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Holiday Family Fun Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

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

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced their annual Poinsettia Exhibit, Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected, a Garden Railway display, a winter art exhibit, Santa’s Workshop and a dollar admission day to celebrate the season.  These annual family favorites will take place over the next few months at the Botanical Gardens.

The whole family will enjoy the Botanical Gardens’ annual holiday tradition, Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected.  This cheerful exhibit includes over 1,000 beautiful poinsettias, whimsical holiday decorations and lots of playful surprises.  Poinsettias are native to Mexico and are often found in tropical forests. There are over 100 different cultivated varieties of poinsettias that come in a spectrum of colors. A Garden Railway display that is made possible by the Western New York Garden Railway Society will also be part of the family fun. Kids and adults will enjoy Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected and the Garden Railway display November 25 through January 8 from 10am until 5pm daily.

Students in grades 6-8 from Saint Peter and Paul School in Williamsville will be exhibiting artwork in the Arcangel Gallery located inside the Botanical Gardens. Watercolor, printing, soft and oil pastels are some of the mediums that will be included in their “A Winter in Buffalo” display. This art exhibit will be featured from November 25 through January 15 from 10am until 5pm daily.

Santa Claus is coming to the Botanical Gardens on December 10 from 10 am until 2 pm for Santa’s Workshop. Santa has quite a few places to visit after spending the day surrounded by poinsettias and his friends at the Botanical Gardens. Visits with Santa and holiday themed activities are included with Santa’s Workshop.  Photo prints with Santa will also be available for $5 each.

Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected and the Garden Railway Exhibit will be held daily November 25 through January 8 and Saint Peter and Paul School’s art exhibit will be on display November 25 through January 15.  All three exhibits will run from 10am until 5pm daily.  Admission to Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected, the Garden Railway display, Saint Peter and Paul School’s art exhibit and Santa’s Workshop are all included in Botanical Gardens’ Admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), $8 for students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids 3-12, Garden members and kids 2 and under are always free.

Stop by the Botanical Gardens during the holiday break from school and on December 28 for Dollar Day from 10am-5pm.  Admission is only $1 (Garden members and kids 2 and under are always free). 

A friendly reminder, the Botanical Gardens will be closed November 21-24 to create some holiday magic!

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society is 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 Make-It, Take-It Workshops Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced their winter Make-It, Take-It Workshops.  Make-It, Take-It Workshops are extremely popular and some classic seasonal favorites are on the schedule for this winter. The Fresh Conifer Wreath class will take place on December 3 at 12pm, the popular Decorated Boxwood Tree workshop will be held on December 3 at 3pm and the Fresh Holiday Arrangement workshop will be December 22 at 6pm.

The Fresh Conifer Wreath will take place on December 3 from 12-2 pm. If you love the smell of holiday evergreen boughs, create a fresh and fragrant 14” conifer wreath to add some seasonal greenery to your home. The Botanical Gardens will supply all materials along with ribbons and small holiday décor items. Participants should bring hand clippers, garden gloves and a large box for transport.

Returning by popular request, this winter, is the Decorated Boxwood Tree workshop on December 3 from 3-5pm. In this popular seasonal workshop, participants will create their own unique boxwood tree. The Botanical Gardens supply materials along with ribbons and small holiday décor items. Participants should bring gloves, hand clippers, and a large box for transporting their arrangement.

The Fresh Holiday Arrangement workshop is back this year on December 22 at 6pm. Bring the scents of the holidays home and design a lovely arrangement for your dinner table or craft the perfect hostess gift. Participants will want to bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box for transporting their creation. All supplies needed for this workshop will be provided.

Each individual workshop costs $35 for Botanical Garden members and $40 for the general public. Space is limited for all three workshops. Please call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 or go to www.buffalogardens.com to register.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization 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.

Gala at the Gardens

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Gala at the Gardens was a huge success on September 30, 2016.  Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters and friends that made this event amazing!

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Palm Tree Removal

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. announced today that they are working with Above & Beyond Tree Expert Company to remove a Teddy Bear Palm, Dypsis lastelliana and a Carpentaria Palm, Carpentaria acuminata from the Main Palm Dome on October 14.  These palms have matured taller than expected and have outgrown their home at the Botanical Gardens.  Using them as a teaching tool, the Botanical Gardens’ education team plans to repurpose parts of the palms as part of docent training and as additional material for workshops.  Longtime supporters, John and Carol Kociela, generously provided the resources necessary for the removal of the two palms and the acquisition and installation of several new specimens.  

The Botanical Gardens will install replacement and additional palms in the Main Palm Dome this fall.  New palms include: a Betel Palm, Areca catechu, native to the tropical pacific; a Vilaito Palm, Neoveitchia storckii, native to Fiji; Calyptrocalyx leptostachys, native only to the Rainforests of Mt. Yule, Papua New Guinea; a Buccaneer Palm, Pseudophoenix vinifera, native to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and an unusual and distinct Jata Palm, Copernicia rigida, native to Cuba. “As a living museum, it is important to add new and interesting members to our collection and we are excited to welcome several new palms this fall, especially the rare Copernicia rigida,” said David Swarts, President/CEO.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization 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.

A New 4-H Fall Fest and Wegmans Family Day to be Held at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H that will bring an all new event to the Botanical Gardens.  The 4-H Fall Fest, including animals on the 4-H farm, will be held at the Botanical Gardens from October 7 through October 16 from 10am to 4pm daily. A special celebration on Wegmans Family Day will be included in the festival on October 15 from 10am to 2pm.

Through a wonderful partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H, the Botanical Gardens will celebrate National 4-H week by featuring a 4-H Fall Fest from October 7 through October 16. Visitors will delight in interacting with a large cast of characters including ducks, sheep, piglets and rabbits at the onsite 4-H Farm. The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am to 4pm daily and will offer engaging educational displays and visits with 4-H families for visitors to enjoy. On October 8, 4-H members will be modeling as live mannequins, textiles and clothing they created this year along with some costumes on October 15.  The Cornell Cooperative Extension programs are designed to improve the quality of life for all New York State residents.  Learn about all the amazing programs 4-H has to offer and so much more and this family fun event.

During 4-H Fall Fest, a Wegmans Family Day will celebrate all things creepy and crawly on October 15 from 10am to 2pm.  “Be prepared for a Spooky Celebration and more 4-H fun!” said David Swarts, President/CEO.   There will be interactive and hands-on activities located throughout the Botanical Gardens for children and families.  Participants can enjoy a spooky spider snack while participating in a create-your-own monster craft and other surprise activities.  4-H members will also be mannequin modeling their crafted costumes during Wegmans Family Day.  Organizers encourage participants to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enter the costume contest at 1pm.  Awards and prizes will be given to kids, adults, duos and groups. 

Both of the events are included with Garden admission - $9 adults, $8 seniors (55+), $8 students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden members and kids 2 and under are free.  There is no additional entry fee for the costume contest during Wegmans Family Day. For more information on these events and exhibits visit www.buffalogardens.com

The CCE Erie 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 4-H program, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization 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.

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