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Summer Exhibits Announced at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on May 07, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - This summer take a trip to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for fun and exciting exhibits! Starting off the season will be the Bonsai Show June 2 through June 3 from 10am-5pm. The Garden Railway Exhibit follows, June 9 through July 8 from 10am-5pm. June 10 is the Hosta Show from 10am-4pm. Also, the Botanical Gardens will be showcasing a new exhibit, Nature’s Kaleidoscope, taking place June 16 through August 19 from 10am-5pm. You will not want to miss out!

The art form of bonsai is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, in part redeveloped by Japanese Zen Buddhism. It is a tradition that has been passed on for centuries, which is why the Botanical Gardens celebrates the beauty of bonsai. Join the Buffalo Bonsai Society June 2 through June 3 for their annual Bonsai Show. Talk with experts and beginners as they display amazing bonsai specimens from their personal collections. Demonstrations on live trees, the opportunity to purchase starter plants, accent plants and pots, as well as a raffle bonsai round out the activities for the weekend.

All aboard the Botanical Gardens express, as summer continues, with the Garden Railway Exhibit June 9 through July 8.  This exhibit is brought to you by the Western New York Garden Railway Society, an organization founded over 15 years ago by friends who shared a love for trains. They have grown considerably over the years in part for their exquisite and striking train models. The railway will bring fun and whimsy to the summer season, and people of all ages can enjoy this tradition. Take the train to the Botanical Gardens this summer!

Hostas are America’s favorite perennial, and because they are grown and exhibited more for their diverse foliage than their flowers, it is difficult to exhibit the whole plant. The Botanical Gardens take pride in the delicacy of the hosta, which is why the Western New York Hosta Society is hosting the annual Hosta Show on June 10.  They are a dedicated group of diverse individuals located in Western New York who enjoy the world of hosta and shade gardening. The event consists of hosta lovers showing single, well groomed, leaves in vases.  Hundreds of leaves that differ in size, shape, form and color will be on show. These will be judged the previous day by Master Judges from North Eastern USA and then displayed in large groups. Troughs, trays and pots, artfully planted with small hostas and companion plants, will be displayed as well.  A new feature on display this year will be artistic flower arrangements with hosta leaves incorporated!

Nature’s Kaleidoscope, on display June 16 through August 19, is a completely new theme for this colorful summer exhibit!  Our talented exhibit team has come up with some kaleidoscope inspired display pieces that will incorporate hexagonal and leaf patterns on glass and other surfaces. Visitors can plan to marvel at the innovative interpretations of kaleidoscopes throughout the Botanical Gardens along with some creative and interactive surprises. Nature’s Kaleidoscope is sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.

All exhibits are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission, $11 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 students (13+ with ID), $6 kids 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ members and kids 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk.

Use #BonsaiShow, #GardenRailwayExhibit, #HostaShow, #NatureKaleidoscope 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.

Summer and Fall Yoga Announced at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on May 04, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces two types of Yoga classes that will take place this summer and fall.  The two sessions will be held on Wednesday nights and will be led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Oasis Yoga and Wellness. The first session, Gentle Hatha Yoga, is offered from 5:30 to 6:45 PM, followed by Gentle Power Flow Yoga/Pilates from 7:00 to 8:15 PM. The dates for the summer session are May 30, June 6, 13, 20, July 11, 18, 25, August 8, 15, 22. The fall dates are August 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7.

The first session is Gentle Hatha Yoga. Hatha is a term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. It is a very gentle introduction to the most basic postures of yoga. You should leave the session feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed. The session will consist of gentle stretches to warm up joints and muscles, postures to increase strength, flexibility and balance, and time for relaxation and meditation. The session is suitable for all and especially students with injuries or limitations. 

Gentle Power Flow Yoga/Pilates is the second session. Power Flow Yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Vinyasa-style yoga. Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. The second session is more vigorous featuring relaxation, warm up stretches and a series of sequences.  Sequences include; sun salutation, moon salutation, warrior, triangle and Pilates postures designed to build strength, endurance, and body heat. The session is suitable for all. 

Yoga sessions are $100 per 10 week series or $15 per class, and free to eligible BlueCross BlueShield of WNY members. To register for a class or the 10 week series, contact Leanne at 716.864.1194 or crescmnyoga@yahoo.com or online at www.cmyoga.com.

Use #Yoga 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.

The Botanical Gardens Announces Their Annual Great Plant Sale!

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments



Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold their annual Great Plant Sale on May 17, 18, and 19. On May 17 the sale will only be open to Botanical Gardens’ members and volunteers from 4-7pm.  The sale will then open to the public on May 18 from 10am-8pm and May 19 from 9am-4pm.

This year, The Great Plant Sale is bigger and better than ever! Be the envy of all your neighbors with exciting and unusual plants not found anywhere else such as; exotic Japanese maples, Gingko trees, expanded vegetable and herb selections, native and drought-tolerant rarities, plants for sun and shade, locally grown lilacs, luxurious hanging baskets, perennials, striking house plants and so much more! As always, our Sale features plants propagated from our extensive collection.  At the Great Plant Sale, many amenities will be offered including; knowledgeable staff and volunteers to help with purchases and 10% discount for Botanical Gardens’ members.  Plants will be marked according to specific growing conditions so selection will be a breeze. 

The Great Plant Sale is free to the public and takes place in the Botanical Gardens’ Administration building May 17-19. On May 17, Botanical Gardens’ members and volunteers have the privilege to attend the event first from 4 to 7pm. This sale is then open to the public May 18 from 10am to 8pm and on May 19 from 9am to 4pm. There is no admission fee for the sale.  The Great Plant Sale is sponsored by Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.

Use #GreatPlantSale 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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Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

If you are looking to take mom somewhere special this Mother’s Day or need a unique gift for her, look no further! The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will celebrate moms with a Mother’s Day Membership Markdown, discounting memberships 20 percent, from May 1 through May 13.  May 11 is National Public Gardens Day and admission is only $1 to bring mom to the Botanical Gardens.  May 12 and 13, the Botanical Gardens will be open to delight mothers and their families from 10am through 5pm. Don’t forget to plan ahead and purchase a gift certificate for an upcoming art class, workshop or event. The Gift Shop will also be stocked with last minute gifts for mom.

Mother’s Day is May 13 and the Botanical Gardens is celebrating with a Mother’s Day Membership Markdown! In order to honor the amazing moms in our lives, from May 1 through May 13, individual memberships will be discounted by 20 percent. Memberships include; year-round, free admission to the Botanical Gardens, discounts on selected classes, shows, and exhibits; 10 percent discount in the gift shop and on The Great Plant Sale; 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. Memberships start as low as $28 with the discount.  Join for the first time or extend a current membership! Memberships are available online at www.buffalogardens.com (use coupon code MOM2018), inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk, in the Gift Shop, or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 295.

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11, 12, and 13, 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. Mom will also delight in magically creative designs on display as part of the Fairy and Gnome House Exhibit (April 28 through May 28). May 11 is National Public Gardens Day, which is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Admission on May 11 is $1 for the general public, Botanical Garden Members and kids under 2 are free! General admission prices for May 12 and 13 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. The Botanical Gardens will be open from 10am through 5pm during Mother’s Day Weekend.

If you need a gift for mom this Mother’s Day, consider a gift certificate to one of the Botanical Gardens’ upcoming classes or events such as; the Hypertufa Workshop, The Great Plant Sale, Watercolor Classes or Oil Painting Classes. Gifts for mom are also available in the Botanical Gardens’ Gift Shop which will be open from 10am through 5pm throughout Mother’s Day Weekend.  The Gift Shop offers many different gifts for mom ranging from gardening essentials, unique gifts, local jewelry, flowers, plants and more. The gift shop will also have gift certificates available for their upcoming art classes, workshops or events!

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.

 

Fairies and Gnomes Visit the Botanical Gardens this Spring!

Posted on April 04, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - 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 Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshops on April 28.

 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 21 and completed houses are to be delivered to the Botanical Gardens either April 25 (12-6pm) or April 26 (12-5pm).  All entries will be on display for the Fairy and Gnome Festival daily April 28 through May 28. 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 April 28 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.  Mama Earth’s Kitchen Band will entertain guests with 30 minute Fairy Shows with music, sing-alongs and interactive instrument playing in the Main Palm Dome at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Nick Presents Magic will also be part of the fun with shows at 11am and 1pm, with balloon animals in between shows.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 9:30am and 2pm on April 28.  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.