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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®!

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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.

 

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Shayne Dark Residency

September 14-19 - In conjunction with Erie County, the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative and Dark, The Botanical Gardens will host a one-week residency for the artist September 14-19. 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.

Included with admission unless otherwise noted

Welcome & Set-Up - September 14
10am-5pm - 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.

Creative Process - September 15
10am-5pm - Dark will offer direct insight into his creative practice and allow visitors to see the evolution of his work from raw materials to a finished installation by the end of the week.

Creative Process & Member Day - September 16
12-8pm - Dark will continue working in public view on his new piece. Botanical Gardens and Albright Knox Members are admitted free to the Botanical Gardens from 10am-8pm.

Creative Process, Tours & Presentations - September 17
12-5pm - Dark will continue working in public view on his new piece. Albright Knox Members are admitted free.
5-7pm - Botanical Gardens will be closed to the public.
7-8:30pm - Artwork Tours & Artist Presentation - Botanical Gardens will be open and free to the public. Tours and presentation are free and open to the public.

Creative Process - September 18
10am-1pm - Dark will continue working in public view on his new piece.

Creative Process - September 19
10am-12pm - Dark will continue working in public view on his new piece.

 

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.