Since 2004, Erie County and the Botanical Gardens Society have made many improvements to the facility to accommodate its renaissance and tremendous growth. In 2015, Erie County identified substantial funds to completely restore two of the historically significant greenhouses. Greenhouse 2 & 3 had been deteriorating over many years and were in desperate need of repair.
Extensive renovations, began April 27, 2015 to restore greenhouses 2 & 3 to their original beauty with modern features. This construction project is estimated to run through late 2016 with new exhibits opening in January 2017. We are excited to improve the conservatory and thank you for your support during this exciting time! We are all part of this important historical event and are helping to ensure this amazing landmark will continue to remain a Buffalo treasure for generations to come.
Renovation and Exhibit Project Overview
Renovations Completed by Erie County
These greenhouses were closed to the public April 2015 through January 2017 for complete renovation. This project included; repair and repointing of the exterior and interior masonry and brick; steel and wood refurbishment and replacement; glazing work and glass replacement; heating system repair and replacement; temperature and humidity sensor updates; electrical updates; misting/fogging system repair and replacement; emergency system updates, koi pond and waterfall repairs; new lighting installation; painting of the interior and exterior and complete finishing work.
Exhibit Creation by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.
The Society installed two new exhibits in the renovated greenhouses. The Aquatic Garden includes a new water feature, refurbished koi pond, a new bridge over the koi pond and many plants native to Asia. The Asian Rainforest features a decorative tea house, moon gate, a redesigned waterfall, orchids, bamboo, a bonsai collection and more.
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. Major donors include the Vincent L. Werdein and Mary R. Werdein Estate, The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. and the Community Foundation of Buffalo.
Renovation Project Participating Organizations
Erie County; the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.; Foit Albert Associates, Project Consultants and Telco Construction Inc., Prime Contractor. Subcontractors include but are not limited to: Goodwin Electric, Quackenbush Co. Inc., Buffalo Engineering, P.C. and Petrilli Engineering.
Exhibit Creation Participating Organizations
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.; 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.; Uilock, Scranton’s Thruway Builders Supply; Botanical Gardens’ Staff and Volunteers.