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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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Volunteer Newsletter - July-August 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Click here for our latest Volunteer Newsletter

 

 

Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale 2016

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

For immediate release: June 8, 2016
Media contact only: Jim Charlier (716-884-3274) GardenWalkBuffalo@yahoo.com

Gardens Buffalo Niagara is hosting its annual Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale offering gardeners handcrafted artistic elements to enhance gardens and outdoor spaces. NEW THIS YEAR – it has gone from a one-day event to a two-day event. ALSO NEW – location has changed to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens!

The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale 
Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Rain or shine)
The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Cost: Free. Solo acoustic performer, Harvey Brice, will play for select hours both days.

No garden is complete without art. Are you looking for something unique or handmade to complete your garden art collection? Visit nearly 40 vendors of nature-themed items or works that can be displayed in a garden setting, in many mediums: sculpture, metalwork, paintings, woodwork, architectural remnants, found art, jewelry, ceramics, planters– anything that looks good in a garden!

Avenue of Plant Societies: Representatives from area plant societies will be on hand to answer questions about their specialty plants. Free presentations on garden topics will be given throughout the two days.

For more information, visit www.GardensBuffaloNiagara.com

Gardens Buffalo Niagara presents events including: Tours of Open Gardens on Thursdays and Fridays throughout Buffalo Niagara during the month of July; the annual Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale; Horizon Club Travel’s Great Garden Travel with Sally Cunningham; the "Buffalo Beyond Flowers: Sustainability in Action" tour; an “East Side Momentum” bus tour; promotion of ALL 18 Buffalo Niagara weekend garden tours; educational events; and Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in America. For more information, visit www.GardensBuffaloNiagara.com

 

Vendors participating in the 2016 Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale:

Sculpture

  • Junktures  Garden art/sculptures made from junk. Forestville, NY
  • Quest Creek Cast stone garden accessories with hostas/ornamental grasses, garden obelisks/tuteurs. East Otto, NY 
  • Sticks and Stones  Leaf castings, bee hives, butterfly houses, rock vases, and oil candles. N Tonawanda, NY 
  • Designer Mailbox Metal sculptures. Amherst, NY 
  • Leaves by Jenny Three-tier, hand-sculpted waterfall fountains, leaves, and bird baths. Clearwater, FL 
  • Heart of Franklinville Concrete garden statuary and rustic décor. Franklinville, NY

Glass

  • Art Glass and More  Birdbaths and garden art made from repurposed vintage glass. Orchard Park, NY 
  • Creative Copper Wire Hand-crafted garden items made from copper and glass. Buffalo, NY 
  • ReCreations by Deb Hanging root vases, glass terrariums, suction window vases. Cherry Creek, NY 
  • Gleam & Glimmer Stained Glass Stained glass garden items, trellis, hanging bird baths, fairy garden accessories, tea lights, and wind chimes. N Tonawanda, NY 
  • Cynthia Harter Flowers made from vintage glass. Depew, NY        
  • Ratcha Lynn Hand-painted glass, pot holders, tea cozy, tote bag, and wrap skirts.  East Aurora, NY 
  • By Ann Hand-painted flags and vases. Rochester, NY 
  • Mary Terziani Glass Fused glass art: flowers, wind chimes, suncatchers, and functional pieces.  Rochester, NY 
  • Creative Glass Works Glass mosaics on bowling balls, birdhouses, and wrought iron mosaic hangers. Buffalo, NY 

Pottery/Ceramics            

  • Hog Shed Studio Pottery Functional stoneware pottery, bird feeders, bowls, and petal pots. Little Valley, NY 
  • Phoebe McKay Ceramic sculptures: birds, flora, and fauna. Buffalo, NY 
  • JPG Pottery Hand-thrown pottery sculptures – 100 lbs each. Allegany, NY 
  • Diane Sypniewski Hand-painted clay pottery of birds/nature, oil paintings of floral landscapes, and painted floral glassware. Depew, NY 
  • Over the Buffalo Moon One-of-a-kind decorative pottery, fused glass jewelry, and suncatchers. Cheektowaga, NY 

Paintings/Photography

  • Images by Michael Nature/fine art photos of flowers, birds and scenic landscapes. Cattaraugus, NY 
  • Watercolors by Sheryl Perez  Watercolor originals and prints. Wheatfield, NY 

Wood Crafts

  • Lotus Wood Crafts Hand-crafted wood items from barn wood and pallets, furniture and garden accessories. Depew, NY 
  • Maple View Farm Handmade wooden garden ornaments toadstools, and salad bowls. Holland, NY 

Other

  • Different by Design Hand-painted garden art, and solar sconces. Amherst, NY   
  • Live Art  Natural rock planters. Sandusky, OH 
  • Copper Creations  Recycled copper, brass sprinklers, sculptures, and flower showers. Haines City, FL
  • Ten Thousand Villages  Hand-crafted planters, garden sculptures, wind chimes, bird baths, gardeners soaps, and lotions. Williamsville, NY