Summer Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Erin Grajek

Congratulations to all the winners!

Winning Ticket Numbers!

$2,500 – Ticket # - 483

$1,000 – Ticket # - 150

$500 –Ticket # -  478

$250 – Ticket # - 164

$250 – Ticket # - 131

Wegmans $100 Gift Cards:

Ticket # - 150

Ticket # - 476

Ticket # - 174

Ticket # - 198

Ticket # - 479


If you have any questions... please contact Betsy at 716.827.1584 ext. 203 or via email at 

Horticulture Position Available

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Erin Grajek

Interim Director of Horticulture

Position Available
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is looking for an innovative and highly motivated individual for the full time position of Interim Director of Horticulture.

This position will be responsible for providing leadership, planning and management of the plant collections, gardens and grounds; management of planting and maintenance schedules; daily activities of the horticulture staff (comprised of full time, part time and volunteer staff); direct, train and motivate the horticulture staff to ensure the best possible care, maintenance and aesthetic standards are upheld for the gardens and grounds. 

This position also requires experience in maintaining an extensive horticultural collection from around the world including tropical plants; knowledge of plant Latin and common names; greenhouse management and propagation; designing indoor and outdoor displays and annual flower shows; organization and implementation of the year-round plant, garden and landscape maintenance plan.

Excellent organizational skills, experience in developing and managing a budget, effective written and oral communication skills and an operational knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

This position requires a degree in horticulture, botany or related field from an accredited college or university with at least five years of horticulture related experience.  This position will report to the President/CEO of the Gardens and the candidate should possess a New York State Pesticide Applicators License and a valid NYS driver's license.  This position also requires a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.

Please submit a resume and letter of interest to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. via email at or by mail to David J. Swarts, President/CEO, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14218.


Our Peace Garden Dedication

Posted on October 04, 2012 by Erin Grajek


Buffalo Botanical Gardens Combines Annual Tributes and Dedications Ceremony with New

For Immediate Release – October 4, 2012

On Saturday morning, September 22, 2012, representatives of the Buffalo & Erie County Gardens Society, Inc. and the Binational Alliance, were joined by community members to dedicate the existing Outdoor Perennial Peace Garden as the latest garden in the growing Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail.

Family and friends gather annually to celebrate the lives and memories of dedicated Garden supporters, and this year, in spite of the rain, came together once again to share their stories and participation in this Peace Garden dedication and unveiling of the new interpretive sign that marks this location as the 18th Peace Garden of 24 Peace Gardens being launched as part of the 1812 Bicentennial legacy project, and one of 9 Peace Gardens located in Western New York.

The photos below were taken during the event, and include speakers David Swarts, President/CEO of Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, and Arlene White, Executive Director of the Binational Alliance.

“The Botanical Gardens is a beautiful place to visit and we celebrate 200 years of peace between the US and Canada, our historic indoor and outdoor gardens are the perfect place to come to find personal peace” said David Swarts, the President/CEO of Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

 “We are so pleased that the Botanical Gardens has partnered with us to include their Perennial Peace Garden as one of the sites on the Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail. Each one of the Peace Gardens launched this year has been unique and authentic to the location and community represented across the territory that the Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail spans – across the Southern Great Lakes and right down to St. Marys, Georgia” said Arlene White, Executive Director of the Binational Alliance and Project Lead for this 1812 Bicentennial initiative. “The War of 1812 impacted the residents of cross-border Niagara throughout the full three years of the conflict, and it is a tribute to those who came before us that we are able celebrate 200 years of peace at our northern border. These gardens are a lasting reminder of that peace, our shared history and the ongoing commitment to our binational relationship.”

Peace Gardens launched to date include Victor, Burt, Sacket’s Harbor, Youngstown, and Black Rock in New York State, Leamington, Grimsby, Tecumseh, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-lake, 2 each in Windsor and Colchester in Ontario, and St. Mary’s, Georgia. Six more Canadian and U.S. Peace Gardens will be dedicated in October and November, 2012, with a total of 60 anticipated by the end of 2014. These gardens are made possible through the generous contributions of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Landscape Ontario, Arts Network for Children & Youth, the Binational Alliance, Mohawk Global Logistics, Heelis, Williams, Little & Almas, and many other community partners and contributors.

Go to to learn more about this legacy project.

For More Information:

Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail
Arlene White, Executive Director
Binational Alliance
Tel: 905.401.4450

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc.

Erin Grajek, Director of Marketing
Tel: 716.827.1584 ext 204


October brings an Orchid Show, a Medicinal Garden Feature and the Chrysanthemum Show to the Botanical Gardens

Posted on October 03, 2012 by Erin Grajek

For Immediate Release

October 3, 2012
Contact: Erin Grajek 716.827.1584 ext. 204

October brings an Orchid Show, a Medicinal Garden Feature and the Chrysanthemum Show to the Botanical Gardens

Buffalo, NY -
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual fall Orchid Show and Sale on October 13 (10am -5pm) and October 14 (10am-3pm), a Medicinal Garden Feature to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Prevention Month on October 13 from (10am-2pm) and the 107th Annual Chrysanthemum Show from October 20-November 11 (10am -5pm daily).

The Orchid Show will be held on October 13 from 10am -5pm and October 14 from 10am-3pm in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society. This vibrant show will include orchid displays featuring some of the most spectacular orchids in the world; some are super exotic varieties that are rarely seen in full bloom. With admission, show goers will enjoy the breathtaking Botanical Gardens, unique orchids and displays, orchid-specific demonstrations and informal question and answer sessions. Vendors will offer orchid merchandise, flowers, and plants for sale to complement this wonderful show.

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s mission is to promote the culture and enjoyment of orchids, and aims to further every member's orchid related knowledge. They are dedicated to encouraging the protection of orchids and their conservation in natural habitats around the world. For more information on the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society go to

October is Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Prevention Month and we are celebrating with a Medicinal Garden Feature on October 13 from 10am-2pm. Activities include Educational displays about the possible role of botanicals in preventing the seasonal flu, and also the use of plants in treating and researching cancer. Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen

for the Cure will be on hand to answer questions and provide informational materials. If you are interested, Rite Aid Pharmacists will be available to give flu shots to attendees 18 or older. Please bring your health insurance card and your driver’s license. Shot supplies are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Abbott Road Rite Aid with questions about the flu shots and/or insurance coverage 716-827-9268. The Medicinal Garden is made possible by a partnership with D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.

The 107th Annual Chrysanthemum Show will take place at the Gardens October 20-November 11 from 10am-5pm daily. Mums are a sure sign of chillier temperatures, but their vibrant colors add warmth and beauty to any fall day. These beautiful flowers come in all shapes and sizes, from pale yellow round pompoms to huge bronze footballs. Thousands of mums in over 20 varieties will fill the historic glass-domed conservatory. Tall standards, cascades and new and unusual flower types will give the flower show drama and dimension.

Admission tickets for the Orchid Show, the Medicinal Garden Feature and the Chrysanthemum Show are available at the door: $9 adults, $8 seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, members & kids under 3 are free! For more information, visit or call 716.827.1584.

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. For more information visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at

Succulent Show Survey

Posted on October 01, 2012 by Erin Grajek

Take the Succulent Show Survey! 

Click here!

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