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Fester the Corpse Flower is Set to Bloom!

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

In July 2014, the Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanum corms and one named “Morty” bloomed on June 10, 2018.  The smallest of the three corms, “Fester” is following in Morty’s footsteps and is ready to bloom. 

Amorphophallus titanum, corpse flower (its common name), is in the arum family and is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.  They are famous for their huge blooms and 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. 

It is hard to predict when the plant may be in full bloom but our best estimate of bloom time would be in two-three weeks. Growing quickly, Fester can grow about two to eight inches per day and can reach three to six feet tall.  When it is in full bloom, the flower, and its accompanying stench, lasts only 24-48 hours. When they are not blooming they send up enormous leaf structures to collect energy to bloom again in the future. Since the Botanical Gardens adopted him, Fester has only sent up one leaf structure in their care. 

Fester will be on public display inside the Botanical Gardens and depending on the bloom, will be on display for up to two weeks after the full bloom.  After it flowers the plant wilts and the stench fades. During its short bloom, the Botanical Gardens plans to have extended hours. 

In coordination with Morty and Fester’s blooms, the Botanical Gardens is conducting a plant acquisition campaign to enhance the Botanical Gardens’ strange and unique collection.  Titled, Strange Likes Company, this fundraising campaign will help acquire plants like the Monkey Face Orchid, the Rainbow Eucalyptus, the Buddha’s Hand Citron and more. Donations can be made at www.buffalogardens.com.

Updates will be available on the Botanical Gardens’ website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts - @BuffaloGardens and through Morty’s Twitter account @MortyStinks. Like and follow to keep up to date with Fester’s progress.  Use hashtags #CorpseFlower and #FunkyFester when posting!

For more information visit www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

Travel Raffle Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces an exciting Travel Raffle.  The Travel Raffle will offer three amazing prizes; the grand prize is a dream vacation of the winner’s choosing, the second prize is a relaxing getaway to the Sterling Inn & Spa in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and third prize is a two day vacation to beautiful Ellicottville.

Travel Raffle tickets are $20 each and are available June 18, 2018 through September 17, 2018.The grand prize winner will be able to choose their dream vacation.  The prize includes a trip for two to Ireland, Mexico, or the Caribbean. The winner can pick the destination and go whenever it’s convenient for them! Arrangements will be made for the winner through The Travel Team Inc. The prize voucher has a maximum value of $3,000. The winner can modify their package based upon their preferences and will have one year to redeem their trip. Due to fluctuations in travel pricing, all costs incurred above $3,000 are the sole responsibility of winner.

The second place prize is a getaway to the Sterling Inn & Spa in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is the only boutique hotel in Niagara Falls, and the perfect place for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or a luxurious stay, away from it all. From the full service spa to the awarding winning fine dining restaurant, AC Inspired Cuisine, the Sterling Inn & Spa is truly an experience in itself. Winning multiple CAA/AAA 4 Diamond Award for service, shows that Sterling Inn & Spa is about experiencing perfection. Enjoy an overnight stay, dinner for two, and couples spa treatments at The Spa.

The third place prize is a mini vacation to Ellicottville, New York.  Ellicottville is a vibrant four season community complete with outdoor activities in any season, ski resorts, charming shops, cafes, exciting events and so much more. Ellicottville is conveniently located one hour south of Buffalo. The winner will enjoy a two-night stay at the Wingate by Wyndham in Ellicottville.  Nestled among the mountains, the Wingate offers an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and a delicious breakfast buffet each morning. Whether the winner is interested in winter sports or a romantic getaway, Ellicottville is a wonderful place to escape to. Also included in the prize is $150 cash to spend in Ellicottville.

Travel Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket.  Each ticket has three chances to win and only 700 tickets will be sold. Winning tickets will be drawn Tuesday, September 18 at the Botanical Gardens (winners need not be present).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.buffalogardens.com, in the Botanical Gardens’ Gift Shop, or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 295. All proceeds benefit the Botanical Gardens. Tickets will only be sold to individuals 18 years of age and older. Tickets are not redeemable for cash, no refunds, and all winners have one year to redeem.

Use #GardensRaffle and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. 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.

The Botanical Gardens Announces a Craft Beer Event - Botanics and Brews on July 19!

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced they will hold an entertaining and lively event, Botanics and Brews, on July 19 from 6:00-9:00pm.  This event will be held under a tent on the Botanical Gardens’ front lawn and will include craft beer tastings from Try-it Distributing, delicious tidbits from Oliver’s Catering, live music from JJ Swing, a basket raffle and tours of the Botanical Gardens. 

Try-it Distributing will offer a wide variety of craft beers to taste at Botanics and Brews. As one of New York’s leading beverage distributors, Try-It is proud to be a respected employer, family-owned local business and good corporate citizen. They locally distribute the beer, wine, liquor, and non-alcoholic beverages New Yorker’s want to drink.

While enjoying some refreshing craft beers, attendees can enjoy delicious tidbits from Oliver’s Catering. A landmark in the Western New York area for over 80 years, Oliver’s Restaurant is keen on giving customers the absolute best dining experience bar none and their catering service is no different. The Botanical Gardens is very happy to have another iconic organization participating in this fun summer event.

Along with the tasty food and refreshing craft beers, attendees will be treated to live music from JJ Swing. JJ Swing is a local band who has gained quite the following in Western New York. The band mainly plays swing music which is a form of popular music developed in the United States that dominated in the 1930s and 1940s. It is a type of music that will make anyone want to dance, and JJ Swing is super groovy. 

Tickets include some rocking live music, great craft beers, delicious food an incredible raffle and tours of the Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $35 each for the general public, $30 each for Botanical Gardens’ members and all tickets are $40 after July 9. Tickets can be purchased online at www.buffalogardens.com , by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 216 or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission or gift shop desk.

Use #BotanicsAndBrews and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. 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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Morty the Corpse Flower is set to Bloom Again

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

HE’S BACK! In July 2014, the Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanumcorms and one named “Morty” bloomed in August 2014. Morty is ready to bloom againearlier than expected. When Morty bloomed in 2014, he captivated Western New York and the Botanical Gardens saw record attendance of over 10,000 visitors in two weeks and just over 5,000 visitors in three days.
Amorphophallus titanum, corpse flower (its common name), is in the arum family and is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. They are famous for their huge blooms and 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. 
It is hard to predict when the plant may be in full bloom but our best estimate of bloom time would be within six weeks. Growing quickly, Morty can grow about two to eight inches per day and can reach six to eight feet tall. When it is in full bloom, the flower, and its accompanying stench, lasts only 24-48 hours.
Morty will be on public display inside the Botanical Gardens and depending on the bloom, will be on display through the summer. After it flowers the plant wilts and the stench fades. During its short bloom, the Botanical Gardens plans to have extended hours. 
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Tasting Tuesdays & Oil Painting at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - Tuesdays this summer bring special hours, a farm-to-table pop-up restaurant and oil painting classes to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens will be open on Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 9:00pm July 10 through August 14 to host Tasting Tuesdays which will take place from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. Oil Painting classes, titled, Oil Painting in the Landscape, will also take place on the same dates from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The Botanical Gardens is extremely beautiful in the evening, and organizers want to give the community an opportunity to experience it.

During Tasting Tuesdays, a small bar and pop-up restaurant will open inside the Botanical Gardens for a casual farm-to-table experience where guests can enjoy fresh imaginative small plates and creative herbaceous drinks from chef Avi Altman of Obviously Avi Catering. The restaurant and bar will be open from 4:00pm to 8:30pm.  The bar will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer and take a self-guided tour of the Botanical Gardens as the sun sets. At the restaurant, a host will seat guests for sit down meals.  Tables will be located among the tropical surroundings and outside (weather dependent) for guests to relax and enjoy delicious savory dishes and sweet treats.  Tasting Tuesdays are a great date night or an evening out to relax with family. The food is approachable, fresh, and local. 

The Botanical Gardens is partnering with Obviously Avi Catering for Tasting Tuesdays because Avi is an extremely creative chef that is passionate about the farm-to-table experience.  Avi has been a partner of the Botanical Gardens for over eight years and is very thoughtful about creating an experience for visitors that incorporates the tropical surroundings, with an amazing selection of locally grown food, brewed beer and crafted wines. Avi’s commitment to the Botanical Gardens, sourcing ingredients locally, and providing great food is infectious. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Avi and share in his enthusiasm at Tasting Tuesdays. 

A standard menu will be available for sit down meals and specials will be offered weekly, depending on what fresh and local ingredients are available.  Dishes, drinks, beer and wine will be priced individually and will be available from 4:00pm to 8:30pm on Tasting Tuesdays.  Reservations for a meal or the bar are not necessary but can be made for parties of six or more by calling 716.713.8670.  Access to the bar and restaurant is included in regular admission to the Botanical Gardens; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) $9 students (13+), $6 for kids 3-12, Botanical Garden Members and kids two and under are free. 

New this year, and also on Tuesday nights, will be Oil Painting in the Landscape, an oil painting class with artist Joan Saba. Experience the tranquility of painting a unique portrait while watching the sun set over the Botanical Gardens. Each week, a different painting will be completed covering essential landscape topics such as color theory, atmospheric perspective, and good composition.  The handling of oil paint as it relates to mixing, expressive brushwork, and technique will be addressed in these classes. 

Oil Painting in the Landscape will be held outside (weather dependent) and inside when necessary.  All skill levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided.  Classes are $270 for the series or $45 per class for Botanical Gardens’ Members, and $300 for the series or $50 per class for the General Public. Pre-registration (series or per class) is required as space is limited. Register online at buffalogardens.com, inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 292.

Use #TastingTuesdays, #OilPainting and tag @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.

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