One and done? Not for these gardeners

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

One and done? Not for these gardeners
Shoppers form a line for discounted bulbs from spring show
By Melinda Miller | Buffalo News Staff Reporter
on April 20, 2013 - 9:57 AM, updated April 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Call it a shopping frenzy for patient people.

It wasn’t a long wait to get in the door – even the earliest shoppers were at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens a mere three hours ahead of time Friday.

But the prizes they carried home from the Black Friday Spent Bulb Sale – tulip, crocus and daffodil bulbs, at the deep discount price of $7 per shopping bag – won’t see blossoms again until 2014, when their bright blooms of yellow, pink, red and purple lead the charge into another spring.

Mike and Debbie Bakos from Batavia might take a nap in the meantime. They got up at 3 a.m. to be first in line with Jennifer Reid of Eden, setting up folding chairs next to the old garage behind the gardens’ conservatory at 5 a.m. The sale started there at 8.

They weren’t looking for anything special beyond a great bargain on bulbs.

“I just grab what I can grab,” Debbie Bakos said.

Inside the garage, in the calm before the storm, rolling racks four shelves high were piled with thousands of wilting flowers as a handful of staffers and volunteers conferred on their positions for the event – which could be described as 20 to 30 minutes of quiet, dirty chaos.

“[The bulbs] come from our spring flower show,” said Erin Grajek, director of marketing for the Botanical Gardens. “It’s our biggest show of the year, always around Easter time – and all the bulbs that are in that show are what we sell.”

The plants are all “forced” to bloom, Grajek explained, and are considered “spent bulbs” rather than “seed bulbs.”

“That means, when you plant them, they might not come back,” she said. “That’s why we sell them at a reduced rate.”

Outside in the slowly growing line – there were about 80 people at 7:45 a.m. – veterans of other sales said they have had good success with previous bags of bulbs, and were glad to be back for more.

“The first year we got over 1,000 bulbs,” said Sue Kloc of Blasdell, who comes with three or four friends. Friday, she was on a quest. “This is my fourth year, and I’ve never gotten a blue hyacinth yet. That’s what I’m looking for.”

She wasn’t the only one hot for hyacinths. Even though they were at the very end of the rows of bulbs, once the door opened, the racks of pink, white and purple hyacinths (no blue for Sue) were picked clean by 8:10.

Julie Feldman of West Valley knew enough to wear a hooded sweatshirt this time, to keep dirt from flying in her hair.

Larry VanNote has about three acres around his Strykersville home and has been to the sale three or four times.

“I had so many bulbs last time, I wasn’t able to plant them all, so I’m kind of starting over,” he said. “This year I’m here for tulips.” Later, he walked out with three full bags of them.

Others, some of them serious gardeners, hope to find something a little different.

“They understand they are getting really cool varieties that they can’t get other places,” the gardens’ Grajek said. Considering that elsewhere even conventional bulbs can be 50 cents to $1 each, getting a bag of 50 or more new-variety bulbs for $7 is “the cheapest price in the universe,” one volunteer joked.

As the doors rolled up at precisely 8 o’clock, the first buyers walked quickly in and surveyed the racks. About 20 people are let in at a time, a few minutes apart. Zigzagging up the aisles from rack to rack, the earliest birds get the best view of the merchandise, because many blossoms are still intact.

“A lot of years the petals are gone,” Grajek said. “They can actually see what they are getting this year.”

Soon after most of the customers are inside, the jostling and shaking had knocked off most of the petals. Some shoppers were carefully working handfuls of bulbs into the sacks – each person could buy three bagfuls – while others carried them in armfuls to jam in the bags at the counter.

By 8:10, everyone who was in line early was inside.

By 8:12, many sections were almost empty, save for a rack of orange tulips that was, oddly, still more than half full.

By 8:20, most of the shoppers were headed to their cars, with a little more than a dozen sorting through the remaining selections. Unlike previous years, enough bulbs remained to fill a few bags for latecomers.

Pamela Dortch of Buffalo was among the last to leave. She bought her house on the West Side two years ago, she said, and was ready to start landscaping.

“I wanted hyacinths, and tulips – I love tulips,” she said.

Not all the bulbs are going from the public gardens to private yards. Gail Huber and Marilyn Gallivan, both of Buffalo, are volunteers at Concordia Cemetery at 438 Walden Ave.

They are working to beautify the historic site, which was established in 1859, Huber said.

Gardeners who didn’t make it Friday have one more chance, Grajek said.

All the flowers along the Botanical Gardens’ walkway and front entrance will be pulled out in a few weeks, just in time for the Great Plant Sale on May 18-19.


Insider Perks Video - Places To Visit

Posted on April 17, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo Botanical Gardens Travel Video
Filmed and written by Brian Searl, Insider Perks

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is located in Buffalo, New York approximately 15 minutes from downtown. For more than 100 years it has welcomed residents and visitors who wish to expand their knowledge of the world's plants. It is also one of the oldest buildings in the city and was made by famous greenhouse architects.

Inside the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens you will find more than 22,000 different species of plants and flowers from all over the world. There are 12 different houses that showcase a variety of ecosystems including a rainforest, a desert and the Florida Everglades. Perhaps most visually stunning is the Palm Dome which offers up tropical plants or the rainforest house with a 40-foot high waterfall.

Woven between the numerous plants and flowers are interactive exhibits to help keep your children entertained as well as educated. There is also a scavenger hunt offered when you purchase your tickets that challenges the younger ones to find objects hidden throughout the botanical gardens. Kids also love the Wegman's Family Garden that helps them learn about their world.

If you happen to be a Buffalo resident you'll enjoy several special events held throughout the year at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. If learning about plants as well as flowers is something that interests you, planning a trip around one of these events might be perfect for you.

David Anderson Charitable Trust Hosts Art Sale

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

World-Renowned Artwork from The David Anderson Charitable Trust Offered in Unprecedented Western New York Sale

Proceeds from private collection to benefit 13 community, arts and educational organizations

Buffalo, NY -- January 14, 2013 -- Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary is honored to announce "The David Anderson Charitable Trust Collection: A sale of original prints to benefit Western New York community organizations," which will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The proceeds of the sale will be divided, according to David Anderson's specific instructions, among the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Prep, Buffalo Zoo, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Nichols School, The Park School of Buffalo, SPCA Serving Erie County, University at Buffalo Foundation to benefit the Anderson Gallery, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The sale of approximately 400 works on paper includes prints by Karel Appel, Norman Bluhm, James Brooks, Christo, Jim Dine, Claire Falkenstein, Sam Francis, Michael Goldberg, David Hayes, John Hultberg, Paul Jenkins, Lester Johnson, Jules Olitski, Gio Pomodoro, Clayton Pond, Ludwig Sander, George Segal, Julian Stanczak, Antoni Tapies, Walasse Ting, and Mark Tobey, among many others.

The quality of this collection highlights the discerning taste of David K. Anderson (1935-2009), an internationally recognized art dealer, collector and philanthropist. This one-day sale is a rare, five-hour opportunity for the public to select and purchase from this world-class private collection.

Anderson had deep connections with Western New York. His mother, Buffalo native Martha Jackson (1907-1969), was one of the 20th century's most important art dealers. Raising her son in New York City, Jackson instilled in him a lifelong love of art.

Anderson chose to attend UB in the 1950s. He then returned to New York City, first working at his mother's eponymous gallery, then, in 1959, opening the David Anderson Gallery downstairs. Devoted to works on paper, his gallery played a leading role in establishing an original, fine-art print market, often commissioning, publishing and showing prints by artists in conjunction with their painting exhibitions one flight up.

For the next two decades, Anderson's impact on the art world was felt internationally. Opening a gallery in Paris (1961), he introduced works by American artists to Europe. He returned to the Martha Jackson Gallery in 1967, and operated it into the 1980s. Near the end of this period, Anderson reintegrated himself into the fabric of Western New York life, moving back to Buffalo to raise his family.

His philanthropic contributions to Western New York are legion. He established the Anderson Gallery in 1991--a state-of-the-art exhibition space in Buffalo's University Heights district--and ran it as a commercial gallery until 2000, at the same time forming a significant private art collection. The gallery's street address, One Martha Jackson Place, was created in tribute to his mother and his family's legacy in the region. In 2000, he gifted the entire building and a large part of his private collection to UB.

Anderson's vision for the disposition of the Charitable Trust Collection was that the artworks within it would be displayed and enjoyed. To that end, he intended that the art be affordable, so that individuals from the WNY community could acquire original artwork with a stellar provenance. Many of the works for sale are from the vital period in the 1960s when Anderson was working in close conjunction with his mother.

In addition to his desire for the art prints to be personally enjoyed, Anderson also left instructions that this private collection, and its proceeds, be shared and benefit as many people and regional institutions as possible. This instinct reflects values inspired by his family and his lifetime of art-filled enjoyment and promotion. Anderson's generosity and commitment to Western New York are part of his legacy.

Admission to the event is free, and there is plenty of free parking at the Center for the Arts for this Sunday afternoon event.

All items for sale at this event are from The David Anderson Charitable Trust Collection, and are not derived from any public museum collection, including the Anderson Gallery and UB Art Galleries.

Press Release provide by Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary

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Exercise Your Creative Side at the Gardens!

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

For Immediate Release - April 15, 2013

Exercise Your Creative Side at the Gardens!

Buffalo, NY - As we inch closer to summer, the Botanical Gardens has many creative and educational activities for guests of all ages. Bring your young artist to the Gardens starting May 4 as we kick off Saturday Art Classes for Kids from 9:00-10:30am. For the adult aspiring artists, the Gardens will offer Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes starting May 6 from 8:45-10:15am and Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes starting May 8 from 8:45-10:45am. On May 7, the Gardens will honor teachers of all levels with National Teacher Day from 3:30-5:30pm. Keeping the educational spirit in mind, the Medicinal Garden will present a special feature dedicated to teaching awareness about Arthritis and Osteoporosis on May 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Cultivate your creative side by exploring a variety of different art classes offered at the Gardens! Taught by professional artist Joan Saba, you are guaranteed to create an exquisite piece of work. Saturday Art Classes for Kids are a fantastic way for your child to express him/herself by creating their own artistic masterpieces! These multi-medium classes are for kids ages 5-15. Costs for children of Garden Members & Non-Members are $30 per series or $11 per class.

Adults will have the opportunity to join us starting with Monday Morning Adult Watercolor Classes. Both novice and veteran artists are welcome! Wednesday Morning Adult Drawing Classes are another fun and creative way to express your inner artist! All skill levels are welcome to come create beautiful drawings with inspiration from the gardens! For both adult classes, Garden Members are $58 per series or $16 per class, Non-Members $64 per series or $17 per class.

In honor of National Teacher Day, on May 7, the Gardens will offer free admission for teachers from 3:30-5:30pm. Encourage all the teachers in your life to take their knowledge outside the classroom and reward their hard work with the beauty that is the Gardens. Just show your school ID badge and come see what we have to offer. Teachers can enjoy a free tour, science demos and much more!

The month of May is Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month. On May 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Medicinal Garden will host a special feature with the purpose of educating garden visitors about recognizing and treating symptoms through botanical methods. Activities include; educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived from and which future medications are being researched. Health Screenings will also be offered by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. The Medicinal Garden feature is included with Garden admission. 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 under 3!

For more information on all of these events visit us 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.


Celebrate the Start of Gardening Season with Beautiful Plants and Spectacular Entertainment!

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2013
Contact: Erin Grajek, Director of Marketing
716.827.1584 ext. 204 -

Celebrate the Start of Gardening Season with Beautiful Plants and Spectacular Entertainment!

Buffalo, NY - Join us at the Botanical Gardens for upcoming events as we celebrate spring!  April 27 through June 2, the Archangel Gallery will be hosting a photography exhibit featuring the works of Sandra Kicman. On May 2, Buffalo Spree Magazine and the Botanical Gardens will host Refresh, a creative and fun event from 5:30-8:30pm.  National Public Gardens Day will be honored on May 10 from 10:00am-5:00pm. The weekend of May 18 and 19, the Gardens will feature both the Bonsai Show and The Great Plant Sale. The much anticipated Bonsai Show will run from 10am-5pm, while the Great Plant Sale will go from 9am-4pm.

Sandra Kicman is a talented photographer who is very passionate about her photos. Her exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery from April 27-June 2 will show off her unique perspective.  Her work has a way of capturing texture, color, positive and negative space and turning it into a truly magnificent snapshot of our visual world. Escape your own day-to-day responsibilities and dive head first into her world of photography. The exhibit will be held in the Archangel Gallery and is included with admission to the Gardens.

Refresh is a rejuvenating evening of healthy living, beauty, fashion and shopping presented by Buffalo Spree Magazine. The Botanical Gardens offers a picture-perfect backdrop to introduce a fresh philosophy with new and exciting creative ideas on beauty and fashion. Spree’s fashion writer, Erin Habes, reveals this viewpoint throughout the garden space with avant-garde fashion creations that use the botanical backdrop in exciting ways. Ticket includes: admission, fashion exhibition, over 30 retail, wellness and beauty vendors, appetizers, cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are available at or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202.  

Come support your favorite botanical garden for National Public Gardens Day on May 10 from 10:00am-5:00pm! National Public Gardens Day is a celebration of America’s public gardens while recognizing the important role they play in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities across the nation.  Admission is $1.00, Garden Members and kids under 3 are free!

The Bonsai Show on May 18 and 19 from 10:00am-5:00pm will give both Bonsai masters and novices a chance to show off their hard work and dedication! Come see these prized trees displays at their peak. Take advantage of this opportunity to see all these meticulously manicured trees all under one roof! This event is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens. Admission is $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids under 3 are free! 

Spruce up your garden and landscape with plants from The Great Plant Sale, the Botanical Gardens’ biggest sale of the year!  The Sale will include vibrant hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental trees and shrubs, rare and unusual plants, deer resistant plants and flowers, native plants, tropical plants, Japanese Maples and much, much more! The Great Plant Sale is sponsored by Buffalo Spree Magazine and Star 102.5.

For more information on all of these events visit us 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.

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