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Giving Societies

Botanical Gardens Giving Societies

Members of the Palm Dome Society and the Begonia Giving Society form the core of support that breathes life into the Botanical Gardens every day.  Through their involvement and philanthropy, members are building the foundation for the Botanical Gardens future fiscal sustainability, ensuring that the Botanical Gardens is here for generations to come.
Enjoy an insider’s view of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens by joining one of the Botanical Gardens Giving Societies. 

Your annual tax-deductible gift of $500 or more will make you a partner with other committed individuals who are working together to support the Botanical Gardens programs that have an impact on over 125,000 visitors each year.

We are pleased to recognize the philanthropic investment of our Giving Society members with unique opportunities and privileges such as complementary membership, intimate behind-the-scenes tours with Gardens’ leadership, private previews to our exhibits, an invitation to our annual donor appreciation reception, and more!

Society Benefits

The highest giving levels are named for the variety of palms found in the Palm Dome at the Botanical Gardens –our central
and most majestic greenhouse.

Begonia Giving Society
$500 - $999

Palm Dome Society

Chocolate Level

$1,000 - $2,499

Palm Dome Society

Bamboo Level

$2,500 - $4,999

Palm Dome Society

Royal Level

$5,000 - $9,999

Palm Dome Society

Majesty Level

$10,000 or more
Membership (level of your choice)

Invitation to the annual Donor  Reception

Name listed in the newsletter (optional)

10% discount in the Gift Shop
Discounts on classes, events and birthday parties

6 free one-time use guest passes to share with Family/Friends

Two free tickets to Gardens After Dark

Personal docent-guided tour

Personal tour with a member of the Horticultural and/or Education Staff

Personal lunch and tour for two with the President/CEO

Opportunity to host a private event at the Botanical Gardens for up to 25 guests (catering not included)

For more information on becoming a member of this special group, please contact the Development Department at (716) 827-1584 ext. 216 or development@buffalogardens.com


Palm Dome Society

Allison Sagraves
Joseph and Anita Sahlen
Anne Schneider
Augustine and Claire Pingitore
Barbara Mellerski-Farkas
Buffalo Green Fund, Inc.
C. J. and Susan Urlaub
Cathy Paladino
Charles and Louise Kreiner
Charles and Margaret Mitschow
Cheryl Lyles and Steven Lakomy
Diane J. Chrisman
Elizabeth Moll and Robert Thill
Ellen and Gerhard Neumaier
Ellicott Development Company
Garden Friends of Clarence
Joseph and Linda Priselac
Lawley Agency Insurance
Maria and Elmer Gerbracht
Maria Rita P. Andaya
Mary Ann Kresse*
Maureen Schmitt
Michē and Matthew Needham
Mulroy Family Foundation
Paulette Crooke and Michael Toner
Philip and Julie Snyder
Philip and Susan Kadet
Richard A. Stockton
Richard and Karen Penfold
Richard and Rose Ann Dulski
Savarino Companies LLC
Stephen and Monica Spaulding
Ted Johnson
Thomas and Barbara Tomasi
Thomas and Carolyn Wrinn


Begonia Society

Mayor Annette Iafallo
Arthur and Elizabeth Baj
Bryan and Nancy DeBroka
David Studer
Donna Ludwig
E. Dennis and Sandra McCarthy
George and Carol Cameron
Dr. Jane Griffin
John and Patricia Connolly
Kathy Brownschidle
Laurie Szumla
Lumsden & McCormick, LLP
Paul and Patricia Hartigan
James and Tisha Luciani
William D. Iverson



+List indicates donations to Operations in 2023.



The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is supported in part by public funds from the County of Erie; City of Buffalo; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and our members and friends.