The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is proud to announce that their outdoor front entrance gardens have been designated as one of six elite Proven Winners Signature Gardens in the country. These gardens are designated by Proven Winners® and represent an elite group of properties that showcase exceptional garden presentations across the county.
This garden will include a transformation of the outdoor front entrance gardens that will highlight amazing plant and color combinations that will enhance the first impression of the Botanical Gardens. The partnership will allow the Botanical Gardens to provide seasonal interest in the outdoor gardens and set a framework to display plants in a way that has never been seen before at the Botanical Gardens. In order to build a solid foundation, the Botanical Gardens will also install an outdoor automated irrigation system for the first time. This will ensure the best plant offerings from the number one plant brand in the world are full, vibrant, happy and healthy. Over the next several months, the Botanical Gardens will be working closely with Proven Winners® and installation will begin soon.
“It is a great honor to work with such a quality brand as Proven Winners® and to be selected as a Proven Winners Signature Garden. This partnership will bring our front entrance gardens up to a standard that our visitors have grown to anticipate. The Proven Winner’s® professional staff and national resources will expose our guests to exciting new plants in a creative and colorful way! Thank you Proven Winners®,” said David Swarts, President/CEO.
With this prestigious Proven Winners® designation, the outdoor front entrance gardens at the Botanical Gardens will serve as a regional showcase and the collaboration with Proven Winners® is a long term partnership that will grow and evolve. The goal of Proven Winners® from the beginning has been to introduce the best, most unique, high performing plants under the highest quality standards and to give the home gardener and professional a brand name they can depend on and trust.
“We are honored to offer our Proven Winners Signature Garden designation to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens - now one of only six designated properties around the country. We couldn’t be more pleased to be involved in this historical garden treasure and look forward to being included as part of their exceptional gardens,” said Tom Ewing of Proven Winners®.
What separates Proven Winners® from all other plant lines is their pre-introduction testing processes. No other plant line goes through the same rigorous selection process, which takes 2 to 3 years and occurs at facilities in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at trial stations in Europe, South Africa, and Japan. Of the thousands of cultivars tested each year, very few ever earn the Proven Winners® brand name.
The Proven Winners Signature Garden designation was created to provide gardens showcasing many of these varieties. It has emerged as a prestigious certification representing a collaboration between Proven Winners® and exclusive properties across the country. The goal is to develop a showcase garden that complements the property and provides visitors the opportunity to view the latest new plant varieties and plant introductions from Proven Winners®, now a global brand found in many countries throughout the world.
To achieve this designation, properties must demonstrate a strict set of criteria, including horticultural expertise, horticultural commitment, and a commitment to a quality landscape presentation.
In addition to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, five other properties are proudly designated as Proven Winners Signature Gardens: Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island, Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens in Fallbrook, CA, the Governor's Mansions in Kentucky and Illinois, and Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, MI. And, the first Proven Winners Botanical Trail was installed last year at Rockcastle River Trading Company in Livingston, KY.
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.
Recently, Avi catered the Botanical Gardens’ Victorian Tea, which was a huge success thanks to his exquisite menu. Guests were able to enjoy water chestnut mousse with soy glazed bacon, a tea sandwich of Chinese barbecue eggplant, and coconut panna cotta as well as an assortment of many other dishes. Rather than heading straight to Pinterest boards for inspiration, Avi thoughtfully researched the Silk Road and meals traditionally prepared during this time period. His food undoubtedly complimented the theme and ambiance of the event, and we received great feedback from our guests.
Obviously Avi Catering has been an exclusive caterer at the Gardens for over 6 years, and he has contributed his impressive talents to a wide variety of events from luncheons to wedding receptions. Avi kindly says “Working with the Gardens is consistently fantastic no matter who is working or volunteering. There is always a great atmosphere”, and we feel the same way about him!
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To book your next event at the Gardens, contact us at 716.827.1584 ext. 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Evan Robertson, Chef Avi Altman, Pat McCarthy