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Tasting Tuesdays & Oil Painting at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - Tuesdays this summer bring special hours, a farm-to-table pop-up restaurant and oil painting classes to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens will be open on Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 9:00pm July 10 through August 14 to host Tasting Tuesdays which will take place from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. Oil Painting classes, titled, Oil Painting in the Landscape, will also take place on the same dates from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The Botanical Gardens is extremely beautiful in the evening, and organizers want to give the community an opportunity to experience it.

During Tasting Tuesdays, a small bar and pop-up restaurant will open inside the Botanical Gardens for a casual farm-to-table experience where guests can enjoy fresh imaginative small plates and creative herbaceous drinks from chef Avi Altman of Obviously Avi Catering. The restaurant and bar will be open from 4:00pm to 8:30pm.  The bar will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer and take a self-guided tour of the Botanical Gardens as the sun sets. At the restaurant, a host will seat guests for sit down meals.  Tables will be located among the tropical surroundings and outside (weather dependent) for guests to relax and enjoy delicious savory dishes and sweet treats.  Tasting Tuesdays are a great date night or an evening out to relax with family. The food is approachable, fresh, and local. 

The Botanical Gardens is partnering with Obviously Avi Catering for Tasting Tuesdays because Avi is an extremely creative chef that is passionate about the farm-to-table experience.  Avi has been a partner of the Botanical Gardens for over eight years and is very thoughtful about creating an experience for visitors that incorporates the tropical surroundings, with an amazing selection of locally grown food, brewed beer and crafted wines. Avi’s commitment to the Botanical Gardens, sourcing ingredients locally, and providing great food is infectious. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Avi and share in his enthusiasm at Tasting Tuesdays. 

A standard menu will be available for sit down meals and specials will be offered weekly, depending on what fresh and local ingredients are available.  Dishes, drinks, beer and wine will be priced individually and will be available from 4:00pm to 8:30pm on Tasting Tuesdays.  Reservations for a meal or the bar are not necessary but can be made for parties of six or more by calling 716.713.8670.  Access to the bar and restaurant is included in regular admission to the Botanical Gardens; $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. 

New this year, and also on Tuesday nights, will be Oil Painting in the Landscape, an oil painting class with artist Joan Saba. Experience the tranquility of painting a unique portrait while watching the sun set over the Botanical Gardens. Each week, a different painting will be completed covering essential landscape topics such as color theory, atmospheric perspective, and good composition.  The handling of oil paint as it relates to mixing, expressive brushwork, and technique will be addressed in these classes. 

Oil Painting in the Landscape will be held outside (weather dependent) and inside when necessary.  All skill levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided.  Classes are $270 for the series or $45 per class for Botanical Gardens’ Members, and $300 for the series or $50 per class for the General Public. Pre-registration (series or per class) is required as space is limited. Register online at buffalogardens.com, inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 292.

Use #TastingTuesdays, #OilPainting and tag @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 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.