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.