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Two New Exhibits at the Botanical Gardens, an Aquatic Garden and an Asian Rainforest, Will Open January 14!

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. announced the opening of two new exhibits to the public.  The greenhouses have been closed since April 2015 for complete structural renovations and to install entirely new exhibits, an Asian Rainforest and an Aquatic Garden.  An Exhibit Opening Party is planned for January 14 from 10am-5pm and is free to the public.


“We are very proud to open two new exhibits to the public and we hope everyone enjoys our interpretation of an Asian Rainforest and an Aquatic Garden. We are confident these exhibits will delight visitors for generations to come!” said David Swarts, President/CEO. 

In 2004, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization and Erie County formed a public/private partnership that would ensure the growth and long-term viability of the Botanical Gardens. Under the terms of that agreement, the Society takes full responsibility for day-to-day management of the conservatory and horticultural functions, whereas the county is responsible for capital improvements. Erie County managed and funded the renovation project. With the help of generous donors and members, the Society raised the funds to create and install the new exhibits.

Over the past year, the Society has been working to create an exciting new exhibit design and has been collecting plants that represent the incredible range of botanical life found in an Asian Rainforest. Expanding the diversity of the existing collection, the Society strives to ensure the survival of rare and unusual species often threatened in their natural habitat.

From the world’s rarest palm to the world’s tastiest fruit, our Asian Rainforest and Aquatic Garden feature some of the most incredible plants from across the globe.  A new water feature, donated by Mr. Paul Taylor and Ms. Jennifer Morrison-Taylor and The Reimagine Water Community, will greet visitors as they enter the new exhibits.  A family of koi will swim beneath a new garden bridge and Bamboo of every color brings visitors deep into the grass forests of China.  Buddha will welcome visitors as they pass a decorative Tea House, as well as tropical pitcher plants found in the high mountains of Malaysia. Walking through a moon gate and under the fronds of the White Backed Palm immerse you in one of the most diverse and botanically significant regions on our planet.

The Society will officially open the new exhibits to the public at the Exhibit Opening Party on January 14 from 10am through 5pm, and family-fun activities will take place from 10am-4pm. Attendees are encouraged to explore the amazing new greenhouses, visit with knowledgeable docents, enjoy kids activities, family fun adventures, and some special surprises. The Exhibit Opening Party is free to the public, and the first 100 members of the Botanical Gardens to attend the event will receive a free gift (one gift per member card).

This project would not have been possible without the support of Erie County, Erie County Executive Mark Polencarz, Erie County Legislators, the board of directors, donors, members, visitors, staff and volunteers. 

The Society would also like to acknowledge the generous support from the following exhibit donors: Vincent L. Werdein and Mary Werdein; The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Chevalier Outdoor Living; Mr. James Cornell and Dr. Darci Cramer; Dore Landscape Associates; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kogutek; Scranton’s Thruway Builders Supply; Mr. Paul Taylor and Ms. Jennifer Morrison-Taylor and The Reimagine Water Community; Unilock; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Penfold; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dulski; Paul’s Organic Farm; Dr. Rita Maria Andaya; Mr. and Mrs. George Cameron; Ms. Diane Chrisman; Mr. Peter Heffley; Mr. and Mrs. Josh Jensen; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Johnson; Ms. Elizabeth Conant; Mrs. Rose Ann Dulski; Ms. Kathleen Hurley; Mr. Rick Kazmierczak; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kruly; Dr. Steven Lakomy and Ms. Cheryl Lyles.

Important partners in the exhibit creation include: Telco Construction Inc.; Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC; Chevalier Outdoor Living; Feijen Design Build; Masterson’s Garden Center; Dore Landscape Associates; Reimagine Water Community; Hadley Exhibits; Precision Signs & Labels Inc.; Botanical Gardens’ Staff and Volunteers.

Use #NewExhibits and tag @Buffalogardens when posting 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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Lumagination 2017 Will Captivate Audiences at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - Lumagination is a captivating and interactive exhibit that will transform the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination from January 25 through February 21. All ages will delight in this amazing and unique event that showcases the incredible architecture and horticulture collection of the Botanical Gardens.  To kick off the fun, a Launch Party is also planned for January 24 from 6:00-9:00pm.

The Lumagination Launch Party will flip the switch on Lumagination on January 24 from 6:00-9:00pm. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers as we kick off Lumagination 2017!  Tickets include: full cocktails from Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon and Nolet’s Gin, creative and festive appetizers from Obviously Avi Catering, fun entertainment, a basket raffle, the inside scoop on this amazing show and more!

Launch Party tickets are $35 for Botanical Garden 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, Nolet’s Gin, National Grid, Cobey, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Orthodontists Association of WNY, Mader Construction, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.

Lumagination, January 25 through February 21, 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 amazing illuminated sculptures created by The University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department.  In collaboration with the Botanical Gardens and Luminated Landscapes, UB will bring new technology and theatrical design to Lumagination 2017!  UB will contribute illuminated sculptures for the front lawn of the Botanical Gardens, as well as a light and soundscape for the interior of the Panama Rainforest greenhouse.  A talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists will bring their amazing concepts to life!  The team includes; Lynne Koscielniak, Associate Professor of Scenography and Chair of UB Theatre & Dance; Jon Shimon, Technical Director and Assistant Professor of Technology, Supervisor of the UB United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Student Chapter; Dyan Burlingame, Project Consultant and Assistant Clinical Professor of Scenography, Director of Design & Technology; and key undergraduate student researchers and artists Gina Boccolucci, Alex Farley, Hayden Harter, Bethany Kasperek, and Leo Tozzi.  

As guests enter the main Palm Dome they will be greeted with a dramatic mix of choreographed sound and light and move through each greenhouse to delight in exciting combinations of light, music and interactive fun.  The fabulous new exhibits, the Aquatic Garden and Asian Rainforest in greenhouses 2 and 3 will be flooded with unique light combinations, paper lanterns, a captivating dragon and an amazing soundscape.  The desert room presents the searing yellow sun highlighted with red and orange hues and some cowboy surprises.  Next on the journey, visitors will be surrounded by tropical birds of all shapes, sizes and colors, and the Wegmans Family Garden will be full of interactive fun for all ages.  The Orchid Fairy House is next, where guests will enter a fairy village full of magic and wonder.  Next, visitors will enjoy a patriotic theme full of red, white and blue surprises.  From here, visitors find themselves in a room that will feature interactive screens that encourage everyone to play games, work together with on-screen images and many more surprises!  The next greenhouse will delight visitors with a monochromatic light theme, a funky soundscape and whimsical butterfly appearances.  This greenhouse will be designed by a talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists from The University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department.  And finally, to cleanse away the hectic week, attendees walk through a thunderstorm of powerful rain and flashes of lightning that will leave a lasting and renewing impression for the week to come.

A truly unique experience… Lumagination will take place January 25-28, February 1-4, 7-11, 14-21 nights. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm (last admission ticket will be sold at 8:45pm and the Botanical Gardens will close at 9:15pm) and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights (last admission ticket will be sold at 9:45pm and the Botanical Gardens will close at 10:15pm). 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 Garden members, $6 for kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free.  Tickets are available online at www.buffalogardens.com and will be throughout the show.  Tickets will also be available at the door throughout the show. Garden 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, Cobey, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Orthodontists Association of WNY, Jens Glass, Mader Construction, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.  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

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.

Botanical Gardens Featured in the ION TV movie A Christmas in Vermont

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

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens was featured in the 2016 ION TV movie A Christmas in Vermont.  Several scenes were filmed at the Botanical Gardens.

More about the movie according to IONTelevision.com - Riley Thomas is sent by her profit-obsessed boss to shut down one of the company’s holdings, a small outerwear company in Vermont, for missing profit targets. Riley finds that the company is the lifeblood of a town and, instead of closing down the iconic firm, she unexpectedly falls in love and learns valuable lessons beyond the bottom line.

Next showings can be found here - A Christmas in Vermont

More about the movie can be found here - A Christmas in Vermont

 

 

Holiday Family Fun Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

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

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced their annual Poinsettia Exhibit, Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected, a Garden Railway display, a winter art exhibit, Santa’s Workshop and a dollar admission day to celebrate the season.  These annual family favorites will take place over the next few months at the Botanical Gardens.

The whole family will enjoy the Botanical Gardens’ annual holiday tradition, Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected.  This cheerful exhibit includes over 1,000 beautiful poinsettias, whimsical holiday decorations and lots of playful surprises.  Poinsettias are native to Mexico and are often found in tropical forests. There are over 100 different cultivated varieties of poinsettias that come in a spectrum of colors. A Garden Railway display that is made possible by the Western New York Garden Railway Society will also be part of the family fun. Kids and adults will enjoy Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected and the Garden Railway display November 25 through January 8 from 10am until 5pm daily.

Students in grades 6-8 from Saint Peter and Paul School in Williamsville will be exhibiting artwork in the Arcangel Gallery located inside the Botanical Gardens. Watercolor, printing, soft and oil pastels are some of the mediums that will be included in their “A Winter in Buffalo” display. This art exhibit will be featured from November 25 through January 15 from 10am until 5pm daily.

Santa Claus is coming to the Botanical Gardens on December 10 from 10 am until 2 pm for Santa’s Workshop. Santa has quite a few places to visit after spending the day surrounded by poinsettias and his friends at the Botanical Gardens. Visits with Santa and holiday themed activities are included with Santa’s Workshop.  Photo prints with Santa will also be available for $5 each.

Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected and the Garden Railway Exhibit will be held daily November 25 through January 8 and Saint Peter and Paul School’s art exhibit will be on display November 25 through January 15.  All three exhibits will run from 10am until 5pm daily.  Admission to Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected, the Garden Railway display, Saint Peter and Paul School’s art exhibit and Santa’s Workshop are all included in Botanical Gardens’ Admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), $8 for students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids 3-12, Garden members and kids 2 and under are always free.

Stop by the Botanical Gardens during the holiday break from school and on December 28 for Dollar Day from 10am-5pm.  Admission is only $1 (Garden members and kids 2 and under are always free). 

A friendly reminder, the Botanical Gardens will be closed November 21-24 to create some holiday magic!

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society is 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.

Winter Make-It, Take-It Workshops Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced their winter Make-It, Take-It Workshops.  Make-It, Take-It Workshops are extremely popular and some classic seasonal favorites are on the schedule for this winter. The Fresh Conifer Wreath class will take place on December 3 at 12pm, the popular Decorated Boxwood Tree workshop will be held on December 3 at 3pm and the Fresh Holiday Arrangement workshop will be December 22 at 6pm.

The Fresh Conifer Wreath will take place on December 3 from 12-2 pm. If you love the smell of holiday evergreen boughs, create a fresh and fragrant 14” conifer wreath to add some seasonal greenery to your home. The Botanical Gardens will supply all materials along with ribbons and small holiday décor items. Participants should bring hand clippers, garden gloves and a large box for transport.

Returning by popular request, this winter, is the Decorated Boxwood Tree workshop on December 3 from 3-5pm. In this popular seasonal workshop, participants will create their own unique boxwood tree. The Botanical Gardens supply materials along with ribbons and small holiday décor items. Participants should bring gloves, hand clippers, and a large box for transporting their arrangement.

The Fresh Holiday Arrangement workshop is back this year on December 22 at 6pm. Bring the scents of the holidays home and design a lovely arrangement for your dinner table or craft the perfect hostess gift. Participants will want to bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box for transporting their creation. All supplies needed for this workshop will be provided.

Each individual workshop costs $35 for Botanical Garden members and $40 for the general public. Space is limited for all three workshops. Please call 716.827.1584 ext. 292 or go to www.buffalogardens.com to register.

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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