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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.

Unique Workshops and Arbor Day Activities Announced
at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on April 02, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens offers a wide variety of programs and workshops throughout the year. This spring, the Botanical Gardens will hold Beginning Bonsai Workshops on April 19 and 20 and Hypertufa Container Workshops on May 12.  In celebration of Arbor Day 2018, the Botanical Gardens will host Arbor Day Tree Tours and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 27.

The Beginning Bonsai Workshops are a hands-on workshop that is one of a kind. Participants will manipulate live bonsai trees while learning the art of bonsai with representatives from the Buffalo Bonsai Society. On both April 19 and 20, the workshops will be held from 6:00-9:00pm. Organizers suggest that participants bring gardening gloves and a large box to transport their bonsai home. Space is limited in each session and all materials will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $75 and $80 for the general public.

Celebrate Arbor Day with Arbor Day Tree Tours and an Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 27.  Tree tours will be held at 12:30pm and 2:00pm and the Tree Planting will be held at 3:30pm. The tours will take guests on a walk through the Botanical Gardens’ arboretum to visit trees in the collection.  Participants will also learn the basics of tree identification.  In celebration of Arbor Day 2018, members of the Botanical Gardens’ staff and volunteer family will plant a new tree for their Arboretum’s collection. The walks and tree planting will take place outdoors, rain or shine.  It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes to participate. The tours and tree planting are free and open to the public.

The Hypertufa Container Workshops will be held on May 12 at 9:00am and 1:00pm.  Hypertufas are very popular in the gardening scene. They are planters made from aggregates bonded together using Portland cement and can be molded into any shape or size. They are unique planting containers that are porous and a great environment for plant growth. In these workshops, participants will create their own hypertufa from peat moss, Portland cement and perlite. This is a messy workshop and organizers ask participants to wear appropriate clothing.  Participants must also bring one container to mold their hypertufa, no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. All materials to make the planter will be provided. Workshop pricing for Botanical Gardens’ members is $25 and $30 for the general public.

Use #GardenWorkshops 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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Posted on March 20, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

 

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Botanical Gardens Awarded an Education Grant to Fund Educational Field Trips for All Sixth Grade Students in the Lackawanna City School District

Posted on January 31, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. has awarded the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. an Education Grant to provide educational programming at the Botanical Gardens for 160 Lackawanna City School students.  

This grant will allow all sixth grade students from the Lackawanna City School District to visit the Botanical Gardens for a hands-on program, free of charge. The Not A Drop To Drink program is designed for middle school students and encourages them to explore topics of pollution and responsible water usage. In the “Fred the Fish” lesson, students will simulate river pollution while brainstorming how to solve water quality issues. Students will learn about the effects of pollution first-hand by setting up an experiment to take back to the classroom in the terrarium experiment lesson. On a mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens, students will discover the relationship between water and plant life while exploring the many greenhouses. They will also examine the aquatic garden ecosystem and learn about the different ways plants adapt to store water. Through these lessons, students will discover the important relationship between water, plants, and our planet while learning about the water cycle and the scientific method. Not A Drop To Drink and all other hands-on programs at the Botanical Gardens are aligned with the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

“Education is at the core of our mission and we are very grateful to the J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. for providing this invaluable opportunity to all the sixth grade students from the Lackawanna City School District.” Dave Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring our students to the Botanical Gardens.  Our students thrive on hands-on learning so this is a perfect opportunity for our 6th graders.  We are very grateful to have been offered the grant.” Bethany L. Schill, Principal, Lackawanna Middle School.

The J.M. McDonald Foundation, Inc. was created in 1952 by Mr. J. M. McDonald. Over the past 53 years, Trustees of the Foundation have sought to uphold J. M.'s desire to improve education and social programs in and around the upstate New York area.  Go to www.jmmcdonaldfoundation.org for more information.

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.

Lumagination 2018 Will Captivate Audiences at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on January 02, 2018 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Lumagination is a captivating and interactive exhibit that will transform the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination from January 27 through February 24, 2018. All ages will delight in this amazing and unique event that showcases the incredible architecture and horticulture collection of the Botanical Gardens.  New collaborations this year with the Aquarium of Niagara, the Pride Center of Western New York, Autism Services, Inc., the Buffalo Zoo, the University at Buffalo School of Theater and Dance and First Responders will bring an exciting calendar of events to Lumagination 2018.  Also new this year, Happy Hours will be added to Lumagination on February 1, 8, 14, 15 and 22. To kick off all the fun, a Launch Party is planned for January 26 from 6:00-9:00 pm. 

The Lumagination Launch Party will flip the switch on Lumagination on January 26 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers as we kick off Lumagination 2018!  Tickets include: full cocktails from Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon and Crown Royal, light fare from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, a basket raffle, the inside scoop on this amazing show and more!

Launch Party tickets are $35 for Botanical Gardens’ Members, $40 for the general public and $45 after January 19.  Tickets are available online at www.buffalogardens.com or by phone, 716-827-1584 ext. 220. The Launch Party is sponsored by: Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal, National Grid, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Mader Construction, Cobey, Orthodontics of WNY, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Ingram Micro, Buffalo Spree, Backyard Party Supply and Star 102.5

Lumagination, January 27 through February 24, will take visitors on a spectacular walk through the Botanical Gardens to experience creatively themed greenhouses, interactive entertainment and so much more!  As guests approach the Botanical Gardens, they will be greeted by illuminated sculptures and enter into a sea of fish to give guests the impression that they are under the sea.   

As guests enter the Main Palm Dome they will be greeted with a dramatic mix of choreographed sound and light including sea creatures projected onto the Dome.  Vibrant and colorful oversized coral will give you the feeling you are walking along the sea floor as all types of sea creatures swim above you.  Guests will move through each greenhouse to delight in exciting combinations of light, music and interactive fun.  The Aquatic Garden and Asian Rainforest will be flooded with unique light combinations, paper jelly fish and an amazing soundscape.  The desert room will be saturated with glow in the dark “plankton”.  Next on the journey, visitors will be surrounded by sea aliens of all shapes, sizes and colors, and the Wegmans Family Garden will be full of interactive fun for all ages.  Next, guests will enter a sea of glass coral sculptures and enjoy their walk on the sea floor full of fun surprises.  From here, visitors will enjoy interactive optical rugs of all different seascapes.  The next greenhouse will be designed by a talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists from The University at Buffalo School of Theatre and Dance.  They will bring new technology and theatrical design to Lumagination 2018!  And finally, to make you feel lighter than air, attendees will be surrounded by bubbles of all colors, sizes and sounds.

A truly unique experience… Lumagination will take place January 27-28, February 1-3, 7-11 and 14-24. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  New collaborations this year will engage new audiences and bring an exciting calendar of events to Lumagination 2018.

January 28 - Family & Member Night in partnership with the Aquarium of Niagara
Aquarium of Niagara Members and Botanical Gardens’ Members receive $2 off admission. Everyone will enjoy added kids activities, touch tank fun and more!

January 31 - Photo Night
This night is for professional and amateur photographers only.

February 1 - Pride Night in partnership with the Pride Center of WNY & Happy Hour*
Happy Hours* - February 1, 8, 14, 15, 22 - 4:30-7:30 pm - Join us for drinks and food in a private space with an industrial but intimate feel and colorful lighting. Enjoy food and drinks from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens before attending Lumagination. Happy Hours will be located in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens. Admission to Happy Hour is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Sponsored by: Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal

February 2 - Sensory Night in partnership with Autism Services, Inc.
Everyone welcome! We encourage the autism community to enjoy this special evening. ASI’s Asperger’s Group and Self-Advocates will be on hand to discuss the benefits of sensory environments.

February 8 - First Responders Night & Happy Hour*
First Responders with valid ID will be admitted free - sponsored by National Grid
Happy Hours* - February 1, 8, 14, 15, 22 - 4:30-7:30 pm - Join us for drinks and food in a private space with an industrial but intimate feel and colorful lighting. Enjoy food and drinks from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens before attending Lumagination. Happy Hours will be located in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens. Admission to Happy Hour is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Sponsored by: Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal

February 11 - Family & Member Night in partnership with the Buffalo Zoo
Zoo Members and Botanical Gardens’ Members receive $2 off admission. Enjoy added kids activities, possible animal appearances and more! 

February 14 - Valentine’s Day & Happy Hour*
The first 300 visitors will receive a special Valentine’s Day surprise!
Happy Hours* - February 1, 8, 14, 15, 22 - 4:30-7:30 pm - Join us for drinks and food in a private space with an industrial but intimate feel and colorful lighting. Enjoy food and drinks from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens before attending Lumagination. Happy Hours will be located in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens. Admission to Happy Hour is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Sponsored by: Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal

February 15 & 22 - Happy Hour
Happy Hours* - February 1, 8, 14, 15, 22 - 4:30-7:30 pm - Join us for drinks and food in a private space with an industrial but intimate feel and colorful lighting. Enjoy food and drinks from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens before attending Lumagination. Happy Hours will be located in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens. Admission to Happy Hour is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Sponsored by: Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Crown Royal

February 16 - UB Night
To celebrate our lighting partnership with the University at Buffalo, current UB students, with ID, will receive $2 off admission.

February 18 - Family & Member Night
Botanical Gardens’ Members receive $2 off admission.  Everyone will enjoy added kids activities and more!  Dive into fun crafts and activities splashed throughout the colorful conservatory.  Sponsored by Wegmans

Admission doors will open at 6:00 pm each night and admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+) and students (13+), $10 for Botanical Gardens’ Members, $6 for kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free.  Tickets are available online by clicking here and will be throughout the show.  Tickets will also be available at the door throughout the show. Botanical Gardens’ guest passes, discounts and coupons are not valid during Lumagination.  Cameras and mono pods are welcome every night however, tripods are not permitted. Photographer Night on January 31, from 6:00-9:00 pm, welcomes professional and amateur photographers only, and tripods will be permitted on this night only! 

Lumagination is produced by: Luminated Landscapes and is sponsored by: National Grid, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Ellicott Development, Mader Construction, Cobey, Orthodontics of WNY, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Ingram Micro, Buffalo Spree, Backyard Party Supply and Star 102.5. Use #Lumagination and @Buffalogardens when posting on social media.

Creative concepts and designs provided by Philip Colorusso and Luminated Landscapes, Inc., located in East Aurora, New York.  Luminated Landscapes is a local business that is painting our world with light - www.luminatedlandscapes.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.