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Botanical Gardens’ Digital Photo Contest is Open to All Ages

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their annual Digital Photo Contest is open to all ages.  Organizers have opened the contest to Adults (ages 18 and older), Teens (ages 12 to 17), and Youth (under the age of 12) and many awards will be given. All entered photos will be considered for the following two awards and photos submitted in each age range will be considered for several different creative award categories. Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2016.

The first award is the President’s Pick.  Chosen by President/CEO Dave Swarts, he considers every photo entered, regardless of age category. “I look forward to seeing the remarkable photo submissions from all ages and choosing only one is a challenge,” said Swarts.  The second award will also consider all entries.  The Cover of the Gardens’ Next Newsletter is a great honor as the winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of the Spring edition.  The Botanical Gardens produces over 20,000 copies of this edition, mails it to over 4,000 homes and each visitor who enters the Botanical Gardens will be handed a copy.

A winner from each age range will be chosen from the following categories: Best Use of Shadows and Light; Most Unusual Vantage Point; Best Use of Color and Best Use of Macro Photography and, for the first time, Best Selfie at the Botanical Gardens.  When photographing for the Best Use of Shadows and Light category, photographers should keep in mind the tremendous amount of natural light in the greenhouses. Natural light can create amazing shadows that can turn an ordinary picture into a complex shot.  Some patience is needed in this category as every shot will be unique depending on how the light falls. Distort reality in the Most Unusual Vantage Point category. Participants are encouraged to think outside of the box to create a one of a kind photo by playing with different dimensions.  The Botanical Gardens offers an enormous variety of plants and flowers in a huge spectrum of colors. Participants are encouraged to find these unique color combinations for the Best Use of Color category. The Best Use of Macro Photography is a popular category returning to the contest this year. Participants are encouraged to get extreme close up shots to create a very detailed picture. Macro Photography offers a view of details such as texture, color, and shape that could easily be missed by standard photography.  Contributors are encouraged to get playful and creative with the all new category, Best Selfie at the Botanical Gardens. Become part of the lush background and create the unexpected. The Botanical Gardens offers unique opportunities where the perfect selfie can be taken, so participants are encouraged to have fun with this category! 

The first entry is free for Botanical Garden members and each additional entry will be $6.  Each entry for the general public will be $8. The age range categories are broken up into the following:  Adults (ages 18 and older), Teens (ages 12 to 17), and Youth (under the age of 12).  All photos should be submitted via email at events@buffalogardens.com by December 31, 2016.  For more information and for an entry form 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.

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A Medicinal Garden Feature and a Chrysanthemum Exhibit are Planned at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their Medicinal Garden Feature and annual Chrysanthemum Exhibit. The Medicinal Garden Feature highlighting Cholesterol Awareness and Men’s Health Month will be held on October 15 from 10am-2pm, and the Chrysanthemum Exhibit will fill the Botanical Gardens October 22 through November 13.

October is Cholesterol Awareness and Men’s Health Month. A special Medicinal Garden Feature will take place at the Botanical Gardens October 15 from 10am-2pm. Pharmacy professionals from Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, along with faculty and students from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy will be on hand to discuss healthy foods and medications from plants that may be beneficial for low-cholesterol diets, managing cholesterol levels, and general men’s and prostate health. This feature will highlight the Botanical Gardens’ Medicinal Garden which consists of varieties of plants from which medications are derived and future research may be conducted.  Flu vaccinations will also be provided by Walgreens at no charge. The Medicinal Garden is sponsored by: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health and D’Youville School of Pharmacy.

The Chrysanthemum (commonly named mums) Exhibit will take place daily from 10am-5pm at the Botanical Gardens October 22 through November13 and will be on display until November 13. The Chrysanthemum exhibit remains the longest running feature at the Botanical Gardens for over 115 years! This year, 17 new varieties will be on display in addition to 60 traditional varieties. The Dome will be decorated for fall and Halloween and a wide assortment of mums will be on display such as the popular Cascade, Spider, Pom Pom, and Anemone mums in a variety of colors such as green, yellow, and orange.

The cost for both of these features is included with Botanical Garden admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and over, $8 for students ages 13 and over with ID, $5 for kids ages 3-12, Botanical Garden members and kids 2 and under are always free.

For more information on these events, 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.

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Make-It, Take-It Workshops to Take Place at the Botanical Gardens this Fall

Posted on September 09, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces their fall Make-It, Take-It Workshops. The Fairy Garden workshop for adults will be held on September 27 at 6pm, the Kokedama Hanging Garden class will take place for the first time on October 20 at 6pm, and the Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop will take place November 22 at 6pm.

Make-It, Take-It Workshops are extremely popular and some new and classic favorites are on the Botanical Gardens’ schedule for this fall. The Fairy Garden workshop will be returning by popular request on September 27 from 6-8:30pm. In this workshop, adults are encouraged to unleash their inner creativity while using found and natural materials to make the perfect fairy hideaway. Containers, soil and plants are included with the workshop. Fairy trinkets, statuary, accessories and pre-made twig furniture will also be available for purchase at the workshop. The cost for this workshop is $35 for Garden members and $40 for the general Public. 

Offered for the very first time, the Kokedama Hanging Garden class will be led by David Clark on October 20 from 6-8:30pm. Kokedama, or “moss ball gardening” is a Japanese hanging garden that originated from bonsai styles. These trendy arrangements are created with mosses, a packed soil mixture and string. Participants should prepare to get messy while creating these unique and decorative arrangements; bring gloves and a box for transporting your creation.  The cost for this workshop is $45 for Garden members and $50 for the general public.

The Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement workshop returns November 22 from 6-8pm.  In this floral design workshop participants will create a beautiful autumnal arrangement for their Thanksgiving get-together.  Organizers ask that participants bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box to transport the arrangement. The cost for this workshop will be $35 for Garden members and $40 for the general public. The Botanical Gardens will be closed November 21-24 to create some holiday magic, so this class will be held in the Administration Building next to the Botanical Gardens.

Space is limited for all three workshops and pre-registration is required.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 for more information and to register.

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Classes for Kids and Wegmans Family Days Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on August 31, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - There are many artistic and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy this fall at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Young artists are encouraged to join Art Classes starting September 24, families are welcome to participate in the popular monthly Wegmans Family Days and young creative minds are invited to the Autumn Fairy Garden workshop on October 22. 

Cultivate a child’s creative side by exploring art classes at the Botanical Gardens. These multi-medium art classes are taught by professional artist Joan Saba and each child will create an exquisite piece of art in each class. Art classes will be offered in three sessions: KA1 on September 24, October 8 and October 15; KA2 on October 29, November 5 and November 19; KA3 on December 3, December 10 and December 17.  Classes run from 9:00-10:30am and are designed for kids ages 5-15. Classes are $35 per series or $13 per individual class for children of Botanical Garden members and are $40 per series or $15 per individual class for the general public.

Wegmans Family Days are offered once a month, at the Botanical Gardens. The first fall event on October 15 will bring a Spooky Celebration and the 4H Farm to celebrate all things creepy and crawly.  Participants will learn about spooky plants while making edible Venus flytraps and spider webs to take home. Families are encouraged to wear costumes and are invited to enjoy some Halloween treats. Through a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and 4-H, the 4-H Farm will return to the Botanical Gardens this fall from October 7 through October 16.  Visit with ducks, sheep, rabbits and a large cast of characters.  Visitors can also learn about the incredible programs 4-H has to offer. Healthy Harvest is the theme for Saturday, November 19.  Participants will learn about the autumn harvest season while creating some fun fall crafts and munching on a special harvest treat. To kick-off the holidays, families are invited to Santa’s Workshop where Santa will be in attendance to enjoy the respite of the Botanical Gardens during the busy holiday season on December 10.

Wegmans Family Days take place in the Wegmans Family Garden and throughout the Botanical Gardens from 10:00am-2:00pm.  The Wegmans Family Garden is made possible by the generous support of Wegmans.  Wegmans Family Days and the 4-H Farm are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission.  Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), $8 for students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Garden members and kids 2 and under. Photo prints with Santa will be available at Santa’s Workshop on December 10 for $5 each.

A children’s make-it, take-it workshop, Autumn Fairy Garden, will be held on October 22 from 9:00-10:30am. Children ages 5-12 are invited to make their own miniature garden for fairies or gnomes using found and natural materials.  Participants are encouraged to use their imaginations by creating beds made from moss, twig fences, seed mailboxes and so much more. Containers, soil and plants are included and parents and guardians are encouraged to help create a masterpiece. Organizers offer pre-made twig furniture for $5 for two pieces. Registration is required and space is limited.  The workshop is $15 for children of Botanical Garden Members and $20 for the general public.

For more information and to register, visit www.buffalogardens.com or call 716-827-1584 ext. 292.  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.

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Art and Horticulture Classes Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced that art and horticulture classes will be offered this fall.  The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn and Beginner and Intermediate Watercolor and Drawing classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning September 6.  Horticulture Certificate Series, Horticulture I, Horticulture II, Horticulture V and Horticulture VI will be offered this fall into the spring of 2017.

Adult art classes are taught by professional artist Joan Saba as her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm. Sessions include: BW1 - September 6, 13, 20, 27; BW2 - October 4, 11, 18, 25; BW3 - November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and BW4 - December 13, 20, January 3, 10.  Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am.  Sessions include: IW1 - September 12, 19, 26, October 3; IW2 - October 17, 24, 31, November 7 and IW3 - November 14, 28, December 5, 12. Drawing classes are for all skill levels and will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include: DC1 - September 14, 21, 28, October 5; DC2 - October 12, 19, 26, November 2 and DC3 - November 9, 16, 30, December 7.

Art classes will be held at the Botanical Gardens. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Beginner Watercolor classes are $65 per series or $18 per class for Garden members and $70 per series or $20 per class for the general public. Intermediate Watercolor and Drawing classes are $60 per series or $17 per class for Garden members and $66 per series or $18 per class for the general public. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for a syllabus and a list of suggested supplies.

Horticulturist David Clark returns to the Botanical Gardens with an enlightening Horticulture Certificate Program, Horticulture I and Horticulture II.  David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm.  Designed for beginners that would like to know more than garden basics, Horticulture II is a great way to enhance any gardeners’ skills and confidence. 

Horticulture I will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include six individual classes. First in the series, will be Botany 101 on September 10, Plant Propagation on September 17, Pest Management and Disease on September 24, Shrubs and Trees on October 8, Annuals and Perennials on October 15, and Garden Design on October 22.

Horticulture II will also be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include six individual classes. First in the series, will be Soil Science for Gardeners on October 29, Advanced Plant Propagation on November 5, Hydroponics on November 12, Water Gardening on November 19, Practical Principles of Pruning on January 7, and Intro to Landscape Design on January 14.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  The full series of Horticulture I or II is $105 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $130 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.

Organizers also announced Horticulture V and VI will be held for the first time in 2017.  These classes are great for gardeners, garden enthusiasts and landscapers interested in specific gardening topics.

Horticulture V will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five individual classes. First in the series, will be Houseplant Care and Cultivation on January 21, Rain Gardens on January 28, All About Roses on February 4, Hostas and Hydrangeas on February 25, and Vegetable and Organic Gardening on March 4.

Horticulture VI will also be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five individual classes. First in the series, will be Great Grasses & Lawn Care on March 18, Color Theory & Texture in Gardens on April 22, World Tour of Garden Design on April 29, Tough Plants for Tough Sites on June 3, and Edible Plants & Composting on June 10.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  The full series of Horticulture V or VI is $100 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $120 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.  No pre-requisites are required. Horticulture V and VI will now alternate with Horticulture III and IV which will be offered in the spring of 2018.

For more information on art and horticulture classes or to register call 716.827.1584 ext. 292.  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.

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