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2013 Summer Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

Posted on October 07, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Congratulations to the 2013 Summer Sweepstakes Winners!

$2,500 – Earl Ballard

$1,000 – Sandra Carpender

$500 – Bob Kutzuba

$250 – David Jahn and Eliot Nagy

Wegmans Gift Cards:

Barbara Golda

Joanna Langerak

Maryruth Cologowski

Lincoln Jacobs

Gerald Damstetter

 

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket! 

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy at 716.827.1584 ext. 203 or at bwebster@buffalogardens.com.

Job Openings at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Announced

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Job Openings at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Announced

Education Program Assistant

Posted September 17, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking qualified applicants for a part- time position of Education Program Assistant.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Education, the individual will work with the Education Department staff and docents in facilitating plant related, hands-on classes and tours for adult, school age and special needs groups. The individual must have an interest in teaching botany related subjects and have experience working with children and adults of all ages. A high level of written, verbal skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are required.

Applicants must have a minimum of two years undergraduate coursework in Education and/or the Natural Sciences or a current NYS Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education or Science Education and at least one year of experience working in an educational setting with children and adults. The individual is expected to work weekday mornings and most Saturdays not to exceed 25 hours per week.
If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

Gardener

Posted September 17, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking a creative, highly motivated and experienced individual for the full time position of Gardener.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be expected to maintain specialized planting areas and/or the collection in the indoor and outdoor gardens and preform general maintenance when necessary. Experience working with tropical plants in a greenhouse, designing creative displays for flower shows and events and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.

This position requires a degree in horticulture from an accredited college or university with at least three years of horticulture related experience. The candidate should possess a NYS Pesticide Applicators License and a valid NYS driver’s license. This position requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.

If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

A Medicinal Garden Feature, Orchid Show, Mum Show and a Free Day are Planned for the Month of October at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. has a full schedule this October. To start, a Medicinal Garden Feature to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness and Flu Prevention Month will be held on October 12, the bi-annual Orchid Show will take place October 12-13, the Chrysanthemum Show will run October 19-November 10 and the Gardens will celebrate Binational Doors Open Niagara weekend on October 20 with a free admission day.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness and Flu Prevention Month and a special Medicinal Garden Feature will take place at the Gardens October 12 from 10am-2pm. Activities include: educational displays about the possible role of botanicals in preventing the seasonal flu, and also the use of plants in treating and researching cancer. Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen will be on hand to answer questions and provide informational materials. 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.


In conjunction with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, the Botanical Gardens will host the fall Orchid Show October 12 10am-5pm and October 13 10am-3pm. Whether orchids are your passion or simply just a hobby, the Orchid Show gives all guests the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and award-winning displays from the Buffalo Niagara region. Garden visitors will have all their orchid questions answered while enjoying the gorgeous Botanical Gardens, orchid displays, and various orchid-based programs. Specialty vendors will also offer a plant sale including merchandise and supplies in addition to this educational and unique show.
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 go to www.niagarafrontierorchids.org.


Celebrating over 100 years, the Chrysanthemum Show is the longest running tradition at the Botanical Gardens. This year’s show will run October 19 through November 10 from 10am-5pm daily. Mums are a sure sign of shorter, chillier temperatures but their vibrant colors add warmth and beauty to any fall day. These beautiful flowers come in all shapes and sizes, from pale yellow round pompoms to huge bronze footballs. Over 20 varieties of tall standard mums in deep purple, maroon, chartreuse, crimson and pink, just to name a few, give this show drama and dimension.

Binational Doors Open Niagara weekend is October 18-20 and the Botanical Gardens will celebrate this international festival by offering free admission on October 20 only. This festival invites the local community and tourists to visit some of the most beautiful and interesting 19th century heritage, architectural and garden locations in North America during this wonderful weekend.


Tickets for the Medicinal Garden Feature, Orchid Show and Chrysanthemum Show 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!


For more details regarding Binational Doors Open Niagara, go to www.doorsopenniagara.com or call 877.884.2736. 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.

Job Openings at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Announced

Posted on September 17, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Job Openings at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Announced

Education Program Assistant

Posted September 17, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking qualified applicants for a part- time position of Education Program Assistant.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Education, the individual will work with the Education Department staff and docents in facilitating plant related, hands-on classes and tours for adult, school age and special needs groups. The individual must have an interest in teaching botany related subjects and have experience working with children and adults of all ages. A high level of written, verbal skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite are required.

Applicants must have a minimum of two years undergraduate coursework in Education and/or the Natural Sciences or a current NYS Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education or Science Education and at least one year of experience working in an educational setting with children and adults. The individual is expected to work weekday mornings and most Saturdays not to exceed 25 hours per week.
If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

Gardener

Posted September 17, 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking a creative, highly motivated and experienced individual for the full time position of Gardener.

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Horticulture, the Gardener will be expected to maintain specialized planting areas and/or the collection in the indoor and outdoor gardens and preform general maintenance when necessary. Experience working with tropical plants in a greenhouse, designing creative displays for flower shows and events and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.

This position requires a degree in horticulture from an accredited college or university with at least three years of horticulture related experience. The candidate should possess a NYS Pesticide Applicators License and a valid NYS driver’s license. This position requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.

If you would like to be a member of our dedicated staff, please submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, at dswarts@buffalogardens.com.

Gardening and More: Succulents are the star of the show that starts at botanical gardens

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Erin Grajek

From the Springville Journal

BUFFALO - It’s nice to have a little aloe plant on your kitchen windowsill, but there is so much more you can do with succulents than that.

Get great ideas by looking at the amazing exhibits during the Succulent Show to be held from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, from Saturday, Sept. 7 - Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and older and students ages 13 and older with identification, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for Botanical Gardens members and children younger than 3.

Some of the exhibits, such as an entire woman created out of succulents, might be beyond the skills of the average gardener, but there are plenty of ideas that you can borrow and use at home.

I talked with Julie McDonald, gardener at the Botanical Gardens, about some of the designs she and fellow gardener Teresa Mazikowski created, last year.

Perhaps the simplest idea is to mix a variety of succulents in a container. Start with some tall plants, such as sansevieria, also called snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue. Add shorter plants, then add your smallest plants, even cuttings of a plant, last.

Look for variety. Succulents can be tall, slender and upright; very wide and floppy, like a puppy’s ear; floral-shaped or cascading. They can be shiny or fuzzy. They can come in shades of green, silvery gray and yellow with splashes of red, purple and white.

Another way to display succulents is on a form.

For a mushroom, McDonald and Mazikowski took a wire flower pot and turned it upside down. They took thick plastic netting (the kind you use around a plant, to keep deer and rabbits from eating it) and wired it to the pot. Then they glued preserved moss to the netting. A section of a large cardboard mailing tube formed the stem. The tube was wired to the inside of the basket and covered with moss. You can add hens and chicks or other succulents, as well.

A simple cone shape covered in succulents would look great in the garden and it could make an attractive Christmas decoration as well.

McDonald and Mazikowski used a tomato cage turned upside down. The legs of the cage were wired together a few inches from the top. The legs were splayed enough at the top to form a pocket where a plant could be inserted.

Plastic netting was wired to the cage. Presoaked sphagnum moss was added to the inside edges to hold in the moisture. Don’t use Spanish moss, McDonald said; it won’t last. Sphagnum moss is expensive and heavy, so you don’t want to fill the entire tomato cage with sphagnum moss, she noted. Wire the succulent cuttings in place.

Check out the Succulent Show at the Botanical Gardens, to see what new ideas you can glean, for your own planting.

Connie Oswald Stofko is publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. Email Connie@BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com

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