Celebration of Life

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Celebrate the life of a loved one surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the Botanical Gardens. The warmth and serenity of the venue provides a wonderful atmosphere to help friends and family celebrate and heal from the passing of those near and dear.

The Botanical Gardens has multiple areas that allow you, your family and friends to perfectly celebrate the beautiful life your loved one has led. “Our memorial service at the Botanical Gardens was an amazing afternoon, helped by the atmosphere. I had no idea that space could be transformed so beautifully,” says Mike Buckley, board member of the Botanical Gardens. No matter what room you choose to hold your celebration, the variety of plants provide a beautiful backdrop that allows for guests to peacefully reflect on one’s life.

The layout of our rooms can accommodate multiple types of celebrations, whether it be ceremony, cocktail or dinner style. Family and friends can choose between three different locations, which includes an outdoor option. The Botanical Gardens is known for creating unique experiences, and we believe every life is unique. Let us help coordinate the celebration of remembering your loved one’s exceptional life.

To book a memorial service at the Botanical Gardens, contact us at 716.827.1584 ext. 219, ext. 220 or





Assemblyman Michael Kearns announces $500,000 in state funding for Botanical Gardens and South Park Lake

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

BUFFALO, NY- On Friday, December 1st 2017, Assemblyman Mickey Kearns (D-West Seneca) announced that a total of $500,000 in state funding has been awarded to The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. Kearns was joined by Botanical Gardens President/CEO David Swarts and The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Executive Director Stephanie Crockatt.

“I am thrilled to be able to award The Botanical Gardens and The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy with this state funding,” said Kearns. “These are two valuable assets to the South Buffalo and Western New York community, and I thank the state of NY for supporting both South Park and The Botanical Gardens.”

The funding breaks down to $250,000 for each organization with the Botanical Gardens receiving $125,000 in 2016 and 2017, and The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy receiving $250,000 in 2016.

“South Park and The Botanical Gardens are some of the first features visitors see when coming in from the southern end of the City. The investment of half a million dollars to this area by the state of NY will nurture further growth and development of one of Buffalo’s most popular attractions. Furthermore it will allow The Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy to carry out what Fredrick Law Olmsted envisioned when designing South Park,” said Kearns.

The two grants for $125,000 to the Botanical Gardens are in support of an ongoing maintenance project to help restore the historic conservatory, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Projects will include restoration work on the front façade of the Main Palm Dome, foundation work, glazing, interior structural work and more.
“We are grateful to Assemblymen Kearns for his outstanding and continued support of the Botanical Gardens and we are excited to start the much needed maintenance projects on our historic conservatory,” said David Swarts, President/CEO of The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

The grant for $250,000 to Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be used to hire an engineering firm to design plans for the dredging and shoreline restoration of South Park Lake.

“The restoration of South Park Lake represents a vital environmental component to the health of this beautiful historic park, while also supporting one of our key master plan projects from our Plan for the 21st Century,” stated Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “Our board of trustees applauds Assemblyman Kearns as he has been a great supporter and advocate of our efforts. This grant will further ensure the South Park Lake restoration project is completed, and ensure our core mission is met as we proudly steward and manage Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks.”

Volunteer Newsletter

Posted on November 06, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

Check out our latest Volunteer Newsletter!



Interning at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on October 04, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

by Errika, Lake Shore High School

At the Botanical Gardens, there are many events and activities, but a lot of people don't know that summer internships are also offered! Every summer, many of the departments offer internships to high school or college students where we have the opportunity to work and gain experience. The Horticulture, Education, and Weddings and Events departments each took on 2 summer interns. I had the opportunity to gather some of the other interns’ thoughts about their experience here. 

I’m Errika, and I worked in the weddings and events department. I am a senior at Lake Shore High School, focused on event planning. I really enjoyed this internship, because it helped me gain experience in this field and understand the responsibilities that come with being an event planner. I applied for this internship as a requirement for my Academy of Business and Finance class and to be able to gain experience in this career field. My favorite parts of my internship were being able to set up for the many different weddings that took place, as well as the friendly staff. One of my favorite events was the big tent wedding in June, because I loved seeing the whole event come together and helping set up the decor. I felt this was a very beneficial experience for my future by helping me gain the knowledge needed to be successful in this occupation. “I really enjoyed working with Christina, Julie, and Rachael. We were a great team. I can’t thank them enough for this amazing experience, and teaching me everything I learned!” 

Spencer was a horticulture intern, who is a student at the University at Buffalo, focused on environmental science. He felt this was a great learning experience and beneficial for his future in horticulture. Spencer’s internship helped him become familiar with the different variety of plant species and the proper care for the diverse types. His favorite parts were the friendly and helpful staff and being able to work in the Botanical Gardens. Spencer’s favorite project was the Adopt-a-Garden program, because he was exposed to many different types of plant species.  “I enjoyed the people I worked with the most. That makes the biggest difference in how much enjoyment I get out of the work!” said Spencer on working with the staff.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica, the education intern. She is a student at the University at Buffalo, focused on Environmental Geography Science. The way she landed this internship is actually a funny story, because she applied by accident! She was looking to volunteer at the Botanical Gardens, and the education director said they had an internship opening in their department for summer camp. Like all of us, Jessica thought it was a great opportunity to expand her experience and knowledge. She wanted to have a background working with kids. She enjoyed how welcoming the staff was, being able to work with different people and have different activities for the kids every day. Jessica felt this was a great practice for her future so she could possibly pursue a career that involves kids someday. “I want to try and stay on as a volunteer, and maybe come back next summer. It has helped a lot learning to work with kids.” 

As you can see, participating in an internship at the Botanical Gardens was a great experience and has proven to be very beneficial to us as we progress forward in our schooling. We enjoyed the working environment and how receptive the staff was to teaching us! It was great to see the different interns’ perspective on their summer experience!

Looking for a fun and interesting internship?  We have so much to offer!  Horticulture, Education, Marketing, Guest Services, Facilities and so much more!  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Hammer at 716.827.1584 ext. 207 or

The Botanical Gardens Announces a NEW Sculpture Exhibit

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces a new sculpture exhibit, Whispering from the Woods, in collaboration with, sculptor and artist Kim Bellavia.  The nature themed sculpture exhibit will be displayed throughout the Botanical Gardens October 7 through November 5.

Bellavia is a sculptor/mixed media artist inspired by the landscape of the state parks, woodlands and National forests in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, where she lives. Her work depicts how nature and human nature weave themselves into the intrigue of life and the entropy of existence. Her most recent work “Whispering from the Woods”, is a series of 25 sculptures that will travel in 2018. The sculptures are constructed using a unique process of combining disregarded materials, such as stumps, branches, moss and vines, combined with an earthen material made of clay, sand and soil. Influenced by folklore, myth and symbolism of trees from different cultures, the forms in her work reveal the human aura of trees. 

Her exhibit, Whispering from the Woods, at the Botanical Gardens will feature some of the traveling works; about 20 of her sculptures will be scattered throughout the conservatory. Visitors are encouraged to ponder each piece and enjoy the balance of art and nature.

“One of our goals is to bring to our guests, members and friends, new experiences and innovative exhibits. Inspired by nature, Kim’s unique collection will provide visitors an opportunity to consider ways art and nature are truly interconnected.  We look forward to opening this exhibit on October 7.” Dave Swarts, President/CEO.

In the last five years, Kim has received local individual artist grants from the New York State Council of the Arts. She has been a working artist since 1996 and has shown nationally with a prolific exhibition vitae. Her earlier work has procured awards such as Best sculpture award (by Wendell Castle), Presidents award (Nazareth College) and a Commission from the Boulder Public library, Boulder Colorado. Go to for more information.

The exhibit will be open to visitors daily, October 7 through November 5, from 10am-5pm and is included with Botanical Gardens’ admission; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 62 and over, $9 for students ages 13 and over with ID, $6 for kids ages 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ members and kids 2 and under are always free.

Tag @Buffalogardens 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.

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