Corporate Partnership

Corporate Partnership Program

 

Corporate philanthropy can make an indelible impact on our ability to carry out the mission of the Botanical Gardens and reach our goal to become the go to place in Western New York for all things horticultural.  Your investment benefits our members, volunteers, and neighbors, as well as your employees. Become a Corporate Partner today!

All Corporate Partners Receive:
    - Free Admission to the Gardens for all employees on Corporate Caring Days
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Invitations to exclusive Gardens events
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Complimentary tickets to Gardens' events and shows
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Recognition in Gardens' newsletter, Under the Dome, and on the website
   
- 15% employee discount on membership for all employees
   
- 10% discount in the gift shop for all employees on Corporate Caring Days

Benefactor: $10,000 or more

Facilities rental fee waived for 1 corporate event for up to 100 people
Behind the Scenes tour of the Gardens with the President/CEO and horticulture staff for up to 20 guests, and private reception with wine and lite fare provided by the Gardens
30 complimentary guest passes for clients

 

Sustainer: $5,000 - $9,999 or more

One-time 20% discount on facilities rental for meeting or team-building (up to 50 employees)
Behind the Scenes tour of the Gardens with the President/CEO and horticulture staff for up to 15 guests
20 complimentary guest passes for clients

Patron: $2,500 - $4,999

One-time 15% discount on facilities rental for meeting or team-building (up to 15 employees)
Behind the Scenes tour of the Gardens with the President/CEO and horticulture staff for up to 10 guests
10 complimentary guest passes for clients

Corporate Sponsorship Program

 

Each year the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens hosts a variety of exhibits, events, and programs that attract nearly 100,000 visitors from Western New York and beyond.  Sponsorship and underwriting of our initiatives is critical, and we can tailor a sponsorship benefits package to meet a corporation’s needs. 

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities include…

 

Educational Programs

Professional Development Training for Teachers

Many elementary teachers receive, at best, only six hours of college credit in the sciences and their main focus in the classroom must be reading and math.  Because of this, science is often neglected in the classroom.   To fill this void, the Education Department has developed a 15 hour summer course for teachers to equip them with the science skills they need and lessons to succeed.  The lessons are multi-curricular and incorporate language arts, reading, math, science and social studies in unit lessons.  Community funders can help provide the teacher training necessary to deliver these lessons as well as the lesson guides to carry them out. 

Summer Camperships

Three separate art camps are offered for children K-8 during the summer months.  The curriculum varies from water color, drawing and multi-medium topics.  Art camp helps to enhance children’s creative skills while learning about nature and the Gardens.  Camperships help provide low-income children with the ability to attend camp at no cost.

Botanical Boxes

Many children who would like to participate in field trips to the Gardens may not have the resources (either parental of institutional), to visit.  The Education Department staff would like to create a lending library of resource kits complete with lessons plans and non-consumable and consumable materials that teachers can access for in-class lessons that teach students about plant life, nutrition, and our responsibility as stewards of our environment.

Project Empower

Project Empower is an opportunity for third grade students in the Buffalo Public Schools to visit, and to participate free of charge in the hands-on lessons at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.   The program assists third graders with their science skills so they are better prepared for science lessons beginning in fourth grade.  The program teaches students about plant parts, fruits and grains, and encourages them to have an appreciation for the plants around us and how they influence our daily lives. Project Empower also allows students to gain a greater understanding of how plants positively affect the environment and provides a sensory experience unique to the Botanical Gardens.

Plant Pals

Created in 2011 with a grant from the Margaret Whitehead Foundation, Plant Pals provides lessons focused on the plants that we eat and good nutritional practices. The lesson series used for second graders is called “Plants We Eat” and focuses on vegetables, fruits, and grains.  At each lesson station students build an understanding of the plants we eat and the biology behind those plants. Additionally students gain an appreciation for how plants are essential for our physical and mental well-being.  Plant Pals is provided at no cost to second graders in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Exploration Earth

Exploration Earth is a hands-on environmental stewardship program designed for sixth grade students in the Buffalo Public Schools. The goal of the program is to build understanding and increased awareness of local environmental issues as well as demonstrate how to practically reduce non-point source water pollution and storm water runoff. This program helps children build an understanding of global environmental issues and the potential solutions to the challenges we face as stewards of the environment.

Special Shows and Exhibits

Medicinal Garden

A collaboration with the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, the Medicinal Garden provides visitors with a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants and their use in traditional, herbal and modern medicines, and strengthens the visitor’s awareness of the interdependence between humans and plants. Future plans for this garden exhibit include expansion to a more extensive Outdoor Medicinal Garden.

Spring Flower Show

The Spring Flower Show at the Botanical Gardens is what the Gardens is best known for.  During this show more than 17,000 visitors pass through the doors of the Gardens and delight in the bursts of colors and sweet fragrances that fill the greenhouses.  Thousands of families return every year to uphold their personal traditions and enjoy the sheer beauty of the Flower Show.  Visitors also enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny, a Children’s Scavenger Hunt and Farmer Brown’s Petting Zoo.  

Celebration of Color

Nature has so much color to offer and we are going to highlight it!  From our front walkway, outdoor perennial shrub garden to our indoor tropical paradise... the Gardens will be bursting with colorful plants and flowers!  The show runs from June 16th to August 5th this year.

Succulent Show

Hugely successful show with creative displays that highlight these unique and wonderful plants. 

Chrysanthemum Show

The Chrysanthemum Show has been a tradition at the Gardens for more than 105 years!  Running for three full weeks in October and November, the Mum Show will welcome over 2,000 visitors. 

Poinsettia Show

Running five full weeks in December and January, the Poinsettia Show is one of our most popular shows with an expected attendance of over 6,000 visitors.  A holiday tradition with many Western New Yorkers, this show also includes the Garden Railway exhibit and a wonderful afternoon with Santa.

Special Events

NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens

Illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting over three weeks in February, visitors to the Gardens encounter creative lighting displays and soundscapes. The lights focus on the Gardens' plant life, the beautiful Lord and Burnham glass domes, and of course, the waterfall in the Ancient Rainforest.  During this year’s second annual NIGHT LIGHTS event in February we saw the number of visitors double from last year! 

Paradise Under Glass

Paradise Under Glass takes place annually on the eve of the Spring Flower Show.  This fun and lively event offers guests a sneak preview of the Spring Flower Show and every year we welcome over 300 guests who enjoy the Gardens, great food, drinks and friends. 

Easter Egg Hunt

Decades of Easter tradition at the Gardens is honored at our Easter Egg Hunt, held annually the day before Easter.  This sold-out event welcomes over 400 children, their parents, friends and families to the Gardens for a fun day of games, prizes, and of course, an appearance by the Easter Bunny!

Gala at the Gardens

Our biggest fund-raising event of the year!  The Gala features special exhibits, food and drink highlighting the Gardens’ botanical offerings, a fabulous silent auction and basket raffle, the Botanical Gardens after dark, and more!  Corporate sponsors help to offset the cost of this wonderful event by providing everything from table sponsorships and program ads, to champagne and signage. 

Victorian Tea

Held twice a year, the Victorian Tea has been a huge success!  The tea includes a Victorian afternoon complete with tea sandwiches, scones, Victorian lectures and crafts, and of course, HATS! 

Dollar Admission Days

Twice a year we invite guests to visit the Gardens for just a $1.00 admission ticket.  Over 2,000 visitors participate in Dollar Days, and in this economic time, it always helps to save money everywhere you can, especially for families! 

 

Please contact our Development Department about underwriting and sponsorship opportunities
Betsy Webster, Director of Development
716.827.1584 ext. 203
 bwebster@buffalogardens.com