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

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

For more information visit us online 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.


Wegmans Family Garden News!

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Check out the article on the Wegmans Family Garden in Buffalo-Niagara's newsletter

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Buffalo News Today!

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Wegmans Family Garden Opening in the Buffalo News - January 22, 2013

Wegmans Family Garden Ribbon Cutting

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Today we officially opened our Wegmans Family Garden!

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
Board Members
Volunteers & Staff
Local supporters
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.



2012 Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Posted on January 18, 2013 by Erin Grajek

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

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