Insider Perks Video - Places To Visit

Posted on April 17, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Buffalo Botanical Gardens Travel Video
Filmed and written by Brian Searl, Insider Perks

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is located in Buffalo, New York approximately 15 minutes from downtown. For more than 100 years it has welcomed residents and visitors who wish to expand their knowledge of the world's plants. It is also one of the oldest buildings in the city and was made by famous greenhouse architects.

Inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens you will find more than 22,000 different species of plants and flowers from all over the world. There are 12 different houses that showcase a variety of ecosystems including a rainforest, a desert and the Florida Everglades. Perhaps most visually stunning is the Palm Dome which offers up tropical plants or the rainforest house with a 40-foot high waterfall.

Woven between the numerous plants and flowers are interactive exhibits to help keep your children entertained as well as educated. There is also a scavenger hunt offered when you purchase your tickets that challenges the younger ones to find objects hidden throughout the botanical gardens. Kids also love the Wegman's Family Garden that helps them learn about their world.

If you happen to be a Buffalo resident you'll enjoy several special events held throughout the year at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. If learning about plants as well as flowers is something that interests you, planning a trip around one of these events might be perfect for you.

David Anderson Charitable Trust Hosts Art Sale

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Erin Grajek

World-Renowned Artwork from The David Anderson Charitable Trust Offered in Unprecedented Western New York Sale

Proceeds from private collection to benefit 13 community, arts and educational organizations

Buffalo, NY -- January 14, 2013 -- Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary is honored to announce "The David Anderson Charitable Trust Collection: A sale of original prints to benefit Western New York community organizations," which will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The proceeds of the sale will be divided, according to David Anderson's specific instructions, among the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Prep, Buffalo Zoo, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Nichols School, The Park School of Buffalo, SPCA Serving Erie County, University at Buffalo Foundation to benefit the Anderson Gallery, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The sale of approximately 400 works on paper includes prints by Karel Appel, Norman Bluhm, James Brooks, Christo, Jim Dine, Claire Falkenstein, Sam Francis, Michael Goldberg, David Hayes, John Hultberg, Paul Jenkins, Lester Johnson, Jules Olitski, Gio Pomodoro, Clayton Pond, Ludwig Sander, George Segal, Julian Stanczak, Antoni Tapies, Walasse Ting, and Mark Tobey, among many others.

The quality of this collection highlights the discerning taste of David K. Anderson (1935-2009), an internationally recognized art dealer, collector and philanthropist. This one-day sale is a rare, five-hour opportunity for the public to select and purchase from this world-class private collection.

Anderson had deep connections with Western New York. His mother, Buffalo native Martha Jackson (1907-1969), was one of the 20th century's most important art dealers. Raising her son in New York City, Jackson instilled in him a lifelong love of art.

Anderson chose to attend UB in the 1950s. He then returned to New York City, first working at his mother's eponymous gallery, then, in 1959, opening the David Anderson Gallery downstairs. Devoted to works on paper, his gallery played a leading role in establishing an original, fine-art print market, often commissioning, publishing and showing prints by artists in conjunction with their painting exhibitions one flight up.

For the next two decades, Anderson's impact on the art world was felt internationally. Opening a gallery in Paris (1961), he introduced works by American artists to Europe. He returned to the Martha Jackson Gallery in 1967, and operated it into the 1980s. Near the end of this period, Anderson reintegrated himself into the fabric of Western New York life, moving back to Buffalo to raise his family.

His philanthropic contributions to Western New York are legion. He established the Anderson Gallery in 1991--a state-of-the-art exhibition space in Buffalo's University Heights district--and ran it as a commercial gallery until 2000, at the same time forming a significant private art collection. The gallery's street address, One Martha Jackson Place, was created in tribute to his mother and his family's legacy in the region. In 2000, he gifted the entire building and a large part of his private collection to UB.

Anderson's vision for the disposition of the Charitable Trust Collection was that the artworks within it would be displayed and enjoyed. To that end, he intended that the art be affordable, so that individuals from the WNY community could acquire original artwork with a stellar provenance. Many of the works for sale are from the vital period in the 1960s when Anderson was working in close conjunction with his mother.

In addition to his desire for the art prints to be personally enjoyed, Anderson also left instructions that this private collection, and its proceeds, be shared and benefit as many people and regional institutions as possible. This instinct reflects values inspired by his family and his lifetime of art-filled enjoyment and promotion. Anderson's generosity and commitment to Western New York are part of his legacy.

Admission to the event is free, and there is plenty of free parking at the Center for the Arts for this Sunday afternoon event.

All items for sale at this event are from The David Anderson Charitable Trust Collection, and are not derived from any public museum collection, including the Anderson Gallery and UB Art Galleries.

Press Release provide by Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary

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Exercise Your Creative Side at the Gardens!

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release - April 15, 2013

Exercise Your Creative Side at the Gardens!

Buffalo, NY - As we inch closer to summer, the Botanical Gardens has many creative and educational activities for guests of all ages. Bring your young artist to the Gardens starting May 4 as we kick off Saturday Art Classes for Kids from 9:00-10:30am. For the adult aspiring artists, the Gardens will offer Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes starting May 6 from 8:45-10:15am and Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes starting May 8 from 8:45-10:45am. On May 7, the Gardens will honor teachers of all levels with National Teacher Day from 3:30-5:30pm. Keeping the educational spirit in mind, the Medicinal Garden will present a special feature dedicated to teaching awareness about Arthritis and Osteoporosis on May 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Cultivate your creative side by exploring a variety of different art classes offered at the Gardens! Taught by professional artist Joan Saba, you are guaranteed to create an exquisite piece of work. Saturday Art Classes for Kids are a fantastic way for your child to express him/herself by creating their own artistic masterpieces! These multi-medium classes are for kids ages 5-15. Costs for children of Garden Members & Non-Members are $30 per series or $11 per class.

Adults will have the opportunity to join us starting with Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes. Both novice and veteran artists are welcome! Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes are another fun and creative way to express your inner artist! All skill levels are welcome to come create beautiful drawings with inspiration from the gardens! For both adult classes, Garden Members are $58 per series or $16 per class, Non-Members $64 per series or $17 per class.

In honor of National Teacher Day, on May 7, the Gardens will offer free admission for teachers from 3:30-5:30pm. Encourage all the teachers in your life to take their knowledge outside the classroom and reward their hard work with the beauty that is the Gardens. Just show your school ID badge and come see what we have to offer. Teachers can enjoy a free tour, science demos and much more!

The month of May is Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month. On May 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Medicinal Garden will host a special feature with the purpose of educating garden visitors about recognizing and treating symptoms through botanical methods. Activities include; educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived from and which future medications are being researched. Health Screenings will also be offered by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. The Medicinal Garden feature is included with Garden admission. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids ages 3-12, and free for members and kids under 3!

For more information on all of these events visit us at 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.


Celebrate the Start of Gardening Season with Beautiful Plants and Spectacular Entertainment!

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2013
Contact: Erin Grajek, Director of Marketing
716.827.1584 ext. 204 -

Celebrate the Start of Gardening Season with Beautiful Plants and Spectacular Entertainment!

Buffalo, NY - Join us at the Botanical Gardens for upcoming events as we celebrate spring!  April 27 through June 2, the Archangel Gallery will be hosting a photography exhibit featuring the works of Sandra Kicman. On May 2, Buffalo Spree Magazine and the Botanical Gardens will host Refresh, a creative and fun event from 5:30-8:30pm.  National Public Gardens Day will be honored on May 10 from 10:00am-5:00pm. The weekend of May 18 and 19, the Gardens will feature both the Bonsai Show and The Great Plant Sale. The much anticipated Bonsai Show will run from 10am-5pm, while the Great Plant Sale will go from 9am-4pm.

Sandra Kicman is a talented photographer who is very passionate about her photos. Her exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery from April 27-June 2 will show off her unique perspective.  Her work has a way of capturing texture, color, positive and negative space and turning it into a truly magnificent snapshot of our visual world. Escape your own day-to-day responsibilities and dive head first into her world of photography. The exhibit will be held in the Archangel Gallery and is included with admission to the Gardens.

Refresh is a rejuvenating evening of healthy living, beauty, fashion and shopping presented by Buffalo Spree Magazine. The Botanical Gardens offers a picture-perfect backdrop to introduce a fresh philosophy with new and exciting creative ideas on beauty and fashion. Spree’s fashion writer, Erin Habes, reveals this viewpoint throughout the garden space with avant-garde fashion creations that use the botanical backdrop in exciting ways. Ticket includes: admission, fashion exhibition, over 30 retail, wellness and beauty vendors, appetizers, cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are available at or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202.  

Come support your favorite botanical garden for National Public Gardens Day on May 10 from 10:00am-5:00pm! National Public Gardens Day is a celebration of America’s public gardens while recognizing the important role they play in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities across the nation.  Admission is $1.00, Garden Members and kids under 3 are free!

The Bonsai Show on May 18 and 19 from 10:00am-5:00pm will give both Bonsai masters and novices a chance to show off their hard work and dedication! Come see these prized trees displays at their peak. Take advantage of this opportunity to see all these meticulously manicured trees all under one roof! This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens. Admission is $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids under 3 are free! 

Spruce up your garden and landscape with plants from The Great Plant Sale, the Botanical Gardens’ biggest sale of the year!  The Sale will include vibrant hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees and shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants and flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese Maples and much, much more! The Great Plant Sale is sponsored by Buffalo Spree Magazine and Star 102.5.

For more information on all of these events visit us at  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.

Honey Bee Festival - April 27

Posted on April 04, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2013

Contact: Erin Grajek, Director of Marketing

716.827.1584 ext. 204 -

Celebrate the Honey Bee, an Insect that has Much to Give Us and Much to Teach Us!

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens announces a Honey Bee Festival featuring Dr. Thomas Seeley on April 27 from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Honey bees are critically important pollinators.  In the course of gathering nectar from flowers, bees transport and disperse pollen in ways that make possible the growth of fruits, nuts, and seeds.  This festival will provide us with insight into what is happening within the beehive, show us the feasibility of beekeeping in our own backyards, and make available for purchase some of the fruits of the labor of honeybees. 

How important are honeybees? Commercial honey bee operations pollinate crops responsible for one out of every three bites of food on our tables. The importance of honey bees makes their precarious status a concern for all of us.  Since 2006 beekeepers across North America have experienced a bewildering phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Adult bees appear to abandon the hive, leaving the queen and insect larvae behind unable to sustain themselves.  Will we have to find alternative ways to grow much of our food?  What will happen to the price and availability of fruits, nuts, and vegetables?

Although there is intense research to identify and rectify the root causes, the annual die-off of honey bees has become increasingly dramatic.  It is critically important that humans understand what goes on in and around the beehive so we can help stem the tide of honeybee decline and promote re-population.  Honey and beeswax, products of the beehive, enhance our lives in many ways. We need to appreciate that healthy honeybees give us something even more significant as they drift from flower to flower – the pollination of plants essential to our food supply as well as flowers for our enjoyment. 

The festival schedule is as follows: 10am-2pm - Vendors & Demonstrations will include honey bee information, honey and bees’ wax vendors and more!  Learn about the bee hive structure created by UB architecture students housing honeybees in front of the grain elevators near the Ohio Street Bridge.  Gaze as bees tend brood in an observation hive (behind glass).  11am-12pm - Lecture from Dr. Thomas Seeley - Dr. Seeley, a professor at Cornell University, will speak on the subject of his latest book, Honey Bee  Democracy.  The fascinating story of decision-making within the hive is guaranteed to pique your interest.  If you pre-order a copy of the book, purchase one the day of the lecture or bring your personal copy, Dr. Seeley has agreed to do a book signing.  Honey Bee Democracy may be pre-ordered and picked-up at the festival for $25 per copy or purchased the day of the festival for $28 a copy.  1-2pm - Lecture from Barbara Ochterski, Local Beekeeper - Barbara will discuss the basics of backyard beekeeping, followed by an informal question and answers session.

The Honeybee Festival is made possible by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  Tickets for the lectures are $5 Students, $10 Garden Members and Master Gardeners and $15 Non-Members.  The vendors and demonstrations are available to all visitors at no charge.

For more information visit us at  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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