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Horticulture, Art and History at the Botanical Gardens

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about horticulture, art and history. Intermediate and Beginner Watercolor and Drawing classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning February 22 and a certificate series, Horticulture III will begin February 20. New this season, a special themed guided tour, Our Victorian Garden - Yesterday and Today, will be held on March 5 at 9:00am.

Adult art classes are taught by professional artist Joan Saba as her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include: WCA - February 22, 29, Mar 7 and 21; WCB - March 28, April 11, 18 and 25; WCC - May 2, 9, 16, 23; WCD - June 6, 13, 20, 27. Drawing classes are for all skill levels and will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include DCA - February 24, March 2, 9 and 16; DCB - March 23, April 6, 13, 20; DCC - April 27, May 4, 11 and 25; DCD - June 1, 8, 15 and 29. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. Sessions include: BGB - April 5, 12, 19 and 26; BGC - May 3, 10, 31 and June 7.

Art classes will be held at the Botanical Gardens. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Art classes are $60 per series or $17 per class for Garden members and $66 per series or $18 per class for the general public. Go to for a syllabus and a list of suggested supplies.

Horticulturist David Clark returns to the Botanical Gardens with an enlightening Horticulture Certificate Program, Horticulture III. David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm. Designed for beginners that would like to know more than garden basics, Horticulture III is a great way to enhance any gardeners’ skills and confidence.

Horticulture III will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five classes. First in the series, will be Sustainable Landscaping on February 20, Gardening with Native Plants on February 27, Shade Gardening on March 5, Small Space and Urban Gardening on March 12 and Beneficial Insects and Pollinators on March 19.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes to brush up on skills. Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus. The full series is $105 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $130 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.

A new special themed guided tour, Our Victorian Garden - Yesterday and Today, will be held on March 5 at 9am. Join the fun and take a trip back in time to discover the Botanical Gardens in the Victorian era. Guides will be dressed in period costumes and participants are encouraged to wear a Victorian era hat. A tea, coffee and cookie reception will follow the tour and Garden admission is included in the tour. Guests are encouraged to stay to enjoy the magnificent Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $12 for Garden Members and $15 for the general public.

For more information or to register, go to or call 716.827.1584 ext. 292. 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.

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