Botanical Gardens Newsletter - January 2013
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Under The Domewww.buffalogardens.com Issue 1 - 2013
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.2655 South Park Ave - Buffalo, NY 14218 - 716.827.1584 - www.buffalogardens.com
Mission: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a living museum dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.
Photo by Ben Read
On behalf of all of the staff, volunteers and Board members at the Botanical Gardens, please accept our best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy new year. It is also our hope that in 2013 the Gardens will experience continued growth in the quality of our plant collection, flower shows, expansion of our educational programs and successful philanthropic efforts. This will be a challenge, but I
know that if the level of support we received from members, donors and volunteers in 2012 is replicated in 2013, we will have another successful year.
I would like to share with you a few memorable moments that occurred in 2012. First, the Great Plant Sale was a huge success. Pre-sale orders were the highest ever and the overall revenue from the sale reached record levels.
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
General Admission Prices: Please check each show for prices
$7 Adults, $6 Seniors (55+), $6 Students (13+ with ID), $4 Kids 3-12, Members & kids under 3 are free!
2013 Board of DirectorsOfficersChairman Miche C. Needham, CPA, Lumsden & McCormick, LLPVice ChairmanEd Dore, Dore Landscape Associates Inc.SecretaryKathy Guest Shadrack, Executive Assistant, Mercy HospitalTreasurerBryan DeBroka, HSBC Bank USA
At Large MembersDr. Maria Rita P. AndayaGordon Ballard, Ad Stuff Promotional ProductsKathy Balus, Business Entrepreneur/Manager and TeacherHenry Burns, Wells Fargo AdvisorsLawrence E. Christ, COO/LiteLab, Inc.Joseph A. DiDomenico, Jr., Niagara Frontier Orchid SocietyRose Ann Dulski, Honeywell International Inc.Richard F. Griffin, Esq., Kavinoky Cook, LLP Thomas Herman, Pioneer Central SchoolsElizabeth Holden, Hodgson RussStephanie M. Karnas, M&T BankLynn Kozinski, Medaille CollegeJoy Kuebler, Landscape Architect, PCElizabeth Licata, Buffalo Spree MagazineFrancesca B. Mesiah, Kaleida HealthGail McGee, 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of WNYPeter Muth, Esq.Cathy PaladinoAdam J. Poole, CPA, Freed Maxick & Battaglia, CPAs, PCSara Root, Eric Mower and AssociatesClaire Schen, Ph.D., University of BuffaloBarbara TomasiCharles Joseph Urlaub, Mercy Hospital
Immediate Past Chair - Mary Ann Kresse
Ex-Officio DirectorsPatricia E. Connolly, Representative of the Legislature Chairman Thomas Herrera-Mishler, Buffalo Olmsted Parks ConservancyJoseph McMahon, Representative of the Erie County ExecutiveTroy Schinzel, Commissioner of Erie County ParksDirector Emeritus - Florence DaLuiso-Zoll
Celebrate!Recently engaged? Planning a bridal or baby shower, private party or corporate event? Celebrate in our unique and beautiful venue; where its always summer under the dome!
We have opened up our 2014 calendar, so call now to book your date!! There are still a few 2013 dates available as well, so get your request in now, before bookings close!
Contact Michelle Slawiak, Director of Weddings and Special events at 716.827.1584, ext. 219 firstname.lastname@example.org
In this edition of Under the Dome, you can pre-order your 2013 spring annuals and perennials online today. Also, the Botanical Gardens Gala in 2012 attracted 270 guests for a sit down dinner with silent and live auctions that generated record proceeds. A special mission moment auction at the Gala generated an additional $10,000 which will be used to support our growing educational programs. Finally, 2012 Night Lights attracted 9,000 visitors representing nearly a 300% increase in attendance over 2011. Preparation is well underway for Night Lights 2013. Please join us and bring your family and friends and help us exceed 10,000 visitors this year. The event will be more exciting than ever and you can obtain details in this edition of Under the Dome.
You have made a difference and because of your support, the Gardens continues to shine ever so brightly as a jewel in our community. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at the Gardens.
Educational Grant NewsThe Botanical Gardens was very fortunate to receive significant funding in 2012 to support our free hands-on educational programs for Buffalo Public School children.
We are grateful to the following organizations, corporations, and foundations for their support, totaling nearly $25,000, and allowing us to provide programming at no cost to more than 1,600 Buffalo Public School children in second, third, and sixth grades!
Project Empower (3rd Graders)National GridNational FuelVariety Club
Exploration Earth (6th Graders)Time Warner Cable
Palm Dome SocietyWe were proud to introduce the Palm Dome Society in 2012, our new major gifts initiative. Palm Dome Society donors provide a contribution of $1,000 or more and form the core of support that breathes life into the Gardens every day. Through their involvement and philanthropy, members are building the foundation for the Gardens future fiscal sustainability, ensuring that the Gardens is here for generations to come.
Donors to the Palm Dome Society in 2012 provided funding for general operations, horticulture, and educational initiatives. We are pleased to recognize the following donors as inaugural members of the Palm Dome Society, and thank them for their generous and thoughtful philanthropy.
Allied Publishers ServiceDr. Maria Rita P. AndayaWayne and Corrine ArcangelBalbach FoundationSharyn BuyersRobert and Patricia Colby FoundationBryan and Nancy DeBrokaJoseph DiDomenico, Jr.Ronald Frank and Anne SchneiderWilliam and Paula GonsaRichard Griffin, Esq.Carlos and Elizabeth Heath FoundationD. Bruce and Gail JohnstonePhillip Kadet/Linton Foundation
For more information on how you can support the Gardens as a Palm Dome Society member, call the development department at 716.827.1584 ext. 203
David Swarts, President & CEO
Wegmans Family GardenWe are excited to welcome you to the new Wegmans Family Garden! This Garden was made possible by the generous support of Wegmans and the numerous volunteers who donated hundreds of hours of time and energy to create it.
The inside garden will provide 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 will be 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 10:30-11am and 11-11:30am and programs are appropriate for ages 4-10. See the schedule below for our exciting lineup of planned activities. Admission to the Wegmans Family Garden is included with paid admission and with membership.
Kids ProgrammingJanuary 19 - National Popcorn Day - Popcorn Bird FeederJanuary 26 - Wheat Berry Grind and Seed PlantingFebruary 2 - Bean Mosaic ArtFebruary 9 - Paint a Pot ActivityFebruary 16 - Fun Fruit SqueezeFebruary 23 - Edible Toast ArtMarch 2 - Potato StampersMarch 9 - Egg Shell PlanterMarch 16 - St. Patricks Day SaladMarch 23 - Wheat Berry Easter CritterMarch 30 - No ProgramsApril 6 - Butter Dance PartyApril 13 - Pizza GardenApril 20 - Food ComposterApril 27 - Honey Bee Activity May 4 - Ice Cream PartyMay 11 - Fruit PrintsMay 18 - Cereal MosaicMay 25 - Orange Pomander
Plant Pals (2nd Graders)Erie County Youth BureauBuffalo Bills Youth Foundation
Not a Drop to Drink (6th Graders)EPA Designing Community Projects GrantHSBC Bank
Save the Date Gala at the Gardens 2013This 2012 Gala at the Gardens was a resounding success - raising close to $65,000 to support the Gardens our most successful gala in history! Many thanks to Mary Ann and Robert Kresse along with co-chairs Michael and Alex Montante for their support, inspiration, and leadership!
Save the date for Gala at the Gardens 2013, to be held on Friday, September 27, 2013. We are already making plans for the Gala; contact the development department at 716.827.1584 ext. 203 if you are interested in being on this years planning committee. Gala sub-committees include: Auction, Sponsorship, Theme/Decoration, and Logistics.
David KennedyJohn and Carol KocielaRobert and Mary Ann KresseDr. Steven Lakomy and Cheryl LylesElizabeth Moll and Robert ThillMichael and Alex MontantePeter Muth, Esq.Gerhard and Ellen NeumaierCarl and Cathy PaladinoRichard and Karen PenfoldClaire Schen and Gregory CherrDavid J. SwartsCharles and Susan Urlaub
Margery Muniak - Photo Contest 2012
Eileen Graetz & Jillian Kenyon - January 19 - March 3 *Included with admission
NIGHT LIGHTS at the GardensThis will be an exhibit of the 2012 NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens event. Two artists with different perspectives! See the Gardens in a new light!
Amaryllis & Cymbidiums - January 19 - February 17Special Garden Feature *Included with admission
Sunday Kids Programs January 27 - Bagel Bird Feeder February 24 - Wheat Berry GrowingMarch 24 - Propagation by Cuttings April 28 - Earth Day and recycling May 26 - Muddy Sneakers/Boots11am-1pm, *Included with admissionKids 4-12 will enjoy these Sunday hands-on activities held in the new Wegmans Family Garden.
Horticulture Certificate Classes with David Clark, Horticulturist - Join us for an entertaining garden