Over four months in early 2012, students and faculty collaborated to generate over sixty highly diverse strategies for thinking about the Botanical Gardens today and its potential addition of an Orangery. Through the hands-on creative process, the Gardens staff and volunteers, UB faculty and students and outside design critics collaborated and a great and rigorous project emerged. This project explored not only the Orangery but the essence of the Botanical Gardens’ existing buildings, its collections, origins, possibilities today and implications for the future. The life of the Botanical Gardens, its horticulture collection, staff, volunteers, its influence on visitors and the community were all considered as alive and changing - as having Lifecycles.
This formed the basis for a design studio entitled, LifeCycles. The studio asked students to consider the growing and evolving roles of time itself in the design process, planning, construction and use of complex, often hybrid programmed buildings such as the Botanical Gardens. Students’ work dealt with heat and ventilation controls, lighting, spatial organization and movement of visitors. The studio, taught by professors Jordan Geiger, Coordinator; Brian Carter; Nerea Feliz; Curt Gambetta and Brad Wales, considered how we think about nature and how it translates into our modern buildings. The buildings’ relation to horticultural sciences, shifting global patterns, migration and climate change were also considered. The studio concluded that the Botanical Gardens and the surrounding landscape (interior and exterior environments) must be considered a combined architectural-landscape object that needed to compliment and contrast with the existing structure’s simple separation of interior and exterior spaces. At the end of the semester, students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and outside design critics collaborated to choose six diverse designs from the studio to be part of the LifeCycles exhibit at the Botanical Gardens.
As the Botanical Gardens looks toward a sustainable future, these projects and models are important to promote creative and thoughtful visions for the future. Visitors will be able to enjoy these creative scale models and consider the possibilities of reinventing the Botanical Gardens’ interior and exterior spaces.
The LifeCycles exhibit is included with admission to the Botanical Gardens. Admission tickets can be purchased at the door for $9 adults, $8 seniors (55+), $8 students (13+ with ID), $5 kids (3-12), Garden Members and kids under 3 are free!
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The Botanical Gardens is participating in Spring It On, a 24-hour on-line fundraising event being held on Friday, March 1. Visit Spring It On between 12:01 am-11:59 pm on March 1 and support the Botanical Gardens! Spring It On is designed to raise awareness and funds for participating not-for-profit organizations in Erie and Niagara Counties through the United Way.
Help us spring something great on one of Western New York's historical and cultural gems - the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens!
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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2013
Contact: Erin Grajek
Director of Marketing
716.827.1584 ext. 204
Buffalo, NY - With spring rapidly approaching, the Botanical Gardens has planned many fun activities to be enjoyed by all. Starting on March 15, the spring season will kick off with Taste of Paradise from 6pm-9pm. From March 16 through April 7, the annual Spring Flower Show will be held from 10am-5pm daily and will include special appearances from Farmer Brown’s Animals, the Easter Bunny on select dates and Dress Your Easter Best contest March 29-31. Following this long-awaited show is the popular Easter Egg Hunt on March 30.
Taste of Paradise is a tropical garden celebration designed to get you in the mood for spring with a sneak preview of the Spring Flower Show. A tropical themed event, Taste of Paradise is a chance to escape the cold temperatures, wear your tropical gear and soak up spring! Tickets include crisp, fresh garden cocktail samples from ONE ROQ Vodka, tropical drinks from Seagram’s Escapes Coolers, ice cold beer from Dundee Ale and Lager and tastes of herbs, fruits and savory delights from Oliver’s, Lucarelli’s, Curly’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Obviously Avi Catering and Quaker Bonnet.
Taste of Paradise is made possible by the generous support of M&T Bank, ONE ROQ Vodka, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5, Backyard Party Supply, Seagram’s Escapes Coolers and Dundee Ale & Lager. Tickets for Taste of Paradise are $25 for Garden Members, $28 for Non-Members and $30 after March 6. Purchase tickets online.
The Spring Flower Show will be bursting with vibrant colors and fragrances! This popular show welcomes spring with greenhouses full of beautiful spring flowers including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, primroses, crocuses and so much more. Make sure you join the family fun with Farmer Brown’s Animals and visit chicks, lambs, pigs, a donkey, goats and more! The animal barn will be open from 10am-4pm daily during the Spring Flower Show and the Easter Bunny will visit on March 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 from 10am-5pm. The Dress Your Easter Best contest encourages guests to celebrate spring tradition and wear a beautiful Easter Bonnet or Easter Tie to the Botanical Gardens. The Easter Bunny’s helper will choose winners throughout the day and winners will receive a prize!
The Spring Flower Show, Farmer Brown’s Animals, visits with the Easter Bunny and Dress Your Easter Best Contest is made possible by the generous support of M&T Bank, Local Edge, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s. All these events are included with Spring Flower Show admission - $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids under 3 are Free!
The Easter Egg hunt will take place on March 30 and children ages six and under are eligible to participate in the hunt. Each Hunter will collect two eggs to exchange for a great prize! After the Hunt, all Hunters are admitted free to the Gardens the entire day! Inside they can enjoy fun activities including a scavenger hunt, games, Farmer Brown’s animals, prizes and more! Pre-registration is required for this activity because it does sell out quickly. Registration is $6 for Garden member’s children/grandchildren, $8 for non-member’s children/grandchildren and $10 for everyone after March 17. Register early online.
For more information on all of these events visit us at 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.
The Botanical Garden strives to create fantastic shows and exhibits while creating a welcoming, fun and inviting atmosphere! Please help us by providing your honest feedback in the NIGHT LIGHTS 2013 survey. We sincerely appreciate your comments, suggestions and ideas.
Education Program Assistant (Part-time) - posted February 4, 2013
Candidate must have a minimum two years undergraduate coursework in Education and the Natural Sciences or a NYS Teaching Certificate in the Natural Sciences and at least one year experience working in an educational setting with children and adults.
The Education Program Assistant will be expected to work with Education Department staff to build an understanding of and connection to the mission and vision of the Botanical Gardens and facilitate plant-related, hands-on classes and tours for adult groups, school groups, scout groups and special needs groups. The candidate will assist staff with a variety of programming and events for both children and adults, must have an interest in teaching botany-related subjects and have experience working with children and adults of all ages and abilities. Qualifications include a high level of written and verbal skills, some public speaking experience, must be organized, self-reliant, multi-tasked oriented, a team player and possess a sense of humor. Applicants must also maintain high integrity, a positive attitude and a professional appearance at all times.
This part-time position is for some weekday mornings and most Saturdays. Applicant must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs, possess excellent customer service skills, be able to lift 25 pounds and have a valid New York State Driver’s License. The Education Program Assistant will report to the Gardens’ Director of Education and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to David J. Swarts, President/CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include three references.