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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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Fall Gardening Symposium at Sonnenberg Gardens

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Our friends at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park are holding a Fall Gardening Symposium.  Click here for more details

October 8
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$75 - $85
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Allan Armitage

Award-winning author and one of America’s favorite garden speakers, Dr. Allan Armitage, will present an all-day gardening seminar at Sonnenberg Gardens. Dr. Armitage will speak about a number of topics including: perennials, annuals, and “Crazy Plants for Crazy Gardeners.” Lunch included and a book signing to follow.


About Allan Armitage: Allan M. Armitage is an Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. He teaches, conducts research and runs the University’s Horticulture Gardens. Dr. Armitage travels widely as a lecturer and industry consultant. He has received numerous awards from nursery trade groups and horticultural organizations.

Garden/Landscaping Professionals: the CNLP CEU’s for this event is 6.

Botanical Gardens’ Digital Photo Contest is Open to All Ages

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their annual Digital Photo Contest is open to all ages.  Organizers have opened the contest to Adults (ages 18 and older), Teens (ages 12 to 17), and Youth (under the age of 12) and many awards will be given. All entered photos will be considered for the following two awards and photos submitted in each age range will be considered for several different creative award categories. Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2016.

The first award is the President’s Pick.  Chosen by President/CEO Dave Swarts, he considers every photo entered, regardless of age category. “I look forward to seeing the remarkable photo submissions from all ages and choosing only one is a challenge,” said Swarts.  The second award will also consider all entries.  The Cover of the Gardens’ Next Newsletter is a great honor as the winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of the Spring edition.  The Botanical Gardens produces over 20,000 copies of this edition, mails it to over 4,000 homes and each visitor who enters the Botanical Gardens will be handed a copy.

A winner from each age range will be chosen from the following categories: Best Use of Shadows and Light; Most Unusual Vantage Point; Best Use of Color and Best Use of Macro Photography and, for the first time, Best Selfie at the Botanical Gardens.  When photographing for the Best Use of Shadows and Light category, photographers should keep in mind the tremendous amount of natural light in the greenhouses. Natural light can create amazing shadows that can turn an ordinary picture into a complex shot.  Some patience is needed in this category as every shot will be unique depending on how the light falls. Distort reality in the Most Unusual Vantage Point category. Participants are encouraged to think outside of the box to create a one of a kind photo by playing with different dimensions.  The Botanical Gardens offers an enormous variety of plants and flowers in a huge spectrum of colors. Participants are encouraged to find these unique color combinations for the Best Use of Color category. The Best Use of Macro Photography is a popular category returning to the contest this year. Participants are encouraged to get extreme close up shots to create a very detailed picture. Macro Photography offers a view of details such as texture, color, and shape that could easily be missed by standard photography.  Contributors are encouraged to get playful and creative with the all new category, Best Selfie at the Botanical Gardens. Become part of the lush background and create the unexpected. The Botanical Gardens offers unique opportunities where the perfect selfie can be taken, so participants are encouraged to have fun with this category! 

The first entry is free for Botanical Garden members and each additional entry will be $6.  Each entry for the general public will be $8. The age range categories are broken up into the following:  Adults (ages 18 and older), Teens (ages 12 to 17), and Youth (under the age of 12).  All photos should be submitted via email at events@buffalogardens.com by December 31, 2016.  For more information and for an entry form visit www.buffalogardens.com.

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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A Medicinal Garden Feature and a Chrysanthemum Exhibit are Planned at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their Medicinal Garden Feature and annual Chrysanthemum Exhibit. The Medicinal Garden Feature highlighting Cholesterol Awareness and Men’s Health Month will be held on October 15 from 10am-2pm, and the Chrysanthemum Exhibit will fill the Botanical Gardens October 22 through November 13.

October is Cholesterol Awareness and Men’s Health Month. A special Medicinal Garden Feature will take place at the Botanical Gardens October 15 from 10am-2pm. Pharmacy professionals from Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, along with faculty and students from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy will be on hand to discuss healthy foods and medications from plants that may be beneficial for low-cholesterol diets, managing cholesterol levels, and general men’s and prostate health. This feature will highlight the Botanical Gardens’ Medicinal Garden which consists of varieties of plants from which medications are derived and future research may be conducted.  Flu vaccinations will also be provided by Walgreens at no charge. The Medicinal Garden is sponsored by: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health and D’Youville School of Pharmacy.

The Chrysanthemum (commonly named mums) Exhibit will take place daily from 10am-5pm at the Botanical Gardens October 22 through November13 and will be on display until November 13. The Chrysanthemum exhibit remains the longest running feature at the Botanical Gardens for over 115 years! This year, 17 new varieties will be on display in addition to 60 traditional varieties. The Dome will be decorated for fall and Halloween and a wide assortment of mums will be on display such as the popular Cascade, Spider, Pom Pom, and Anemone mums in a variety of colors such as green, yellow, and orange.

The cost for both of these features is included with Botanical Garden admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and over, $8 for students ages 13 and over with ID, $5 for kids ages 3-12, Botanical Garden members and kids 2 and under are always free.

For more information on these events, visit www.buffalogardens.com.  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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Make-It, Take-It Workshops to Take Place at the Botanical Gardens this Fall

Posted on September 09, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their fall Make-It, Take-It Workshops. The Fairy Garden workshop for adults will be held on September 27 at 6pm, the Kokedama Hanging Garden class will take place for the first time on October 20 at 6pm, and the Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop will take place November 22 at 6pm.

Make-It, Take-It Workshops are extremely popular and some new and classic favorites are on the Botanical Gardens’ schedule for this fall. The Fairy Garden workshop will be returning by popular request on September 27 from 6-8:30pm. In this workshop, adults are encouraged to unleash their inner creativity while using found and natural materials to make the perfect fairy hideaway. Containers, soil and plants are included with the workshop. Fairy trinkets, statuary, accessories and pre-made twig furniture will also be available for purchase at the workshop. The cost for this workshop is $35 for Garden members and $40 for the general Public. 

Offered for the very first time, the Kokedama Hanging Garden class will be led by David Clark on October 20 from 6-8:30pm. Kokedama, or “moss ball gardening” is a Japanese hanging garden that originated from bonsai styles. These trendy arrangements are created with mosses, a packed soil mixture and string. Participants should prepare to get messy while creating these unique and decorative arrangements; bring gloves and a box for transporting your creation.  The cost for this workshop is $45 for Garden members and $50 for the general public.

The Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop returns November 22 from 6-8pm.  In this floral design workshop participants will create a beautiful autumnal arrangement for their Thanksgiving get-together.  Organizers ask that participants bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport the arrangement. The cost for this workshop will be $35 for Garden members and $40 for the general public. The Botanical Gardens will be closed November 21-24 to create some holiday magic, so this class will be held in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens.

Space is limited for all three workshops and pre-registration is required.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 for more information and to register.

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