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Fairies and Gnomes Visit the Botanical Gardens this Spring!

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - Fairies and Gnomes are mystical and magical creatures and the Botanical Gardens will celebrate their charm with the Fairy and Gnome House Contest, the Fairy and Gnome Festival and the Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshop on April 30.

The Botanical Gardens is looking for imaginative minds to enter the Fairy and Gnome House Contest.  Anyone can enter including; scout groups, classrooms, families, individuals, neighborhoods or teams. “House” is open to interpretation.  Participants are encouraged to be creative to construct original houses, gardens, camp grounds or wherever you think fairies and gnomes spend their time.  Creations must consist of natural or natural looking materials and organizers encourage the use of recycled materials.  Intent to participate is due April 15 and completed houses are due to be delivered to the Botanical Gardens by April 29.  All entries will be on display for the Fairy and Gnome Festival on April 30. Winners will be chosen at the Festival and various prizes will be awarded.  Prizes will include Garden memberships, an hour-long education program at the Gardens for a group and more.  The entry fee is $5 for Garden members and $8 for the general public.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 827.1584 ext. 292 for more information.

The Fairy and Gnome Festival will take place at the Botanical Gardens on April 30 from 10am-5pm.  Enter the Gardens’ enchanted forest for fun fairy activities including: a special scavenger hunt, live interaction with feathered friends, story time, face painting, nature walks and some whimsical surprises.  Hands on crafts include; beaded garden stakes to attract fairies to your garden, magic wands and more.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Fairy and Gnome House Contest entries and vote for their favorite.  The festival is included with Garden admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+), $5 for kids 3-12, Garden members and kids two and under are free. Attendees that wear a fairy or gnome costume will receive $1 off admission.

The Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshop is also part of the Festival fun.  The workshop is offered at 9am and 3pm on April 30.  Kids ages 5-12 with great imaginations are encouraged to create the perfect fairy or gnome hideaway using acorn dishes, leaf fences, seed mailboxes and so much more.  This artistic workshop will use found and natural materials to ensure fairies and gnomes will feel right at home. The workshop is $15 for Garden members and $20 for the general public and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Containers, soil and plants are included in the registration fee and participants may purchase pre-made twig furniture for $5 per two pieces before or at the workshop. 

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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Workshops, Tours and a Bulb Sale Will be Held this Spring at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of programs, workshops and special sales throughout the year.  This spring, the Botanical Gardens will hold a Beginning Bonsai Workshop on April 21 and April 22, a Black Friday Spring Bulb Sale on April 29, two Arbor Day Tree Tours on April 29 and two Hypertufa Container Workshops on May 14.

The Beginning Bonsai Workshop is a hands-on workshop that is one of a kind. Participants will fashion live bonsai trees while learning the art of bonsai with the Buffalo Bonsai Society. On both April 21 and 22 the workshop will be held from 6-9pm. Organizers suggest that participants bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport their bonsai once completed. Space is limited in each session and all materials will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Garden Members is $75 and $80 for the general public.

The Botanical Gardens pulls all the blubs from the Spring Flower Exhibit to hold a Black Friday Spent Spring Bulb Sale.  This popular sale is set to begin at 9am on April 29. Buyers line up around 7am and organizers urge the public to arrive early because the bulbs go fast! The Botanical Gardens will provide a bag for each guest, limit is 3 bags per person, at the great price of $10 per bag. The Bulb Sale takes place in the garage behind the Botanical Gardens and admission to the Sale is free to the public.

Celebrate Arbor Day with Arbor Day Tree Tours on April 29 at 4pm and 6pm. The tour will take guests around the grounds of the Botanical Gardens to visit trees in the collection and learn the basics of tree identification. The Botanical Gardens recently received Level II Accreditation as an Arboretum through ArbNet, the interactive community of arboreta.  Tours will be held rain or shine and are $10 for both Botanical Garden members and the general public.

The popular Hypertufa Container Workshop will be held on May 14 at 9am and 1pm. Participants will create a unique planting container from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. This is a messy workshop and organizers ask participants to wear appropriate clothing.  Participants must bring one container to mold the creation, no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. Workshop pricing for Botanical Garden Members is $25 and $30 for the general public.

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 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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