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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

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

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.

Celebration of Life

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder

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 events@buffalogardens.com.

 

 

 

  

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

Posted on December 01, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder

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.”

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Posted on November 06, 2017 by Andy Grinsfelder


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