Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Botanical Gardens in July 2017

From last year's Coleus and Color show
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, continues to celebrate summer in July .
  • Arcangel Gallery: William Smyers – now through August 13.
  • Garden Railway Exhibit – now through July 9, from the WNY Garden Railway Society.
  • Coleus and Color – now through August 6.
  • Tasting Tuesday – throughout July (except July 4) from 4-7:30 p.m. (Gardens will be open noon-8 p.m.) – a small café will be set up at the Gardens on Tuesdays for a casual farm-to-table experience with small plates and herbaceous drinks from Chef Avi Altman from Obviously Avi Catering.
  • Botanics and Brews – July 13 from 6-9 p.m. – event includes craft beer tasting, beer and cheese pairings and additional bites, live music from JJ Swing, raffles and more. Tickets are $30 for Garden members, $35 for the general public – find out more here.
  • Summer Tree Tours – July 16 at 11 a.m. - $10 per person – meet at the Botanical Gardens on the front walk.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit www.buffalogardens.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Botanical Gardens in June 2017

Coleus and Color returns in June
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, is kicking off summer with one of its signature events in June .
  • Arcangel Gallery: William Smyers – now through August 13.
  • Bonsai Show – June 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.
  • Garden Railway Exhibit – June 3-July 9, from the WNY Garden Railway Society.
  • Coleus and Color – June 17-August 6
  • Tasting Tuesday – June 20 from 4-7:30 p.m. (Gardens will be open noon-8 p.m.) – a small café will be set up at the Gardens on select Tuesdays for a casual farm-to-table experience with small plates and herbaceous drinks from Chef Avi Altman from Obviously Avi Catering.
  • Starry Night in the Garden – June 21 from 6-9 p.m. featuring Leann Rimes, Johnnyswim and James TW – also features food samples and beverage tastings. General admission tickets are $55 – find out more here.
  • Garden Art Sale – June 24-25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days – this free event is part of the Gardens Buffalo-Niagara festival.
  • Summer Tree Tours – June 24 at 11 a.m. - $10 per person – meet at the Botanical Gardens tent at the Art Sale.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit www.buffalogardens.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Botanical Gardens in May 2017

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, is offering Mother’s Day specials during the month of May.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Joan Saba – Art in Bloom – original oil paintings on display now through May 7.
  • Black Friday Bulb Sale – May 5 beginning at 9 a.m. – find out more about this annual event here.
  • Fairy and Gnome Festival – May 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – fairy-themed crafts, scavenger hunt, fairy houses and more during this fun day – wear your costume for $1 off admission.
  • National Public Garden Day – May 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - $1 admission for all, members and kids 2 and under free.
  • Arcangel Gallery: William Smyers – May 12-August 13.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend – May 13-14 – a small café will be set up at the Gardens each day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring fresh portable snacks, sweet treats and herbaceous drinks from Chef Avi Altman from Obviously Avi Catering. The Gardens will also be offering a Membership Markdown from May 1-14 – find out more here.
  • Medicinal Garden Feature – Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month – May 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The Great Plant Sale – Friday, May 19 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Saturday, May 20 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) in the Administration Building – find more information here.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit www.buffalogardens.com.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Botanical Gardens in April 2017

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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, celebrates Easter and spring flowers in April.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Joan Saba – Art in Bloom – original oil paintings on display now through May 7.
  • Spring Flower Exhibit and 4-H Farm – April 1-23; the 4-H Farm will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, and the Easter Bunny visits the Gardens on April 14 and 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Medicinal Garden Feature – World Health Week – April 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Arbor Day Tree Tours – Friday, April 28 at 4 p.m. or Saturday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. – cost is $10 (members and non-members).
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit www.buffalogardens.com.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Botanical Gardens in March 2017

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, celebrates the changing season in March.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Botanical Gardens’ Art Class – “Lumagination in Watercolor” – now through March 12.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Joan Saba – Art in Bloom – original oil paintings on display from March 18-May 7.
  • Medicinal Garden Feature – Nutrition and Poison Prevention Month – March 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Taste of Paradise – Friday, March 31 from 6-9 p.m. – tropical-inspired fundraiser for the Botanical Gardens features a sneak peek at the Spring Flower Exhibit, food sampling from area restaurants and caterers, cocktails from Captain Morgan, live entertainment and raffles. Tickets are $35 for Garden members and $40 for the general public in advance – price increases to $45 after March 26.
**Registration is open for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. - $8 for Garden members and $10 for the general public in advance, $12 after April 2 – this event sells out every year, so sign up today!

For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit www.buffalogardens.com

Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Garden Trends: Indoor Gardening

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According to Garden Media Group, one of the biggest trends in gardening for 2017 is indoor gardening. Whether growing under lights in soil, hydroponically or aquaponically, more and more people are growing their own clean, fresh veggies and herbs right on their kitchen counters and window sills.

Among the items you can grow indoors:
  • Herb garden – grow a pizza garden on your countertop with all the herbs you need for pizza sauce and toppings.
  • Tea garden – if you enjoy drinking tea, you can grow an assortment of herbs to make your own teas.
  • Leafy greens and microgreens – lettuce and other greens can be grown indoors.
Try the trend:

  • OPCOM Farm offers the GrowFrame, GrowBox and GrowWall for indoor gardening aficionados. Another product that has been on the market for a number of years is MiracleGro’s AeroGarden.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Botanical Gardens in February 2017

Lumagination 2016
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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, gets us ready for spring with one of its biggest events of the year in February.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Botanical Gardens’ Art Class – “Lumagination in Watercolor” – now through March 12.
  • Lumagination – February 1-4, 7-11, and 14-21 – 6-9 p.m. except Fridays and Saturdays 6-10 p.m. – tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+) and students (13+ with ID), $10 for Garden members, $6 for kids 3-12 and free for kids 2 and under.
  • Orchid Show – Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, February 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit www.buffalogardens.com

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bushel and Berry Collection launches in spring 2017

The Bushel and Berry "Baby Cakes"
Blackberry plant - credit:
Garden Media Group
Star Roses and Plants, the folks who introduced the Knock Out Family of Roses and Drift Roses, is launching the Bushel and Berry collection, formerly BrazelBerries, this spring at garden center retailers nationwide.

The Bushel and Berry collection makes growing fresh fruit simple with a variety of easy-to-grow, low-maintenance container berry plants. These plants are perfect for consumers who want to grow their own food that tastes good and also packs a nutritional punch.

The collection will have a new look reminiscent of the biodegradable berry baskets found at farmer’s markets, according to Layci Gragnani, program manager for Bushel and Berry. “We are excited to introduce consumers to the new re-brand of the collection,” said Gragnani. “Our new tagline, “Homegrown Berries,” will quickly capture consumer’s attention within a few seconds of seeing the product.”

Bred specifically for home gardeners, these plants offer year-round beauty and produce delicious fruit. Place them front and center in decorative patio containers or in the landscape for four seasons of color.

The Bushel and Berry collection features seven varieties of berries, including the one-of-a-kind thornless dwarf raspberry, Raspberry Shortcake. For blueberry lovers, Peach Sorbet offers four seasons of stunning beauty, the hardy dwarf Jelly Bean is quite a puffball and Blueberry Glaze is reminiscent of a boxwood with small dark berries; Pink Icing looks great in spring and fall, and Perpetua is a true double-cropping blueberry. Finally, new Baby Cakes is a thornless dwarf blackberry that rounds out the collection.

“With the trend toward healthy living on the rise, these edible shrubs are perfect for anyone looking to improve their well-being with nutritious fruit right from their own backyard,” said Gragnani.

For more information about the collection, visit www.bushelandberry.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Garden Media Group.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New exhibits at the Botanical Gardens – 1/15/17


The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, finally unveiled its extensive renovations over the weekend, featuring a new waterfall, new water feature and a new moongate.





Find out more about the Botanical Gardens at buffalogardens.com



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Updated admission and membership rates at the Botanical Gardens

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As of January 1, 2017, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, has updated its admission and membership rates as follows:
Admission:
  • Adults - $11
  • Seniors (62+) - $10
  • Students (13+ with ID) - $9
  • Kids 3-12 - $6
  • Kids 2 and under and Garden members – free
Membership rates (please visit this page for descriptions of each membership level):
  • Student membership - $35
  • Senior membership - $35
  • Individual membership - $45
  • Dual Senior membership - $60
  • Dual Adult membership - $70
  • Grandparents membership - $65
  • Family membership - $75
  • Family Advantage membership - $95
  • Gardener Advantage Membership - $110
Find out more about the Botanical Gardens at buffalogardens.com