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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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Fester the Corpse Flower is Set to Bloom!

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

In July 2014, the Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanum corms and one named “Morty” bloomed on June 10, 2018.  The smallest of the three corms, “Fester” is following in Morty’s footsteps and is ready to bloom. 

Amorphophallus titanum, corpse flower (its common name), is in the arum family and is native to the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.  They are famous for their huge blooms and their horrible smell, like rotting flesh, while in bloom.  Corpse flowers can bloom every 6-10 years, making it a rare sight to see and smell. 

It is hard to predict when the plant may be in full bloom but our best estimate of bloom time would be in two-three weeks. Growing quickly, Fester can grow about two to eight inches per day and can reach three to six feet tall.  When it is in full bloom, the flower, and its accompanying stench, lasts only 24-48 hours. When they are not blooming they send up enormous leaf structures to collect energy to bloom again in the future. Since the Botanical Gardens adopted him, Fester has only sent up one leaf structure in their care. 

Fester will be on public display inside the Botanical Gardens and depending on the bloom, will be on display for up to two weeks after the full bloom.  After it flowers the plant wilts and the stench fades. During its short bloom, the Botanical Gardens plans to have extended hours. 

In coordination with Morty and Fester’s blooms, the Botanical Gardens is conducting a plant acquisition campaign to enhance the Botanical Gardens’ strange and unique collection.  Titled, Strange Likes Company, this fundraising campaign will help acquire plants like the Monkey Face Orchid, the Rainbow Eucalyptus, the Buddha’s Hand Citron and more. Donations can be made at www.buffalogardens.com.

Updates will be available on the Botanical Gardens’ website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts - @BuffaloGardens and through Morty’s Twitter account @MortyStinks. Like and follow to keep up to date with Fester’s progress.  Use hashtags #CorpseFlower and #FunkyFester when posting!

For more information visit www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

Travel Raffle Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces an exciting Travel Raffle.  The Travel Raffle will offer three amazing prizes; the grand prize is a dream vacation of the winner’s choosing, the second prize is a relaxing getaway to the Sterling Inn & Spa in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and third prize is a two day vacation to beautiful Ellicottville.

Travel Raffle tickets are $20 each and are available June 18, 2018 through September 17, 2018.The grand prize winner will be able to choose their dream vacation.  The prize includes a trip for two to Ireland, Mexico, or the Caribbean. The winner can pick the destination and go whenever it’s convenient for them! Arrangements will be made for the winner through The Travel Team Inc. The prize voucher has a maximum value of $3,000. The winner can modify their package based upon their preferences and will have one year to redeem their trip. Due to fluctuations in travel pricing, all costs incurred above $3,000 are the sole responsibility of winner.

The second place prize is a getaway to the Sterling Inn & Spa in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is the only boutique hotel in Niagara Falls, and the perfect place for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or a luxurious stay, away from it all. From the full service spa to the awarding winning fine dining restaurant, AC Inspired Cuisine, the Sterling Inn & Spa is truly an experience in itself. Winning multiple CAA/AAA 4 Diamond Award for service, shows that Sterling Inn & Spa is about experiencing perfection. Enjoy an overnight stay, dinner for two, and couples spa treatments at The Spa.

The third place prize is a mini vacation to Ellicottville, New York.  Ellicottville is a vibrant four season community complete with outdoor activities in any season, ski resorts, charming shops, cafes, exciting events and so much more. Ellicottville is conveniently located one hour south of Buffalo. The winner will enjoy a two-night stay at the Wingate by Wyndham in Ellicottville.  Nestled among the mountains, the Wingate offers an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and a delicious breakfast buffet each morning. Whether the winner is interested in winter sports or a romantic getaway, Ellicottville is a wonderful place to escape to. Also included in the prize is $150 cash to spend in Ellicottville.

Travel Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket.  Each ticket has three chances to win and only 700 tickets will be sold. Winning tickets will be drawn Tuesday, September 18 at the Botanical Gardens (winners need not be present).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.buffalogardens.com, in the Botanical Gardens’ Gift Shop, or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 295. All proceeds benefit the Botanical Gardens. Tickets will only be sold to individuals 18 years of age and older. Tickets are not redeemable for cash, no refunds, and all winners have one year to redeem.

Use #GardensRaffle 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.