Watercolor Class on CW23

Posted on June 19, 2012 by Erin Grajek

Art class in the gardens:


Posted on June 11, 2012 by Erin Grajek

We launched our new website and we are so proud!  

We have made many changes to our site to create an easy, streamlined experience!  If you are a returning customer to you will be required to create a new account.  Because we hold security to a high standard, you will be asked to create a new user name and password.

Please take a look around our site and enjoy! Thank you for visiting our new site and we hope to see you at the Gardens soon!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Marketing Department at 716.827.1584 ext. 204 or email us at 

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

The Botanical Gardens will Brighten your May!

Posted on May 01, 2012 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2012

Media Contact:
Erin Grajek
716.827.1584 ext. 204

The Botanical Gardens Will Brighten Your May!   

Buffalo, NY The Botanical Gardens will brighten up your May as it blossoms with fun-filled events. To kick-off the month, the Gardens will be hosting the first REFRESH, REVIVE, REJUVENATE Girl’s Night Out Beauty Book event by Buffalo Spree Magazine on May 3, and opening Rachel, a photography exhibit which will be held in the Arcangel Gallery May 5-June 3. These exhibits will be complemented by other great events, which include: National Teacher Day on May 8, National Public Gardens Day and a special Medicinal Garden Feature on May 11, Mother’s Day Tea Cup Arrangement on May 12 and the Bonsai Show and The Great Plant Sale May 19-20.     

Join us at the Gardens as Buffalo Spree magazine presents REFRESH, REVIVE, REJUVENATE on May 3 from 5:30pm-9:00pm.  Enjoy an evening of beauty, shopping and wearable art creations to refresh your senses!  This event features beauty, style, spa and retail merchants, a fashion art exhibition, a live DJ, silent auction, photo booth fun, cash bar and delicious eats from Curly’s Grill & Banquet Center – all benefiting the Gardens.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202 or at  This event is sponsored by: Corto’s Salon & Seasons Spa, Curly’s Grill & Banquet Center, Tony Walker Body & Beauty and vitaminwater®.

Rachel is a 10-year-old girl whose exhibit is inspired by photography of plants and architecture from her surroundings, and this is her first exhibit!  She has received a first place award for her photographs at the Erie County Fair, and has also won first place in the Binational Tourism Alliance’s Doors Open Niagara Architage Contest for four years in a row. One of her most prized photographs is of the Botanical Gardens and it will be included in her exhibition. Her love and passion for nature photography makes the Gardens a natural fit for her artwork.  In the future she hopes to pursue careers in teaching and photography. This exhibit is open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm, May 5-June 3 and is included with Garden admission.

The Gardens will celebrate National Teacher Day on May 8 from 3:30-6:00pm to recognize and honor the noble profession of teaching. The Gardens will offer free admission to all teachers, in order to thank them for their hard work and devotion to learning. Teachers should bring their id badge, to enjoy a free tour, science demonstrations and more.

National Public Gardens Day is May 11.  This is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Please join us at the Gardens from 10:00am-5:00pm on May 11 for $1 admission. Docents will also offer free mini-tours of the Gardens throughout the day!

A special Medicinal Garden Feature will also be held on May 11, from 10:00am-2:00pm, in honor of Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. With the help of the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, the Gardens will offer enlightening presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment, in order to build educational awareness and prevention for arthritis and osteoporosis in our community. This special feature will also include plant displays from which current medications are derived and future medications are being researched. This feature is included with Garden admission which will be $1 on May 11.

The Mother’s Day Tea Cup Arrangement workshop will join families together to celebrate and honor their mothers on a day devoted to them. Kids, with an accompanying adult, are welcome to participate in creating customized fresh flower arrangements in tea cups as a unique gift for their mothers. This workshop is $30 for Garden members, $35 for non-members and will be held on May 12 from 11:00am-12:30pm.  This workshop requires pre-registration, and you can register online at or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

The Bonsai Show will be held May 19-20 from 10am-5pm. This is a unique show that brings together bonsai masters and novices to display their prized trees at their peak. This is a once a year exclusive event held at the Gardens to give both members and non-members the opportunity to see these meticulously manicured trees all in one location. Demonstrations and informal question and answer sessions will take place throughout the weekend. Bonsai plants will also be available for sale during the show.

The Bonsai Show is brought to you by the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Botanical Gardens. Admission prices for this event 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!

The Great Plant Sale is the Gardens’ biggest sale of the year! Spruce up your yard, home and landscape with bright and healthy plants from the Botanical Gardens for this summer season. This annual plant sale will offer shoppers the opportunity to choose from a wide, unusual variety of plants.  Included in the sale will be colorful hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamentals, many varieties of tropical plants, rare plants, deer resistant plants, shrubs and so much more! The Great Plant Sale will take place in the new Administration Building next to the Gardens and is free to the public. This event will be open to members and volunteers only on May 18 from 4:00-7:00pm, and open to the public May 19-20 from 9:00am-4:00pm.

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.



NEW! Kid's Birthday Parties at the Gardens!

Posted on April 05, 2012 by Erin Grajek

Life crazy busy or not, that day rolls around every year – it’s your child’s birthday and you’re faced with the dilemma of how to celebrate it in a meaningful, memorable way that won’t cost a fortune and will require minimum effort on your part.

Well…why not celebrate that special day at the Botanical Gardens surrounded by beauty and serenity, while the children participate in two fun docent-led hands-on activities as well as enjoy a mini tour of the Gardens?

We’ll provide pizza and a box drink for your child and his/her guests and take care of the set-up and clean-up. The cost is $12.00/child (the Birthday honoree and two adults are complementary).

For more information, please contact:
Education Department

Praiseworthy Effort

Posted on March 19, 2012 by Erin Grajek

Buffalo News Editorial - Monday May 23, 2011
Buffalo News Editorial

The progress made at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens is nothing short of amazing, and it’s thanks to the resolve of volunteers and staff working in extremely difficult circumstances to restore a deteriorating asset.

The result is that paid attendance is up 88 percent and the number of active volunteers has more than tripled. Also, as reported, revenue from private events, including weddings, has increased fivefold. Moreover, the nonprofit Buffalo&Erie County Botanical Gardens Society expects to balance the budget this year without county funding, a first.

It is, in no short measure, a tribute to the 27 volunteer board members, including board President Mary Ann Kresse. She has served since 2002, when then-County Executive Joel Giambra asked her to chair a task force to improve the facility.

The task force looked into how to wean the gardens from Erie County funding into an independent entity and developed a strategic plan. It all got accomplished by August 2004 and the Buffalo&Erie County Botanical Gardens Society has since been running the operation for the county.

The steps toward independence were nudged along by the fact that in 2010, County Executive Chris Collins refused to authorize the $322,000 the County Legislature voted the facility. That forced the society to dip into reserve funds earmarked for future projects and completion of the master plan.

After ending 2010 in the red, the society stepped up efforts to generate revenue. There are sources of funding available to the non-profit society that the county could never have tapped, including private foundations and individuals who wouldn’t give to a county operation. Memberships have jumped along with the increase in paid ad-missions. And the facility is just better looking and better cared for now, because the society is able to hire its own staff of skilled gardeners and horticulturists. That’s something the county couldn’t do.

The facility in Olmsted’s South Park features three glass houses by premier conservatory designers Lord & Burnham and opened just before the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition.

The society’s board of directors and volunteers have devoted themselves to re-energizing the Botanical Gardens. The education program is well-developed, with a director of education, and a marketing and development director and a new president and chief executive officer, David J. Swarts.

The society is now pursuing accreditation from the American Association of Museums, and updating its master plan. Plans call for eventually expanding greenhouse capacity, restoring two original domes and adding a classroom wing, library and events center. Praise is due to all involved in the rebirth of a landmark.