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

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(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

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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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.


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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