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LifeCycles, an Orangery and Demonstration Garden Exhibit

To many, The Botanical Gardens is a place of wonder. From the towering plants and the heavenly glass, a walk through the building is both breathtaking and though provoking. So much of what we admire at The Botanical Gardens is what is found on the inside of the conservatory, and rarely do we think about the exterior grounds as synonymous with the gardens. What if that were to change? 
From March 16 through April 7, The Botanical Gardens will be introducing students from UB’s Architecture and Planning Department who will be showcasing six different design concepts known as LifeCycles – based around the concept of an Orangery and Demonstration Garden Exhibit. The idea is rather fascinating. In 19th century Italy, an Orangery was a place, similar to The Botanical Gardens, where citrus trees were grown throughout the winter. In the summer, the trees were moved outdoors, in order to create a whimsical courtyard where parties, weddings and celebrations were held. Would it be possible for The Botanical Gardens to do something similar? If so, what might the Orangery look like?
For over four months in 2012, a team comprised of the Gardens’ staff and volunteers, UB faculty and students and outside design critics came together to envision what form the Orangery would take, and how it would interact with the existing Gardens. After all, The Botanical Gardens is constantly alive and changing with the seasons, hence the exhibit name – LifeCycles. Would an outdoor element such as the one presented in these design concepts be popular with visitors and event planners? Ultimately, would an installation such as this become a successful attraction? And would the surrounding landscape lend itself to this type of production? 
The Botanical Gardens – Expected to attend: David J. Swarts, President/CEO; Phil Snyder, AIA, Stieglitz Snyder Architecture;  Omar Khan, UB School of Architecture Department Chair;  Nerea Feliz, UB School of Architecture Visiting Professor; UB Architecture Students; Botanical Gardens Board Members; staff and volunteers.
As the Botanical Gardens looks toward a sustainable future, these projects and models are important to promote creative and thoughtful visions for the future.  Visitors will be able to enjoy these creative scale models and consider the possibilities of reinventing the Botanical Gardens’ interior and exterior spaces.
From March 16 through April 7, 2013
The Botanical Gardens – 2655 South Park Avenue – Buffalo, NY 14218
The LifeCycles exhibit is included with admission to the Botanical Gardens.  Admission tickets can be purchased at the door for $9 adults, $8 seniors (55+), $8 students (13+ with ID), $5 kids (3-12), Garden Members and kids under 3 are free!
Image: UB-Student-Project – Lauren-Colley

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • No_Illusions

    The botanic gardens are definitely one of Buffalo’s best kept secrets.

  • clubber

    I agree. This place is great.

  • Michal

    How come the above image doesn’t show the over priced office building built so a dozen or so people can pretend to work every day! Where is the money for this dream comming from?The north end of the garden’s building is in need of repair ,broken windows,rotting structure etc.Maybe Swarts can take a look out his fancy office window and see what really needs to be done on the gardens.Citrus trees…..!

  • 65oceandrive

    Work has been in process to access grants that had been awarded many years ago and delayed for reasons beyond the Gardens’ control. This work will be to repair the houses surrounding the Dome and facility upgrades. The Botanical Gardens have steadily grown from a “friends organization” that saved the structure from demolition to a thriving, self sustaining organization that has steadily made improvements to the facility and the collection despite not actually owning the building. This design work and collaboration with the students from UB is a testament to the commitment the Gardens’ Board of Directors and Executive Director and Staff all have for the future of this amazing asset. Come out to see the exhibit and I am sure you will be inspired as well!

  • grad94

    are there plans to actually accept one of these design proposals and build it? or is this just an exercise in ‘wouldn’t it be great if…?’
    i’m not trying to be snarky. if these are just entertaining “what if” designs, then i don’t need to worry about one of them undermining the integrity of the lord & burnham greenhouse.