as tropical pitcher plants found in the high mountains of Malaysia. Walking through a moon gate and under the fronds of the White Backed Palm immerse you in one of the most diverse and botanically significant regions on our planet.

The Society will officially open the new exhibits to the public at the Exhibit Opening Party on January 14 from 10am through 5pm, and family-fun activities will take place from 10am-4pm. Attendees are encouraged to explore the amazing new greenhouses, visit with knowledgeable docents, enjoy kids activities, family fun adventures, and some special surprises. The Exhibit Opening Party is free to the public, and the first 100 members of the Botanical Gardens to attend the event will receive a free gift (one gift per member card).

This project would not have been possible without the support of Erie County, Erie County Executive Mark Polencarz, Erie County Legislators, the board of directors, donors, members, visitors, staff and volunteers. 

The Society would also like to acknowledge the generous support from the following exhibit donors: Vincent L. Werdein and Mary Werdein; The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Chevalier Outdoor Living; Mr. James Cornell and Dr. Darci Cramer; Dore Landscape Associates; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kogutek; Scranton’s Thruway Builders Supply; Mr. Paul Taylor and Ms. Jennifer Morrison-Taylor and The Reimagine Water Community; Unilock; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Penfold; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dulski; Paul’s Organic Farm; Dr. Rita Maria Andaya; Mr. and Mrs. George Cameron; Ms. Diane Chrisman; Mr. Peter Heffley; Mr. and Mrs. Josh Jensen; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Johnson; Ms. Elizabeth Conant; Mrs. Rose Ann Dulski; Ms. Kathleen Hurley; Mr. Rick Kazmierczak; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kruly; Dr. Steven Lakomy and Ms. Cheryl Lyles.

Important partners in the exhibit creation include: Telco Construction Inc.; Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC; Chevalier Outdoor Living; Feijen Design Build; Masterson’s Garden Center; Dore Landscape Associates; Reimagine Water Community; Hadley Exhibits; Precision Signs & Labels Inc.; Botanical Gardens’ Staff and Volunteers.

Use #NewExhibits and tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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Lumagination 2017 Will Captivate Audiences at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - Lumagination is a captivating and interactive exhibit that will transform the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination from January 25 through February 21. All ages will delight in this amazing and unique event that showcases the incredible architecture and horticulture collection of the Botanical Gardens.  To kick off the fun, a Launch Party is also planned for January 24 from 6:00-9:00pm.

The Lumagination Launch Party will flip the switch on Lumagination on January 24 from 6:00-9:00pm. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers as we kick off Lumagination 2017!  Tickets include: full cocktails from Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon and Nolet’s Gin, creative and festive appetizers from Obviously Avi Catering, fun entertainment, a basket raffle, the inside scoop on this amazing show and more!

Launch Party tickets are $35 for Botanical Garden Members, $40 for the general public and $45 after January 19.  Tickets are available online at www.buffalogardens.com or by phone, 716-827-1584 ext. 220. The Launch Party is sponsored by: Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Nolet’s Gin, National Grid, Cobey, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Orthodontists Association of WNY, Mader Construction, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.

Lumagination, January 25 through February 21, will take visitors on a spectacular walk through the Botanical Gardens to experience creatively themed greenhouses, interactive entertainment and so much more!  As guests approach the Botanical Gardens, they will be greeted by amazing illuminated sculptures created by The University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department.  In collaboration with the Botanical Gardens and Luminated Landscapes, UB will bring new technology and theatrical design to Lumagination 2017!  UB will contribute illuminated sculptures for the front lawn of the Botanical Gardens, as well as a light and soundscape for the interior of the Panama Rainforest greenhouse.  A talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists will bring their amazing concepts to life!  The team includes; Lynne Koscielniak, Associate Professor of Scenography and Chair of UB Theatre & Dance; Jon Shimon, Technical Director and Assistant Professor of Technology, Supervisor of the UB United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Student Chapter; Dyan Burlingame, Project Consultant and Assistant Clinical Professor of Scenography, Director of Design & Technology; and key undergraduate student researchers and artists Gina Boccolucci, Alex Farley, Hayden Harter, Bethany Kasperek, and Leo Tozzi.  

As guests enter the main Palm Dome they will be greeted with a dramatic mix of choreographed sound and light and move through each greenhouse to delight in exciting combinations of light, music and interactive fun.  The fabulous new exhibits, the Aquatic Garden and Asian Rainforest in greenhouses 2 and 3 will be flooded with unique light combinations, paper lanterns, a captivating dragon and an amazing soundscape.  The desert room presents the searing yellow sun highlighted with red and orange hues and some cowboy surprises.  Next on the journey, visitors will be surrounded by tropical birds of all shapes, sizes and colors, and the Wegmans Family Garden will be full of interactive fun for all ages.  The Orchid Fairy House is next, where guests will enter a fairy village full of magic and wonder.  Next, visitors will enjoy a patriotic theme full of red, white and blue surprises.  From here, visitors find themselves in a room that will feature interactive screens that encourage everyone to play games, work together with on-screen images and many more surprises!  The next greenhouse will delight visitors with a monochromatic light theme, a funky soundscape and whimsical butterfly appearances.  This greenhouse will be designed by a talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists from The University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department.  And finally, to cleanse away the hectic week, attendees walk through a thunderstorm of powerful rain and flashes of lightning that will leave a lasting and renewing impression for the week to come.

A truly unique experience… Lumagination will take place January 25-28, February 1-4, 7-11, 14-21 nights. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm (last admission ticket will be sold at 8:45pm and the Botanical Gardens will close at 9:15pm) and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights (last admission ticket will be sold at 9:45pm and the Botanical Gardens will close at 10:15pm). Admission doors will open at 6:00 pm each night and admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+) and students (13+), $10 for Botanical Garden members, $6 for kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free.  Tickets are available online at www.buffalogardens.com and will be throughout the show.  Tickets will also be available at the door throughout the show. Garden guest passes, discounts and coupons are not valid during Lumagination.  Cameras and mono pods are welcome every night however, tripods are not permitted. Photographer Night on January 31 from 6:00-9:00 pm welcomes professional and amateur photographers only, and tripods will be permitted on this night only! 

Lumagination is produced by: Luminated Landscapes and is sponsored by: National Grid, Cobey, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Orthodontists Association of WNY, Jens Glass, Mader Construction, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.  Use #Lumagination and @Buffalogardens when posting on social media.

Creative concepts and designs provided by Philip Colorusso and Luminated Landscapes, Inc., located in East Aurora, New York.  Luminated Landscapes is a local business that is painting our world with light - www.luminatedlandscapes.com

For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Botanical Gardens Featured in the ION TV movie A Christmas in Vermont

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens was featured in the 2016 ION TV movie A Christmas in Vermont.  Several scenes were filmed at the Botanical Gardens.

More about the movie according to IONTelevision.com - Riley Thomas is sent by her profit-obsessed boss to shut down one of the company’s holdings, a small outerwear company in Vermont, for missing profit targets. Riley finds that the company is the lifeblood of a town and, instead of closing down the iconic firm, she unexpectedly falls in love and learns valuable lessons beyond the bottom line.

Next showings can be found here - A Christmas in Vermont

More about the movie can be found here - A Christmas in Vermont