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Botanical Gardens selected as a finalist for the 21st Century Fund's $100,000 grant

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

by: Tracey Drury

Four nonprofits are in the running for a $100,000 grant to be decided by a few hundred donors participating in a giving circle.

Since 2000, the 21st Century Fund has awarded grants to support nonprofit projects, with the winner selected by a group of funders, including individuals, families and school groups. It’s a program of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The organization has 350 members.

This year’s winner will be the 10th grantee, following winning projects by Explore & More Children’s Museum, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Buffalo State College Community Maritime Center and the Darwin Martin House restoration.

Eight semi-finalists, selected from 27 applicants, participated recently in table displays and one-on-one questions with 21st Century Fund members. Members selected the following four finalists:

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo: The Great Futures renovation project includes an expansion of its Butler Mitchell Clubhouse into a multi-use facility.

• Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: The project includes reconstruction of two greenhouses and new exhibits.

• Gerard Place: The Education and Community Center Training project includes equipping an industrial kitchen for culinary training and to prepare meals for the homeless and a child-care center.

• Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club: The 17th Street Clubhouse project involves an upgrade and revitalization of its clubhouse.

A winner will be selected April 13 by majority vote.

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Medicinal Garden Features Planned at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host three Medicinal Garden Features this spring.   March 19 will be the first, supporting Nutrition & Poison Prevention Month. The second will be held on April 9 in contribution to World Health Week and lastly on May 14, Arthritis Awareness & Osteoporosis Awareness prevention month will be honored. 

Collaborating with the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, the Medicinal Garden provides Botanical Gardens visitors with a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants.  These features offer guests the opportunity to learn about plants used in traditional, herbal and modern medicines.  They also strengthen visitor’s awareness of the interdependence between humans and plants.

March is Nutrition & Poison Prevention month and the Gardens will be holding a Medicinal Garden Feature on March 19 from 10am-2pm. Activities include: presentations about the benefits of foods from plants containing health-promoting compounds; botanical displays of edible plants which are good for health; and common local plants which may be toxic to humans and pets. 

The Medicinal Garden Feature on April 9 is in support of World Health Week. This feature will be held from 10am-2pm that Saturday. Activities include: good things to eat, things to do each day to improve general health, botanicals used in traditional and current medicine, stress relief ideas and healthy foods that come from all over the world.

On May 14 the Gardens will host a Medicinal Garden Feature in honor of Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness prevention month. Activities will be from 10am-2pm including: 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.

Medicinal Garden Features are included in Garden admission and can be purchased at the door. 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.

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.

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.