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2016 Fairy Festival Winners

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Our second annual Fairy Festival was a hit on Saturday, April 30! So many fairies and gnomes of all ages descended upon the Gardens for fun activities and to view the entries from our Fairy and Gnome House Contest that were displayed in the Gardens for the weekend.

Festival events included a visit from our feathered friends from Messinger Woods, lavender planting, fairy wand and plant stake making, face-painting, workshops and of course viewing entries on display from the Fairy and Gnome House Contest.

There were so many creative houses that were entered into the contest from participants, groups and families of all ages. Everyone was so impressed by the thought and detail that entrants put into the event. After placing the houses in the Garden, the next morning staff members were surprised to find tiny trophies of vials filled with green fairy dust that the fairies had left in the entries of our winners! Winners received various prizes from the Gardens including memberships of varying levels, programs and certificates.

Here are the lists of winners in the various categories:

Most Unique:

Adult Entries- Fairy and Gnome Village by Colleen Martino

Child Entries- Fairy Falls by Theresa Martino

Family Entries- Vrindavan by Sonia and Parsia Tandon

Group Entries- Narwhal Paradise by Tori, Jenna, Aaron, Aidan, Camryn and Amanda- Allendale Elementary


Most Whimsical:

Adult Entries- Gnome Home by Amy Williams

Child Entries- The Magical Fairy Garden by Elizabeth O’Dee

Family Entries- Tree House Gnome Sweet Gnome by Phil and Philip Martino

Group Entries- Fairies Secret Hideaway by Girl Scout Troop #31037


Best Use of Natural Materials:

Adult Entries- DIY BFLO by Melissa Swiatek-Odien

Child Entries- Alleghany State Park Funhouse by August Miklasz

Family Entries- The Magic Woods by Emma and Bonnie Whitney

Group Entries- Fairy Power by Cadette Girl Scout Troop #31941


Best Use of Color:

Adult Entries- Gail’s Magical Kingdom/Barb’s Diva Fairy Garden by Gail Martinke and Barb Kaleta

Child Entries- Japanese Wonderland by Sofia Callocchia

Family Entries- Emerald City by The Thurn Family

Group Entries- Log Cabin Meadows by Ava, Addisyn, Chloe, Luke, Kennedy, Jessica and Ben- Allendale Elementary


President’s Choice Winner:

Fairy and Gnome Village by Colleen Martino

 
People's Choice Winners:

Adult Entries- Gnome Home by Amy Williams

Child Entries- Japanese Wonderland by Beatrice Callocchia

Family Entries- Emerald City by The Thurn Family

Group Entries- Fairies Secret Hideaway by Girl Scout Troop #31037


Be sure to join us for the Contest and Festival again next spring.
Save the date: Saturday, May 6!

Summer Camp for Kids Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Botanical Gardens announces a summer full of fun creative and educational camps for kids.  Children may partake in a morning Art Camp, attend the afternoon Junior Botany Camp, or choose to participate in both camps for a full day of learning and fun.

Art Camp is appropriate for kids ages 5-12 and will focus on different topics each week.  Art Camp from July 11 through July 15 and August 8 through August 12 will focus on multi-media creations, July 18 through July 22 and August 15 through August 19 will highlight painting and July 25 through July 29 and August 22 through August 26 will concentrate on drawing techniques. Advanced Art Camp for campers aged 10-16, will be held August 1 through August 5 and will focus on multi-media creations. Art Camp and Advanced Art Camp will take place mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm. 

Kids, ages 5-12, can explore the Botanical Gardens, learn all about plants, play games, make a plant to take home and partake in other fun activities in Junior Botanist Camp.  These sessions take place afternoons from 12:30pm-4:00pm.  Junior Botanist Camp will highlight a new topic each week.  July 11 through July 15 will be Wild and Wacky Water Week, July 18 through July 22 is Pollinators Week, July 25 through July 29 will be Edible Garden Week, August 8 through August 12 is Plants and Our Planet Week, August 15 through August 19 will be Survival Adventure Week and August 22 through August 29 is Nature Explorers Week.

Kids can spend the entire day, from 9:00am-4:00pm, learning about art and botany. Campers staying for both camps will need to bring a bagged lunch.  Lunchtime is from 12:00pm-12:30pm.  Campers coming just for the afternoon session are also welcome to join their friends at lunchtime and bring their lunch too. 

Half day camp sessions are $95 per week or $19 per day for Garden Members and $105 per week or $21 per day for the general public.  Full day camps are $150 per week or $30 per day for Garden Members and $160 per week or $32 per day for Non-Members.  Camps are appropriate for kids ages 5-12, with the exception of Advanced Art Camp, which is appropriate for ages 10-16.  Pre-registration is required, and completed camp forms are due by the Wednesday before each camp session. 

For more information call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 or visit us at 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.

Volunteer Newsletter - May-June

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

 

Check out our latest Volunteer Newsletter!

 

 

Gardening Tips & Tricks

Posted on May 06, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Be Creative - A Lancaster gardener recreated a Japanese garden and tea house in his backyard. It’s elaborate, but it wasn’t expensive.  He used recycled materials. Get inspired on the garden walks and Open Gardens to be held from June through August as part of Gardens Buffalo Niagara, formerly known as the National Garden Festival.

Garden Art - Have a bare spot in your garden? Insert a piece of garden art. It could be a sculpture or decoration created for outdoor display, or some quirky item that provides interest. Writers outside Western New York call this look Buffalo-style garden art. A great place to shop for some amazing pieces will be at the Garden Art Sale June 25-26 at the Botanical Gardens.

Container Drama - Plant annuals in large containers rather than small containers. Large containers look more dramatic than small containers. More important, you’ll save yourself some work. Small containers dry out more quickly than large containers and you’ll have to water them more often.

Host a Shower at the Gardens!

Posted on May 04, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Wedding season is officially upon us! We are looking forward to seeing all the beautiful couples and watching as they embark on this new chapter of their lives. Before the big day, many brides attend their bridal shower.  The Gardens is a perfect place to hold a shower.

Showers, whether they are bridal or baby, are so special to be a part of because so much love goes in the preparation and execution. Family and friends “shower” their loved one with a day just for them. From the centerpieces, to the food and the favors, everything is carefully thought out in order to make this time most extraordinary.  To see our space or to inquire, contact the events department at 827.1584 ext. 219, ext. 220 or events@buffalogardens.com.

The Botanical Gardens is a popular venue for private events including weddings, cocktail parties, luncheons and more. One of our favorite greenhouses for private events is Greenhouse 11, the Panama Cloud Forest. Full of exotic plants such as orchids, bromeliads, spanish moss and even a papaya tree, this greenhouse transports you to a luscious rainforest.

A Perfect Space
The Panama Cloud Forest is perfect for a small event for about 25 people. The orchid arbor provides a stunning backdrop for any occasion, especially intimate ceremonies. Spanish moss hanging capriciously off arching trees makes for a wonderful ambiance. For larger events, this room is a great location for dinner stations and dessert bars. Food is set out around the center garden island as the guests discover the various delectable items that await them. For cocktail parties or smaller receptions, this room often holds a bar and high top tables for mingling guests. When the weather is nice, the side doors open to allow guests to explore our Peace Garden.

The Panama Cloud Forest is just one of the many greenhouses that provide natural décor for any event. To inquire about hosting your event at the Gardens, contact the events department at 827.1584 ext. 219, ext. 220 or events@buffalogardens.com.

 

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