David J. Swarts, President/CEO
Miche Needham, Board Chair
Theresa Jackson, Wegmans Consumer Affairs Manager
Mary Ellen Burris, Wegmans Senior Vice President, Consumer Affairs
Dave Corsi, Wegmans Vice President, Produce
Volunteers & Staff
And so many more!
The Botanical Gardens’ Outdoor Children’s Garden has become a visitor favorite, however, it is seasonal. Recognizing the need for an indoor hands-on learning garden, the Botanical Gardens and Wegmans collaborated to completely renovate and retrofit an 800 square foot greenhouse to add an exciting, year-round, indoor hands-on learning garden – the Wegmans Family Garden.
The Wegmans Family Garden will provide a place for safe, meaningful play and discovery as children of all ages and abilities explore the wonders of the plant world and the importance of eating healthy. Visitors will be able to plant and dig in the potting area, build and play in the sand box, touch, smell and taste growing herbs and vegetables, listen and dream at story time while engaging in both free play and structured learning.
Regular nutrition and food themed kids’ hands-on programming will take place each Saturday from 10:30-11:00am and 11:00-11:30am and programs are appropriate for ages 4-10. See our online schedule for the exciting lineup of planned activities.
This Garden was made possible by the generous support of Wegmans and the numerous volunteers who donated hundreds of hours of time and energy to create it. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.
With 128 extraordinary photos submitted this year, the judges had a hard time picking winners! Thank you for entering and we encourage everyone to submit photos this year! Stay tuned for more information on the 2013 photo contest!
Click here to see all the winners!
Left - Erin Morris - Winner! First Place Architecture
Posted January 4, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is looking for an innovative and highly motivated individual for the full time position of Director of Horticulture.
This position will be responsible for providing leadership, planning and management of the plant collections, gardens and grounds; management of planting and maintenance schedules; daily activities of the horticulture staff (comprised of full time, part time and volunteer staff); direct, train and motivate the horticulture staff to ensure the best possible care, maintenance and aesthetic standards are upheld for the gardens and grounds.
This position also requires experience in maintaining an extensive horticultural collection from around the world including tropical plants; knowledge of plant Latin and common names; greenhouse management and propagation; designing indoor and outdoor displays and annual flower shows; organization and implementation of the year-round plant, garden and landscape maintenance plan.
Excellent organizational skills, experience in developing and managing a budget, effective written and oral communication skills and an operational knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
This position requires a degree in horticulture, botany or related field from an accredited college or university with at least five years of horticulture related experience. This position will report to the President/CEO of the Gardens and the candidate should possess a New York State Pesticide Applicators License and a valid NYS driver's license. This position also requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.
Please submit a resume and letter of interest to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14218.
The Botanical Gardens was very fortunate to receive significant funding in 2012 to support our free hands-on educational programs for Buffalo Public School children.
We are grateful to the following organizations, corporations, and foundations for their support, totaling nearly $25,000, and allowing us to provide programming at no cost to more than 1,600 Buffalo Public School children in second, third, and sixth grades!
Time Warner Cable
Erie County Youth Bureau
Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation
EPA Designing Community Projects Grant