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Unique Workshops and Arbor Day Activities Announced at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of programs and workshops throughout the year. This spring, the Botanical Gardens will hold a Kokedama Hanging Garden Workshop on April 6, two Hypertufa Container Workshops on May 13, and a Beginning Bonsai Workshop on April 27 and 28.  In celebration of Arbor Day 2017, the Botanical Gardens will host Arbor Day Tree Tours on April 28 and 29 and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 28.

Due to popular demand, the Kokedama Hanging Garden Workshop returns this spring on April 6 at 6:00pm. Kokedama is a form of Japanese garden art that relates to the practice of bonsai. It is a hanging moss ball that includes a sculpted tree or plant. Participants will create their own unique and artistic hanging garden using a fun plant, mosses, a packed soil mixture and string. Participants should be prepared to get messy, bring their own work/gardening gloves and a box to transport their creation home. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $45 and $50 for the general public.

The Hypertufa Container Workshop will be held on May 13 at 9:00am and 1:00pm.  Hypertufas are very popular in the gardening scene. They are planters made from aggregates bonded together using Portland cement and can be molded into any shape or size. They are unique planting containers that are porous and a great environment for plant growth. In this workshop, participants will create their own hypertufa from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. This is a messy workshop and organizers ask participants to wear appropriate clothing.  Participants must also bring one container to mold their hypertufa, no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. All materials to make the planter will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $25 and $30 for the general public.

The Beginning Bonsai Workshop is a hands-on workshop that is one of a kind. Participants will manipulate live bonsai trees while learning the art of bonsai with representatives from the Buffalo Bonsai Society. On both April 27 and 28, the workshop will be held from 6:00-9:00pm. Organizers suggest that participants bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport their bonsai home. Space is limited in each session and all materials will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $75 and $80 for the general public.

Celebrate Arbor Day with Arbor Day Tree Tours on April 28 at 4:00pm and April 29 at 9:30am and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 28 at 3:30pm. The tours will take guests on a walk through the Botanical Gardens’ arboretum to visit trees in the collection.  Participants will also learn the basics of tree identification.  In celebration of Arbor Day 2017, members of the Botanical Gardens’ staff and volunteer family will plant a new tree for their Arboretum’s collection. The walks and tree planting will take place outdoors, rain or shine.  It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes to participate. The walks are $10 for both Botanical Gardens’ members and the general public. The tree planting is free and open to the public.

Use #GardenWorkshops and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging 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.

Medicinal Garden Features Planned at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host three Medicinal Garden Features this spring.  March 18 will be the first, supporting Nutrition and Poison Prevention Month. The second will be held on April 8 in support of World Health Week and lastly on May 13, Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month will be honored. 

Collaborating with the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, the Medicinal Garden provides Botanical Gardens’ visitors with a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants and their use in traditional, herbal and modern medicines, and strengthens their awareness of the interdependence between humans and plants. Pharmacy professionals from Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, along with faculty and students from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy will be on hand to discuss specific topics at each feature.

March is Nutrition and Poison Prevention Month and a special Medicinal Garden Feature will be held on March 18 in from 10am-2pm. Activities include: presentations about the benefits of foods from plants containing health-promoting compounds; botanical displays of edible plants which are good for health; and common local plants which may be toxic to humans and pets. 

The Medicinal Garden Feature on April 8 is in support of World Health Week will be held from 10am-2pm. Activities include: good things to eat, things to do each day to improve general health, botanicals used in traditional medicine and/or are currently used for medicinal purposes, stress relief ideas and foods that come from all over the world.

On May 13, the Botanical Gardens will host a Medicinal Garden Feature in honor of Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month. Activities will be from 10am-2pm and will include: educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived from and which future medications are being researched.

Medicinal Garden Features are included with admission to the Botanical Gardens.  Admission tickets can be purchased at the door and prices are; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) , $9 students (13+ with ID), $6 for kids 3-12, Botanical Garden Members and kids two and under are free.

Use #MedicinalGarden and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. 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.

SPRING … a Spectacular Time of Year at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Spring is a very busy season at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with something to offer all ages. To kick off the season, Taste of Paradise, a fun, tropical-themed cocktail party, is planned for March 31. Opening April 1, the Spring Flower Exhibit will indulge visitors in the beautiful colors and fragrances of spring.  Through a collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and 4-H, the Botanical Gardens will host the 4-H Farm daily from April 1-23. During the Spring Season the Easter Bunny will also make a special appearance on April 14 and 15. The traditional Easter season would not be complete without the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 and from March 18 to May 7 come and see Joan Saba’s stunning oil painting exhibit that expresses the colors of spring in the Botanical Gardens’ Archangel Gallery.

On March 31 from 6pm-9pm, soak in the vibrant colors and tastes of the Botanical Gardens while you sip tropical cocktails from Captain Morgan at Taste of Paradise. Enjoy the spring atmosphere while tasting herbs, fruits and savory delights as you listen to the tropical sounds of paradise. As part of the fun, Buffalo Aerial Dance will delight the crowd as they swing through the main palm dome.  Tickets include full cocktails from Captain Morgan, wine, beer and delightful tidbits from; Country Club Catering, Curly’s Bar & Grille, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Lucarelli’s, Avi Catering, Oliver’s Salvatore’s and Tonawanda Castle Catering. Purchase tickets online at www.buffalogardens.com or by calling 827.1584 ext. 219. Tickets for Botanical Gardens’ members are $35, the general public $40, and after March 19, all tickets are $45. Taste of Paradise is sponsored by: M&T Bank, Captain Morgan, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.

Beginning April 1 and running daily through April 23 the Spring Flower Exhibit and 4-H Farm, Western New York’s favorite Easter tradition, will return. The Botanical Gardens will be dripping with color; over 22,000 bulbs will be on display as well as fragrant shrubs and flowers of every kind! Included with the exhibit from 10am-4pm, is the 4-H Farm which features a live farm of bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and more. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) 4-H program is proud to partner with the Botanical Gardens Spring Flower Exhibit.  Stop by the 4-H Farm and take the time to talk with some 4-H members and view the animals, learn about the program and how to become involved by becoming a leader or 4-H member. On April 14 and 15 the Easter Bunny will also visit the Botanical Gardens from 10am-5pm. 

The Spring Flower Exhibit (10am-5pm) and the 4-H Farm (10am-4pm) are included with admission to the Botanical Gardens and can be purchased at the door or online at www. buffalogardens.com.  Prices are; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over , $9 students 13 and over with ID, $6 for kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids two and under are free.  The Spring Flower Exhibit and the 4-H Farm are sponsored by: M&T Bank, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 4-H, Buffalo Spree and Star 102.5.

The Easter Egg Hunt is one of the most popular events at the Botanical Gardens selling out every year. Kids ages seven and under are eligible to participate. The hunt begins at 11am and this is a pre-registration only event so be sure to register early to ensure your spot. The Botanical Gardens will be full of activity the day of the hunt and other activities include; the spring flower exhibit, a scavenger hunt, games, the 4-H Farm, prizes, food trucks and more! Food trucks will also be on site - Cheesy Chick and Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs.  Registration can be done online at www.buffalogardens.com. Botanical Gardens’ members pay $8 for the hunt, the general public pays $10 for the hunt and after April 2, all Easter Egg Hunt tickets are $12.  Pre-registered hunters are also admitted free to the Botanical Gardens this day.  The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by: M&T Bank, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 4-H and Star 102.5. 

Joan Saba will present her brilliant oil paintings in the Archangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens from March 18 through May 7.  Titled, Art In Bloom, this exhibit will showcase Joan’s original larger than life oil paintings of vivid spring flowers. The colors and depths of these painting will give you a true sense of spring as well as an appreciation for nature.  This exhibit will be open 10am-5pm and admission to the Arcangel Gallery is included with Botanical Gardens admission.

Exhibit and event organizers would like to make a special note to the public that the Botanical Gardens will be closed March 30-31 during regular hours in preparation for the Spring Flower Exhibit, 4-H Farm and Taste of Paradise.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Erie County 4-H program offers hands on learning opportunities to youth between the ages of 5-19 focusing on life skills.  4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adult volunteers and mentors who inspire young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world and stand up for themselves and their communities.  For information about CCE Erie County 4-H program, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

Use #SpringInTheGardens and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. 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.

Art, Horticulture and Yoga at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on February 25, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about art, horticulture and wellness. Intermediate and Beginner Watercolor classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning February 27 and a certificate series, Horticulture VI will begin March 18.  New this season, two sessions of Gentle Hatha Yoga and Gentle Power Flow Yoga will be offered beginning March 1.

Adult watercolor classes are taught by professional artist Joan Saba as her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am.  Sessions include: IWCA - February 27, March 6, 13, and 20; IWCB - April 3, 10, 17, 24;  IWCC - May 1, 8, 15, 22; IWCD - Tuesday -June 6, Mondays - June 12, 19, 26. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday Mornings from 8:45-11:15 am and Wednesday Evenings 5:30-8:00 pm. Tuesday morning sessions include: BMA - February 28, March 7, 14, and April 4; BMB - April 11, 18, 25, and May 2; BMC - May 9, 16, 23, 30; BMD - June 13, 20, 27, and July 4. Wednesday evenings sessions include: BEA- March 1, 8, 15, and April 5; BEB - April 12, 19, 26, and May 3; BEC- May 10, 17, 24, 31; BED - June 7, 14, 28 and July 5.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Intermediate Watercolor classes are $60 per series or $17 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members and $66 per series or $18 per class for the general public. Beginner Watercolor classes are $65 per series or $18 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members and $70 per series or $20 per class for the general public. To register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 292 or register online at www.buffalogardens.com.

Horticulturist David Clark returns to the Botanical Gardens with an enlightening Horticulture Certificate Program, Horticulture VI.  David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm. These classes are great for beginners who would like to learn more about gardening as well as experts looking to refine their skills.

Horticulture VI will be offered Saturdays from 11 am-1 pm beginning March 18 and will include 5 classes. First in the series on March 18 is Great Grasses and Lawn Care, on April 22 Color Theory and Texture in Gardens, on April 29 World Tour of Garden Design, on June 3 Tough Plants for Tough Sites, and on June 10 Edible Plants and Composting.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  The full series is $100 or $22 for individual classes for garden members, $120 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public. To register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 292 or register online at www.buffalogardens.com.

Come find balance both mentally and physically at Yoga in The Gardens. These sessions are led by Leanne Oldenbrook owner of Oasis Yoga and Wellness and yoga instructor for 12 years. Gentle Hatha Yoga consists of gentle stretches designed to increase flexibility and strength. This class is suitable for all levels but especially students with injuries or limitations. Gentle Power Flow Yoga, features relaxation, stretching and some Pilate’s postures introduced to build strength and endurance, this class is designed for those looking for a more dynamic workout.

Both sections of yoga will be offered Wednesdays beginning March 1 and will consist of a spring and a summer session.  Gentle Hatha Yoga will run from 5:30- 6:45 pm and Gentle Power Flow Yoga 7:00-8:15 pm. The spring session includes: March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 10. The summer session will include, June 7, 14 or 21 or 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16. 

Students may enroll in a full session or individual classes. A ten week session is $100 or $15 per class and is free to eligible BlueCross Blue Shield of WNY members. To register for one class or a series contact Leanne at 864-1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or online www.cmyoga.com.

Use #GrowInTheGardens and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging 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

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.