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Two New Exhibits at the Botanical Gardens, an Aquatic Garden and an Asian Rainforest, Will Open January 14!

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. announced the opening of two new exhibits to the public.  The greenhouses have been closed since April 2015 for complete structural renovations and to install entirely new exhibits, an Asian Rainforest and an Aquatic Garden.  An Exhibit Opening Party is planned for January 14 from 10am-5pm and is free to the public.

“We are very proud to open two new exhibits to the public and we hope everyone enjoys our interpretation of an Asian Rainforest and an Aquatic Garden. We are confident these exhibits will delight visitors for generations to come!” said David Swarts, President/CEO. 

In 2004, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization and Erie County formed a public/private partnership that would ensure the growth and long-term viability of the Botanical Gardens. Under the terms of that agreement, the Society takes full responsibility for day-to-day management of the conservatory and horticultural functions, whereas the county is responsible for capital improvements. Erie County managed and funded the renovation project. With the help of generous donors and members, the Society raised the funds to create and install the new exhibits.

Over the past year, the Society has been working to create an exciting new exhibit design and has been collecting plants that represent the incredible range of botanical life found in an Asian Rainforest. Expanding the diversity of the existing collection, the Society strives to ensure the survival of rare and unusual species often threatened in their natural habitat.

From the world’s rarest palm to the world’s tastiest fruit, our Asian Rainforest and Aquatic Garden feature some of the most incredible plants from across the globe.  A new water feature, donated by Mr. Paul Taylor and Ms. Jennifer Morrison-Taylor and The Reimagine Water Community, will greet visitors as they enter the new exhibits.  A family of koi will swim beneath a new garden bridge and Bamboo of every color brings visitors deep into the grass forests of China.  Buddha will welcome visitors as they pass a decorative Tea House, as well as tropical pitcher plants found in the high mountains of Malaysia. Walking through a moon gate and under the fronds of the White Backed Palm immerse you in one of the most diverse and botanically significant regions on our planet.

The Society will officially open the new exhibits to the public at the Exhibit Opening Party on January 14 from 10am through 5pm, and family-fun activities will take place from 10am-4pm. Attendees are encouraged to explore the amazing new greenhouses, visit with knowledgeable docents, enjoy kids activities, family fun adventures, and some special surprises. The Exhibit Opening Party is free to the public, and the first 100 members of the Botanical Gardens to attend the event will receive a free gift (one gift per member card).

This project would not have been possible without the support of Erie County, Erie County Executive Mark Polencarz, Erie County Legislators, the board of directors, donors, members, visitors, staff and volunteers. 

The Society would also like to acknowledge the generous support from the following exhibit donors: Vincent L. Werdein and Mary Werdein; The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Chevalier Outdoor Living; Mr. James Cornell and Dr. Darci Cramer; Dore Landscape Associates; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kogutek; Scranton’s Thruway Builders Supply; Mr. Paul Taylor and Ms. Jennifer Morrison-Taylor and The Reimagine Water Community; Unilock; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Penfold; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dulski; Paul’s Organic Farm; Dr. Rita Maria Andaya; Mr. and Mrs. George Cameron; Ms. Diane Chrisman; Mr. Peter Heffley; Mr. and Mrs. Josh Jensen; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Johnson; Ms. Elizabeth Conant; Mrs. Rose Ann Dulski; Ms. Kathleen Hurley; Mr. Rick Kazmierczak; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kruly; Dr. Steven Lakomy and Ms. Cheryl Lyles.

Important partners in the exhibit creation include: Telco Construction Inc.; Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC; Chevalier Outdoor Living; Feijen Design Build; Masterson’s Garden Center; Dore Landscape Associates; Reimagine Water Community; Hadley Exhibits; Precision Signs & Labels Inc.; Botanical Gardens’ Staff and Volunteers.

Use #NewExhibits and 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.


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