from $6.00 2015 Digital Photo Contest

Adult (18+)
Teens (12-17)
Youth (Under 12)

All photos were considered for the following two awards:

  • President’s Pick
  • Cover of the Gardens’ Next Newsletter

Photos submitted in each age range were considered for the following awards:

  • Best Use of Shadows and Light
  • Most Unusual Vantage Point
  • Best Use of Color
  • Best Use of Macro Photography

Click here for an Entry Form
(email or mail in your entry form, pay online and we will match them up)

2014 Winners

Cover of the Next Newsletter - Darleen Stry

President's Pick - Barbara MacNaughton


Most Artistic - Matthew Norvilitis

Best Use of Color - Darren Stry

Best Use of Macro Photography - Matthew Norvilitis

Best Use of Shadows and Light - Luke Avery

Most Unusual Vantage Point - Darren Stry


Most Artistic - Stephen Rinaldo

Best Use of Color - Alexis Nazitto

Best Use of Macro Photography - Stephen Rinaldo

Best Use of Shadows and Light - Alexis Nazitto

Most Unusual Vantage Point - Rachel Norvilitis


Most Artistic - Ashlee Clause

Best Use of Color - Eileen Graetz

Best Use of Macro Photography - Sandra Peek

Best Use of Shadow and Light - Tina Bidwell

Most Unusual Vantage Point - Deborah Bender

from $19.00 Art Camp
July & August
Garden Members $95 or $19 per day
Non-Members $105 or $21 per day

  • AC 1 - July 6-10 - Multi-Medium SOLD OUT
  • AC 2 - July 13-17 - Painting
  • AC 3 - July 20-24 - Drawing SOLD OUT
  • AAC 1 - July 27-31- Multi-Medium Advanced Art Camp (Ages 10-16) with previous art experience
  • AC 4 - August 3-7 - Multi-Medium
  • AC 5 - August 10-14 - Painting SOLD OUT
  • AC 6 - August 17-21 – Drawing
SAVE by participating in both kids camps!
9am-4pm, Garden Members $150 or $30/day, Non-Members $160 or $32/day
Campers staying for both camps will need to bring a bagged lunch. Lunchtime is from 12-12:30. Campers coming just for the afternoon session are welcome to join their friends at lunchtime and bring their lunch too. FULL DAY CAMP CLICK HERE!  Call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 to register or for more information.
Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes
July 18 - July 27, 2015
Trip of a Lifetime!

Rates before January 19, 2015
Double Occupancy $5,299
Single Occupancy $6,099
Triple Occupancy $5,249

Rates after January 19, 2015
Double Occupancy $5,449
Single Occupancy $6,249
Triple Occupancy $5,399

The Botanical Gardens, in conjunction with Collette Vacations and the Royal Horticultural Society, present an incredible trip to Northern Italy! Join us as we embark on a trip of a lifetime! Reserve today!

Day 1: Saturday, July 18, 2015 Overnight Flight
Join us for an unforgettable exploration of the spectacular gardens and villas of Italy’s lakes region. Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Venice.

Day 2: Sunday, July 19, 2015 Padua, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Padua today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wine. (D)

Day 3: Monday, July 20, 2015 Padua
Start your day with a visit to the world’s first botanical garden and UNESCO World Heritage site - Padua Botanic Garden - originating in 1545. Then, travel to Valsanzibio Gardens, one of the best preserved Baroque gardens in existence. Meet its owner who will guide you through the meticulous gardens; this is followed by an interactive gardening workshop to learn their techniques and uncover the secrets of what it takes to keep their historic gardens vibrant. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel in Padua. (B, D)

Day 4: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Padua - Verona - Lake Como
Step into the Renaissance with a visit to Giardino Giusti. These perfectly manicured gardens are as breathtaking now as they were when they opened in the 1500s. The current owners will walk you through their masterpiece and share stories of its history. Continue on to the elegant shores of Lake Como, your home for the next three nights. Its charm stems from the beautiful villas, lush gardens and spectacular views. (B, D)

Day 5: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Lake Como
Spend time this morning at the stunning garden of Villa del Balbianello. Resting on the shores of Lake Como, the terraced garden boasts breathtaking views and is dominated by stunning architectural features. The garden is a bona fide masterpiece in which every element relates to its elegant history and location. Learn about the restoration and preservation efforts before returning to your hotel this afternoon for a special wine reception in the garden. (B)

Day 6: Thursday, July 23, 2015 Lake Como - Bellagio - Lake Como
Explore one of the most spectacular gardens in all of Italy, the Villa Carlotta. Built at the end of the 17th century, this lakefront property was once part of Europe’s Grand Tour. Afterwards, travel by ferry to the romantic town of Bellagio. Bellagio provides the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panoramic view. The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Stroll the neoclassic Villa Melzi d’Eril’s garden with its exotic species, camellias and rhododendrons. Discover the splendor of Bellagio at your own pace this afternoon before returning to Lake Como. (B, D)

Day 7: Friday, July 24, 2015 Lake Como - Varese - Lago Maggiore
Travel to the incomparable Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, a wonderful example of Italian Lombard Renaissance architecture. Immerse yourself in the spectacular elegance of the villa and gardens on a tour hosted by a member of the Cicogna Mozzoni family. At the conclusion of your tour, enjoy refreshments in this delightful setting. Later, travel to Varese, the garden city of Italy, to visit the beautiful Villa Della Porta Bozzolo for a guided tour. The villa, which was constructed in the 16th century, boasts a spectacular Italian garden exuding Baroque charm. Explore the grounds and the “Secret Garden”. Continue to Lago Maggiore, home to spectacular views as well as areas of historical and architectural interest. (B)

Day 8: Saturday, July 25, 2015 Lago Maggiore
Journey via cableway to the Alpinum Garden, a botanical garden specializing in the collection and cultivation of Alpine plants. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular gardens of Villa Taranto. Neil McEacharn, a Scottish captain, purchased the villa and dedicated his life to creating a great botanic collection. During your visit, explore the terraced garden, bog garden, winter garden and herbarium. Following your tour, enjoy free time to take in the gardens at your own pace. (B)

Day 9: Sunday, July 26, 2015 Lago Maggiore - Borromean Islands - Lago Maggiore
Travel by boat to the stunning Borromean Islands. Arrive first to the enchanting Isola Madre where you will tour the gardens and palace with a local expert. Isola Madre is the largest of the islands with stunning gardens featuring azaleas, pergolas of ancient wisteria, and camellia blossoms. This afternoon, cruise to another of the Borromean Islands, Isola Bella. Join an expert guide and discover the beauty of the island’s palace and gardens. Gather this evening to celebrate with a delightful farewell dinner. After dinner, you will return to the mainland by boat. (B, D)

Day 10: Monday, July 27, 2015 Lago Maggiore - Milan Malpensa - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Milan Malpensa this morning. (B)

Included Meals Key - B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Click HERE for more info

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