Be Creative - A Lancaster gardener recreated a Japanese garden and tea house in his backyard. It’s elaborate, but it wasn’t expensive. He used recycled materials. Get inspired on the garden walks and Open Gardens to be held from June through August as part of Gardens Buffalo Niagara, formerly known as the National Garden Festival.
Garden Art - Have a bare spot in your garden? Insert a piece of garden art. It could be a sculpture or decoration created for outdoor display, or some quirky item that provides interest. Writers outside Western New York call this look Buffalo-style garden art. A great place to shop for some amazing pieces will be at the Garden Art Sale June 25-26 at the Botanical Gardens.
Container Drama - Plant annuals in large containers rather than small containers. Large containers look more dramatic than small containers. More important, you’ll save yourself some work. Small containers dry out more quickly than large containers and you’ll have to water them more often.
Wedding season is officially upon us! We are looking forward to seeing all the beautiful couples and watching as they embark on this new chapter of their lives. Before the big day, many brides attend their bridal shower. The Gardens is a perfect place to hold a shower.
Showers, whether they are bridal or baby, are so special to be a part of because so much love goes in the preparation and execution. Family and friends “shower” their loved one with a day just for them. From the centerpieces, to the food and the favors, everything is carefully thought out in order to make this time most extraordinary. To see our space or to inquire, contact the events department at 827.1584 ext. 219, ext. 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Botanical Gardens is a popular venue for private events including weddings, cocktail parties, luncheons and more. One of our favorite greenhouses for private events is Greenhouse 11, the Panama Cloud Forest. Full of exotic plants such as orchids, bromeliads, spanish moss and even a papaya tree, this greenhouse transports you to a luscious rainforest.
A Perfect Space
The Panama Cloud Forest is perfect for a small event for about 25 people. The orchid arbor provides a stunning backdrop for any occasion, especially intimate ceremonies. Spanish moss hanging capriciously off arching trees makes for a wonderful ambiance. For larger events, this room is a great location for dinner stations and dessert bars. Food is set out around the center garden island as the guests discover the various delectable items that await them. For cocktail parties or smaller receptions, this room often holds a bar and high top tables for mingling guests. When the weather is nice, the side doors open to allow guests to explore our Peace Garden.
The Panama Cloud Forest is just one of the many greenhouses that provide natural décor for any event. To inquire about hosting your event at the Gardens, contact the events department at 827.1584 ext. 219, ext. 220 or email@example.com.
If you or the organization you work for would like to volunteer for one day or on a regular basis. Please contact our Karen Hammer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 827.1584 ext. 207.
Buffalo, NY - Fairies and Gnomes are mystical and magical creatures and the Botanical Gardens will celebrate their charm with the Fairy and Gnome House Contest, the Fairy and Gnome Festival and the Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshop on April 30.
The Botanical Gardens is looking for imaginative minds to enter the Fairy and Gnome House Contest. Anyone can enter including; scout groups, classrooms, families, individuals, neighborhoods or teams. “House” is open to interpretation. Participants are encouraged to be creative to construct original houses, gardens, camp grounds or wherever you think fairies and gnomes spend their time. Creations must consist of natural or natural looking materials and organizers encourage the use of recycled materials. Intent to participate is due April 15 and completed houses are due to be delivered to the Botanical Gardens by April 29. All entries will be on display for the Fairy and Gnome Festival on April 30. Winners will be chosen at the Festival and various prizes will be awarded. Prizes will include Garden memberships, an hour-long education program at the Gardens for a group and more. The entry fee is $5 for Garden members and $8 for the general public. Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 827.1584 ext. 292 for more information.
The Fairy and Gnome Festival will take place at the Botanical Gardens on April 30 from 10am-5pm. Enter the Gardens’ enchanted forest for fun fairy activities including: a special scavenger hunt, live interaction with feathered friends, story time, face painting, nature walks and some whimsical surprises. Hands on crafts include; beaded garden stakes to attract fairies to your garden, magic wands and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Fairy and Gnome House Contest entries and vote for their favorite. The festival is included with Garden admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+), $5 for kids 3-12, Garden members and kids two and under are free. Attendees that wear a fairy or gnome costume will receive $1 off admission.
The Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshop is also part of the Festival fun. The workshop is offered at 9am and 3pm on April 30. Kids ages 5-12 with great imaginations are encouraged to create the perfect fairy or gnome hideaway using acorn dishes, leaf fences, seed mailboxes and so much more. This artistic workshop will use found and natural materials to ensure fairies and gnomes will feel right at home. The workshop is $15 for Garden members and $20 for the general public and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Containers, soil and plants are included in the registration fee and participants may purchase pre-made twig furniture for $5 per two pieces before or at the workshop.
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.