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Fairies and Gnomes Visit the Botanical Gardens this Spring!

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

Fairies and Gnomes are mystical and magical creatures and the Botanical Gardens will celebrate their charm with the Fairy and Gnome House Contest, the Fairy and Gnome Festival and a Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshops on May 6.

The Botanical Gardens is looking for imaginative minds to enter the Fairy and Gnome House Contest.  Anyone can enter including; scout groups, classrooms, families, individuals, neighborhoods or teams. “House” is open to interpretation. Participants are encouraged to be creative to construct original houses, gardens, camp grounds or wherever you think fairies and gnomes spend their time.  Creations must consist of natural or natural looking materials and organizers encourage the use of recycled materials.  Houses must be no larger than 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide.  Registration is due April 28 and completed houses are to be delivered to the Botanical Gardens either May 4 (12pm-5pm) or May 5 (12-6pm).  All entries will be on display for the Fairy and Gnome Festival daily May 6 through 14. Winners will be chosen at the Festival however People’s Choice will continue through the weekend. Various prizes will be awarded for both individuals and groups.  The entry fee is $5 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $8 for the general public.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 827.1584 ext. 292 for more information.

The Fairy and Gnome Festival will take place at the Botanical Gardens on May 6 from 10am-5pm.  Enter the Botanical Gardens’ enchanted forest for some fun with mystical friends. Activities will include; fairy-themed crafts and activities, a magical scavenger hunt and Fairy and Gnome House viewing. Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center will bring some feathered friends to the Festival and Mama Earth’s Kitchen Band will entertain guests with sing-alongs and interactive instrument playing.  Also during the festival, food trucks will be onsite. The festival is included with Botanical Gardens’ admission; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) $9 for students (13+), $6 for kids 3-12, Garden members and kids two and under are free. Attendees that wear a fairy or gnome costume will receive $1 off admission.

The Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshop is also part of the enchanted Festival.  The workshop will be offered at 9am and 2pm on May 6.  Kids ages 5-12 with great imaginations are encouraged to create the perfect fairy or gnome hideaway using moss beds, twig fences, seed mailboxes and so much more.  This artistic workshop will use found and natural materials to ensure fairies and gnomes will feel right at home. Parents and guardians are encouraged to help their child create a home for their mythical friends. The workshop is $15 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $20 for the general public. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Containers, soil and plants are included in the registration fee and participants may purchase pre-made twig furniture for $5 per two pieces before or at the workshop. 

Use #FairiesInTheGardens 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.

Botanical Gardens’ Great Plant Sale Pre-Orders due April 7

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their Great Plant Sale Pre-Order. The Horticulture team and Volunteer Committee have chosen a unique list of perennials, shrubs, and annuals to be a part of this exclusive sale. There is an impressive selection of new plants this year and orders are due April 7.

Experts have hand-picked a special group of plants called Hot Picks, (HP). Hot Picks are the newest, most unique plants that will make a splash in any garden. For another year the Botanical Gardens is honored to welcome back Proven Winners™, (PW) plants. Proven Winners™ is a company that searches the world to find and select plants which are clearly superior to others of their type in trials in Michigan, New Hampshire, California, Germany, Japan, and Florida. Once a Proven Winners plant makes it to your house, you'll fall in love.

Perennials include: the statuesque shrub Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’; the first hot pick, Astilbe ‘Amber Moon’, a strong stemmed plant that sprouts rose-pink plumes; another hot pick, Baptisia ‘Lemon Meringue’ (PW), a beautiful and vigorous plant; Heliopsis Summer Sun, is a cheerful golden-yellow perennial; Heuchera DOLCE ‘Silver Gumdrop’ (PW), is a dark purple Coral Bells; Lavendula angustifolia SWEET ROMANCE Kerlavangem’ (PW), boasts fabulous foliage, flowers and fragrance; Panicum virgatum PRAIRIE WINDS ‘Cheyenne Sky’ (PW), is a compact blue-green grass; Penstemon ‘Prairie Dusk’, is a low maintenance purple plant; Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ (PW) displays lacy, bright blue flowers and Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky’, a summer long bloomer of vibrant magenta-purple flowers.  Perennials are $10 each.

Shrubs include; the misty blue Ceanothus ‘Marie Bleu’ (PW; the dark and glossy Diervilla ‘Kodiak Black’ (HP) (PW); the showy Exochorda SNOW DAY ‘Blizzard’ (HP) (PW); a hardy Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ (PW); the showstopper Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Let’s Dance Diva!’ (PW); the most colorful and unusual Spirea on the market, Spirea japonica ‘Double Play Candy Corn’ (PW) and a super versatile shrub, Viburnum opulus ‘Oh Canada’ (PW).  Shrubs are $15 each.

Annuals Include; the mint scented hybrid Agastache ‘Sandstone’; the fiery Amaranthus ‘Carnival’ (HP);  the bright pink Begonia Go Go Rose Bicolor; the vibrant Cleome ‘Color Fountain’; the brilliant Cosmos ‘Limara Lemon’; a bicolored large bloomer, Dianthus Super Parfait ‘Crimson Star’; the super resilient Gazania New Day Mix; the striking Gomphrena ‘Ping Pong Purple’; a brightly colored Lantana ‘Bandana Cherry’; a bold French variety, Marigold ‘Safari Bolero’; An All American Selections Winner, Nicotiana Deep Purple;  the feathery Ornamental Kale ‘Peacock Red’; the double blooming Petunia ‘Double Madness’ Rose White; an All American Selections Winner, Petunia ‘African Sunset’; the vibrant Phlox Gisele Hot Pink; a resilient Portulaca Happy Hour Peppermint; a variety that boasts outstanding cut flowers, Rudebeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset’; a very vibrant Salvia Vista Mix and a super unique and stunning Silene ‘Ray’s Golden Campion’.  Annuals are priced individually and range from $3-$5 each.

Orders can be placed online and will be available for pick up at the Botanical Gardens’ Great Plant Sale May 18 through May 20.

Use #GreatPlantSale and @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.

Unique Workshops and Arbor Day Activities Announced at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of programs and workshops throughout the year. This spring, the Botanical Gardens will hold a Kokedama Hanging Garden Workshop on April 6, two Hypertufa Container Workshops on May 13, and a Beginning Bonsai Workshop on April 27 and 28.  In celebration of Arbor Day 2017, the Botanical Gardens will host Arbor Day Tree Tours on April 28 and 29 and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 28.

Due to popular demand, the Kokedama Hanging Garden Workshop returns this spring on April 6 at 6:00pm. Kokedama is a form of Japanese garden art that relates to the practice of bonsai. It is a hanging moss ball that includes a sculpted tree or plant. Participants will create their own unique and artistic hanging garden using a fun plant, mosses, a packed soil mixture and string. Participants should be prepared to get messy, bring their own work/gardening gloves and a box to transport their creation home. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $45 and $50 for the general public.

The Hypertufa Container Workshop will be held on May 13 at 9:00am and 1:00pm.  Hypertufas are very popular in the gardening scene. They are planters made from aggregates bonded together using Portland cement and can be molded into any shape or size. They are unique planting containers that are porous and a great environment for plant growth. In this workshop, participants will create their own hypertufa from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. This is a messy workshop and organizers ask participants to wear appropriate clothing.  Participants must also bring one container to mold their hypertufa, no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. All materials to make the planter will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $25 and $30 for the general public.

The Beginning Bonsai Workshop is a hands-on workshop that is one of a kind. Participants will manipulate live bonsai trees while learning the art of bonsai with representatives from the Buffalo Bonsai Society. On both April 27 and 28, the workshop will be held from 6:00-9:00pm. Organizers suggest that participants bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport their bonsai home. Space is limited in each session and all materials will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $75 and $80 for the general public.

Celebrate Arbor Day with Arbor Day Tree Tours on April 28 at 4:00pm and April 29 at 9:30am and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 28 at 3:30pm. The tours will take guests on a walk through the Botanical Gardens’ arboretum to visit trees in the collection.  Participants will also learn the basics of tree identification.  In celebration of Arbor Day 2017, members of the Botanical Gardens’ staff and volunteer family will plant a new tree for their Arboretum’s collection. The walks and tree planting will take place outdoors, rain or shine.  It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes to participate. The walks are $10 for both Botanical Gardens’ members and the general public. The tree planting is free and open to the public.

Use #GardenWorkshops 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.

Medicinal Garden Features Planned at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host three Medicinal Garden Features this spring.  March 18 will be the first, supporting Nutrition and Poison Prevention Month. The second will be held on April 8 in support of World Health Week and lastly on May 13, Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month will be honored. 

Collaborating with the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, the Medicinal Garden provides Botanical Gardens’ visitors with a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants and their use in traditional, herbal and modern medicines, and strengthens their awareness of the interdependence between humans and plants. Pharmacy professionals from Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, along with faculty and students from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy will be on hand to discuss specific topics at each feature.

March is Nutrition and Poison Prevention Month and a special Medicinal Garden Feature will be held on March 18 in from 10am-2pm. Activities include: presentations about the benefits of foods from plants containing health-promoting compounds; botanical displays of edible plants which are good for health; and common local plants which may be toxic to humans and pets. 

The Medicinal Garden Feature on April 8 is in support of World Health Week will be held from 10am-2pm. Activities include: good things to eat, things to do each day to improve general health, botanicals used in traditional medicine and/or are currently used for medicinal purposes, stress relief ideas and foods that come from all over the world.

On May 13, the Botanical Gardens will host a Medicinal Garden Feature in honor of Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month. Activities will be from 10am-2pm and will include: educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived from and which future medications are being researched.

Medicinal Garden Features are included with admission to the Botanical Gardens.  Admission tickets can be purchased at the door and prices are; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) , $9 students (13+ with ID), $6 for kids 3-12, Botanical Garden Members and kids two and under are free.

Use #MedicinalGarden and @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.

SPRING … a Spectacular Time of Year at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Spring is a very busy season at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with something to offer all ages. To kick off the season, Taste of Paradise, a fun, tropical-themed cocktail party, is planned for March 31. Opening April 1, the Spring Flower Exhibit will indulge visitors in the beautiful colors and fragrances of spring.  Through a collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and 4-H, the Botanical Gardens will host the 4-H Farm daily from April 1-23. During the Spring Season the Easter Bunny will also make a special appearance on April 14 and 15. The traditional Easter season would not be complete without the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 and from March 18 to May 7 come and see Joan Saba’s stunning oil painting exhibit that expresses the colors of spring in the Botanical Gardens’ Archangel Gallery.

On March 31 from 6pm-9pm, soak in the vibrant colors and tastes of the Botanical Gardens while you sip tropical cocktails from Captain Morgan at Taste of Paradise. Enjoy the spring atmosphere while tasting herbs, fruits and savory delights as you listen to the tropical sounds of paradise. As part of the fun, Buffalo Aerial Dance will delight the crowd as they swing through the main palm dome.  Tickets include full cocktails from Captain Morgan, wine, beer and delightful tidbits from; Country Club Catering, Curly’s Bar & Grille, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Lucarelli’s, Avi Catering, Oliver’s Salvatore’s and Tonawanda Castle Catering. Purchase tickets online at www.buffalogardens.com or by calling 827.1584 ext. 219. Tickets for Botanical Gardens’ members are $35, the general public $40, and after March 19, all tickets are $45. Taste of Paradise is sponsored by: M&T Bank, Captain Morgan, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.

Beginning April 1 and running daily through April 23 the Spring Flower Exhibit and 4-H Farm, Western New York’s favorite Easter tradition, will return. The Botanical Gardens will be dripping with color; over 22,000 bulbs will be on display as well as fragrant shrubs and flowers of every kind! Included with the exhibit from 10am-4pm, is the 4-H Farm which features a live farm of bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and more. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) 4-H program is proud to partner with the Botanical Gardens Spring Flower Exhibit.  Stop by the 4-H Farm and take the time to talk with some 4-H members and view the animals, learn about the program and how to become involved by becoming a leader or 4-H member. On April 14 and 15 the Easter Bunny will also visit the Botanical Gardens from 10am-5pm. 

The Spring Flower Exhibit (10am-5pm) and the 4-H Farm (10am-4pm) are included with admission to the Botanical Gardens and can be purchased at the door or online at www. buffalogardens.com.  Prices are; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over , $9 students 13 and over with ID, $6 for kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids two and under are free.  The Spring Flower Exhibit and the 4-H Farm are sponsored by: M&T Bank, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 4-H, Buffalo Spree and Star 102.5.

The Easter Egg Hunt is one of the most popular events at the Botanical Gardens selling out every year. Kids ages seven and under are eligible to participate. The hunt begins at 11am and this is a pre-registration only event so be sure to register early to ensure your spot. The Botanical Gardens will be full of activity the day of the hunt and other activities include; the spring flower exhibit, a scavenger hunt, games, the 4-H Farm, prizes, food trucks and more! Food trucks will also be on site - Cheesy Chick and Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs.  Registration can be done online at www.buffalogardens.com. Botanical Gardens’ members pay $8 for the hunt, the general public pays $10 for the hunt and after April 2, all Easter Egg Hunt tickets are $12.  Pre-registered hunters are also admitted free to the Botanical Gardens this day.  The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by: M&T Bank, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 4-H and Star 102.5. 

Joan Saba will present her brilliant oil paintings in the Archangel Gallery at the Botanical Gardens from March 18 through May 7.  Titled, Art In Bloom, this exhibit will showcase Joan’s original larger than life oil paintings of vivid spring flowers. The colors and depths of these painting will give you a true sense of spring as well as an appreciation for nature.  This exhibit will be open 10am-5pm and admission to the Arcangel Gallery is included with Botanical Gardens admission.

Exhibit and event organizers would like to make a special note to the public that the Botanical Gardens will be closed March 30-31 during regular hours in preparation for the Spring Flower Exhibit, 4-H Farm and Taste of Paradise.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Erie County 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 CCE Erie County 4-H program, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

Use #SpringInTheGardens and @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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