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Botanical Gardens: Calendar of Events

Seeing that it would be almost impossible to continually post on all of the upcoming events at the Botanical Gardens, I figured that I would post the calendar of events in order to give readers time to plan their visits. From art classes to yoga classes, lectures, festivals, workshops, etc., there are limitless reasons to visit the gardens from August 2013 to January 2014. This is not the complete listing of all of the events either… there are always additional dates being added to the calendar. If you haven’t paid a visit to the Botanical Gardens recently, do yourself a favor and choose an upcoming event to make a visit!

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.

2655 South Park Ave – Buffalo, NY 14218

www.buffalogardens.com

Lead image: Lisa Boulden

ONGOING – Summer Sweepstakes – $20 per ticket

$2,500 Grand Prize!
10 chances to win with each ticket!  Only 750 will be sold!
Grand Prize $2,500 Cash, 2nd Prize $1,000 Cash, 3rd Prize $500 Cash, 4th Prize $250 Cash, 5th Prize $250 Cash,  Plus 5 prizes of a $100 Wegmans gift cards!  All proceeds benefit the Botanical Gardens.

Don’t miss your chance to win exciting cash and prizes!  Winning tickets will be drawn on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at noon at the Gardens (you do not need to be present to win). Tickets are available at the Gift Shop, on-line at www.buffalogardens.com or by phone at 716.827.1584 ext. 203.

 

ONGOING – Digital Photo Contest
Photos Due December 31

Garden Members – First entry free, each additional entry $6, Non-Members – Each entry $8 – For more information and an entry form, go towww.buffalogardens.com

 

ONGOING – Wegmans Family Garden

*Included with admission.  This inside garden provides a place for safe, meaningful play and discovery as children of all ages and abilities explore the wonders of the plant world and the importance of eating healthy.  Visitors are able to plant, dig, build, observe, dream, explore, taste, touch, smell and listen as they engage in both free play and structured learning.  Regular nutrition/food themed kids hands-on programming will take place each Saturday from 10:30-12:00pm and programs are appropriate for ages 4-10.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com  to see the updated list of programing or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291 for details.

 

NEW!! London Gardens & Chelsea Flower Show Trip – May 17-14, 2014

The Botanical Gardens, in conjunction with Collette Vacations, presents “The Gardens of London,” featuring the Chelsea Flower Show! We are offering an incredible experience from May 17-24, 2014 to London, England. This 8 day excursion will have you touring many unique places in London, including Windsor Castle and the Hampton Court Palace. You will also be able to attend the members-only opening day of the 101st RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious show in all of Great Britain. It is most associated with the royal family, who attend opening day every year.

BOOK NOW! Rates until November 17, 2013 – Double: $4,099 per person, Single: $5,199 per person / Rates after November 17, 2013 – Double: $4,299 per person, Single: $5,399 per person

Included – Round Trip Air from the Buffalo International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers and hometown pickup from the Botanical Gardens to the airport, all other travel, admissions/tickets, hotel accommodations, six breakfasts and three dinners.
Information Meeting – Monday, September 23 – 7:00pm
Join us for an informational meeting to talk with a representative from Collette Tours, learn more about the sights you will see & find out the benefits of traveling with a local group. This no-obligations meeting will take place in the new administration building at the Gardens.

Join us as we embark on a trip of a lifetime!  Reserve today!  For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact Christina at the Botanical Gardens at 716.827.1584 ext. 219 or cstannard@buffalogardens.com.

 

Plants in Motion Pictures – August 21

6:30-8pm, Garden Members $20, Non-Members $24
Includes the presentation, beer, wine and light refreshments.  Join David Clark for a fascinating glimpse into the movement of plants, and how plants have been used in the Horticulture of Hollywood. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. 

 

Doug Hansgate – August 24 – October 13

Arcangel Gallery Exhibit – *Included with admission
Nature – Showcasing the deliciously intricate and artistically thought provoking wonder called succulents and orchids in a true art media form. This exhibit will explore the black and white form of photography so often overlooked. Without color our mind is drawn to the more sublime.  I would hope that through my imagery you would find as much peace and respect, as I have for the makeup of this earth and all that nature has provided.  For more information, go towww.buffalogardens.com

 

Family Summer Send-Off – August 28

5-7pm – Garden Members $5 for a family of 4 and each additional member over age 3 – $1, Non-Members $7 for a family of 4 and each additional member over age 3 – $1, Hot Dogs, chips, pop and ice cream – $1 each.  Say farewell to summer with an evening of field games, face painting, food and fun for the family. Pre-registration is suggested.  Call 827.1584 ext. 291 for more details. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Adult Drawing Classes

Series DA – September 4, 11, 18, 25

Series DB – October 2, 9, 16, 23

Series DC – October 30, November 6, 13, 20

8:45-10:15am, Garden Members $58 per series or $16 per class
Non-Members $64 per series or $17 per class

You don’t need much more than paper, pencils and an eraser to create beautiful drawings under the tutelage of Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. All skill levels are welcome!  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. 

 

Medicinal Garden Feature – September 7

10am-2pm – *Included with admission

Cholesterol Awareness & Men’s Health Month – September

Activities include: Educational displays about healthy foods from plants that may be beneficial in maintaining a low-cholesterol diet, medications and botanicals which may be helpful in managing cholesterol levels, educational presentations and displays about general men’s health and prostate health; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived and from which future medications are being researched.   From 10am-12pm, Independent Nursing Care will provide blood pressure screening and flu shots will be available.   The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

Succulent Show – September 7 – October 6

10am-5pm – $9 adults, $8 seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, members & kids under 3 are free!

A visitor FAVORITE!  This show will feature many different types of cacti and succulents displayed in very unique ways.  NEW DESIGNS this year will include some whimsical surprises!  The Succulent Show is sponsored by Local Edge. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

Adult Watercolor Classes

Series WCA – September 9, 16, 23, 30

Series WCB  – October 7, 21, 28, November 4

Series WCC – November 18, 25, December 2, 9

8:45-10:15am, Garden Members $58 per series or $16 per class, Non-Members $64 per series or $17 per class

You don’t need a smock or a beret to join us for our Monday Morning Watercolor Classes.  Both novice and veteran artists are welcome!  Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Yoga at the Gardens

Fall – September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

5:30-6:45pm, FREE to eligible BlueCross BlueShield members or $100 per 10 week session, $15 each individual class

Gentle hatha yoga, designed for all ages and fitness levels. Led by Leanne Oldenbrook from Crescent Moon Yoga. To register, contact Leanne Oldenbrook at 716.864.1194 or e-mail crescmnyoga@yahoo.com.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

Fall Plant Sale – September 13-14

September 13 – 9am-7pm
September 14 – 9am-2pm

Perennials, flowering shrubs, tropicals, vines and more!

Highlights include; Monkshood, Japanese Anemone, New England Aster, Butterfly Bush, Toad Lily, Large Flower Hibiscus, Clematis and so much more!  Go towww.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Tree Festival – September 14

10am-1:30pm – Celebrate trees! Learn how to choose trees for your property, how to care for them and how to identify tree species. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Rochelle Smith Presentation – 11am-12:00pm
Garden Members, Master Gardeners, Seniors & Students $8, Non-Members $10

Join us for an informative talk on tree selection and health with noted dendrologist Rochelle Smith, program coordinator for the Finger Lakes Community College Horticulture Program.

South Park Tree Walk – 10-10:45am & 12:30-1:15pm

Free to attendees. Discover differences between trees, see a “living fossil” and much more on a walk through the South Park Arboretum with Kristy Blakely, Director of Education.

Tree Planting Clinic – 10-10:45am & 12:30-1:15pm

Free to attendees. Learn how to properly plant and care for a tree with Master Gardener Lyn Chimera. Topics covered in this half-hour workshop include watering, staking, and much more.

Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Ten Plants That Rocked History – September 17
6:30-8pm, Garden Members $20, Non-Members $24 *Pre-registration is required
Includes the presentation, beer, wine and light refreshments.  A Stimulating Evening of Fun with David Clark! Learn the real reason why the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock instead of their original destination of Virginia. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. 

 

Gala at the Gardens – September 27

Join Honorary Chair Ed Dore, Dore Landscape Associates and Co-Chairs Mary Ann Kresse and Dr. Maria Rita Andaya for an evening of gratitude and friendship surrounded by the beauty of the Gardens.
6:30pm-8:00pm – Cocktail reception with live music by The Hot Club of Buffalo, silent and basket auctions, complimentary bar; 8:00pm – Sit-down dinner with wine provided by the Premier Group, mission moment and live auction with Cash Cunningham.  Supporting sponsors include Ecology & Environment, M&T Bank, Hodgson Russ, LLP and Respiratory Services.   For sponsorship and ticket information, go to www.buffalogardens.com or contact the Development Department at 716.827.1584 ext. 203.

 

Horticulture Certificate Classes

with David Clark, Horticulturist – David has a wealth of knowledge and is able to convey his subject with infectious enthusiasm.  These classes are for those who just want to know more than garden basics. 11am-1pm.  Each Certificate Series – Garden Members $105, Non-Members $130, Individual classes – Garden Members$20, NON-MEMBERS $25.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

Horticulture I

HCP 101 – September 28 – Basic Botany and Plant Environment

HCP 102 – October 19 – Basic Propagation

HCP 103 – November 2 – Pest Management and Disease

HCP 104 – November 16 – Shrubs and Trees

HCP 105 – January 4 – Annuals and Perennials

HCP 106 – January 18 – Garden Design

Horticulture II

HCP 201 – October 5 – Soil Science

HCP 202 – October 26 – Advanced Propagation

HCP 203 – November 9 – Practical Principles of Pruning

HCP 204 – November 23 – Hydroponics

HCP 205 – January 11 – Water Gardening

HCP 206 – January 25 – Landscape Design 2

Seasonal Decorative Door Initial – October 5

Make it – Take it Workshop
9-10:30am, Garden Members $18, Non-Members $20 *Pre-registration is required

Personalize your front door or your child’s bedroom with a jute-wrapped  12” letter that will take on a new look with each season.  Add leaves and pine cones for autumn, holly berries for the winter or silk flowers for the spring and summer!  Bring a hot glue gun.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Art Classes for Kids

Series KAA – October 5, 19, November 2

Series KAB – November 9, 16, 30

Series KAC – December 7, 14, 21

9-10:30am – Garden Members & Non-Members $30 per series or $11 per class

What better way for a child to express him/herself than through artistic creation!  These multi-medium classes are for kids ages 5-15.  An art work will be completed at each class. Taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. 

 

Medicinal Garden Feature – October 12

10am-2pm – *Included with admission

Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Prevention Month – October

Activities include: Educational displays about the possible role of botanicals in preventing the seasonal flu, and also the use of plants in treating and researching cancer. Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen will be on hand to answer questions and provide informational materials.  From 10am-12pm, Independent Nursing Care will provide blood pressure screening and flu shots will be available.  The Medicinal Garden is made possible by D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Orchid Show – October 12-13

by: The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society & the Gardens

Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-3pm

$9 adults, $8 seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, members & kids under 3 are free!

Enter the Botanical Gardens to see some of the most spectacular orchids in the world that are colorful, fun, interesting and exciting! Enjoy some super exotic varieties that you have never seen in full bloom.  Orchid workshops, vendors and informal Q&A’s will all be part of this wonderful show… don’t miss it!    Go towww.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Succulent Wreath – October 15

Make it – Take it Workshop – 6:15pm – Garden Members $35, Non-Members $40

Create a 12-16” living wreath of desert plants to grace your home for years to come.  Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box for transport.  Go towww.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Chrysanthemum Show – October 19 – November 10

10am-5pm – $9 adults, $8 seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, members & kids under 3 are free!

Celebrating over 105 years at the Gardens.  Enjoy all the colors of the fall season with many different varieties of mums!  The Chrysanthemum Show is sponsored by Local Edge. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Paul Rickard – October 19 – November 24

Arcangel Gallery Exhibit – *Included with admission

Botanics and Butterflies – Many of the photographs presented in this exhibit provide unique views of the flowers featured in the recent Spring Shows at the Gardens. And some of the butterflies represented in the show might have visited your garden as well.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

Doors Open Niagara – October 20

Binational Doors Open Niagara Weekend is from October 18-20. The Gardens will offer free admission on October 20 ONLY!  Visit some of the most beautiful and interesting 19th century heritage, architectural and garden locations in North America. For details go to www.doorsopenniagara.com or call 877.884.2736. Go towww.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Fresh Thanksgiving Arrangement – November 25

Make it – Take it Workshop – 6:15pm – Garden Members $30, Non-Members $35

Wow your Thanksgiving guests with a beautiful fresh floral arrangement to complement your dinner! Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box for transport. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. 

 

Junior Botanist Camp Day for Kids – November 29

9am-3pm, Garden Members $18 per day, Non-Members $20 per day – Ages 5-12

Instead of Black Friday, make it a GREEN FRIDAY!  Kids will become “junior botanists” for the day, exploring the Gardens, learning about plants, playing games and other fun activities. Kids will even get to take home a plant of their very own. Campers will need to bring a bagged lunch, a healthy snack will be provided. Pre-registration required as space is limited. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Poinsettia Show – November 29 – January 5

10am-5pm, $9 adults, $8 seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, members & kids under 3 are free!

Thousands of Poinsettias fill the Gardens.  Come out to enjoy the beautiful and rich colors of nature! The Poinsettia Show is sponsored by Local Edge. Go towww.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Garden Railway Exhibit – November 29 – January 5

Brought to you by the Western New York Garden Railway Society

10am-5pm – *Included with admission

TWO train exhibits!  – Thomas the Train and a traditional set-up will be a part of the magical family fun.   Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Michael Mandolfo & Joan Saba – November 29 – January 12

Arcangel Gallery Exhibit – *Included with admission
Abstract naturalism and inner beauty of botanicals!  Free form paintings in rhythm with nature and a closer look at botanicals through spectacular photography.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Decorated Boxwood Tree – December 7

Make it – Take it Workshop-  9-11am – Garden Members $25, Non-Members $30

Design your own unique boxwood tree.  Bring hand clippers and a large box for transport.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Fresh Conifer Wreath – December 7

Make it – Take it Workshop-  12-2pm – Garden Members $25, Non-Members $30

Create a fresh and fragrant 14” conifer wreath. Bring hand clippers, garden gloves and a large box for transport.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Puttin’ on the Ritz  Holiday Brunch – December 4

at the Orchard Park County Club – 11am-2pm – Garden Members $25; Non-Members $28

Join us at our Annual Holiday Party to spend an afternoon with friends, enjoy a delicious brunch, participate in an outstanding basket raffle, take home with a special free gift and more! Call 827.1584 ext. 204 for details. Open to the public!   Call 716.827.1584 ext. 204 or go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Santa’s Workshop – December 14

10am-1pm – Garden Admission $9 adults, $8 seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, members & kids under 3 are free!   Admission to Santa’s Workshop $1 per child and adults are free.   Photos with Santa will be available for $5 each.  Workshop includes holiday crafts and take-home fun!  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.

 

Fresh Holiday Arrangement – December 21

Make it – Take it Workshop-  9:30am – Garden Members $30, Non-Members $35

Design a beautiful arrangement for your holiday table. Bring hand clippers, a pair of scissors and a large box for transport.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291. 

 

Dollar Day – December 29

10am-5pm – $1, Members & Kids under 3 are free!  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Amaryllis & Cymbidiums – January 18 – February 16

Special Garden Feature – *Included with admission.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens

January 29 – February 1, February 5-8 & February 12-15

6-9pm Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-10pm Fridays & Saturdays

INSIDE THE GARDENS! *Doors will not open until 6pm

$10 adults, $8 Garden members, seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, kids under 3 are free! 

*Guest passes and coupons are not valid during NIGHT LIGHTS

* Photography policy – Cameras and mono pods are welcome every night

however, tripods are not permitted. *See photographer night below.

*Tickets go on sale January 13, 2014 or you can purchase them at the door.

Exciting NEW elements are in store! The interior of the Gardens will be illuminated with theatrical and interactive lighting.  NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens will inspire imaginations and delight your senses!

Lighting designs by:  SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc.  NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens is sponsored by Local Edge and Buffalo Spree Magazine. Go towww.buffalogardens.com for more info.
NIGHT LIGHTS Launch Party! – January 28

presented by: Buffalo Spree Magazine

6-9pm, $15 GARDEN MEMBERS & Spree Subscribers, $20 General Public

Join us as we flip the switch on NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens 2014!  Be the first to see the Botanical Gardens light up after dark with really cool people in a colorful and captivating environment. Tickets include a cash bar of beer and wine, delicious snacks, some special entertainment and a sneak preview of NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens!  Tickets will be available starting December 1, 2013 at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202. NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens Launch Party  is made possible by Local Edge, Buffalo Spree Magazine, Dundee Ale & Lagers and Seagram’s Escapes Coolers. Go to www.buffalogardens.com formore info.

 

NIGHT LIGHTS Photographer Night

February 4 – 6-9pm

This night is for professional and amateur photographers only. Tripods will be permitted on this night ONLY! Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

Michael Haderer – January 18 – February 16

Arcangel Gallery Exhibit – *Included with admission

Color and Light – This exhibit captures the gardens as it is transformed into a wonderland of sight and sound. Plant life soaked in vibrant colors, landmarks painted with rich dynamic light, and uniquely decorated displays, provoke the imagination during the NIGHT LIGHTS 2013.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com for more info.

 

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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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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