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Scout Programs and Overnights Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has enhanced their scout offerings to include a wide variety of programs.  Hands-on offerings include a general program for all scouts, badge programs for girl scouts and new this year, an overnight program for all scouts and youth groups.

The Botanical Gardens’ General Scout Program engages scouts in a hands-on activity and a tour of the Botanical Gardens. Hands-on activities include a tropical terrarium where scouts learn about plant care, growth, and anatomy as well as the water cycle as they make their own sealed garden to take home. The second option is a desert dish, where scouts make their own desert garden to take home while learning about desert biomes and different ways plants adapt to their environment. These programs can be tailored for different ages and abilities and the cost is $8 per scout, one adult is admitted free for every 10 scouts and additional adults are required to pay Botanical Gardens’ general admission. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 716-827-1584 ext. 223.

Badge Programs at the Botanical Gardens offer many different opportunities for Girl Scout troops ranging from Daisies to Cadettes. Daisies can partake in the Use Resources Wisely program where they can earn a Clover Petal through activities that include a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens, a recycling challenge, story time and building a take home terrarium. In the Brownie Outdoor Art Creator badge, girls will explore the different ways nature can be used in art through stations such as; creating a desert dish, crafting plant rubbings, making a rain stick and a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. This program satisfies all but one requirement for this badge. Brownies also have the opportunity to work on their Brownie Bugs! badge. During this program, girls will learn all about bugs through a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens, creating wildflower seed bombs, participating in a spider craft and making a bug hotel. This program fulfills all but one of the requirements for this badge. 

Juniors have an opportunity to learn the science of flowers through participating in hands-on education stations such as creating a terrarium, deciphering flower codes, making dried flower art and a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens. This program satisfies all requirements for the Junior Flower Badge.  The Junior Gardener badge explores what it takes to help plants grow and how to design a garden. This program satisfies all of the requirements for the Junior Gardener badge and includes four stations; a beginning garden design lesson, a seed experiment, creating a desert dish and a mini tour of the Botanical Gardens.

Cadettes can work toward a Breathe Badge.  Activities for this badge include lessons on how plants help clean the air around us, how plants are used in essential oils, how to take care of their own air-purifying house plant cuttings and a mini tour of the Botanical Gardens.  This program fulfills most requirements for the Breathe Badge. Cadettes are also able to earn a Tree Badge. Activities include a tree tour of the Botanical Gardens’ Level II Accredited Arboretum, scientific nature journaling and a tree craft.  This program also fulfills all requirements for the Cadettes Tree Badge.

All Badge Programs are two hours in length and do not include the badge. The cost of each program is $10 per scout, one adult per 10 scouts is included and additional adults are required to pay Botanical Gardens general admission.  For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 716-827-1584 ext. 223.

For the first time ever, the Botanical Gardens offers an Overnight Program for all scout troops and youth groups! Campers will enjoy activities such as, participating in a planting activity and a flashlight scavenger hunt inside the Botanical Gardens. Before lights out, campers will play a fun game in the main Palm Dome and enjoy a snack while watching a nature-themed movie. Campers will also enjoy a morning stretch and a continental breakfast. Overnight Packages are $1,020 for up to 30 campers and 6 adult chaperones. Additional campers are $30 each and additional chaperones are $20 each. For every 5 campers, 1 adult chaperone is required. Following the Overnight Program, troops have the option to add-on a General or Scout Badge program at a discounted rate of $160 for up to 20 scouts and 2 adults, and $8 per additional scout or adult chaperone. Botanical Overnight iron-on patches are also available for purchase to commemorate your group’s adventure. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact the Botanical Gardens’ Education Department at 716-827-1584 ext. 223.

Use #ScoutingtheGardens 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.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Botanical Gardens

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

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will celebrate Moms with a Mother’s Day Membership Markdown from May 1 through May 14. On Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13-14, the Botanical Gardens will also be open from 10am to 5pm each day to welcome all types of mothers and their families.  A wonderful gift for mom would be a visit to the Botanical Gardens on her special weekend and a year-long membership to the Botanical Gardens. The Gift Shop will also be stocked with last minute gifts for moms.

Mother’s Day is May 14 and the Botanical Gardens is celebrating with a Mother’s Day Membership Markdown! From May 1 through May 14 all individual memberships will be 20% off to honor all the amazing moms in our lives. Memberships include; year-round, free admission to the Botanical Gardens, discounts on selected classes, shows, and exhibits; 10% discount in the gift shop and on plant sales; seasonal mailings and invitations to special events. Another great benefit of Botanical Gardens’ Membership is that it includes reciprocal admission benefits to nearly 300 gardens and arboretums across the country as well as in Canada and Mexico. Membership pricing is as follows; students regularly $35 will be $28; seniors usually $35 will be $28; individuals usually $45 will be $36; dual seniors usually $60 will be $48; dual adult usually $70 will be $56; grandparents; usually 65 will be $52; families usually $75 will be $60; family advantage usually $95 will be $76 and gardener advantage usually $110 will be $88.  Join for the first time or extend a current membership!  Memberships are available online at www.buffalogardens.com, inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk and in the Gift Shop.

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13-14, in a way both you and your mom will enjoy. The whole family will delight in a trip to the tropical oasis for some time to relax and enjoy each other and nature. During Mother’s Day Weekend, the Botanical Gardens will be open from 10am-5pm and a small café will be set up inside May 13-14 from 10am-3pm. The café will be a casual experience where guests can enjoy fresh, portable snacks, sweet treats and creative herbaceous drinks from chef Avi Altman of Obviously Avi Catering.  Dishes, treats and drinks will be priced individually. 

The Botanical Gardens’ Gift Shop will also be open from 10am-5pm on both days.  The Gift Shop offers many different gifts for mom ranging from gardening essentials, unique gifts, local jewelry, flowers, plants and more.

General admission prices for Mother’s Day weekend are; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) $9 students (13+), $6 for kids 3-12, Botanical Garden Members and kids two and under are free.  Tickets are available online at www.buffalogardens.com or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk.

Use #BotanicalGardens 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.

UB & the Botanical Gardens

Posted on April 06, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

For Lumagination 2017, we collaborated with the University at Buffalo. The UB Theatre & Dance Department brought new technology and theatrical design to Lumagination!  UB contributed illuminated sculptures for the front lawn of the Botanical Gardens, as well as a light and soundscape for the interior of one of the greenhouses.  A talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists worked alongside the Botanical Gardens and Luminated Landscapes to bring these concepts to life!  

We are so proud of this collaboration and look forward to working with them again in 2018!  Check out this video about the collaboration and what this talented team created.

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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.