Life crazy busy or not, that day rolls around every year –
it’s your child’s birthday and you’re faced with the dilemma of how to celebrate
it in a meaningful, memorable way that won’t cost a fortune and will require
minimum effort on your part.
Well…why not celebrate that special day at the Botanical Gardens surrounded by beauty and serenity, while the children participate in two fun docent-led hands-on activities as well as enjoy a mini tour of the Gardens?
We’ll provide pizza and a box drink for your child and his/her guests and take care of the set-up and clean-up. The cost is $12.00/child (the Birthday honoree and two adults are complementary).
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Buffalo News Editorial -
Monday May 23,
Buffalo News Editorial
The progress made at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens is nothing short of amazing, and it’s thanks to the resolve of volunteers and staff working in extremely difficult circumstances to restore a deteriorating asset.
The result is that paid attendance is up 88 percent and the number of active volunteers has more than tripled. Also, as reported, revenue from private events, including weddings, has increased fivefold. Moreover, the nonprofit Buffalo&Erie County Botanical Gardens Society expects to balance the budget this year without county funding, a first.
It is, in no short measure, a tribute to the 27 volunteer board members, including board President Mary Ann Kresse. She has served since 2002, when then-County Executive Joel Giambra asked her to chair a task force to improve the facility.
The task force looked into how to wean the gardens from Erie County funding into an independent entity and developed a strategic plan. It all got accomplished by August 2004 and the Buffalo&Erie County Botanical Gardens Society has since been running the operation for the county.
The steps toward independence were nudged along by the fact that in 2010, County Executive Chris Collins refused to authorize the $322,000 the County Legislature voted the facility. That forced the society to dip into reserve funds earmarked for future projects and completion of the master plan.
After ending 2010 in the red, the society stepped up efforts to generate revenue. There are sources of funding available to the non-profit society that the county could never have tapped, including private foundations and individuals who wouldn’t give to a county operation. Memberships have jumped along with the increase in paid ad-missions. And the facility is just better looking and better cared for now, because the society is able to hire its own staff of skilled gardeners and horticulturists. That’s something the county couldn’t do.
The facility in Olmsted’s South Park features three glass houses by premier conservatory designers Lord & Burnham and opened just before the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition.
The society’s board of directors and volunteers have devoted themselves to re-energizing the Botanical Gardens. The education program is well-developed, with a director of education, and a marketing and development director and a new president and chief executive officer, David J. Swarts.
The society is now pursuing accreditation from the American Association of Museums, and updating its master plan. Plans call for eventually expanding greenhouse capacity, restoring two original domes and adding a classroom wing, library and events center. Praise is due to all involved in the rebirth of a landmark.
September 23, 2011
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is collaborating with D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, to create indoor and outdoor Medicinal Gardens at the Botanical Gardens. To celebrate this collaboration and the beginning of work on the gardens, the three organizations will host a reception to launch the indoor collection and highlight plans for the outdoor garden on Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00pm.
The reception will include live demonstrations from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy faculty and staff, information sessions with a representative from the Seneca Nation of Indians, question and answer sessions with Botanical Gardens’ docents and gardeners, an information table from the Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a display of medicinal plants that honor October as National Pharmacy Month and Cancer Prevention Month, sketches and site tours of the future outdoor Medicinal Garden and future educational components of these Gardens.
A Medicinal Garden reflects one of the fundamental uses of plants - for medicine and healing. Many healing plants are found in the Rainforests and have helped to sustain centuries of traditional preparation of medicines. Through scientific research, thousands of medical compounds are derived from plants to help fight human ailments. Medicinal Gardens at the Botanical Gardens will provide visitors with a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants, how they are used in traditional, herbal and modern medicines and further strengthen their awareness of the interdependence between humans and plants.
The indoor Medicinal Garden will start as a collection of cancer fighting plants in honor of National Pharmacy Month and Cancer Prevention Month. This small Medicinal Garden will be the start to a large collection of indoor, tropical plants that are used for medicinal purposes. The collection of cancer fighting plants include;
The indoor Medicinal Garden will continue to expand and plans to highlight
different groupings of plants throughout the year are in place. In 2012, the
outdoor Medicinal Garden will be designed to educate the public about medicinal
plants and create a beautiful place for spiritual healing, meditation and
The indoor and outdoor Medicinal Gardens will be included in Botanical Gardens admission and will be open 10am-5pm Monday-Sunday according to the Botanical Gardens schedule. Tickets can be purchased at the door and prices vary according to the time of year.