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The 2018 Gala at the Gardens is Planned for September 21

Posted on August 08, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced their annual Gala at the Gardens will take place on Friday, September 21 starting at 6:00pm. The Gala will welcome over 400 dedicated supporters to raise funds for the Botanical Gardens.

Co-Chairs, Arleen Hollas and Dianne Sippel, along with the Gala Committee have planned a memorable affair with a few special surprises.  Honorary chairs Richard and Jane Griffin will welcome guests for an evening to celebrate coming together at the Botanical Gardens.

Guests will delight in the Botanical Gardens’ indoor and outdoor gardens while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails with friends. The evening’s emcee, Maryalice Demler from WGRZ-TV, Channel 2 News, will set the stage for this magical evening.  Dinner, catered by Oliver’s, will be served under an enchanted tent in front of the Botanical Gardens.  A live auction, hosted by Kevin O’Connell will keep guests bidding on spectacular auction packages to raise funds to support the Botanical Gardens’ important mission.  Then, a meaningful Mission Moment auction will highlight the Botanical Gardens’ educational programs. This auction will raise funds to provide FREE Hands-On Educational Programs for students in grades K-8 in the Buffalo Public and Charter Schools and Lackawanna Public and Charter Schools.

The Gala at the Gardens is sponsored by Moog Inc. Individual tickets are $175 and sponsorships range from $1,400 up to $10,000.  Program ads are also available for $150 up to $450. For sponsorship opportunities or tickets, please contact Brittany Zandi, Director of Development, at 827.1584 ext. 203 or bzandi@buffalogardens.com.

Use #GalaattheGardens and/or tag @Buffalogardens when posting 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.

Beginner Horticulture Classes Held This Fall at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn about horticulture. Horticulture I, a Horticulture Certificate Series, will start September 8 and run through October 20. These classes are two hours long from 11am through 1pm and will be taught by Horticulturist and Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP), David Clark. David creates a very lively and energetic atmosphere for both novice and advanced gardeners.

David Clark, Horticulturist and CNLP, returns to the Botanical Gardens to teach enlightening Horticulture Certificate Programs, starting with Horticulture I. David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. He is fast becoming one of the country’s noted garden speakers. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm. These classes are great for beginners who would like to learn more about gardening as well as for experts looking to refine their skills.

Horticulture I includes six classes and topics in this series include: Botany 101 on September 8; Plant Propagation on September 15; Pest Management and Disease on September 29; Shrubs and Trees (includes a tree tour) on October 6; Annuals and Perennials on October 13 and Garden Design on October 20.

Classes will be held Saturdays from 11:00am through 1:00pm and participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or for individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  Tuition for Horticulture I is $108 per series or $18 for individual classes for Botanical Gardens’ members, $138 per series or $23 for individual classes for the General Public. For more information, the class syllabus, or to register online HERE or call 716-827-1584 ext 292.

Use #HorticultureI 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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The Botanical Gardens is Seeking Docents to Teach the Wonderful World of Plants!

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is recruiting for the Docent Class of 2018. Docent Training is a six week program that will begin on August 11. Docent trainees will discover in-depth information about plants in the Botanical Gardens’ collection, develop teaching and public speaking skills and learn how to teach hands-on lessons, all while making new friends with shared interests.

To become a Docent at the Botanical Gardens, organizers ask that interested individuals have a love of gardening or botany, enjoy learning and talking with the public and would like to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience. An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is. After graduation, Botanical Gardens’ Docents lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events such as field trip programs, Kids Days, Wegmans Family Days, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

The Botanical Gardens’ Docent Training course will begin on August 11 and consists of six Saturday sessions from 9:00am to 2:00pm that will conclude on September 29. This course must be taken with the commitment to become a Docent at the Botanical Gardens.

A registration fee of $25 is required and will be accepted in advance online at buffalogardens.com or at the door on the first class day. For more information, check our website or contact the Education Department at 827.1584 ext. 223 or aoldham@buffalogardens.com.

Use #DocentTraining 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.

Gazebo Garden Video

Posted on July 03, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

Meet our Gardener Dylan. He has been working hard on our outdoor gazebo this year. It is ready for wedding season! #Zinniasfordays

 

Photography Exhibits Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on June 28, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will host two photography exhibits in their Arcangel Gallery this summer and fall.  Darleen Stry’s exhibit, Simply Beautiful, is on display now through August 19 and a fall exhibit, by Colleen Ayson, titled Curiosity and Wonder, will run August 25 through October 14. 

Darleen Stry is a frequent visitor and a great supporter of the Botanical Gardens. She is a freelance photographer in the Western New York area who loves to photograph just about anything. She believes that all her stress disappears when behind the lens, and wants others to experience that too. Her exhibit, Simply Beautiful, explores the details and colors of the botany found at the Botanical Gardens. “Come and immerse yourself in these captured images showing the defining traits of plants such as color, shape, and mood,” said Stry.

As the summer sun sets, and gives way to the fall breeze, the Botanical Gardens will showcase Colleen Ayson’s Curiosity and Wonder. Colleen is a visual artist with a degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. She is originally from Los Angeles and moved to Buffalo from Melbourne, Australia in 2013. She has spent most of her life in transition, but Colleen embraces change and the opportunities that come with it. Her photography is about exploring the mysterious alchemy of beauty in nature and the creatures that inhabit the world. She is drawn to the magic and wonder in the everyday. “Instead of watching the leafs change color this fall season, come experience my mystical photography at the Botanical Gardens,” said Ayson.

Both exhibits will be open daily from 10am-5pm and are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission, $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+ with ID), $6 for kids 3-12 and Botanical Gardens’ members and kids two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk.

The Arcangel Gallery opened in 2010 and is named after local man, Brent D. Arcangel. Arcangel grew up in Western New York and was passionate about the diversity and quality of life he knew here.  He believed in “giving life your very best every day” and was a beacon of light to those who knew him.  After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at University at Buffalo, his life ended tragically in a car accident caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.  The Arcangel Gallery was donated by Brent’s parents, Wayne D. and Corrine Arcangel of Hamburg, NY, as a tribute to him, and to remind us all to celebrate life. The tranquil setting of the gallery provides visitors a peaceful calmness in the beauty that surrounds it. The Arcangel Gallery displays photography and/or artwork, from local artists that reflects first, the Botanical Gardens, its horticulture residents, nature in general, Western New York life and local architecture.

Use #DarleenStry, #ColleenAyson, #ArcangelGallery 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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