Volunteer Newsletter - July-August 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

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Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale 2016

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

For immediate release: June 8, 2016
Media contact only: Jim Charlier (716-884-3274)

Gardens Buffalo Niagara is hosting its annual Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale offering gardeners handcrafted artistic elements to enhance gardens and outdoor spaces. NEW THIS YEAR – it has gone from a one-day event to a two-day event. ALSO NEW – location has changed to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens!

The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale 
Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Rain or shine)
The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Cost: Free. Solo acoustic performer, Harvey Brice, will play for select hours both days.

No garden is complete without art. Are you looking for something unique or handmade to complete your garden art collection? Visit nearly 40 vendors of nature-themed items or works that can be displayed in a garden setting, in many mediums: sculpture, metalwork, paintings, woodwork, architectural remnants, found art, jewelry, ceramics, planters– anything that looks good in a garden!

Avenue of Plant Societies: Representatives from area plant societies will be on hand to answer questions about their specialty plants. Free presentations on garden topics will be given throughout the two days.

For more information, visit

Gardens Buffalo Niagara presents events including: Tours of Open Gardens on Thursdays and Fridays throughout Buffalo Niagara during the month of July; the annual Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale; Horizon Club Travel’s Great Garden Travel with Sally Cunningham; the "Buffalo Beyond Flowers: Sustainability in Action" tour; an “East Side Momentum” bus tour; promotion of ALL 18 Buffalo Niagara weekend garden tours; educational events; and Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in America. For more information, visit


Vendors participating in the 2016 Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale:


  • Junktures  Garden art/sculptures made from junk. Forestville, NY
  • Quest Creek Cast stone garden accessories with hostas/ornamental grasses, garden obelisks/tuteurs. East Otto, NY 
  • Sticks and Stones  Leaf castings, bee hives, butterfly houses, rock vases, and oil candles. N Tonawanda, NY 
  • Designer Mailbox Metal sculptures. Amherst, NY 
  • Leaves by Jenny Three-tier, hand-sculpted waterfall fountains, leaves, and bird baths. Clearwater, FL 
  • Heart of Franklinville Concrete garden statuary and rustic décor. Franklinville, NY


  • Art Glass and More  Birdbaths and garden art made from repurposed vintage glass. Orchard Park, NY 
  • Creative Copper Wire Hand-crafted garden items made from copper and glass. Buffalo, NY 
  • ReCreations by Deb Hanging root vases, glass terrariums, suction window vases. Cherry Creek, NY 
  • Gleam & Glimmer Stained Glass Stained glass garden items, trellis, hanging bird baths, fairy garden accessories, tea lights, and wind chimes. N Tonawanda, NY 
  • Cynthia Harter Flowers made from vintage glass. Depew, NY        
  • Ratcha Lynn Hand-painted glass, pot holders, tea cozy, tote bag, and wrap skirts.  East Aurora, NY 
  • By Ann Hand-painted flags and vases. Rochester, NY 
  • Mary Terziani Glass Fused glass art: flowers, wind chimes, suncatchers, and functional pieces.  Rochester, NY 
  • Creative Glass Works Glass mosaics on bowling balls, birdhouses, and wrought iron mosaic hangers. Buffalo, NY 


  • Hog Shed Studio Pottery Functional stoneware pottery, bird feeders, bowls, and petal pots. Little Valley, NY 
  • Phoebe McKay Ceramic sculptures: birds, flora, and fauna. Buffalo, NY 
  • JPG Pottery Hand-thrown pottery sculptures – 100 lbs each. Allegany, NY 
  • Diane Sypniewski Hand-painted clay pottery of birds/nature, oil paintings of floral landscapes, and painted floral glassware. Depew, NY 
  • Over the Buffalo Moon One-of-a-kind decorative pottery, fused glass jewelry, and suncatchers. Cheektowaga, NY 


  • Images by Michael Nature/fine art photos of flowers, birds and scenic landscapes. Cattaraugus, NY 
  • Watercolors by Sheryl Perez  Watercolor originals and prints. Wheatfield, NY 

Wood Crafts

  • Lotus Wood Crafts Hand-crafted wood items from barn wood and pallets, furniture and garden accessories. Depew, NY 
  • Maple View Farm Handmade wooden garden ornaments toadstools, and salad bowls. Holland, NY 


  • Different by Design Hand-painted garden art, and solar sconces. Amherst, NY   
  • Live Art  Natural rock planters. Sandusky, OH 
  • Copper Creations  Recycled copper, brass sprinklers, sculptures, and flower showers. Haines City, FL
  • Ten Thousand Villages  Hand-crafted planters, garden sculptures, wind chimes, bird baths, gardeners soaps, and lotions. Williamsville, NY

2016 Fairy Festival Winners

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Our second annual Fairy Festival was a hit on Saturday, April 30! So many fairies and gnomes of all ages descended upon the Gardens for fun activities and to view the entries from our Fairy and Gnome House Contest that were displayed in the Gardens for the weekend.

Festival events included a visit from our feathered friends from Messinger Woods, lavender planting, fairy wand and plant stake making, face-painting, workshops and of course viewing entries on display from the Fairy and Gnome House Contest.

There were so many creative houses that were entered into the contest from participants, groups and families of all ages. Everyone was so impressed by the thought and detail that entrants put into the event. After placing the houses in the Garden, the next morning staff members were surprised to find tiny trophies of vials filled with green fairy dust that the fairies had left in the entries of our winners! Winners received various prizes from the Gardens including memberships of varying levels, programs and certificates.

Here are the lists of winners in the various categories:

Most Unique:

Adult Entries- Fairy and Gnome Village by Colleen Martino

Child Entries- Fairy Falls by Theresa Martino

Family Entries- Vrindavan by Sonia and Parsia Tandon

Group Entries- Narwhal Paradise by Tori, Jenna, Aaron, Aidan, Camryn and Amanda- Allendale Elementary

Most Whimsical:

Adult Entries- Gnome Home by Amy Williams

Child Entries- The Magical Fairy Garden by Elizabeth O’Dee

Family Entries- Tree House Gnome Sweet Gnome by Phil and Philip Martino

Group Entries- Fairies Secret Hideaway by Girl Scout Troop #31037

Best Use of Natural Materials:

Adult Entries- DIY BFLO by Melissa Swiatek-Odien

Child Entries- Alleghany State Park Funhouse by August Miklasz

Family Entries- The Magic Woods by Emma and Bonnie Whitney

Group Entries- Fairy Power by Cadette Girl Scout Troop #31941

Best Use of Color:

Adult Entries- Gail’s Magical Kingdom/Barb’s Diva Fairy Garden by Gail Martinke and Barb Kaleta

Child Entries- Japanese Wonderland by Sofia Callocchia

Family Entries- Emerald City by The Thurn Family

Group Entries- Log Cabin Meadows by Ava, Addisyn, Chloe, Luke, Kennedy, Jessica and Ben- Allendale Elementary

President’s Choice Winner:

Fairy and Gnome Village by Colleen Martino

People's Choice Winners:

Adult Entries- Gnome Home by Amy Williams

Child Entries- Japanese Wonderland by Beatrice Callocchia

Family Entries- Emerald City by The Thurn Family

Group Entries- Fairies Secret Hideaway by Girl Scout Troop #31037

Be sure to join us for the Contest and Festival again next spring.
Save the date: Saturday, May 6!

Summer Camp for Kids Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Botanical Gardens announces a summer full of fun creative and educational camps for kids.  Children may partake in a morning Art Camp, attend the afternoon Junior Botany Camp, or choose to participate in both camps for a full day of learning and fun.

Art Camp is appropriate for kids ages 5-12 and will focus on different topics each week.  Art Camp from July 11 through July 15 and August 8 through August 12 will focus on multi-media creations, July 18 through July 22 and August 15 through August 19 will highlight painting and July 25 through July 29 and August 22 through August 26 will concentrate on drawing techniques. Advanced Art Camp for campers aged 10-16, will be held August 1 through August 5 and will focus on multi-media creations. Art Camp and Advanced Art Camp will take place mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm. 

Kids, ages 5-12, can explore the Botanical Gardens, learn all about plants, play games, make a plant to take home and partake in other fun activities in Junior Botanist Camp.  These sessions take place afternoons from 12:30pm-4:00pm.  Junior Botanist Camp will highlight a new topic each week.  July 11 through July 15 will be Wild and Wacky Water Week, July 18 through July 22 is Pollinators Week, July 25 through July 29 will be Edible Garden Week, August 8 through August 12 is Plants and Our Planet Week, August 15 through August 19 will be Survival Adventure Week and August 22 through August 29 is Nature Explorers Week.

Kids can spend the entire day, from 9:00am-4:00pm, learning about art and botany. Campers staying for both camps will need to bring a bagged lunch.  Lunchtime is from 12:00pm-12:30pm.  Campers coming just for the afternoon session are also welcome to join their friends at lunchtime and bring their lunch too. 

Half day camp sessions are $95 per week or $19 per day for Garden Members and $105 per week or $21 per day for the general public.  Full day camps are $150 per week or $30 per day for Garden Members and $160 per week or $32 per day for Non-Members.  Camps are appropriate for kids ages 5-12, with the exception of Advanced Art Camp, which is appropriate for ages 10-16.  Pre-registration is required, and completed camp forms are due by the Wednesday before each camp session. 

For more information call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 or visit us at  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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