Buffalo is represented in book on garden tourism

Posted on November 01, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Article from Buffalo Niagara - October 29, 2013

The first ever book on garden tourism was published earlier this year, and Buffalo is represented.

Jim Charlier, author of the blog Art of Gardening, gives us the details in this post. Charlier is seven-time past president of Garden Walk Buffalo as well as the current chair of its  marketing committee. He is a co-founder of the National Garden Festival and is on its planning committee.

Garden Tourism was written by Dr. Richard W. Benfield, associate professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University. It’s an academic book covering the history of garden tourism starting in Egypt around 1,500 B.C.

In a 240-page book that covers so much geographic territory and such a huge time span, I’m impressed that the events in Buffalo in the past few decades are given a page and a half.

There’s also a photo of the garden of Jennifer Guercio. Here at, she offered 4 big tips for creating a garden with year-round interest.

In the Garden Tourism chapter titled “Outdoor Garden Festivals,” there is a brief introduction on the origins of Garden Walk Buffalo as well as its byproduct, the National Garden Festival, Charlier said.

“There are stats and research data we’ve collected over the years from Zip Code collection and consumer surveys with the help and financial support of Visit Buffalo Niagara,” Charlier said. Statistics from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens were also used.

Benfield also mentioned Charlier in the preface, writing, “Jim Charlier of Garden Walk Buffalo started out as a source of great knowledge and insight and became a firm friend.” Charlier wrote an endorsement for the back of the book.

It’s estimated that more than 300 million people visited gardens worldwide in 2000. Compare that to the 335 million people that visited amusement parks in 2007, he said.

Total revenues for admittance to garden attractions has never been measured, but it is known that Americans spent $34 billion on plants, tools and supplies in 2005 – $11 billion in flowers alone! U.S. amusement park revenues were only $12 billion in 2007, and casinos had revenue of $35 billion in 2005.

Gardening is a dominant leisure activity, Charlier pointed out. Tourism is the world’s number one industry. And garden tourism is a significant part of it.

Read more at Art of Gardening.


by Connie Oswald Stofko

Phalaenopsis Under Lights: A Cave for All Seasons

Posted on October 09, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

November 5
7pm at the Botanical Gardens
During the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society's Monthly Meeting

Phil Matt grows his orchids in a basement “greenhouse” at his home in Rochester, NY. An active member of the Genesee Region Orchid Society for many years, Phil also serves as the Society’s newsletter editor and webmaster.

Phil has always enjoyed growing Phalaenopsis orchids, even before they became the most commonly-encountered plants in almost any kind of retail setting imaginable. As a grower with many years of experience, he is constantly adjusting his growing techniques in an effort to achieve better flowering and more vigorous plants. Phil is back to working on Phalaenopsis hybridizing after a hiatus of unspecified length. He has never bought an orchid at a big box store or supermarket. Really!

Phil has a couple of Masters degrees hanging on the wall. His career as a professional photojournalist (and p/t college professor) has taken him into a lot of unlikely places over the years, even for a native of NYC. These days, he’s also spending a lot of time as proprietor of Nimble Eye Design, designing and coding commercial web sites, print publications and assorted other media projects. As far as he can tell, he’s never been an officer of any organization, is not a certified (or uncertified) orchid judge, is not involved in an orchid business with his spouse, and promises not to bore you to death when he presents, “Phalaenopsis Under Lights: A Cave for All

This is free to attend but you MUST MAKE A RESERVATION. Please call John to make a reservation at 835-2132

2013 Summer Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

Posted on October 07, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Congratulations to the 2013 Summer Sweepstakes Winners!

$2,500 – Earl Ballard

$1,000 – Sandra Carpender

$500 – Bob Kutzuba

$250 – David Jahn and Eliot Nagy

Wegmans Gift Cards:

Barbara Golda

Joanna Langerak

Maryruth Cologowski

Lincoln Jacobs

Gerald Damstetter


Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket! 

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy at 716.827.1584 ext. 203 or at

Job Openings at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Announced

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Job Openings at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Announced

Education Program Assistant

Posted September 17, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking qualified applicants for a part- time position of Education Program Assistant.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Education, the individual will work with the Education Department staff and docents in facilitating plant related, hands-on classes and tours for adult, school age and special needs groups. The individual must have an interest in teaching botany related subjects and have experience working with children and adults of all ages. A high level of written, verbal skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are required.

Applicants must have a minimum of two years undergraduate coursework in Education and/or the Natural Sciences or a current NYS Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education or Science Education and at least one year of experience working in an educational setting with children and adults. The individual is expected to work weekday mornings and most Saturdays not to exceed 25 hours per week.
If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO at


Posted September 17, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking a creative, highly motivated and experienced individual for the full time position of Gardener.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be expected to maintain specialized planting areas and/or the collection in the indoor and outdoor gardens and preform general maintenance when necessary. Experience working with tropical plants in a greenhouse, designing creative displays for flower shows and events and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.

This position requires a degree in horticulture from an accredited college or university with at least three years of horticulture related experience. The candidate should possess a NYS Pesticide Applicators License and a valid NYS driver’s license. This position requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.

If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, at

A Medicinal Garden Feature, Orchid Show, Mum Show and a Free Day are Planned for the Month of October at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

For Immediate Release

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. has a full schedule this October. To start, a Medicinal Garden Feature to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness and Flu Prevention Month will be held on October 12, the bi-annual Orchid Show will take place October 12-13, the Chrysanthemum Show will run October 19-November 10 and the Gardens will celebrate Binational Doors Open Niagara weekend on October 20 with a free admission day.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness and Flu Prevention Month and a special Medicinal Garden Feature will take place at the Gardens October 12 from 10am-2pm. Activities include: educational displays about the possible role of botanicals in preventing the seasonal flu, and also the use of plants in treating and researching cancer. Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen will be on hand to answer questions and provide informational materials. From 10am-12pm, Independent Nursing Care will provide blood pressure screening and flu shots will be available. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

In conjunction with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, the Botanical Gardens will host the fall Orchid Show October 12 10am-5pm and October 13 10am-3pm. 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 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 unique show.
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

Celebrating over 100 years, the Chrysanthemum Show is the longest running tradition at the Botanical Gardens. This year’s show will run October 19 through November 10 from 10am-5pm daily. Mums are a sure sign of shorter, chillier temperatures but their vibrant colors add warmth and beauty to any fall day. These beautiful flowers come in all shapes and sizes, from pale yellow round pompoms to huge bronze footballs. Over 20 varieties of tall standard mums in deep purple, maroon, chartreuse, crimson and pink, just to name a few, give this show drama and dimension.

Binational Doors Open Niagara weekend is October 18-20 and the Botanical Gardens will celebrate this international festival by offering free admission on October 20 only. This festival invites the local community and tourists to visit some of the most beautiful and interesting 19th century heritage, architectural and garden locations in North America during this wonderful weekend.

Tickets for the Medicinal Garden Feature, Orchid Show and Chrysanthemum Show can be purchased at the door and prices are; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+), $5 for kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids under 3 are free!

For more details regarding Binational Doors Open Niagara, go to or call 877.884.2736. For more information on these events, visit 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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