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The Botanical Gardens Seeks Summer Interns

Posted on February 18, 2015 by Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens is excited to offer several internship opportunities this summer.  For the first time, internships are available in Events, Weddings, Education, Summer Camp, Events, Weddings, Horticulture, Guest Services and Facilities. The Botanical Gardens has so much to offer students looking to gain experience.

The Internal Events Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Weddings and Special Events, the individual will work with the events staff to assist in the planning and logistics of the internal special events held at Botanical Gardens. The position includes, but is not limited to, vendor and sponsor relationships, logistical planning, writing articles, developing social media blasts and other tasks, as assigned. This person must be able to work independently to complete event needs. A high level of written & verbal skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are required. The individual may be required to work on weekdays, weekends, nights and holidays, as scheduled by the Director.

Applicants should possess exceptional customer service and communication skills, be organized, self-reliant, multi-task oriented, and a team player with good attention to detail.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer, Volunteer Coordinator - khammer@buffalogardens.com no later than March 6, 2015.

The Wedding and Special Events Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Weddings and Special Events, the individual will work with the events staff in the orchestrating and execution of private events and weddings held at the Botanical Gardens. The position includes, but is not limited to, assisting with office work and attending/organizing events and clients on event dates. This person must be able to work independently to complete event needs. A high level of written & verbal skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are required. The individual is expected to work on weekdays, weekends, nights and holidays. You must work through Labor Day weekend.

Applicants should possess exceptional customer service and communication skills, be organized, self-reliant, multi-task oriented, and a team player with good attention to detail. The ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. for distances of up to 100 feet is also required.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer, Volunteer Coordinator - khammer@buffalogardens.com no later than March 6, 2015.

The Education/Summer Camp Internship is designed to provide practical experience in environmental/museum and or art education, botany and conservation. Suggested majors include but are not limited to: early, elementary and secondary education; environmental education; environmental studies; art education; art history; museum studies and museum education.

Candidates should have strong organizational skills and be comfortable working with the public in both organized and informal situations. Experience with public speaking and working with children is preferred. Interns must be prepared to work during various weather conditions and pass a background check.   Responsibilities include assisting with the development and execution of programs including Botany Camp and/or Art Camp and Wegmans Family Day Programming, developing and assisting with educational camp activities and coordinating camp logistics.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Karen Hammer, Volunteer Coordinator - khammer@buffalogardens.com no later than April 1, 2015.

Other fun and interesting general internships are available in Horticulture, Guest Services, Facilities and so much more!  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Hammer at 716.827.1584 ext. 207 or khammer@buffalogardens.com for more information.

For more information on these events, visit www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for the 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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Winter Break Bonanza at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens offers many events for kids and families this winter break and into spring. The Plants We Eat Picnic, on February 17 from 12-2pm, offers kids a chance to have a tropical picnic in the middle of winter and Kids Day on February 19 from 10am-4pm offers kids and families a chance to partake in fun activities around the Botanical Gardens. The Wegmans Family Garden, which is open daily, offers new programming for the whole family on the third Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm and Sunday Programming one Sunday a month through May from 11am-1pm. Kids Art Classes will also be offered starting February 21 through May from 9-10:30am.

Kids can enjoy their day off from school on February 17 for the Plants We Eat Picnic. Children ages 5-12 will spend this time learning and tasting the different types of plants that people eat with activities such as squeezing oranges into juice, sampling fruits from around the world and going on an adventure filled tour through the Botanical Gardens. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 30 kids. Admission prices are $10 for garden members’ children and $12 for non-members’ children. To make reservations, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact 827.1584 ext. 291.

Kids Day will celebrate kids 12 and under with free admission to the Botanical Gardens. There is no school this week so it is a perfect time to experience what the Botanical Gardens has to offer. There will be fun hands-on activities stationed throughout the Botanical Gardens and the whole family will enjoy a day of fun in the beautiful, tropical Garden. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+ with ID) and kids 12 and under are free.

The whole family will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning activities centered around nutrition during Wegmans Family Days on February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 and June 20 from 10am-2pm. Each Family Day has a different nutritional theme including; The Wonderful World of Fruit, Doctor Seuss Month, World Health Month, Spring Celebration and Edible Gardens. These activities are aligned for children ages 4-10 but caregivers for the youngest learners are encouraged to assist with the creations. Sunday Programming, offered on February 22, March 22, April 26 and May 31, is another way kids can have fun in the Wegmans Family Garden with various hands-on activities. 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 2 and under.

Kids will have the opportunity to channel their creative side by attending multi-medium art classes. Taught by professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba, participants will take home a piece of their art each class. Kids 5-15 are welcome to attend and all supplies are provided. Art Classes are offered in three different sessions; KAA - February 21, 28 and March 7, KAB – March 14, 21 and 28, and KAC May 2, 23, and 30. Each class is $13 and each full session is $35. For more information contact 827.1584 ext. 292.

For more information on all these events visit us at www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for 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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Posted on January 30, 2015 by Erin Grajek

 

 

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‘Lumagination’ comes to Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Erin Grajek

on January 26, 2015 - 9:42 PM, updated January 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM


Aram Khachaturian’s “The Sabre Dance” song has been discontinued at Sabres games, but it can be heard at another public space for the next four weeks.

Beginning Wednesday, the rousing piece will be played in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens’ main Palm Room, along with snippets of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as a musical starting point for “Lumagination.”

Keyed to the music will be multicolored lights and a fog machine placed in the middle of the 67-foot-tall space, blasting smoke into the air three times every two minutes.

“This type of theatrical lighting is so much more dramatic when there’s a little bit of fog or haze or mist in here,” said lighting designer Phillip Colorusso of Luminated Landscapes, based in East Aurora.

After four years of presenting the successful “Night Lights” inside the tri-domed Victorian glass house in Buffalo’s South Park, David J. Swarts, the gardens’ president and CEO, said it was time to create a new experience.

The show’s colorful and atmospheric attractions – from colorful orb dragons controlled with an app and hundreds of illuminated fireflies by the gardens’ 30-foot waterfall, to neon-lighted ferns and interactive projected animation aimed at children – are meant to allow visitors to the gardens’ 22,000-plant collection to see them in fresh ways.

Each room throughout the gardens is themed. There’s a whimsical Fairy Room, where handblown glass is lighted up among orchids. Lights in the Morroccan Desert Room all point to the sun. Dripping water has been added to the rainforest room to simulate the sounds of the natural environment, while the pressing of a button lets children have fun with the rumble of thunder and the flash of lightning.

The Aura Room will let visitors learn what their aura is, with a description and color display.

“In the kids room, an optically projected rug will look like leaves. When a kid walks on it, he kicks the leaves and the leaves move, and you see the grass underneath, and there might be a bunny or a squirrel,” Colorusso said.

As an added attraction, a short time-lapse film of Morty the corpse flower – whose short-lived bloom last summer shattered box-office records at the Botanical Gardens – will be shown in House 10.

Also on the walls is a colorful photography show by Michael Haderer.

The continuing Orchid Show will run concurrently with Lumagination, with the flowers frequently presented in window settings.

Improvements aimed at increasing safety and comfort have also been made. Dark pathways are now lined with light, while an outdoor tent with heaters will be near the entrance to help people stay warm while waiting in line.

Lumagination will occur Wednesday through Saturday nights through Feb. 21. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for members, senior citizens and students 13 and older, and $5 for kids 3 to 12. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com.

“I’m really excited because we added an extra week this year, and that’s the week the kids are off from school. Seeing little kids is so much fun during the show, because they’re kids and their eyes light up,” marketing director Erin Grajek said.

email: msommer@buffnews.com

Lumagination Will Captivate Audiences at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Erin Grajek

Lumagination Will Captivate Audiences at the Botanical Gardens!















Buffalo, NY - Lumagination is a captivating interactive exhibit that will transform the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination from January 28-February 21. All ages will delight in this amazing and unique show that showcases the incredible architecture and horticulture collection of the Botanical Gardens. To kick off the fun, a Launch Party, presented by Buffalo Spree Publishing, is planned for January 27 from 6:00-9:00pm.

The Lumagination Launch Party, presented by Buffalo Spree Publishing, will flip the switch on Lumagination on January 27 from 6:00-9:00pm. Be the first to see the Botanical Gardens light up after dark with really cool people in a colorful and captivating environment. Tickets include a cash bar of beer and wine, delicious snacks from Lucarelli’s Banquet Center and a sneak preview of Lumagination. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 716.972.2244. The Launch Party is sponsored by: Luminated Landscapes, Buffalo Spree Publishing, Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, Botanicus, Orthodontists Associates of WNY, Rich Products, Upstate Rebar, Mader Construction, Try-It Distributing, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply. Seagram’s Escapes and Dundee Ale & Lager.

Lumagination will take visitors on a spectacular walk through the Botanical Gardens to experience creatively themed greenhouses, interactive entertainment and so much more! A warm and cozy tent will welcome guests as they stroll up the front walk. The tent will include interactive elements that will get visitors excited about what they will see inside. As guests enter the main Palm Dome they will be greeted with a dramatic mix of choreographed sound and light followed by a greenhouse titled Space Odyssey which includes a sea of black lights and fog that will bathe the entire room creating an after dark experience never seen in at the Botanical Gardens before. Neon reflective bubbles will float through the air while guests are surrounded by glowing neon colored ferns and ivy dinosaur topiaries and an interactive laser light harp will welcome all ages to play.

The Moroccan Dessert with a blazing sun, moving red and orange lights will transport you to drier more thirsty days and from there visitors will get heat relief in the Zen Orb room. Colorful Orbs will be scattered all around this greenhouse and visitors can change the colors with their cellphones! Careful as you walk through as there are beautiful and forbidding dragons hanging overhead. Take a few minutes to be engaged in the plant world while taking a look deep inside a plant on an interactive screen. The Wegmans Family Garden will be full of butterflies and more interactive fun!

Next on the journey is the Orchid Fairy House where visitors will see a fairy village full of magic and wonder. Time to hip-it-up in the Magic Disco Room! Visitors will be transcended into pop-culture mania complete with a hidden “Selfie Room”, rockin’ fun music and crazy fun lights. From here visitors find themselves in the Interactive Room that will feature huge interactive screens that all ages can play games, interact with images on the floor and many more surprises! After all the excitement and stimulation, visitors must check their Aura to see what color energy and mood lies within. And finally, to cleanse away the hectic week visitors will walk through a thunderstorm of powerful rain and flashes of lightning that will leave a lasting and renewing impression for the week to come.


A truly unique experience… Lumagination will take place Wednesday through Saturday nights January 28 through February 21, 2015. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday nights (last admission ticket will be sold at 8:45pm and the Gardens will close at 9:15pm) and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights (last admission ticket will be sold at 9:45pm and the Gardens will close at 10:15pm). Admission doors will open at 6:00 pm each night and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Garden members, seniors (55+) and students (13+), $5 kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free. Tickets are available online at www.buffalogardens.com until January 25 and at the door throughout the show. Garden guest passes, discounts and coupons are not valid during Lumagination. Cameras and mono pods are welcome every night however, tripods are not permitted. Photographer Night on February 3 form 6:00-9:00 pm welcomes professional and amateur photographers only and tripods will be permitted on this night only! Lumagination is sponsored by: Luminated Landscapes, Botanicus, Orthodontists Associates of WNY, Rich Products, Upstate Rebar, Mader Construction, Try-It Distributing, Buffalo Spree Publishing, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply. Use #Lumagination and @Buffalogardens when posting on Social Media.

Creative concepts and designs provided by Philip Colorusso and Luminated Landscapes, Inc., located in East Aurora, New York. Check out this local business that is painting our world with light - www.luminatedlandscapes.com.

For more information visit the Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Partial proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. 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.