pink celery at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Eco Garden at Botanical Gardens helps folks in ‘food desert’

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens donated 692 pounds of fresh, organic produce to Gerard Place‘s Community Kitchen, noting that the need was three times greater this year because of the pandemic. The food was grown at the Botanical Gardens in the Eco Garden, a 100-percent community-funded organic garden. The Eco Garden was established in 2019 with funding and support from the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, PLANT WNY, the Western New York Foundation and private donors. Gerard Place provides housing for homeless, single parents…

gardening project by Historic Jefferson Block Club in Buffalo

Beautification grants available for gardening projects in Buffalo

Beautification grants for gardening projects in the City of Buffalo are available through Gardens Buffalo Niagara. This year, previously separate funding programs have been merged into one: the Marvin Lunenfeld Grants (previously the Lunenfeld and Vibrant Buffalo grants). Awards of  up to $1,000 will be based on the overall project cost and matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.  Projects can include community gardens, street-side planters, historical garden restoration, annuals for baskets—pretty much any garden-related project. Grant…

Arbor Day poster

Two contests seek artwork for Arbor Day posters; deadlines in December

An Arbor Day poster contest for student art now includes fourth- as well as fifth-grade students, and a separate state Arbor Day Poster contest is open to anyone. Both contests are coordinated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Contest for 4th & 5th graders The deadline for the 4th and 5th Grade Arbor Day Artwork Contest is Dec. 10. The theme is “Healthy Trees, Healthy People!” See details here. Lesson plans and resources for teachers are…

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens side view

Swarts to retire; Botanical Gardens begins search for new CEO

After eleven years as the president/CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, David J. Swarts will be transitioning into retirement over the next several months. “Through his leadership, the Botanical Gardens experienced a period of tremendous growth that enabled us to embark on an exciting Master Plan that will ensure the Botanical Gardens will flourish for generations to come,” said Miche Needham, chair of the Board of Directors. The board has formed a search committee to conduct a…

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens entrance in summer

Botanical Gardens is hiring for 2 spots

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is hiring for two positions. If you want to work at the beautiful and historic Botanical Gardens– or know someone who does– check out the summaries of the positions below. See details on both positions here. Visitor Services Associate (Part Time, Seasonal)  Welcome visitors from all over the world. Work with a dynamic team to make a friendly and lasting impression on all the visitors and learn a lot about plants. Visitor Service Associates also work in the…

aerial photo of Skaneateles

Staycation Raffle from Botanical Gardens nears end; enter now!

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding its Staycation Raffle with three great prizes. Entries will be accepted until Sept. 1 or until 1,000 enties are sold. This raffle sells out every year, so be sure to make your donation ASAP! Every $20 donation to the Botanical Gardens will be entered for a chance to win at all three of the prizes. Enter as many times as you like. Only 1,000 entries will be taken. The prizes are: Grand Prize: Three-night stay…

lilacs and dome at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens is hiring

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is hiring for four positions. If you want to work at the beautiful and historic Botanical Gardens or know someone who does, check out the summaries of the positions below. Get more details about the positions and find out how to apply here. Assistant Gardener (part-time) Assist in the care and maintenance of their indoor and outdoor gardens and help create exhibits. Learn skills from their horticulture team in a variety of areas….

cover of book Finding the Mother Tree

Author of ‘Finding the Mother Tree’ to speak June 16

Trees live in societies, and “In those societies, there is so much going on,” said Suzanne Simard. “It’s complex. “Trees have complex lives. They know what their neighbors are doing. They communicate with them through these webs of fungal filaments that travel through the soil. They also communicate by sending off chemicals through the air.” Dr. Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, will speak in a free, virtual event to be held at 7…


Seed library open at Audubon Library

The WNY Seed Library is again open during library hours at the Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Pkwy., Amherst. You don’t need a library card to borrow seeds. You can see all the varieties of seeds here. The WNY Seed Library uses the term “borrowing” seeds because the organizers hope that when your plants are mature, you will save the seeds and donate some back to the seed library. You can also donate seeds that you saved from plants you grew previously as well…

Go Public Gardens

15% off memberships to Botanical Gardens

To celebrate Go Public Gardens Day, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is offering 15 percent off all memberships from now through May 16. Use coupon code: Gardens2021 at checkout. Throughout the week, public gardens are emphasizing their importance and impact as community resources and catalysts for change and resilience. They are encouraging the public to visit, engage, donate and/or volunteer….