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Mum Exhibit & 4-H Farm and a BOOtanical Celebration are Planned at the Botanical Gardens

Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and 4-H program to bring a great family event to the Botanical Gardens again this fall.  The Mum Exhibit & 4-H Farm will be held September 15 through October 14, daily at the Botanical Gardens. A special BOOtanical Celebration, sponsored by Wegmans, will also be included in the festival on October 13 from 10am to 4pm.

The Botanical Gardens’ oldest flower exhibit is celebrating its 118th anniversary. The Chrysanthemum (Mum) Exhibit has taken a spooky turn this year! Organizers plan to display darker colors of mums, with oranges, reds, and purples alongside some spooktacular props.

Through a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, an organization in which programs are designed to improve the quality of life for all county residents, the Botanical Gardens is bringing the 4-H Farm back this fall. Visit with ducks, sheep, rabbits, and more, daily from 10am-4pm.

During the Mum Exhibit & 4-H Farm, a special BOOtanical Celebration, sponsored by Wegmans, will celebrate all things creepy and crawly on October 13 from 10am to 4pm.  Participants will learn about some spooky plants at the Botanical Gardens, participate in hands-on activities, make some fun crafts to take home, visit the 4-H Farm and more. Visitors are also encouraged to wear their costumes and participate in a costume parade throughout the Botanical Gardens. The BOOtanical Celebration is also peanut allergy friendly.

Mum Exhibit & 4-H Farm and the BOOtanical Celebration are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission - $11 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 students (13+ with ID), $6 Kids 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ members and kids 2 and under are free.  There is no additional entry fee for the activities or costume parade. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) 4-H program offers hands-on learning opportunities to youth between the ages of 5-19 focusing on life skills.  4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adult volunteers and mentors who inspire young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world and stand up for themselves and their communities.  For information about the CCE Erie 4-H program, visit www.erie.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development.

Use #Mumsand4HFarm, #BOOtanical 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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