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Art and Horticulture Classes Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced that art and horticulture classes will be offered this fall.  The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn and Beginner and Intermediate Watercolor and Drawing classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning September 6.  Horticulture Certificate Series, Horticulture I, Horticulture II, Horticulture V and Horticulture VI will be offered this fall into the spring of 2017.

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. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm. Sessions include: BW1 - September 6, 13, 20, 27; BW2 - October 4, 11, 18, 25; BW3 - November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and BW4 - December 13, 20, January 3, 10.  Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am.  Sessions include: IW1 - September 12, 19, 26, October 3; IW2 - October 17, 24, 31, November 7 and IW3 - November 14, 28, December 5, 12. Drawing classes are for all skill levels and will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include: DC1 - September 14, 21, 28, October 5; DC2 - October 12, 19, 26, November 2 and DC3 - November 9, 16, 30, December 7.

Art classes will be held at the Botanical Gardens. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Beginner Watercolor classes are $65 per series or $18 per class for Garden members and $70 per series or $20 per class for the general public. Intermediate Watercolor and Drawing 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 I and Horticulture II.  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 II is a great way to enhance any gardeners’ skills and confidence. 

Horticulture I will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include six individual classes. First in the series, will be Botany 101 on September 10, Plant Propagation on September 17, Pest Management and Disease on September 24, Shrubs and Trees on October 8, Annuals and Perennials on October 15, and Garden Design on October 22.

Horticulture II will also be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include six individual classes. First in the series, will be Soil Science for Gardeners on October 29, Advanced Plant Propagation on November 5, Hydroponics on November 12, Water Gardening on November 19, Practical Principles of Pruning on January 7, and Intro to Landscape Design on January 14.

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 of Horticulture I or II is $105 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $130 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.

Organizers also announced Horticulture V and VI will be held for the first time in 2017.  These classes are great for gardeners, garden enthusiasts and landscapers interested in specific gardening topics.

Horticulture V will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five individual classes. First in the series, will be Houseplant Care and Cultivation on January 21, Rain Gardens on January 28, All About Roses on February 4, Hostas and Hydrangeas on February 25, and Vegetable and Organic Gardening on March 4.

Horticulture VI will also be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five individual classes. First in the series, will be Great Grasses & Lawn Care on March 18, Color Theory & Texture in Gardens on April 22, World Tour of Garden Design on April 29, Tough Plants for Tough Sites on June 3, and Edible Plants & Composting on June 10.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  The full series of Horticulture V or VI is $100 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $120 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.  No pre-requisites are required. Horticulture V and VI will now alternate with Horticulture III and IV which will be offered in the spring of 2018.

For more information on art and horticulture classes or to register 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.

The Botanical Gardens is Recruiting Volunteers

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced it is recruiting new volunteers. Volunteers at the Botanical Gardens support many different aspects of the organization and volunteers make new friends while learning new skills.  Volunteer Orientation will be held at the Botanical Gardens on September 8 from 10am-2pm and it is free to sign up.

Botanical Gardens’ Volunteers are truly part of their family.  Volunteers learn about plants and provide support for ever-growing programs. There are many volunteer opportunities at the Botanical Gardens. Opportunities include; horticulture, facilities, administration, guest services and gift shop, weddings and special events and education and docents. 

Individuals may choose to train as a horticulture volunteer and work inside and outside the conservatory on many different projects. Horticulture Volunteers help create aspects of different exhibits, set up horticulture displays for the entire community to enjoy, re-pot plants from the collection, care for specific areas or plant collections, weed, water and so much more.  The Botanical Gardens is also seeking facility volunteers.  Individuals with a handy nature, carpentry or electrical skills, an eye for general maintenance, engineering or construction backgrounds are enthusiastically welcomed.  Administrative support volunteers assist the staff with general office work, data entry and more.

Guest Services & Gift Shop Volunteers are considered the Botanical Gardens’ Welcome Wagon.  They are trained to work at the admission desk and in the Gift Shop. Guest Services and Gift Shop Volunteers are an extremely important part of the Botanical Gardens’ team.  Wedding and Special Events Volunteers assist staff with executing very special moments for Botanical Gardens’ clients.  Volunteers help welcome guests, arrange décor, and enhance personal touches to ensure the event is extraordinary. Volunteers also help to keep the groom out of sight until the bride is ready to walk down the aisle.  Wedding and Special Events Volunteers have a unique opportunity to be part of very special occasions.  The Botanical Gardens is also seeking Docents to lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events such as field trip programs, Kids Day, Wegmans Family Days, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

Karen Hammer, Program and Volunteer Coordinator comments, “Branch out, turn over a new leaf, and join the Botanical Gardens’ Volunteer Family!”  Internships in horticulture, marketing, guest services, development, education and events are also available all year round.  Register for Volunteer Orientation at www.buffalogardens.com or contact Karen at khammer@buffalogardens.com or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 207.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization located in Buffalo, NY that is 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. @BuffaloGardens, #buffalogardens

Succulent Exhibit Announced at the Botanical Gardens and Sarah J. Carr-Mansouri Exhibits in the Arcangel Gallery this Fall

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

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced today that the annual Succulent Exhibit will take place September 3 through October 2.  In compliment to the Succulent Exhibit, Sarah J. Carr-Mansouri will also exhibit a photography collection titled, Enchanted Nature in the Arcangel Gallery.  Both exhibits are open to the public and will be on display through October 2 from 10am to 5pm daily. 

The striking and unusual appearance of succulent plants is what makes the Succulent Exhibit a visitor favorite at the Botanical Gardens.  This year, the exhibit will feature thousands of cacti and succulents displayed in very unique ways throughout the conservatory.  Succulents come in all different shapes and sizes and have unique textures with a mix of fantastic colors.  These characteristics inspired the horticulture staff and volunteers to create living interpretations of modern art from artists such as James Ensor, Franz Marc and Josef Albers.  This much anticipated exhibit also highlights extremely creative ways to display these charming plants including; a giant cobra, turtles and other creatures made of succulents. The Succulent Exhibit will be on display at the Botanical Gardens September 3 through October 2 from 10am to 5pm daily (with the exception of September 30 as the Botanical Gardens will be closed that day).  The Succulent Exhibit is included with Botanical Gardens Admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), $8 for students (13+ with ID), $5 for children (3-12), and children under 2 and Garden members are always free.

Photographer Sarah J. Carr-Mansouri exhibits her first show in the Arcangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens entitled Enchanted Nature.  Sarah utilizes a unique metal printing process and traditional framing to display her work.  Enchanted Nature is a spiritual glimpse of nature’s divinity through vibrant color, shape, texture and perspective. This exhibit will nourish the soul with art and take visitors on a magical journey as seen through the eyes of a dragonfly. Enchanted Nature is on display now through October 2 from 10am to 5pm daily (with the exception of September 30 as the Botanical Gardens will be closed that day) and is included with Botanical Gardens Admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), $8 for students (13+ with ID), $5 for children (3-12), and children under 2 and Garden members are always free.

For more information, visit www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584.  The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization located in Buffalo, NY that is 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 Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Awarded Level II Accreditation by ArbNet Accreditation Program

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

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, announced that it has been awarded a Level II Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanic Gardens is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta.

When it was established in 1900, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens was the third largest conservatory in the nation and ninth largest in the world. The institution is a living museum 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. Through a broad array of attractions, programs and services, the Botanical Gardens holds relevancy to the interests and lives of an ever-expanding audience.

South Park, where the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens sits, was designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The Botanical Gardens’ property includes a number of Original Olmsted Trees, many of which were planted when the Botanical Gardens first opened and date back more than 115 years. Additional horticultural highlights include a large weeping European beech, copper beeches, a cut-leaf European beech, a beautiful river birch and a bald cypress.

The outdoor gardens are further divided into themed plantings and consist of the Peace Garden, Native Garden and Healing Garden. The Winter Garden showcases shrubs, trees and other plants with interesting shapes and forms that arise in the colder months.

The Botanical Gardens continues to add educational programs for visitors to learn about and appreciate trees. Tree tour programs are offered to the public during which attendees learn to identify various species and visit notable specimens. The Garden’s horticulture certificate classes and bonsai workshops also foster an appreciation for trees.

“As a tree lover, it is exciting to see the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens become an accredited arboretum,” said Kristy Schmitt, Director of Education at the Botanical Gardens. “We have a number of trees and shrubs that fascinate our visitors and many specimens in our collections that date back to the late 1800s. The indoor gardens also serve as a tropical refuge for many residents during long winter months, and it’s great to be able to draw more attention to the outdoor collection and our tree-centered education programs with arboretum accreditation,” added David J. Swarts, President/CEO at the Botanical Gardens.

About the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. This international initiative offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Accreditation is based on self-assessment and documentation of an arboretum’s level of achievement of accreditation standards. Standards include planning, governance, labeling of species, staff or volunteer support, public access and programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.

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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Become a Botanical Gardens’ Docent and Inspire All Ages!

Posted on August 04, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments



Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is recruiting for the Docent Training Class of 2016. Docent training will begin on September 8 or 10, requiring a weekly commitment of Thursdays from 9am-1pm or Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The training program consists of a 6 week course that will conclude on October 18 with a graduation ceremony at the Botanical Gardens.

To become a Docent at the Botanical Gardens, organizers ask that interested individuals have a love of gardening or botany, enjoy learning and talking with the public and would like to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience. An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is.  The Docent trainees will discover in-depth information about plants in the Botanical Gardens’ collection, develop teaching and public speaking skills and learn how to instruct hands-on lessons, all while making new friends with shared interests. 

Botanical Gardens’ Docents lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events such as field trip programs, Kids Day, Wegmans Family Days, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

The Docent Training program has been altered this year as two sessions are available. Interested individuals can either be trained on Thursday or Saturday mornings. The Thursday training track is for those interested in hands-on field trips and tours, and our Saturday track is for those interested in informal programs and tours. Docent training will begin on Thursday, September 8 or Saturday, September 10, depending on the track chosen. The training program requires a weekly commitment; concluding on Thursday, October 13 or Saturday, October 15.  New docents will celebrate their achievements with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday evening, October 18 at the Botanical Gardens. These courses must be taken with the commitment to become a docent at the Botanical Gardens. For those interested in learning more about botany and gardening and cannot become a docent, Horticulture Certificate Classes are offered at the Botanical Gardens on Saturdays starting September 10. Registration is available online.

A participation cost of $25 is required for supply and printing fees.  Registration fee will be accepted in advance by clicking here or at the door on the first class day.

For more information contact Amanda Oldham, Education Assistant, at 716.827.1584 ext. 291 or aoldham@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.

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