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Botanical Gardens’ Great Plant Sale Pre-Orders Due April 8

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

For Immediate Release

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their Great Plant Sale Pre-Order. The Horticulture team has chosen a unique list of perennials, shrubs, and annuals to be a part of this exclusive sale. There is an impressive selection of new plants this year and orders are due April 8.

Experts have hand-picked a special group of plants called Hot Picks, (HP). Hot Picks are the newest, most unique plants that will make a splash in any garden. This year the Gardens welcome Proven Winners™, (PW) plants. Proven Winners™ is a company that searches the world to find and select plants which are clearly superior to others of their type in our trials in Michigan, New Hampshire, California, Germany, Japan, and Florida. Once a Proven Winners plant makes it to your house, you'll fall in love.

There is a wide variety of unique perennials, shrubs and annuals included in the sale.  Perennials include: the Japanese painted fern Athyrium ‘Pictum’, the first Hot Pick; Carex ‘Snow Cap’ which is a robust sedge with creamy white leaves; the gorgeous new Coreopsis ‘Berry Chiffon’; another new Hibiscus ‘Tie Dye’; Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’ (HP); Iris ‘Concertina’ (HP); yellow Oenothera Ozark Sundrops; the oriental Pennisetum ‘Desert Plains’; and Salvia ‘Pink Dawn’ (PW). 

Shrubs include: the beautiful pink Abelia ‘Ruby Anniversary’ (PW); the wonderfully fragrant Buddleia ‘Adonis Blue’ (PW), the easy to grow Callicarpa ‘Profusion’; glossy Caryopteris ‘Beyond Midnight’ (PW); Cephalanthus ‘Sugar Shack’ (HP, PW); the spectacular Hydrangea ‘Cityline Mars’ (PW); Hydrangea paniculata ‘Fire Light’ (HP, PW); the versatile Itea ‘Little Henry’ (PW); and Vitex ‘BLUE DIDDLEY’ (PW).

Annuals include: the large Apricot Peony Aster; Browallia speciose ‘Marine Bells’; the eye catching Celosia cristata ‘Bombay Bronze’; dwarf Celosia spicata ‘Kosmo Cherry’; the unusual Coleus ‘Black Dragon’; the favorite Cosmos ‘Double Click’; Eucalyptus ‘Silver Drop’; the delicate Lobelia ‘Riviera Marine Blue’; New Guinea Impatiens ‘Divine Pink’; Nigella damascene; the striking Pennisetum ‘Purple Majesty’; Petunia ‘Burgundy Velour’; Petunia ‘Espresso Frappe Rose’; the intense Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’; Snapdragon ‘Burgundy White’; the charming Thunbergia alata - Orange Eye; the beautiful Verbena ‘Waterfall Mix’; and Vinca pacifica ‘Burgundy Halo’.

Orders can be placed online at www.buffalogardens.com.  Plants are individually priced and orders will be available for pick up at the Botanical Gardens’ Great Plant Sale May 19 through 21.

For more information, visit www.buffalogardens.com. 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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The Botanical Gardens Welcomes Spring In a Huge Way!

Posted on March 08, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens welcomes spring in a huge way every year and 2016 is no exception. The kick-off party, Taste of Paradise, will be held on March 18 from 6pm-9pm. Taste of Paradise officially opens the Spring Flower Exhibit that will be held March 19 through April 10 daily from 10am-5pm. This exhibit will also include a NEW 4-H Farm, held daily from 10am-4pm, special appearances from the Easter Bunny on March 25 and 26 from 10am-5pm and a special exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery from the South Towns Camera Club from March 18 through May 15.

Taste of Paradise is a tropical garden celebration designed to get guests in the mood for spring with a sneak preview of the Spring Flower Exhibit. A tropical themed event, Taste of Paradise gives guests a chance to soak in the vibrant colors and tastes of the Botanical Gardens while sipping tropical cocktails from Captain Morgan. Guests will enjoy the fresh smells of spring, taste herbs, fruits and savory delights while listening to the sounds of tropical fun. Tickets include tropical cocktails from the Captain, wine, beer and delicious tidbits from: Buffalo’s Best, Country Club Catering, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Lucarelli’s, Obviously Avi Catering, Oliver’s, Salvatore’s and Tonawanda Castle Catering. Taste of Paradise is made possible by the generous support of M&T Bank, Rich’s, Captain Morgan, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply. Tickets are $30 for Garden members, $35 for the general public and $40 after March 9. Purchase tickets online at www.buffalogardens.com.

The Spring Flower Exhibit will be bursting with vibrant colors and fragrances daily from 10am-5pm from March 19 through April 10. This popular exhibit welcomes spring with more than 25,000 beautiful spring flowers including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, violas, Asiatic lilies, stock, pansies and so much more. Make sure you join the family fun at the 4-H Farm and visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs and more. The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am-4pm daily during the Spring Flower Exhibit and will offer story time and engaging educational activities. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) 4-H program is proud to partner with the Botanical Gardens Spring Flower Exhibit. Stop by the 4-H Farm and take the time to talk with some 4-H members and view the animals, learn about the program and how to become involved by becoming a leader or 4-H member.

The CCE Erie 4-H program offers hands on learning opportunities to youth between the ages of 5-19 focusing on life skills. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adult volunteers and mentors who inspire young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world and stand up for themselves and their communities. For information about CCE Erie 4-H program, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

The Easter Bunny will also visit the Botanical Gardens on March 25 and 26 from 10am-5pm each day. The Spring Flower Exhibit is made possible by the generous support of: M&T Bank, 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, Buffalo Spree and Star 102.5.

The South Towns Camera Club’s photography display titled, Spring Flower Exhibit, will feature photographs from members of the award-winning Club, 10am-5pm daily March 18 through May 15. Photos will include many creative perspectives of the Botanical Gardens’ past spring flower displays. The Club meets in the Hamburg Community Center September-May and welcomes new members regularly.

The Spring Flower Exhibit, the 4-H Farm, visits with the Easter Bunny and the South Towns Camera Club’s Arcangel Gallery Exhibit are included with Botanical Gardens admission: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden members and kids 2 and under are free. Admission tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit www.buffalogardens.com. 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.

Orchid “Take Over” Comes to a Close at the Botanical Gardens on March 5

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens will be bursting with Orchids this winter season. The Orchids 2016 exhibit will run through February 28, the bi-annual Orchid Show will take place February 27-28, a Medicinal Garden Feature will highlight National Heart Month on February 27, and an Orchid Sale will be held on March 5.

Orchids 2016, celebrates the amazing orchid. This exhibit takes place daily through February 28 from 10am-5pm. Botanical Gardens’ horticulturists and the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society came together to create large imaginative forms that will be full of lush greens and colorful orchids. The Botanical Gardens’ horticulture collection will serve as an amazing backdrop to this wonderful show and a large collection of cymbidiums and amaryllis will be included in many artistic surprises. Hundreds of additional orchids are on display throughout the conservatory.

On the final weekend of Orchids 2016, an Award Winning Orchid Show will take place, February 27-28. Along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, the Botanical Gardens will host this popular annual orchid showcase from 10am-5pm and February 28 from 10am-3pm. Dozens of hand-picked and award winning orchid exhibits will be dispersed throughout the Botanical Gardens for visitors to enjoy. For those who want to expand their orchid knowledge, educational programs will be held both days on growing orchids and other aspects of indoor orchid gardening. During the show, orchids and supplies will be for sale through local vendors.

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 visit www.niaragafrontierorchids.org.

Because February is National Heart Month, there will be a special Medicinal Garden Feature during the Orchid Show on February 27 from 10am-2pm. Activities include: botanical displays highlighting the plant sources for medications used to treat medical conditions related to the heart and cardiovascular system, blood pressure education and screenings. Catholic Health’s Mission on the Move team will provide health screenings.   The Medicinal Garden is sponsored by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo along with the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy.

All types of orchids from the exhibits and the Botanical Gardens’ collection will be on sale to the public, while supplies last, on March 5 from 10am-4pm. Don’t miss your chance to take a gorgeous orchid home at great prices. The sale is free to the public and will be held in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens.

Tickets for Orchids 2016, the Orchid Show and Medicinal Garden Feature 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 two and under are free. The Orchid Sale on March 5 is free to the public and will be held in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens.

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.

Horticulture, Art and History at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about horticulture, art and history. Intermediate and Beginner Watercolor and Drawing classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning February 22 and a certificate series, Horticulture III will begin February 20. New this season, a special themed guided tour, Our Victorian Garden - Yesterday and Today, will be held on March 5 at 9:00am.

Adult art classes are taught by professional artist Joan Saba as her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include: WCA - February 22, 29, Mar 7 and 21; WCB - March 28, April 11, 18 and 25; WCC - May 2, 9, 16, 23; WCD - June 6, 13, 20, 27. Drawing classes are for all skill levels and will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include DCA - February 24, March 2, 9 and 16; DCB - March 23, April 6, 13, 20; DCC - April 27, May 4, 11 and 25; DCD - June 1, 8, 15 and 29. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. Sessions include: BGB - April 5, 12, 19 and 26; BGC - May 3, 10, 31 and June 7.

Art classes will be held at the Botanical Gardens. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Art classes are $60 per series or $17 per class for Garden members and $66 per series or $18 per class for the general public. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for a syllabus and a list of suggested supplies.

Horticulturist David Clark returns to the Botanical Gardens with an enlightening Horticulture Certificate Program, Horticulture III. David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm. Designed for beginners that would like to know more than garden basics, Horticulture III is a great way to enhance any gardeners’ skills and confidence.

Horticulture III will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five classes. First in the series, will be Sustainable Landscaping on February 20, Gardening with Native Plants on February 27, Shade Gardening on March 5, Small Space and Urban Gardening on March 12 and Beneficial Insects and Pollinators on March 19.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes to brush up on skills. Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus. The full series is $105 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $130 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.

A new special themed guided tour, Our Victorian Garden - Yesterday and Today, will be held on March 5 at 9am. Join the fun and take a trip back in time to discover the Botanical Gardens in the Victorian era. Guides will be dressed in period costumes and participants are encouraged to wear a Victorian era hat. A tea, coffee and cookie reception will follow the tour and Garden admission is included in the tour. Guests are encouraged to stay to enjoy the magnificent Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $12 for Garden Members and $15 for the general public.

For more information or to register, go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 292. 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.

Winter Break and Beyond

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Winter Break and Beyond… Fun for Kids and Families at the Botanical Gardens

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens offers many events for kids and families this winter break and into spring.  Kids Day on February 16 from 10am-4pm offers kids and families a chance to partake in fun activities throughout the Botanical Gardens during the day and Lumagination is a great winter escape running Wednesday through Saturday evenings through February 20.  Wegmans Family Days offer programming for the whole family, once a month and Sunday Programming will be offered monthly. Several sessions of Kids Art Classes will also be offered February 27 through May.

Kids Day, on February 16 from 10am-4pm, will celebrate kids 12 and under with free admission to the Botanical Gardens. School is out so it is the perfect time to experience what the Botanical Gardens has to offer. There will be 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.

Already in its third week, Lumagination is a captivating interactive exhibit that has transformed the Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination.  All ages are delighting in this amazing and unique event that runs through February 20.  Lumagination takes visitors on a spectacular walk through the Botanical Gardens to experience creatively themed greenhouses, interactive entertainment and so much more!  A truly unique experience… Lumagination will take place Wednesday through Saturday nights through February 20. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday nights and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. 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. 

The whole family will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning activities centered around nutrition during Wegmans Family Days on February 20, March 19, April 16, May 21 and June 18 from 10am-2pm. Each Family Day has a different nutritional theme including; Rainforest Exploration, Spring Celebration, All About Trees, Extraordinary Pollinators and Desert Adventures. 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 28, March 20, April 24 and May 22, 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 Art Classes offer a creative outlet for kids ages 5-15. These multi-medium art classes are taught by professional artist and teacher, Joan Saba and participants will take home a piece of their art each class. Art Classes are offered in three different sessions: KAA - February 27, March 5 and 12; KAB - March 19, April 9 and 16; KAC - April 23, May 7 and 14; KAD - May 28, June 4 and 18. Each class is $13 and a full session is $35 for Garden Members.  For the general public, each class is $15 and a full session is $40. 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.