Buffalo Botanical Gardens

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Buffalo Botanical Gardens

The American Public Gardens Association 2017 Conference The American Public Gardens Association will hold their annual conference, Celebrating Connections, in Hamilton, Ontario June 19-23.  Botanical Gardens’ staff and volunteers will participate and attend this year’s conference.  There will also be a special tour of conference participants visiting the Botanical Gardens on June 19.  The Botanical Gardens is a proud, long-time member of the American Public Gardens Association. The American Public Gardens Association serves public gardens and advances them as leaders, advocates, and innovators.  It is the leading professional organization for the field of public horticulture. Members include more than 585 institutions, spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 countries. They are, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities.  Go to publicgardens.org for more info.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

The American Public Gardens Association will hold their annual conference, Celebrating Connections, in Hamilton, Ontario June 19-23.  Botanical Gardens’ staff and volunteers will participate and attend this year’s conference.  There will also be a special tour of conference participants visiting the Botanical Gardens on June 19.  The Botanical Gardens is a proud, long-time member of the American Public Gardens Association. The American Public Gardens Association serves public gardens and advances them as leaders, advocates, and innovators.  It is the leading professional organization for the field of public horticulture. Members include more than 585 institutions, spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 countries. They are, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities.  Go to publicgardens.org for more info.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

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The idea of the Gardens first began in 1868 when the Buffalo Parks Commission started meeting with landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted, Sr., and Partners. In the late 1880s, they asked Olmsted to design a new park for South Buffalo; the eventual design included two new parks: Cazenovia Park and South Park, which was created in 1894-1900 from 156 acres (0.63 km2) of farm land.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Palm Dome House 1Standing at 67′ tall, the Palm Dome is full of magnificent palms and tropical fruit trees. The long-term renovation project, “The Buffalo Meridian”, started here. This plan takes visitors on a tour through the Gardens and around the world along the Buffalo Meridian connecting us to other people, places and plants. The Palm Dome is home to a beautiful and diverse collection of palms and other tropical plants native to areas throughout the world.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

The American Public Gardens Association serves public gardens and advances them as leaders, advocates, and innovators.  It is the leading professional organization for the field of public horticulture. Members include more than 585 institutions, spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 countries. They are, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities. 

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

South Park eventually came to house today’s botanical gardens, originally known as the “South Park Conservatory”. In Olmsted’s design, the conservatory would showcase tropical plant species, while the rest of the park was designed to feature hardy species including an arboretum, pinetum, shrub garden, and a bog garden. Formal gardens around the conservatory led visitors into informal park along walking paths. South Park also was to include a large pond for boating, a ring road for horse carriages, and a meadow. However, the proposed walking paths, boat house, and bandstand were never completed.

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Karen PBelmont, United States5917Reviewed April 26, 2017 Lovely indoors botantical gardensWe went on an extremely overcast late April day. The outside gardens were not yet in bloom. Regardless, we were very pleasantly surprised by the indoors botanical gardens. :Lots of lovely plants and flowers to see. Definitely worth the visit.Thank Karen P

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Reviewed April 26, 2017 Lovely indoors botantical gardensWe went on an extremely overcast late April day. The outside gardens were not yet in bloom. Regardless, we were very pleasantly surprised by the indoors botanical gardens. :Lots of lovely plants and flowers to see. Definitely worth the visit.Thank Karen P

July 29 & 30 America’s largest garden tour (Saturday and Sunday, July 29 & 30 , 10am-4pm) Free, self-guided, no tickets required. Five free hop-on/hop-off shuttles buses with guides from Explore Buffalo will run continuously both days. In its 23rd year, more than 65,000 guests from the U.S., Canada and beyond, will visit more than 400 creative urban gardens!

The conservatory’s tri-domed glass, wood and steel building was designed by Lord & Burnham, who were among the premier conservatory designers of the time. Construction methods were based upon the famous Crystal Palace and Kew Gardens Palm House in England. When built in 1897-1899, it was one of the largest public greenhouses in the country (at a cost of $130,000). Today there are fewer than a dozen large Victorian conservatories in America. This is one of only two with a tri-dome design (the New York Botanical Garden is the other).

We will open a small Café inside the Botanical Gardens on Tuesday nights for a casual farm-to-table experience where guests can enjoy fresh imaginative small plates and creative herbaceous drinks from chef Avi Altman of Obviously Avi Catering.  Tables will be located among the tropical surroundings for guests to relax and enjoy delicious savory dishes and sweet treats.  Dishes, drinks, beer and wine will be priced individually and will be available from 4-7:30pm on Tasting Tuesdays.  Join us for Happy Hour, a date night or a place to escape with your family on a warm summer evening.  Regular admission prices apply.

September 226-10pmTickets are $175 and sponsorship packages are available6pm – Join us for an evening of gratitude and friendship surrounded by the beauty of the Botanical Gardens. Silent and live auction, raffles, mission moment and more! Dinner by Oliver’s and a live auction by Cash Realty and Auctions. Co-Chairs: Diane Chrisman & Sharon Osgood

Winning tickets will be drawn September 1 at the Botanical Gardens (winners need not be present). Tickets can be purchased on our website, in the Gift Shop, or by calling 827.1584 ext. 295.

Medicinal Garden Collection – Our Medicinal Garden Collection, developed in collaboration with D’Youville School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, provides visitors with a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants and how they are used in traditional, herbal and modern medicines. The Collection further strengthens public awareness of the interdependence between humans and plants. This collection varies from month to month, depending upon the highlighted theme.

Join The Buffalo Bonsai Society for their annual Bonsai Show. Talk with experts and beginners as they display amazing bonsai specimens from their personal collections. Demos on live trees, a raffle bonsai specimen and the opportunity to purchase bonsai, starter plants, accent plants, pots, stands, tools, and more round out the activities for the weekend.

The first director, Professor John F. Cowell, oversaw the growing of plants for the park and personally located and obtained unusual tree specimens. He spent decades exploring the Americas and the Caribbean, sending back seeds and small plants for the conservatory. Shortly after it opened, thousands of visitors to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition visited South Park’s conservatory and gardens, which thus quickly gathered national renown.

June 24-2510am-5pm, FreeOutside on the Gardens’ front lawnNo garden is complete without art! Sculpture, metal work, paintings, wood work, architectural remnants, found art, ceramics, planters and more. Begin or complete your garden art collection, be it zany and unique or cool and subtle, there is something for everyone at this sale.

Garden Art Sale June 24-2510am-5pm, FreeOutside on the Gardens’ front lawnNo garden is complete without art! Sculpture, metal work, paintings, wood work, architectural remnants, found art, ceramics, planters and more. Begin or complete your garden art collection, be it zany and unique or cool and subtle, there is something for everyone at this sale. Part of the weekend fun, Plant Society Avenue brings many societies and experts to exhibit favorite plants and answer questions concerning plant and garden care, and maintenance. For more information please visit GardenWalkBuffaloNiagara.com.

June 24-2510am-5pm, FreeOutside on the Gardens’ front lawnNo garden is complete without art! Sculpture, metal work, paintings, wood work, architectural remnants, found art, ceramics, planters and more. Begin or complete your garden art collection, be it zany and unique or cool and subtle, there is something for everyone at this sale. Part of the weekend fun, Plant Society Avenue brings many societies and experts to exhibit favorite plants and answer questions concerning plant and garden care, and maintenance. For more information please visit GardenWalkBuffaloNiagara.com.

Chocolate Tree, Theobroma cacao – This tropical tree, native to Central and South America, is now grown on plantations throughout the world. Its seeds, referred to as cacao beans, are used to make chocolate and cocoa powder. The chocolate tree produces tiny little flowers that cover its bark and must be hand pollinated here at the Gardens.

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