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A Tree Festival, Ten Plants That Rocked History Event and a Horticulture Certificate Series are announced at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 06, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Released August 27, 2013

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces a fall season full of educational horticulture programs.  The Tree Festival on September 14 from 10:00am-1:30pm will include an exciting tree presentation from Rochelle Smith, a fun tree walk and an informational planting clinic. Ten Plants that Rocked History on September 17 will entertain crowds and highlight plants that changed life as we knew it.  To round out the fall season, Horticulturist David Clark returns to the Botanical Gardens with his entertaining Horticulture Certificate ProgramHorticulture I and Horticulture II

The Tree Festival celebrates everything trees! Learn how to choose trees for your property, how to care for them and how to identify tree species at this educational and fun event.  Noted dendrologist Rochelle Smith, Finger Lakes Community College Horticulture Program Coordinator will conduct an informative talk from 11:00am-12:00pm on tree selection and tree health.  Kristy Blakely, Botanical Gardens Director of Education will host a South Park Tree Walk from 10:00-10:45am and 12:30-1:15pm.  Participants will walk through the South Park Arboretum and discover differences between trees, see a “living fossil” and much more. The Tree Planting Clinic from 10:00-10:45am and 12:30-1:15pm will be hosted by Master Gardener Lyn Chimera.  She will teach participants how to properly plant and care for trees including best watering practices, staking procedures, and much more.

The Tree Festival is made possible by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.  The Tree Festival is $8 for Botanical Gardens’ members, Master Gardeners, seniors and students and $10 for non-members and the general public.  Hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Ten Plants that Rocked History on September 17 will explore how plants affect and are affected by the people, industry, economy, and health of their environment, as active catalysts in the life of the planet.  This evening of educational fun brings gardening lovers and history buffs together to learn unexpected stories of the amazing and significant role of plants in the journey of the human race, as told by humorous and knowledgeable Horticulturalist David Clark.  Topics will include the real reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock instead of their original destination of Virginia and some plants that are a lot racier than pepper and potatoes! 

Tickets are $20 for Gardens’ members and $24 for non-members and pre-registration is required.  Beer, wine and light refreshments are included and the evening concludes with a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens.

David Clark is a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  Designed for beginners that would like to know more than garden basics, Horticulture Certificate Classes I & II are a great way to enhance any gardeners’ skills and confidence. 

Horticulture I will include basic botany and plant environment on September 28, basic propagation on October 19, pest management and disease on November 2, shrubs and trees on November 16, annuals and perennials on January 4 and garden design on January 18.  Horticulture II will address soil science on October 5, advanced propagation on October 26, practical principles of pruning on November 9, hydroponics on November 23, water gardening on January 11 and landscape design 2 on January 25.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held on Saturday mornings in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus from 11:00am-1:00pm.  Each series is $105 or $20 for each individual class for Gardens’ members, $130 or $25 for each individual class for non-members and the general public.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.buffalogardens.comor call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.  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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Botanical Gardens Announces the Annual Succulent Show, a Medicinal Garden Feature and a Fall Plant Sale

Posted on September 06, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Released August 22, 2013

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is proud to announce the annual Succulent Show which will run September 7 - October 6, 10am-5pm daily, a Medicinal Garden Feature to highlight Cholesterol Awareness and Men’s Health Month on September 7 from 10am-2pm and the Fall Plant Sale on September 13 from 9am-7pm and September 14 from 9am-2pm.

Designed by Botanical Gardens’ Gardeners, the Succulent Show, sponsored by Local Edge, is always a visitor favorite.  This exciting show will illustrate to visitors what can be created with these exciting little plants through creative design concepts. Using common, unusual and exotic varieties, the Botanical Gardens will be full of interesting container gardens, a table setting, a globe made of succulents and many unexpected surprises. 

September is Cholesterol Awareness and Men’s Health Month and a special Medicinal Garden Feature will take place at the Gardens on September 7 from 10am-2pm. Activities include: Educational displays about healthy foods from plants that may be beneficial in maintaining a low-cholesterol diet, medications and botanicals which may be helpful in managing cholesterol levels, educational presentations and displays about general men’s health and prostate health; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived and from which future medications are being researched.   From 10am-12pm, Independent Nursing Care will provide blood pressure screening and flu shots will be available.   The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

The third Annual Fall Plant Sale will take place on September 13 from 9am-7pm and September 14 from 9am-2pm in the Gardens’ Administration Building.  This fantastic sale will include perennials, flowering shrubs and more!  Highlights include; Japanese Anemone, Leadwort, New England Aster, Butterfly Bush, Toad Lily, Large Flower Hibiscus and so much more! 

Tickets for the Succulent Show and the 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 under 3 are free!  The Fall Plant Sale on September 13 and 14 is free to the public.

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 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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Star 102.5 Presents the Botanical Gardens with a $12,500 Donation from Starry Night in the Garden 2013!

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Erin Grajek

The summer unofficially kicked off with Starry Night in the Garden 2013. Thanks to all the restaurants, wineries, and volunteers who helped, and especially Ginny Blackmore, Youngblood Hawke, and Sarah Bareilles for making it a fabulously perfect night.

David Swarts, president/CEO, and Erin Grajek, marketing director, of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens joined Rob Lucas in the Morning on Star 102.5 and left the studio with a nice check.

Check out Rob's Blog Here!

 

Creative Art Classes, Photography Exhibit and a Photo Contest Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release

Buffalo, NY -  The Botanical Gardens has many creative and educational activities for guests of all ages.  All guests will enjoy Doug Hansgate’s photography exhibit in the Archangel Gallery from August 24 through October 13.  Adults can join in the artistic fun though Drawing and Watercolor Classes from September through December and young artists can enjoy Art Classes for Kids from October through December.  All ages are encouraged to enter the annual Digital Photo Contest by December 31.

Doug Hansgate will present his magnificent photography in the Arcangel Gallery at the Gardens from August 24 through October 13.  Titled Nature, This exhibit will showcase the intricate and artistically thought provoking wonder of succulents and orchids. It will explore the black and white form of photography so often overlooked. Without color our mind is drawn to the more sublime.  The imagery will inspire peace and respect for all that nature has provided.  This exhibit will be open 10am-5pm and admission to the Arcangel Gallery is included with Garden admission.

Adult Drawing and Watercolor Classes will cultivate the creative and inspire the inner artist. All skill levels are welcome to create beautiful drawings with inspiration from the Gardens.  Taught by professional artist Joan Saba, students are guaranteed to create an exquisite piece of work.  Drawing classes will be offered on the following dates; Series DA will be held September 4, 11, 18 and 25; Series DB will be held October 2, 9, 16 and 23 and Series DC will be held October 30, November 6, 13 and 20. Watercolor classes will be offered on the following dates; Series WCA will be held September 9, 16, 23 and 30; Series WCB will be held October 7, 21, 28 and November 4 and Series WCC will be held November 18, 25, December 2 and 9.  All classes are open to the public and will be held from 8:45-10:15am and costs are as follows: $58 per series or $16 per class for Garden members or $64 per series or $17 per class for non-members.

Art Classes for Kids are a fantastic way for children to express themselves by creating their own artistic masterpieces. These multi-medium classes are for kids ages 5-15 and will be offered on the following dates; Series KAA will be held October 5, 19 and November 2; Series KAB will be held November 9, 16 and 30 and Series KAC will be held December 7, 14 and 21.  Classes will be held 9:00-10:30am and costs are as follows; $30 per series or $11 per class for children/grandchildren of Garden members and non-members.

The annual Digital Photography Contest is designed to capture the beauty inside and around the Botanical Gardens.  Amateur photographers of all ages are encouraged to enter the contest.  Categories include Portrait, Plants and Perspective.  The Portrait category welcomes images of friends and family enjoying the Gardens, plants that rock your world should be entered in the Plants category and the Perspective category is designed to capture your perspective of the Gardens’ historic architecture.   Awards include: first, second and third place in each category and the cover of the Gardens’ next newsletter.  Entry forms can be found on the Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com.  Images should be submitted via email to events@buffalogardens.com in a .jpg format by December 31.  Entry fees are as follows: first entry is free and each additional entry is $6 for Garden members and each entry is $8 for non-members.

For more information on these classes, exhibits and 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.


Botanical Gardens Receives a $2,500 Grant from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation

Posted on August 15, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY -  For the second year in a row, the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation will fund a portion of the Plant Pals program at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with a grant of $2,500.  This grant will provide 220 second graders in the Buffalo Public Schools with a unique field trip to the Botanical Gardens to experience hands-on lessons about the plants we eat and good nutritional practices.

“The Buffalo Bills are proud to support the youth in the Western New York community and assist in providing them with opportunities to become better educated and more physically fit through our 2013 Youth Foundation’s grant program,” said Ralph Wilson, Jr., Bills Owner.”

Created in 2011 with a grant from the Margaret Whitehead Foundation, Plant Pals is aligned to the New York State Standards for Science and provides lessons for second graders in the Buffalo Public Schools at no cost. These students experience lessons on vegetables, fruits and grains and start to build an understanding of the plants we eat and the biology behind those plants.  Additionally, students gain knowledge of proper nutritional practices and an appreciation for how plants are essential for our physical and mental well-being.  Plant Pals also addresses the epidemic of childhood obesity by providing students with the opportunity to learn about proper nutrition through a hands-on educational experience.

Schools play a critical role in helping to encourage healthy behaviors and Plant Pals program introduces second graders to plant life, and paves the way for the Project Empower program at the Botanical Gardens, targeted to third graders in the Buffalo Public Schools.  The ultimate goal is to prepare students for fourth grade science lessons that lead up to the New York State Science Assessment Test.

Established in 1986 by the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation (BBYF) is a not-for-profit organization that primarily supports charitable organizations that emphasize improving the quality of life for youth in Western New York. Nearly 200 thousand dollars in grants were awarded in 2013, and over three million dollars in grants have been awarded since the BBYF’s inception. For more information on the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation or the Bills in the Community, please visit buffalobills.com or call 716-648-1800.

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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