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An Orchid Show will Brighten the Botanical Gardens November 10-11

Posted on October 05, 2018 by Admissions General

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be bursting with Orchids at their annual fall Orchid Show.  The show will be held November 10 from 10am through 5pm and on November 11 from 10am through 3pm. 

Along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, the Botanical Gardens will host this popular annual orchid showcase with dozens of hand-picked and award winning orchid exhibits.  These unique exhibits will be dispersed throughout the Botanical Gardens for visitors to enjoy. For those who want to expand their orchid knowledge, informal educational presentations will be held both days on growing orchids and other aspects of indoor orchid gardening. During the show, orchids of many varieties and sizes and lots of growing supplies will be for sale through local vendors.

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s mission is to seek to promote the culture and enjoyment of orchids, and aims to further every member’s orchid related knowledge. They are dedicated to encouraging the protection of orchids and their conservation in natural habitats around the world. For more information on the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society visit www.niagarafrontierorchids.org

Tickets to the Orchid Show can be purchased online or at the door and prices are; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+), $6 for kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids two and under are free.

Use #OrchidShow and tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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Photography Exhibits Announced at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 04, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host three photography exhibits in their Arcangel Gallery this fall and winter.  Jerome Bianchi’s exhibit, Fruits and Flowers, will be on display October 20 through November 18, the South Towns Camera Club’s exhibit, celebrates Nature in Fall and Winter and will run November 23 through January 13 and the Botanical Gardens’ Art Students present Lumagination in Watercolor from January 19 through February 24.

Jerome Bianchi’s exhibit, Fruits and Flowers, will be on display October 20 through November 18. “My exhibit’s focus is a variety of fruit and flower images, with a few insects, that have been generally fashioned using HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography,” said Bianchi.  He incorporates this technique to create an artistic digital image that takes on a life of its own rather than trying to capture an actual scene.  By working in this manner the outcomes are unpredictable but always exciting.  Bianchi’s photography is a very special combination of technical skills and artistic perception.  His goal is to make a photographic statement that provokes the viewer to reflect on what they see, and if they can relate to it. There is an element of Photoshop in all of his images. 

Celebrating Nature in Fall and Winter is a collection of Award Winning photographs by members of the South Towns Camera Club.  The inspired collection of photographs in this exhibit captures the sublime beauty of fall, winter and the Botanical Gardens.  The South Towns Camera Club welcomes all photo enthusiasts, from beginning novices to experienced photographers. Founded in 1979, the South Towns Camera Club is renowned for excellent photography and a friendly, fun atmosphere.  Meetings are held at the Hamburg Community Center from September to May. Visitors are always welcome. For more information on the South Towns Camera Club, visit stcc.photoclubservices.com.

The Botanical Gardens’ Art Students present Lumagination in Watercolor from January 19 through February 24 in the Arcangel Gallery.  Joan Saba, an award winning art instructor teaches the Botanical Gardens’ art classes and she works directly with the students to jury a cohesive and exciting collection of artwork for this exhibit. Each piece will be different and will consist of paintings and multi-media works from individual students.  The exhibit is inspired by Lumagination and will showcase the Botanical Gardens flooded with color and light.

Each exhibit will be open daily from 10am-5pm and are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission, $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+ with ID), $6 for kids 3-12 and Botanical Gardens’ members and kids two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk.

The Arcangel Gallery opened in 2010 and is named after local man, Brent D. Arcangel. Arcangel grew up in Western New York and was passionate about the diversity and quality of life he knew there.  He believed in “giving life your very best every day” and was a beacon of light to those who knew him.  After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University at Buffalo, his life ended tragically in a car accident caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.  The Arcangel Gallery was donated by Brent’s parents, Wayne D. and Corrine Arcangel of Hamburg, NY, as a tribute to him, and to remind us all to celebrate life. The Arcangel Gallery displays photography and/or artwork, from local artists that reflects first, the Botanical Gardens, its horticulture residents, nature in general, Western New York life and local architecture.

Use #ArcangelGallery and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Make-It, Take-It Workshops Offered at the Botanical Gardens this Fall

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of programs and workshops throughout the year. Make-It, Take-It Workshops are extremely popular and some classic favorites are on the Botanical Gardens’ schedule for this fall. A Tropical Glass Terrarium Workshop will be offered on October 11, a Hypertufa Container Workshop on October 20, and two Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement Workshops will take place November 19 and 20.

First of the fall workshops, the Tropical Glass Terrarium Workshop, will be held on October 11 from 6-8pm. Participants will each build a terrarium from tropical cuttings from the Botanical Gardens’ collection.  This workshop is a great friend get-together and a fun night out.  Organizers ask that participants bring gloves and a box for transporting your creation.  The cost for this workshop is $20 for the general public and $15 for Botanical Gardens’ members.

The Hypertufa Container Workshop will be held on October 20 from 6-8pm. Hypertufas are very popular and are lots of fun to make. They are planters made from aggregates bonded together using Portland cement and can be molded into any shape or size. They are unique planting containers that are porous and a great environment for plant growth. In this workshop, participants will create their own hypertufa from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. This is a messy workshop and organizers ask participants to wear appropriate clothing.  Participants must also bring one container to mold their hypertufa, no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. All other materials to make the planter will be provided. Workshop pricing for the general public is $30 and $25 for Botanical Gardens’ members.

The Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement Workshop returns this fall.  Two identical sessions will be offered on November 19 and 20 from 6-8pm.  In this floral design workshop, participants will create a beautiful autumnal arrangement for their Thanksgiving get-together.  Organizers ask that participants bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport the arrangement. The cost for this workshop will be $40 for the general public and $35 for Botanical Gardens’ members. The Botanical Gardens will be closed November 19-22 to create some holiday magic, so this class will be held in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens on November 19 and 20.

Space is limited for all three workshops and pre-registration is required.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 730 for more information and to register.

Tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

Art, Horticulture and Yoga Programs to be Held at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about art, horticulture and wellness. Beginner, Intermediate, and Studio Watercolor classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning September 4.  Horticulture Certificate Series, Horticulture I, starting September 8 and Horticulture II beginning October 27 will also be offered this fall.  Two sessions of Yoga, Gentle Hatha and Gentle Power Flow, will be offered for a fall session beginning September 12.

Adult watercolor classes, held at the Botanical Gardens, are taught by professional artist Joan Saba.  Her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Beginner Watercolor classes include introductory techniques and concepts.  Students will learn the basics of how to paint with watercolors and build foundational skills. Tuesday morning sessions will be held from 8:45-11:15am and will include: BM1 - September 4, 11, 18, 25; BM2 - October 2, 9, 16, 23; BM3 - October 30, November 13, 27, December 4.  Wednesday evening sessions will be held from 5:45-8:15pm and will include: BE1 - September 5, 12, 19, 26; BE2 - October 3, 10, 17, 24; BE3 - November 7, 14, 28, December 5.  Intermediate Watercolor classes are for students with previous experience, are more confident in their abilities and are ready to move beyond the basics.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7:45pm and will include: IE1 - September 4, 11, 18, 25; IE2 - October 2, 9, 16, 23; IE3 - October 30, November 13, 27, December 4.  Studio Watercolor classes  are for students confident in their artistic ability. Students bring paintings in progress for advised instruction and feedback. Studio classes will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include SM1 - September 10, 17, 24 and October 1; SM2 - October 15, 22, 29, November 5; SM3 - November 12, 26, December 3, 10.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Beginner Watercolor classes are $76 per series or $19 per class for the general public and $68 per series or $17 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members. Intermediate and Studio Watercolor classes are $68 per series or $17 per class for the general public and $60 per series or $15 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members. To register, please call 716-827-1584 ext. 730 or register online at www.buffalogardens.com.

David Clark, Horticulturist and CNLP, returns to the Botanical Gardens to teach enlightening Horticulture Certificate Programs, Horticulture I and II.  David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. He is fast becoming one of the country’s noted garden speakers. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm. These classes are great for beginners who would like to learn more about gardening as well as for experts looking to refine their skills.

Horticulture I includes six classes and topics in this series include: Botany 101 on September 8; Plant Propagation on September 15; Pest Management and Disease on September 29; Shrubs and Trees (includes a tree tour) on October 6; Annuals and Perennials on October 13 and Garden Design on October 20.  Horticulture II also includes six classes and topics in this series including: Soil Science for Gardeners on October 27; Advanced Propagation Techniques on November 3; Getting Started With Hydroponics on November 17; Water Gardening and Aquascaping on December 1; How to Prune Plants on December 8 and Introduction to Landscape Design on January 5. 

Classes will be held Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or for individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held in the Administration Building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  Tuition for Horticulture I and II are $138 per series or $23 for individual classes for the general public and $108 per series or $18 for individual classes for Botanical Gardens’ members. For more information, the class syllabus or to register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 730 or register online at www.buffalogardens.com.

Find balance both mentally and physically at yoga held inside the Botanical Gardens. These sessions are led by Leanne Oldenbrook owner of Oasis Yoga and Wellness and yoga instructor for 13 years. Gentle Hatha Yoga consists of gentle stretches to warm up joints and muscles, postures designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance, and time for relaxation and meditation. This class is suitable for all levels but especially students with injuries or limitations. Gentle Power Flow Yoga, a more vigorous practice featuring relaxation, warm up stretches, series of sequences, and Pilates postures designed to build strength, endurance, and body heat. 

Both sessions of yoga will be offered Wednesday evenings.  Gentle Hatha Yoga will run from 5:30- 6:45 pm and Gentle Power Flow Yoga will take place 7:00-8:15 pm. The fall session is a ten-week session and will be held September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28.  Yoga at the Botanical Gardens is sponsored by Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health.

Students may enroll in a full session or individual classes.  The fall ten-week session is $100 for the full series or $15 per class.  Yoga classes are free to eligible BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members. To register for one class or a series, contact Leanne at 716-864-1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or online www.cmyoga.com.

Tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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