Located in an 1890s tri-domed Victorian glass conservatory on the grounds of South Park and created by NY Central Park ... More
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
Located in an 1890s tri-domed Victorian glass conservatory on the grounds of South Park and created by NY Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted, these gardens feature exotic flowers and plants from around the world. The gardens are operated by The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Highlights include an orchid and bromeliad house, herb collection, and waterfall. There are also seasonal shows such as Spring Flowers, All-American Annuals in summer, and December Poinsettias.
I am blessed to live so close to this awesome exhibit! I have taken the time to visit and see some of the most beautiful and exotic plants. I love the way they are displayed. It doesn't matter what time of year you visit - once inside, you feel as though you are in a tropical paradise. It is worth the time and money to see everything. This is a wonderful place to take the family, have school fieldtrips, and for photographing. So many wedding pictures have been taken there. Even the grounds outside is beautiful. For people who live in the surrounding area, you would be crazy not to take advantage of this cultural icon.
The gardens are maticulesly cared for. I would highly recommend visiting. The structure itself is worth seeing. We spent at least five hours there, enjoying everything from a dry south western garden house, to a lush tropical semi rain forest. A must see for all!
This is a beautiful, old fashioned domed glass conservatory. It has recently been renovated. Although it is not large, it is nicely laid out and worth the trip, especially during one of their holiday flower shows (e.g., bulbs at easter, mums in the fall, pointsettias at xmas). Their special event fundraisers (e.g., Octoberfest) are fun and not expensive. Although we usually go in winter, the conservatory is surrounded by park and gardens, making it a nice summer destination too. Costs a few dollars admission but a membership is a good deal if you like visiting other botanical gardens, since it provides reciprocal admission to many other gardens across the country.
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