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 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! Over 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’ schedule is packed with amazing flower exhibits, special events, educational programming, workshops and so much more! Check the website for a current list of exhibits and programs. The 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.

Mission Statement

The historic Buffalo Botanical Gardens is a living museum that inspires curiosity and connects people to the natural world.

Vision Statement

The historic Buffalo Botanical Gardens is a premier cultural destination that engages visitors through a distinct and unique plant collection.

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Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. 
Strategic Plan


The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is supported in part by public funds from the County of Erie; City of Buffalo; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and our members and friends.