Morty the Corpse Flower
The Botanical Gardens will be open 10am-5pm every day

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In early July 2014, the Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanum tubers and one is blooming. Corpse Flowers (its common name), are native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia and are famous for their horrible smell, like rotting flesh, while in bloom. Corpse Flowers can bloom every 6-10 years, making it a rare sight to see and smell!

Like many Corpse Flowers living at botanical gardens, ours has a name, Morty. Corpse Flowers can be quite challenging to grow so Morty’s “Undertaker”, Jeff Thompson, Director of Horticulture and our horticulture team are making sure it has the right conditions to thrive in our environment.
It is hard to predict when the plant may bloom but Morty is now blooming! Growing quickly, the bloom can grow about two to eight inches a day and can grow six to eight feet tall. When in bloom, the flower, and its accompanying stench, lasts only 24-48 hours.
Amorphophallus titanum is in the Arum family. The bloom or leaf come from the part of the plant called a corm. A corm is an underground tuber, a swollen plant stem that is a storage organ for plants. A corm is similar to a true bulb. This large structure looks like a big potato and according to his Undertaker; Morty’s corm weighed approximately 120 pounds when it arrived.
Morty will be on public display inside the Botanical Gardens and depending on the bloom, will be on display through next week. After it flowers the plant wilts and the stench fades. When not flowering, it will send up a green leaf structure.
2014 Digital Photo Contest

Photos Due December 31
Members - first entry free, each additional entry $6, Non-Members - each entry $8.
Adult (18+)
Teens (12-17)
Youth (Under 12)

All photos will be considered for the following two awards:

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

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

  • Best Use of Shadows and Light
  • Most Unusual Vantage Point
  • Best Use of Color
  • Most Artistic
  • Best Use of Macro Photography
Contest Rules & Requirements
  • Who may enter - Amateurs! No professionals please.
  • Photos must be taken at the Gardens (inside or outside) January 1 - December 31, 2014
  • Photos may be black and white OR full color
  • Photos must be medium to high resolution
  • All entries must be received by December 31, 2014
  • All images must be titled with the applicant/photographer’s first and last name and age range (Adult , Teen or Youth)
  • All photos entered in the contest will become part of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.’s photo library.
  • The Botanical Gardens has unlimited access and rights to use any photo entered in the photo contest. Photo credit will be given at the discretion of the Botanical Gardens.
  • Digital only please! Please e-mail your photos to us! E-mail to in a .jpg format
  • Entry forms can be mailed or e-mailed. Please make sure to use the same name on photo titles and your entry form and we will match your photos to your entry form.
  • Winners will receive a certificate and a prize from the Gardens and winners will be posted on our website in early 2015.

Questions? Call 716-827-1584 ext. 204

2013 winning photos are shown

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

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Prescription Drug Drop Off
September 27

On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Botanical Gardens and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.