from $19.00 Junior Botanist Camp
July & August
Garden Members $95 or $19/day
Non-Members $105 or $21/day

  • BC 1 - July 6-10 - Wild and Wacky Water Week
  • BC 2 - July 13-17 - Pollinators Week
  • BC 3 - July 20-24 - Edible Garden Week
  • ABC 1- July 27-31 - Horticulture Camp (Ages 10-16)
  • BC 4 - August 3-7 - Plants and our Planet Week
  • BC 5 - August 10-14 - Survival Adventure Week
  • BC 6 - August 17-21 - Nature Explorers Week
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. for more information.
Proven Winners & Our New Signature Garden

May - October 2015

Last summer, we applied to be designated as one of six elite Proven Winners Signature Gardens in the country through Proven Winners®.  These Proven Winners Signature Gardens represent an elite group of properties that showcase exceptional garden presentations

We are extremely proud to announce that our Botanical Gardens was chosen!  Our Proven Winners Signature Garden will create amazing plant and color combinations that will enhance the first impression of our gardens and provide a showcase garden that visitors can translate at home.  Over the next several months, we will be working closely with Proven Winners® and installation will begin soon.  

The Proven Winners Signature Garden will include a transformation of the outdoor front entrance gardens.  In order to build a solid foundation for these gardens, we will also be installing an automated irrigation system.  This will ensure that best plant offerings from the number one plant brand in the world are full, vibrant, happy and healthy.  This partnership will allow us to provide seasonal interest to the outdoor gardens and set a framework to display plants in a way that has never been done before at our Gardens.  

“We are honored to offer our Proven Winners Signature Garden designation to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens - now one of only six designated properties around the country. We couldn’t be more pleased to be involved in this historical garden treasure and look forward to being included as part of their exceptional gardens.”  said Tom Ewing of Proven Winners®.

With this prestigious Proven Winners® designation, our goal is to present our Botanical Gardens as a regional showcase and our collaboration with Proven Winners® as a long term partnership that will evolve as we grow.  When you visit this summer, enjoy the wonderful new Proven Winners Signature Garden and celebrate our new partnership with Proven Winners®!

Click here for more information on Proven Winners®

Click here for more information on Proven Winners Signature Gardens


from $35.00 Senior Membership

Save! $63.00 for two years
Includes one senior 55+ as stated on membership card
Two guest passes
Free admission to the Gardens
Discounts on selected events, classes, trips and exhibits
10% discount in the gift shop and on the Great Plant Sale
Seasonal mailings and invitations to special events
Reciprocal benefits to nearly 300 gardens and arboretums


Protecting your membership and your benefits is extremely important to us. Starting January 1, 2014, when visiting the Gardens, we will require an additional photo identification card to match the names on your membership card. As always, membership cards may only be used by the listed member and are non-transferable.


Click here for New Membership Levels and Prices for 2014!

Shayne Dark: Natural Conditions Art Exhibit

May 22 - October 4
Shayne Dark (b. 1952, Canada)

Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative

This installation of work is a collaboration between Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative and the Botanical Gardens.  This project is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Albright-Knox Contemporary and Modern Art Foundation Canada and Charles Balbach.

Canadian artist, Shayne Dark (b. 1952), has gained considerable attention for sculptures that he creates using elements found in nature, specifically locally sourced branches, limbs, roots and trunks of trees. Dark has considerable interest in the intersections of art and the natural world, and his work provides the ideal context for this collaborative exhibition. Situating Dark’s monumental works against the backdrop of the Lord & Burnham designed conservatory and nestled in a landscape originally crafted by Frederick Law Olmsted, this exhibition site provides breathtaking installation opportunities. In addition to several large scale works placed on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, the artist’s work will be integrated into the greenhouse displays throughout the interior of the conservatory. The natural drama created by Dark’s striking use of bold color will complement and enhance the organic surroundings of the garden, blooming together in a magnificent and harmonious display.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative will host a one-week residency for the artist at the Botanical Gardens September 14-20.  Dark will source local organic material to create a site-specific installation. In keeping with his practice, Dark will focus on materials in the region that have fallen due to natural circumstances or as a result of the end of their life-cycle. These materials will find new life in the hands of the artist. The residency will offer direct insight into the artist’s creative practice and allow visitors to see the evolution of the work from raw materials to finished installation.

Shayne Dark Residency - September 14-20
In conjunction with Dark’s art exhibition at the Gardens, the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative will host a one-week residency for the artist at the Botanical Gardens. Dark will source local organic material to create a site-specific installation through live demonstrations throughout the week.  The residency will offer direct insight into the artist’s creative practice and allow visitors to see the evolution of the work from raw materials to finished installation. Check our website for more details.


Wegmans Family Garden


Open daily and year round
Included with Garden Admission

This inside garden provides a place for safe, meaningful play and discovery as children of all ages and abilities explore the wonders of the plant world and the importance of eating healthy. Visitors are able to plant, dig, build, observe, dream, explore, touch, smell and listen as they engage in both free play and structured learning. See the schedule below for our upcoming offerings.

Wegmans Family Days

Included with Garden Admission

Have fun with your food! Expanded nutrition and food-themed kid’s hands-on programming will take place on the third Saturday in the Family Garden and at stations throughout the Gardens between 10am-2pm. Look for special plants in the Gardens that tie in with the monthly theme. See the schedule below for our upcoming themed offerings. While activities are best aligned for children ages 4-10, caregivers of our youngest learners are encouraged to assist with creations!  Included with paid Gardens admission/Membership! Providing a safe learning environment for children is important. All activities are peanut-allergy friendly.

World Health Month - April 18

Celebrate World Health Month at the Gardens! Learn about the importance of good nutrition while making your own smoothies. Explore the many different medicinal uses of tea throughout the world at our special tea tasting. Then, create cool grape sculptures and use vegetable stamps to make some beautiful paintings.

Spring Celebration - May 16

Help us welcome spring at the Gardens! Learn about the plants we eat and how they grow at our special spring planting activity. Discover the important role pollinators play in maintaining our food supply while making an egg carton caterpillar and enjoying a healthy bee banana snack. Then, learn how honey is made while making a beautiful beehive painting.

Edible Gardens - June 20

Come learn about the different types of plants that we eat and why they are so good for us! Plant your very own pizza garden and make some fabulous fruit trees out of paper bags. Then, learn about why pollinators are so important to the plants we eat while making egg carton bees and hummingbird feeders.

All about Apples-September 19

Come join us for an apple harvest celebration! Learn how apples grow while making your very own apple tree and apple pencil toppers. Then, make some beautiful apple prints and learn about different apple varieties at our apple and cider tasting!

Sunday Programming
April 26, May 31, September 27
11am-1pm, Included with Garden Admission - Kids 4-12 will enjoy these hands-on activities free with Garden admission. Activities held in the Wegmans Family Garden

 Providing a safe learning environment for children is important. All activities are peanut-allergy friendly