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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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Garden Walk Buffalo is This Weekend!

Posted on July 25, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Don't miss this great event!  Here is the event info:

  • Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2012, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • A FREE self-guided tour of  370+ urban gardens and historic neighborhoods.
  • The largest garden tour in the United States. Garden Walk is one of the most unique urban events in America.
  • A chance to see some of the most beautiful and creative urban gardens – anywhere in the U.S.
  • Garden Walk Buffalo has record of increasing property values and improving the quality of life on blocks where there are participating gardens. Our version of “urban greenewal.”
  • Garden Walk Buffalo gives back to block clubs, non-profits and community organizations with Garden Walk Beautification Grants each year.
  • Buffalo’s great gardening heritage includes our 1868 Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux-designed parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy is a nationally-recognized caretaker of this unique and special park system. Most of the parkways and circles, as well as the Buffalo Japanese Garden and Delaware Park Rose Garden are in the area of Garden Walk.
  • Our Lake Erie waterfront park (and Garden Walk regular) is home to the Erie Basin Marina University Test Gardens, which evaluates the performance of newly-introduced annuals from commercial growers.

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National Garden Festival Runs June 21 to August 4

Posted on June 10, 2013 by Erin Grajek

 
National Garden Festival Runs June 21 to August 4

Published by Visit Buffalo Niagara - May 20, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. - May 20, 2013 - The fourth annual National Garden Festival will take place from June 21 to Aug. 4 in Buffalo, N.Y. and it is, by far, the largest garden festival in America.

The six-week-long festival offers something for anyone with (or without) a green thumb:

  • 15 garden walks and tours throughout the Buffalo Niagara region, totaling nearly 1,000 private gardens. The most popular of the tours is Garden Walk Buffalo - the largest free garden walk in the country, with more than 350 private gardens on view - on July 27 and 28.
  • A series of luxury motorcoach tours, operated by AAA Western and Central New York's Horizon Club Tours. Expert gardeners will provide behind-the-scenes tours of some of Buffalo's finest gardens, from secluded private yards to the city's Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks. The tours each include a sit-down lunch.
  • Day-long seminars at local garden centers, such as Native Plants & Sustainable Landscapes at Lockwood's Greenhouses on July 6 and a pair of workshops on Harvesting & Designing with Flowers and Medicinal Herbs at Urban Roots on July 13.
  • Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale: Many out-of-town visitors have commented that Buffalo has its own style of gardening, in which gardeners mix brash combinations of flowers with art and funky found objects. The National Garden Festival is giving the public the chance to incorporate this style into their own gardens by purchasing unique and whimsical garden items from 40 vendors at the Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale on Sunday, June 30 at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park.
  • LEAF a Legacy Project: Call it Extreme Makeover: Traffic Circle Edition. The LEAF a Legacy project represents the evolution of the National Garden Festival's Front Yard Contest, which provided free landscape makeovers to entire blocks of private homeowners on urban streets facing Olmsted Parks each of the last three years. With LEAF a Legacy, the landscapers will now be joining together each year in a non-competitive environment to give a facelift to a public space within Frederick Law Olmsted's system of parks and parkways. The inaugural LEAF a Legacy project focuses on the Olmsted-designed traffic circle that links McKinley Parkway and Dorrance Avenue in South Buffalo and a stretch of McKinley Parkway that extends toward the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. In spring, this space received some 115 new trees as part of phase one of the project. The work was done by a group of professional landscapers from the Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, staff from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension and other National Garden Festival volunteers. Funding for the trees came from the Western New York State Nurseryman's Foundation, the New York State Nurseryman's Foundation and ReTreeWNY. Phase two, which will entail shrub and garden plantings, will take place from July 8 to 12.
  • Open Gardens: on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the festival, some 80 private gardens throughout the Buffalo Niagara region will be open to visitors. Locations, dates and times are listed in the Open Gardens Guide, a full-color book available for an $8 donation at http://www.nationalgardenfestival.com/ or the following locations:
    • Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center (two locations): Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St., Buffalo; on the secure side of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
    • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's Parkside Lodge: Delaware Park, Buffalo
    • Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo
    • Lockwood's Greenhouses: 4484 Clark St., Hamburg
    • Mischler's Florist: 118 South Forest Rd., Depew
    • Urban Roots Garden Center: 428 Rhode Island St, Buffalo
    • Masterson's Garden Center & Aquatic Nursery: 725 Olean Rd., East Aurora
    • Queen City Garden Town Nursery: 4000 Harlem Rd., Buffalo
    • Spring Lake Winery: 7373 Rochester Rd., Lockport
    • Everything Elmwood: 740 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
    • Omega 3 restaurant (two locations): 739 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; 4445 Main St., Buffalo
    • AAA offices (two locations): 100 International Drive, Williamsville; 3475 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park

"Buffalo is quickly becoming a gardening mecca," said National Garden Festival Director Sally Cunningham. "The National Garden Festival is a giant garden party that brings together six weeks of garden walks, tours, speakers, Open Gardens and special events. The festival has put Buffalo at the head of garden tourism in America and tens of thousands are falling in love with our colorful, creative and lush gardens."

A full calendar of events and their descriptions can be found at http://www.nationalgardenfestival.com/. Basic details are as follows:

Friday, June 21
AAA Motorcoach Tour: Favorite Buffalo Gardens - the Preview Tour            

Saturday, June 22
Lewiston Gardenfest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Sunday, June 23
Lewiston Gardenfest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m  

Sunday, June 23
GObike Buffalo City Garden Tour by Bicycle, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m  

Thursday & Friday, June 27 & 28
Open Gardens

Friday, June 28
Fairy Day Garden Festival at Menne Nursery
AAA Motorcoach Tour: Landscapes outside the limits - Fine Suburban Landscapes

Saturday, June 29
Fairy Garden Celebration at Menne Nursery

Sunday, June 30
Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parkside Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, July 4 & 5
Open Gardens

Friday, July 5
AAA Motorcoach Tour: Architectural Treasures and Fine Gardens - Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House, Forest Lawn, Rose and Japanese Garden and new plant introductions at the Erie Basin Marina Test Garden

Saturday, July 6
Grand Island Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Native Plants & Sustainable Landscapes at Lockwood's Greenhouses

Sunday, July 7
Grand Island Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 8 to 12
LEAF a Legacy Public Space Makeover

Thursday & Friday, July 11 & 12
Open Gardens  

Saturday, July 13
Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lockport in Bloom, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lockport Twilight Garden Tour, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Niagara Falls Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Urban Roots: Pathways to a Useful Garden workshops: Harvesting & Designing with Flowers; Medicinal Herbs)

Sunday, July 14
The Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lockport in Bloom, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Thursday & Friday, July 18 & 19
Open Gardens
         

Friday, July 19
AAA Motorcoach Tour: Farm Tour - From Alpacas to Blueberries: includes cut flower production and fresh produce

Saturday, July 20
Town of Amherst Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lancaster Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Williamsville Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ken-Ton Saturday Night Lights, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 21
Lancaster Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, July 25 & 26
Open Gardens

Thursday, July 25
AAA Motorcoach Tour: Southtowns Bouquet - with the famous gardens of Mike  & Kathy Shadrack, luncheon & tour at Lockwood's Greenhouses, and new private gardens of Hamburg

 Friday, July 26
AAA Motorcoach Tour: The Buffalo Style Garden - art and intimate outdoor living spaces Garden Walk Buffalo's Wine & Roses Tour

Saturday, July 27
Garden Walk Buffalo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 28
Garden Walk Buffalo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, August 1 & 2
Open Gardens (outside of the city of Buffalo, only)  

Saturday, August 3
Black Rock Riverside Tour of Gardens, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Black Rock Riverside Starry Night Tour, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Beyond Flowers Tour - Seven stops around Buffalo where the community has worked with Mother Nature, not against her, in reclaiming the land.

Several National Garden Festival partners will also be holding the following ongoing exhibits and special events:

BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS
June 19: Starry Night in the Gardens
June 15 to July 28: Celebration of Coleus and Color
June 9 to July 7: Garden Railway Exhibit

BUFFALO OLMSTED PARKS CONSERVANCY
July 12: The Olmsted Gala at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

SHAKESPEARE IN DELAWARE PARK
June 20 to July 14: Hamlet
July 25 to Aug. 18: Measure for Measure

BUFFALO IN BLOOM
June 29 to July 21: Buffalo in Bloom scouts are scouting front yards all over Buffalo - Watch for the "Bloomed" signs and congratulate the honorees!

FOREST LAWN CEMETERY AND ARBORETUM
Every weekend, there are trolley and walking tours of this historic cemetery and arboretum

The National Garden Festival is a collaboration between the garden and landscape organizations of the Buffalo Niagara region. The festival is presented by Visit Buffalo Niagara, District 8 Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Garden Walk Buffalo, the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, the New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and Forest Lawn Cemetery. Funding is provided by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the Western New York Foundation and the Buffalo Green Fund. Additional support has been provided by the Western New York Hosta Society, the Buffalo Area Daylily Society, the Peace Garden Project, Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Buffalo in Bloom, the Iris Society of Western New York and Elizabeth Licata.

Visit Buffalo Niagara sells and markets our assets and attractions to visitors outside of the Buffalo Niagara region as a convention, tourism and leisure destination for the economic benefit of the community.

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Director of Education Position Available

Posted on May 10, 2013 by Erin Grajek

Just Announced!

Director of Education Position Available - Posted May 10, 2013

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is seeking an innovative, highly motivated and creative individual for the full time position of Director of Education.

This individual will be responsible for providing leadership, planning and management of all educational programing for children, families, adults and special needs students at the Botanical Gardens; daily activities of the education staff (comprised of full time, part time and volunteers); direct, train and motivate the education team to create and execute innovative and meaningful programing.

Qualified candidates are required to have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, must be organized, self-reliant, multi-task oriented and a team player with a sense of humor. Exceptional people skills and the ability to work well with volunteers and staff are required. Candidate must have a working knowledge of or a background in botany or horticulture and possess operational knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

This position requires an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and a New York State Permanent Teacher’s Certification with at least five years teaching and related experience. Management or non-profit experience is a plus. This position will report to the President/CEO and the candidate should possess a valid NYS driver's license. This position also requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.

Please submit a resume and letter of interest to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. via email at dswarts@buffalogardens.com or by mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14218.

REFRESH Photos on Buffalo.com

Posted on May 08, 2013 by Erin Grajek

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