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Help the Gardens and Spring it On!

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Spring it on! - March 1, 2013

The Botanical Gardens is participating in Spring It On, a 24-hour on-line fundraising event being held on Friday, March 1. Visit Spring It On between 12:01 am-11:59 pm on March 1 and support the Botanical Gardens!  Spring It On is designed to raise awareness and funds for participating not-for-profit organizations in Erie and Niagara Counties through the United Way.

Help us spring something great on one of Western New York's historical and cultural gems - the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens!

Your support will help us reach our goal - but more importantly, it will demonstrate your confidence in our mission, and enhance our ability to provide a beautiful and rejuvenating experience for our guests all year round.

It will only take a little bit of your time to make a huge difference. Giving online is fast, simple, and secure. Thank you for helping make Spring It On a success for the Botanical Gardens -- a community jewel!

Click here to help Spring it On!



Welcome Spring at the Botanical Gardens with Events for All Ages!

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2013
Contact: Erin Grajek
Director of Marketing
716.827.1584 ext. 204
egrajek@buffalogardens.com

Welcome Spring at the Botanical Gardens with Events for All Ages!

Buffalo, NY - With spring rapidly approaching, the Botanical Gardens has planned many fun activities to be enjoyed by all. Starting on March 15, the spring season will kick off with Taste of Paradise from 6pm-9pm. From March 16 through April 7, the annual Spring Flower Show will be held from 10am-5pm daily and will include special appearances from Farmer Brown’s Animals, the Easter Bunny on select dates and Dress Your Easter Best contest March 29-31. Following this long-awaited show is the popular Easter Egg Hunt on March 30.

Taste of Paradise is a tropical garden celebration designed to get you in the mood for spring with a sneak preview of the Spring Flower Show. A tropical themed event, Taste of Paradise is a chance to escape the cold temperatures, wear your tropical gear and soak up spring! Tickets include crisp, fresh garden cocktail samples from ONE ROQ Vodka, tropical drinks from Seagram’s Escapes Coolers, ice cold beer from Dundee Ale and Lager and tastes of herbs, fruits and savory delights from Oliver’s, Lucarelli’s, Curly’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Obviously Avi Catering and Quaker Bonnet.

Taste of Paradise is made possible by the generous support of M&T Bank, ONE ROQ Vodka, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Backyard Party Supply, Seagram’s Escapes Coolers and Dundee Ale & Lager. Tickets for Taste of Paradise are $25 for Garden Members, $28 for Non-Members and $30 after March 6. Purchase tickets online.

The Spring Flower Show will be bursting with vibrant colors and fragrances! This popular show welcomes spring with greenhouses full of beautiful spring flowers including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, primroses, crocuses and so much more. Make sure you join the family fun with Farmer Brown’s Animals and visit chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more! The animal barn will be open from 10am-4pm daily during the Spring Flower Show and the Easter Bunny will visit on March 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 from 10am-5pm. The Dress Your Easter Best contest encourages guests to celebrate spring tradition and wear a beautiful Easter Bonnet or Easter Tie to the Botanical Gardens. The Easter Bunny’s helper will choose winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize!

The Spring Flower Show, Farmer Brown’s Animals, visits with the Easter Bunny and Dress Your Easter Best Contest is made possible by the generous support of M&T Bank, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s. All these events are included with Spring Flower Show admission - $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids under 3 are Free!

The Easter Egg hunt will take place on March 30 and children ages six and under are eligible to participate in the hunt. Each Hunter will collect two eggs to exchange for a great prize! After the Hunt, all Hunters are admitted free to the Gardens the entire day! Inside they can enjoy fun activities including a scavenger hunt, games, Farmer Brown’s animals, prizes and more! Pre-registration is required for this activity because it does sell out quickly. Registration is $6 for Garden member’s children/grandchildren, $8 for non-member’s children/grandchildren and $10 for everyone after March 17. Register early online.

For more information on all of these events 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.

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Help the Gardens and take the 2013 NIGHT LIGHTS Survey!

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Erin Grajek

The Botanical Garden strives to create fantastic shows and exhibits while creating a welcoming, fun and inviting atmosphere!  Please help us by providing your honest feedback in the NIGHT LIGHTS 2013 survey.  We sincerely appreciate your comments, suggestions and ideas. 

Click here to take the NIGHT LIGHTS 2013 Survey!

Thank you!


Job Opening Announced!

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Education Program Assistant (Part-time) - posted February 4, 2013

Candidate must have a minimum two years undergraduate coursework in Education and the Natural Sciences or a NYS Teaching Certificate in the Natural Sciences and at least one year experience working in an educational setting with children and adults.

The Education Program Assistant will be expected to work with Education Department staff to build an understanding of and connection to the mission and vision of the Botanical Gardens and facilitate plant-related, hands-on classes and tours for adult groups, school groups, scout groups and special needs groups. The candidate will assist staff with a variety of programming and events for both children and adults, must have an interest in teaching botany-related subjects and have experience working with children and adults of all ages and abilities. Qualifications include a high level of written and verbal skills, some public speaking experience, must be organized, self-reliant, multi-tasked oriented, a team player and possess a sense of humor. Applicants must also maintain high integrity, a positive attitude and a professional appearance at all times.

This part-time position is for some weekday mornings and most Saturdays. Applicant must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs, possess excellent customer service skills, be able to lift 25 pounds and have a valid New York State Driver’s License. The Education Program Assistant will report to the Gardens’ Director of Education and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to David J. Swarts, President/CEO at dswarts@buffalogardens.com. Please include three references.

February brings healthy fun and Beautiful Orchids to the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release - February 4, 2012

February brings healthy fun and Beautiful Orchids to the Botanical Gardens!

Buffalo, NY - The month of February means plenty of education and entertainment at the Botanical Gardens! On February 18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the gardens will be offering Dollar Day. Members and kids under 3 are free! Starting on February 20 all are welcome for hatha yoga sessions from 5:30 pm-6:45 pm every Wednesday. The Botanical Gardens and Niagara Frontier and Orchid Society will also be holding an Orchid Show on February 23 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and February 24 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Opening day of the show will also include a special feature in the Medicinal Garden to honor National Heart Month.

In the spirit of National Heart Month, the Gardens will offer gentle, relaxing yoga at the gardens for all ages and fitness levels starting on February 20. Imagine gazing up at the dome as you breathe to align your mind, body and spirit! The dates include February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1. This class is free for eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10 week session or $15 each individual class. To register, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at 716.864.1194 or via e-mail at crescmnyoga@yahoo.com.

A special feature recognizing National Hearth Month will take place in the Medicinal Garden on February 23 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Activities include: botanical displays highlighting plant sources for medications used to treat various heart diseases, education regarding the ABCS of the Million Hearts National campaign aiming to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years, and blood pressure education and screenings. The Medicinal Garden was made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Part of Catholic Health.

Whether orchids are your passion or simply just a hobby, the Orchid show gives all guests the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and award-winning displays from the Buffalo Niagara Region. Garden visitors will have a chance to have all their orchid questions answered while enjoying the gorgeous Botanical Gardens, orchid displays, and various orchid-based programs. Specialty Vendors will also offer a plant sale including merchandise and supplies in addition to this educational and breath-taking show.

Admission tickets are available at the door: $9 adults, $8 seniors (55+), $8 students (13+), $5 children 3-12 and members and children under 3 are free.  The Medicinal Garden presentations are included with admission.

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s mission is to seek to promote the culture and enjoyment of orchids, and aims to further every member's orchid related knowledge. They are dedicated to encouraging the protection of orchids and their conservation in natural habitats around the world.  For more information on the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society go to www.niagarafrontierorchids.org.

For more information visit us online 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.

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