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Make-It, Take-It Workshops to Take Place at the Botanical Gardens this Fall!

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their adult Make-It, Take-It Workshops for this fall. The Kokedama Hanging Garden class will take place on October 5, the Fairy Garden workshop will be held on October 17, and the Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop will take place November 21.

Make-It, Take-It Workshops are extremely popular and some classic favorites are on the Botanical Gardens’ schedule for this fall. The Kokedama Hanging Garden class will be led by David Clark on October 5 from 6-8pm. Kokedama, or “moss ball gardening” is a Japanese hanging garden that originated from bonsai styles. These trendy arrangements are created with mosses, a packed soil mixture and string. Participants should prepare to get messy while creating these unique and decorative arrangements; bring gloves and a box for transporting your creation.  The cost for this workshop is $45 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $50 for the general public.

The Fairy Garden workshop will be returning by popular request on October 17 from 6-8pm. In this workshop, adults are encouraged to unleash their inner creativity while using found and natural materials to make the perfect fairy hideaway. Containers, soil and plants are included with the workshop. Fairy trinkets, statuary, accessories and pre-made twig furniture will also be available for purchase at the workshop. The cost for this workshop is $40 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $45 for the general public.

The Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop returns November 21 and, new this year, two sessions will be offered - 2-4pm and 6-8pm.  In this floral design workshop, participants will create a beautiful autumnal arrangement for their Thanksgiving get-together.  Organizers ask that participants bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport the arrangement. The cost for this workshop will be $35 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $40 for the general public. The Botanical Gardens will be closed November 20-23 to create some holiday magic, so this class will be held in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens.

Space is limited for all three workshops and pre-registration is required.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 for more information and to register.

Tag @Buffalogardens when posting 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.

4-H Fall Fest and a BOOtanical Celebration to be Held at the Botanical Gardens

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

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H program to bring a great family event to the Botanical Gardens again this fall.  The 4-H Fall Fest, including animals on the 4-H farm, will be held at the Botanical Gardens from September 30 through October 15 from 10am to 4pm daily. A special BOOtanical Celebration, sponsored by Wegmans, will be included in the festival on October 14 from 10am to 2pm.

Through a wonderful partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County 4-H, the Botanical Gardens will celebrate National 4-H Week by featuring a 4-H Fall Fest from September 30 through October 15. Visitors will delight in interacting with a large cast of characters including ducks, sheep, piglets and rabbits at the onsite 4-H Farm. The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am to 4pm daily and will offer engaging educational displays and visits with 4-H families for visitors to enjoy. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County programs are designed to improve the quality of life for all county residents.  Learn about all the amazing programs 4-H has to offer and so much more at this family fun event.
 
During 4-H Fall Fest, a special BOOtanical Celebration, sponsored by Wegmans, will celebrate all things creepy and crawly on October 14 from 10am to 2pm.  Participants will learn about some spooky plants at the Botanical Gardens, participate in hands-on activities, make some fun crafts to take home, visit the 4-H Farm, visit the Bookmobile and more. Everyone will enjoy some Halloween prizes and healthy treats from Enad’s Bakery. The BOOtancial Celebration is also peanut allergy friendly. Visitors are also encouraged to wear their costumes and participate in a costume parade through the Botanical Gardens. Parade line-up begins at 10:45 and 12:45 in the Palm Dome. The parade travels in a circle through greenhouses of BOOtanical delights! 4-H members, posing as live mannequins, will model textiles and clothing they created this year along with some Halloween costumes.    

4-H Fall Fest, the 4-H Farm and the BOOtanical Celebration 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.  There is no additional entry fee for the activities or costume parade.  

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

Tag @Buffalogardens, @erie4hny, @cornellcooperativeextensionoferiecounty 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.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Announces Winners of 2017 Preservation Awards

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

photo by: Joe Cascio
Erin Grajek, Botanical Gardens; Jennifer Kensy, Foit-Albert Associates; Greg Carballada, Foit-Albert Associates; Bryce Bixby, Foit-Albert Associates; Joe DiDomenico, Botanical Gardens


Seventeen for ‘17!

A total of seventeen nominations for the 2017 Preservation Awards were submitted for historic homes, buildings,and districts around Western New York.

“These awards highlight the achievements of community restorations as a vital component of the Western New York renaissance”, said Jessie Fisher, PBN Executive Director. We look forward to bringing continued recognition of our architectural heritage for many generations to come!”

This year’s award winners are:

Outstanding Commercial Project: Turner Brothers Lofts: Located at 295 Niagara Street, the project consists of five formerly vacant interconnected historic brownfield structures that have been redeveloped into 40 market-rate apartments, a restaurant, and a gourmet food wholesale production space. This project was made possible by architect Jake Schneider of Schneider Development, LLC.

Outstanding Residential Project: 656 Lafayette Ave: Designed by Buffalo architect William Johnson and built in 1898, this house includes various late Victorian and Arts & Crafts elements including numerous bay windows, deep overhanging eves, brick and shingle siding and a steep side-gabled roof with prominent dormers. This project was made possible by homeowners, Tom and Melina Scime,whom have owned the Lafayette Avenue home since 1982.

Community Service: International Chimney Inc.: Their pro bono feasibility study for 907 Michigan Avenue’s relocation seeks to retain the 19th Century workman’s cottage, also known as a telescoping house, while working in close collaboration with citywide efforts to retain the character of the Fruit Belt neighborhood, as residents continue to cope with rapid changes in the adjacent Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. Additional support for this project was made possible by the Fruit Belt/McCarley Gardens Housing Task Force and the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor.

Outstanding Public Building Project: Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: Botanical Gardens: Houses 2 and 3 contain the iconic waterfall and Koi pond area, some of the most popular attractions at the Botanical Gardens.

Outstanding Public Building Project: The U.S. Customhouse: The City of Niagara Falls, which boasts a landmark tourist attraction, relocated the city’s existing Amtrak passenger terminal to a site at the United States-Canadian border near the base of the Whirlpool Rapids International Passenger and Rail Bride.

Neighborhood Conservation: Richardson Olmsted Campus Core Project: The transformation of the Richardson Olmsted Campus is a key part of the Elmwood Arts Corridor, the regeneration of the West Side and Black Rock neighborhoods, and Buffalo's overall economic and cultural revival. This project was made possible by the Richardson Center Corporation, which received state funding shortly after its establishment in 2006.

Preservation Craft: Buffalo Architectural Casting: In 2014, Buffalo Architectural Casting completed restoration work at the Gowanda Hollywood Theater, a historic landmark on both the New York State and National registries.

Outstanding Personal Contribution: Monica Pellegrino Faix: As Executive Director of the Richardson Center Corporation, Monica Pellegrino Faix has been key to the transformation of the Richardson Olmsted Campus.

Outstanding Personal Contribution: Steve Karnath: As Executive Director of Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Steve Karnath is a passionate advocate and champion for historic preservation in the Broadway-Fillmore area.

Education, Outreach, & Planning: Interpretive Center at the Guaranty Building: The Guaranty Building Interpretive Center provides a space in one of North America’s most meticulously preserved buildings that documents its importance as a landmark in the development of the uniquely American first generation of tall buildings.

People’s Choice: Greetings from Buffalo: Casey William Milbrand’s mural takes inspiration from other cities’ murals, vintage postcards, and Buffalo’s own architectural history.

The Award Ceremony will be hosted at the brand-new Hotel Henry at 444 Forest Avenue on Thursday September 7th at 6:00 PM. The event is open to the public, and tickets may be obtained through our website <www.preservationbuffaloniagara.org>.

For more information regarding this event, or to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost at ocammisa-frost@pbnsaves.org, or (716) 852-3300.

Press Release: July 11, 2017
Contact: Membership and Education Director Olivia Cammisa-Frost,
(716) 852-3300, or ocammisa-frost@pbnsaves.org

Quinlan Announces Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens as Winner of Down ‘N Dirty Thirty Contest

Posted on September 01, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Winner receives $30,000 worth of creative advertising services

Amherst, N.Y.,  August 30, 2017 – Quinlan, a digital advertising agency located in Amherst, New York, is excited to announce the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens as the winner of the Down ‘N Dirty Thirty Contest. The company will be awarded with $30,000 worth of creative services.

Quinlan launched a contest, dubbed Down ‘N Dirty Thirty, that invited Western New York not-for-profits to enter to win $30,000 worth of free creative advertising services. “This year, we’re celebrating 30 years in the advertising industry,” Gary Miller, Quinlan president and CEO, says. “We believed the best way to honor our work was to give back to the local community.”

After much consideration, Quinlan decided to choose the Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens as the winner. As part of a new partnership with the company, future work may include branding and video development.

“Our goal is to work with Quinlan to create a fresh identity for the Botanical Gardens and we are very excited to partner with this agency on some new marketing efforts,” David Swarts, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ President/CEO, says.

The two groups have begun working together and are looking forward to this new partnership.

About Quinlan

We’re Quinlan, an advertising agency located in Amherst, New York, since 1987. We have embraced the digital revolution with both arms, building award-winning in-house video, content and development teams. We help our clients through their own digital transformations and turn their dreams into smart, measurable campaigns that create conversions (and sales, of course).
Because advertising should be fun. To learn more, visit us at quinlanco.com.

About Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination filled with exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. Located in Buffalo, New York, the Botanical Gardens is 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.

To learn more, visit www.buffalogardens.com

The 2017 Gala at the Gardens, A Night in Balance, is Planned for September 22

Posted on September 01, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. announced their annual Gala at the Gardens will take place on Friday, September 22 from 6 to 10pm.  The Gala will welcome over 350 dedicated supporters to raise funds for the Botanical Gardens.

With a theme of, A Night in Balance, Co-Chairs, Diane Chrisman and Sharon Osgood, along with the Gala Committee have planned a memorable affair with a few special surprises.  Honorary Chairs, C.J. and Susan Urlaub will welcome guests for an evening to celebrate the peak of the Autumnal Equinox. The Co-Chairs and Honorary Chairs encourage all guests to immerse themselves in the perfect balance of this unique event by wearing black and/or white.

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, Sue O’Neil from Star 102.5, 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 Eric Monahan, Cash Realty & Auction LLC 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’ proposed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. This auction will raise funds to support the environmentally friendly IPM program, IPM education and overall thoughtful care of the plant collection.  

The Gala is sponsored by Moog Inc., Ecology & Environment, and Uniland Development Company.  Individual tickets are $175 and sponsorships range from $1,400 up to $10,000.  Program ads are also available for $150 up to $450.  Tickets, sponsorships and program ads can be purchased by calling the Development Department at 716.827.1584 ext. 203 or by emailing bzandi@buffalogardens.com.

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