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The Botanical Gardens is Recruiting Volunteers

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced it is recruiting new volunteers. Volunteers at the Botanical Gardens support many different aspects of the organization.  They will learn new skills and can make many new friends with common interests. Volunteer Orientation will be held at the Botanical Gardens on September 6 from 10am to 2pm and is offered free of charge.

Botanical Gardens’ volunteers are truly part of their family.  Volunteers learn about plants and provide support for ever-growing programs. There are many volunteer opportunities at the Botanical Gardens including; horticulture, facilities, administration, guest services, gift shop, weddings, special events, education and docents. 


Individuals may choose to train as a horticulture volunteer and work inside and outside the conservatory on many different projects. Horticulture volunteers help create aspects of different exhibits, set up horticulture displays for the entire community to enjoy, re-pot plants from the collection, care for specific areas or plant collections, weed, water and so much more. Individuals with a handy nature, carpentry or electrical skills, an eye for general maintenance, engineering or construction backgrounds are enthusiastically welcomed.  Administrative support volunteers assist the staff with general office work, data entry and more.

Guest services and gift shop volunteers are considered the Botanical Gardens’ Welcome Wagon.  They are trained to work at the admission desk and in the Gift Shop. Guest services and gift shop volunteers are an extremely important part of the Botanical Gardens’ team.  Weddings and special events volunteers assist staff with executing very special moments for Botanical Gardens’ clients.  Volunteers help welcome guests, arrange décor, and enhance personal touches to ensure the event is extraordinary. Volunteers also help to keep the groom out of sight until the bride is ready to walk down the aisle.  Weddings and special events volunteers have a unique opportunity to be part of very special occasions.  Docents lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events such as field trip programs, Kids Day, Wegmans Family Days, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

Karen Hammer, Program and Volunteer Coordinator comments, “Branch out, turn over a new leaf, and join the Botanical Gardens’ Volunteer Family!”  Internships in horticulture, marketing, guest services, development, education and events are also available all year-round.  Register for Volunteer Orientation at www.buffalogardens.com or contact Karen at khammer@buffalogardens.com or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 207.

Use #BuffaloGardens and/or tag @Buffalogardens when posting 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.

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

Posted on August 01, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about wellness, art and horticulture. Two sessions of yoga, Gentle Hatha and Gentle Power Flow, will be offered for a fall session beginning August 30 and a winter session beginning on November 15.  Intermediate and Beginner Watercolor classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning September 5.  Four different Horticulture Certificate Series will be offered beginning with Horticulture I, starting September 9, Horticulture II beginning October 28, Horticulture III will begin January 27 and Horticulture IV will begin on April 14.  Also, new this season, the Botanical Gardens will offer an Oil Painting Workshop on October 3. 

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 12 years. Gentle Hatha Yoga consists of gentle stretches designed to increase flexibility and strength. This class is suitable for all levels but especially students with injuries or limitations. Gentle Power Flow Yoga, features relaxation, stretching and some Pilate’s postures introduced to build strength and endurance, this class is designed for those looking for a more dynamic workout.

Both sessions of yoga will be offered Wednesday evenings and will consist of a fall and a winter session.  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 August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1.  The winter session will be a five-week session and will be held November 15, 29, December 6, 13 and 20.

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.  The five-week winter session is $50 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 864-1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or online www.cmyoga.com.

Adult watercolor classes, held at the Botanical Gardens, are taught by professional artist Joan Saba as her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday mornings from 8:45-11:15 am and Wednesday evenings 5:30-8:00 pm. Tuesday morning sessions include: BM1 - September 5, 12, 19 and 26; BM2 - October 3, 10, 17 and 24; BM3 -November 7, 14, 28 and December 5. Wednesday evening sessions will be held from 5:30-8:00 pm and include: BE1 - September 6, 13, 20 and 27; BE2 - October 4, 11, 18 and 25; BE3 - November 1, 8, 15 and 29. Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am.  Sessions include: IWC1 - September 11, 25, October 2 and 16; IWC2 - October 23, 30, November 6 and 13; IWC3 - November 27, December 4, 11 and 18.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Beginner Watercolor classes are $65 per series or $18 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members and $70 per series or $20 per class for the general public. Intermediate Watercolor classes are $60 per series or $17 per class for Botanical Gardens’ members and $66 per series or $18 per class for the general public. To register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 292 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, II, III and IV.  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 9; Plant Propagation on September 16; Pest Management and Disease on September 30; Shrubs and Trees (includes a tree tour) on October 7; Annuals and Perennials on October 14 and Garden Design on October 21.  Horticulture II also includes six classes and topics in this series include: Soil Science on October 28; Advanced Plant Propagation on November 4; Hydroponics on November 18; Water Gardening on January 6; Practical Principals of Pruning on January 13 and Introduction to Landscape Design on January 20.  Horticulture III includes five classes and topics in this series include: Sustainable Landscaping Practices on January 27; Gardening with Native Plants on February 17; Shade Gardening on February 24; Small Space and Urban Gardening on March 10; Beneficial Insects and Pollinators on March 17.  Horticulture IV includes five classes and topics in this series include: Gardening for Wildlife on April 7; Four Seasons Gardening on April 14; Creative Containers and Raised Beds on April 21; Herbs and Medicinal Plants on May 5; Backyard Ecology on June 16.

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 $105 per series or $20 for individual classes for Botanical Gardens’ members, $135 per series or $25 for individual classes for the general public. Tuition for Horticulture III and IV are $100 per series or $22 for individual classes for Botanical Gardens’ members, $120 per series or $27 for individual classes for the general public. For more information, the class syllabus or to register please call 716-827-1584 ext. 292 or register online at www.buffalogardens.com.

New this year, the Botanical Gardens will hold an Oil Painting Workshop on October 3 from 6:00-9:00pm.  Participants will learn the basics of oil painting.  Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher, topics covered will include color mixing, brushwork, and specifics on getting started with this user-friendly medium.  Participants will each complete one 9 inch by 12 inch flower painting on stretched canvas.  Space is limited and organizers recommend registering early.  The cost for the Oil Painting Workshop is $45 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $50 for the general public.

Tag @Buffalogardens when posting 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.

Botanical Gardens Awarded a $30,000 Education Grant
From the First Niagara Foundation

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

 
 

The First Niagara Foundation, in partnership with KeyBank, has awarded the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. a $30,000 Education Grant ($10,000 a year over three years).  The purpose of the grant is to provide educational programming at the Botanical Gardens for 700 Buffalo Public School and Charter School students.  

This grant will allow students from the Buffalo Public Schools and Charter Schools, located in the city of Buffalo,  to visit the Botanical Gardens for, free of charge, hands-on programs. Programs include Plant Pals, also known as Plants We Eat, which is designed for children grades kindergarten to second grade. In this program, students will build understanding of the nutritional value of the plants we eat as they chop vegetables, squeeze oranges and grind wheat berries to make flour. Sub-groups will also experience a mini tour of the Botanical Gardens in addition to their rotations through the vegetable, fruit and grain stations.  Project Empower, also known as Plants We Grow, is designed for children grades three to four. Plants We Grow will help students to build an understanding of the specific jobs of the parts of the plant as they dissect flowers, propagate plants and complete a plant part identity challenge game. Lastly, Not a Drop to Drink is designed for children grades five to eight. This program focuses on water usage and the necessity to protect America’s waters.  Students will be able explore the scientific method through a classroom terrarium project and learn how to become stewards of the environment.

Founded in 1998, the First Niagara Foundation will carry out the philanthropic legacy of First Niagara Bank and its predecessor Lockport Savings Bank by supporting not-for-profit organizations dedicated to empowering individuals and neighborhoods primarily in Western New York.  The Foundation also continues a focus on supporting select quality youth mentoring in legacy markets previously served by First Niagara Bank. This grant includes 12 additional Buffalo Public Schools and/or Charter Schools, located in the city of Buffalo, per year, or 700 additional students to participate in hands-on educational programing at the Botanical Gardens. The grant funds will begin for the 2017-2018 school year.

“Education is at the core of our mission and we are very grateful to the First Niagara Foundation for providing this invaluable opportunity to 700 children from the Buffalo Public Schools.” Dave Swarts, President/CEO

The Botanical Gardens is now accepting applications to participate in this grant funded program. If you are affiliated with a Buffalo Public School and/or Charter School, located in the city of Buffalo, and are interested in submitting an application for your school or class, please contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 716-827-1584 ext. 292 or email jbaj@buffalogardens.com.

For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at 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.

 

Volunteer Newsletter

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

 

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Volunteer Newsletter

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

 

Click here to read our latest Volunteer Newsletter.

 

Our next Volunteer Orientation is September 5, 2017.  Click here for more info!

 

 

 

 

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