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Our roots run deep.

Our rich history and dedicated community are foundational to who we are.

About us

Our mission

Deepening the connection between people and plants through beautiful gardens and extraordinary experiences.


Our vision

A happy and healthy world transformed by the power of plants.

Our living legacy

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens welcomes the public to enjoy our living plant collections and breathtaking conservatory. Our exhibits, educational programming, roots, and relationships serve the greater community. As a regional asset, we are committed to overcoming barriers to be an inclusive organization where all feel welcome.

Designed by Lord & Burnham, our historic conservatory—modeled after rare glasshouses in London, England—opened in 1900. Located within a park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1800s, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is situated on 12 acres that also feature an accredited arboretum and lush outdoor gardens.

The campus is owned by Erie County and operated by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported in part by public funds from the County of Erie, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, members, donors, and friends.

Our community

We are proud to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our visitors, members, volunteers, staff, donors, community partners, and friends. We are active in our community and seek the strength of community partnerships and initiatives.

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Our team

Together, we are committed to making the Botanical Gardens an experience that creates a sense of wow, wonder, and welcome for our visitors and our staff. Our team of experts and volunteers have worked diligently to shape the Botanical Gardens into what it is today.

Mark Mortenson

Erin Grajek
Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Johnston
Director of Education

Joe Mannion
Director of Horticulture and Operations

Andrea Masterson
Horticulturist and Collections Manager

Jenn Wilcott
Visitor Services Manager

Shaunna Rospierski
Director of Marketing and Events

Terry Mickelson
Director of Finance

Karen Hammer
Finance and Human Resources Manager

Jolene Baj
Technology and Operations Manager

Anna Gillette
Development Manager

Tisha M. Luciani; Chair
Catholic Health

Michē C. Needham, CPA; Vice Chair
Lumsden & McCormick, LLP

Paulette M. Crooke; Secretary
Retired HSBC Executive

Bryan DeBroka; Treasurer

George Cameron; At Large

Jim Charlier; At Large
JCharlier Communication Design

Rose Ann Dulski; At Large
WNY Garden Railway Society

Thomas Gaffney, Esq.; At Large
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Ted Johnson; At Large
Hadley Exhibits


Phil Kadet; At Large

Alexis Blue McColgin; At Large

Kimberly R. Nason, Esq.; At Large
Phillips Lytle LLP

Barbara Nevergold; At Large

Cathy Paladino; At Large

Allison Sagraves; At Large
Allison Sagraves, LLC

Rachel Silva, PMP; At Large
Invenergy LLC

Phil Snyder; At Large
Stieglitz Snyder Architecture

Erik Solomon; At Large
National Fuel Resources, Inc.

Stephen Spaulding, M.D.; At Large

Thomas Wrinn; At Large
United Way

Mark Poloncarz; Ex Officio
Erie County Executive

Jason Hurley; Ex Officio
Representative of Erie County Executive

April N.M. Baskin; Ex Officio
Erie County Legislature Chairwoman

Robert F. Lowery; Ex Officio
Representative of Erie County Legislature Chairwoman

Tracy Cichocki; Ex Officio
Deputy Commissioner of Erie County Building & Grounds

Florence DaLuiso-Zoll; Emeritus


Give today

Support us as we blossom into a new era.

Ways to give


Call for general information 716.827.1584 x. 725
Email for general information –

Contact the Events team at 716.827.1584 x. 220 or

Contact the Membership team at 716.827.1584 x. 295 or

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County
Contact the CCE Master Gardener hotline at 716.652.5400 x. 202
Hotline Hours: April 1 to September 30 | Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am–12pm

At this time, we only accept rare and unusual plants. If you believe your plant fits that description, email a photo of the plant, its common and/or Latin name, and other pertinent information to

We are protective of our koi family’s health, so we cannot accept donations of fish. Tropical Fish Club of Erie County is a great resource for anyone looking to re-home fish.

Contact the Marketing Department at

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Our history

Our roots run deep.