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The Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14218-1526
Phone: 716.827.1584
General information and to leave a message – 716.827.1584 ext. 212
General email for information –
Wedding and private event information
AmyRae Nessa, Director of Events
716.827.1584 ext. 220 -
Membership information
Quinn Moeller, Development and Membership Coordinator
716.827.1584 ext. 295 -
Plant questions
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County

Master Gardener Hotline - 716.652.5400 ext.137 - 
Hot Line Hours
April 1 - September 30 - Monday - Friday from 9am-12pm 
October 1 - March 31 - Monday & Thursday from 9am-12pm
Plant donations
At this time we are only able accept rare and unusual plants.  If you believe your plant fits that description, please send a photo of the plant, its common and/or Latin name along with any other pertinent information via email to our horticulture department -
Call 716.827.1584 and then the extension
David J. Swarts, President/CEO
extension 202 -
Erin Grajek, Vice President
extension 204 -
Julie DeCarolis, Senior Director of Operations
extension 200 -
Kristy Schmitt, Director of Education
extension 291 -  

Jolene Baj, Education Coordinator
extension 292 -

Amanda Oldham, Education Coordinator
extension 223 -
Allie Byrd Skaer, Director of Horticulture
extension 228 -
Michael Fowler, Horticulturist
extension 201 -
Andrea Stiglmeier, Horticulturist
extension 205 -
Jolene Delgado, Gardener
Darla Mohrlock, Gardener
Marketing & Visitor Services
Erin Grajek, Vice President
extension 204 -
Shaunna Rospierski, Marketing Coordinator
extension 219 - 
Tony Kozak, Visitor Services Assistant Manager
extension 209 -
Carol, Visitor Services Associate
extension 212
Janelle, Visitor Services Associate
extension 212
Kylee, Visitor Services Associate
extension 212
Rhiana, Visitor Services Associate
extension 212
Tom, Visitor Services Associate
extension 212
Weddings and Private Events
AmyRae Nessa, Director of Events
extension 220 -
Alex Ferrino, Event Assistant
extension 220 -
Brittany Finnegan-Zandi, Director of Development 
extension 203 -
Quinn Moeller, Development and Membership Coordinator
extension 295 -
Evan Gallagher, Development Associate
extension 216 -
Karen Hammer, Operations Assistant & Volunteer Manager
extension 207 - 
Todd Zintz, Director of Facilities
extension 214 -
Mark Harzynski, Facilities Assistant

Board of Directors
Chairman - Michē C. Needham, CPA
Lumsden & McCormick, LLP

Vice Chairman - George Cameron, Moog, Inc.

Secretary - Maggie Hooper, Mower

Treasurer - Brian Herrmann, EagleView

At Large Members
Thomas Beauford, Jr., M&T Bank
Thomas Boncore, KeyBank
Shonda L. Brock, B&C United Home Care
Jim Charlier, JCharlier Communication Design
Patricia E. Connolly
Paulette M. Crooke, Retired HSBC Executive
Bryan DeBroka, HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
Joseph A. DiDomenico, Jr., Niagara Frontier Orchid Society
Rose Ann Dulski
Andy Grinsfelder, Delaware North
Ted Johnson, Hadley Exhibits
Mary Ann Kresse
Tisha M. Luciani, Catholic Health System
Susan Maas
Kimberly R. Nason, Esq., Phillips Lytle LLP
Nicole Nuchereno, New Era Cap
Sharon Osgood, Esq.
Cathy Paladino
Wayne Robinson, Harvard Business School Buffalo
Philip J. Snyder, Stieglitz Snyder Architecture
Erik Solomon, National Fuel Resources, Inc.
Stephen Spaulding, M.D.
Immediate Past Chair - Joseph DiDomenico Jr.

Ex-Officio Directors
Mark Polancarz, County Executive, Erie County
Jason Hurley, Representative of the Erie County Executive
R. Maura Cohen, Representative of the Legislature Chairman
Stephanie Crockatt, Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Troy Schinsel, Commissioner of the Erie County Parks

Director Emeritus
Florence DaLuiso-Zoll

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