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Buffalo Botanical Gardens

On the last day of our Upstate NY trip, we visited the gorgeous Botanical Gardens in Buffalo. The entire space is breathtaking, with a different theme/climate in each room. Built in the late 1890s, the structure was inspired by the classy, 19th century victorian glass houses. The space is made up of three glass domes and nine greenhouses. The gardens are located on 11.4 acres at Buffalo’s historic South Park.

The tri-domed glass, wood and steel building was designed by some of the best conservatory designers of the time: Lord & Burnham, Co. from New York’s Hudson Valley. Some of their other well known conservatories include: Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers; New York Botanical Garden; United States Botanical Garden, Washington D.C.; and the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, Wash.


The first introduction to the large glass house is a meeting with the palms. The glass domes were huge and so mesmerizing to circle around under. I was completely taken aback by the size of the trees in the main house. I don’t have the pleasure of seeing tropical plants every day, so to see them at all is quite an exotic experience.


Looking up was always just as beautiful as looking out and around. Different lights, shadows, textures, and reflections filled the space, along with oodles of sunshine.


Sylvan stared and stared and stared into the palm heavens! I think he was thinking not particularly of the amazement of palms, but of what sometimes goes along with the tropical landscape: ocean tides and surfing!


The Dracaena plants and trees are some of my most favorite tropical/desert delights. (Yet my current most favorite is my agave x leopoldii spiny succulent!) I took a gaggle of photos in the succulent room, so for the next 30 seconds or so, please allow yourself some time to sit back, relax, and let your eyes feast on some beautiful plants of the tropical and desert regions!


 A crowd surfin’ star flower!


 ♥ ♥ ♥ \\ succulent love // ♥ ♥ ♥



I also really liked the Rebutia krainziana, which was a beautiful, little pin cushion cactus:


And then we ventured into some of the other glass rooms included the fern room, english ivy room, water room, begonia room, and the orchid room.


One of our other favorite rooms of the conservatory was the medicinal garden room. This small space was filled with amazing scents and colors of eucalyptus, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper, among others. The really cool thing about this garden is that its focus is on cancer fighting plants and was launched in honor of National Pharmacy Month and Cancer Prevention Month. The space is also sponsored by the Mercy Hospital. I love seeing these types of healing connections (i.e. Eastern vs Western styles of medicine and thought.) It’s a great learning opportunity for all!


And of course, to round out the botanical experience, they had an active honey bee colony! The importance of honey bees and their daily activities and life long duties makes them an integral part of our own daily lives. We need to appreciate that healthy honeybees give us something even more significant as they drift from flower to flower – the pollination of plants essential to our food supply as well as flowers for our enjoyment!

Veiled in this fragile filigree of wax is the essence of sunshine, golden and limpid, tasting of grassy meadows, mountain wildflowers, lavishly blooming orange trees, or scrubby desert weeds. Honey, even more than wine, is a reflection of place. If the process of grape to glass is alchemy, then the trail from blossom to bottle is one of reflection. The nectar collected by the bee is the spirit and sap of the plant, its sweetest juice. Honey is the flower transmuted, its scent and beauty transformed into aroma and taste.
~ Stephanie Rosenbaum

Did you know: Commercial honey bee operations pollinate crops responsible for one out of every three bites of food on our tables!


And that is all! I hope you enjoyed this little virtual tour of the Buffalo Botanical gardens! If you ever have the opportunity to visit a conservatory, I would highly suggest the adventure! It is a very rewarding and educational experience.

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  1. Barbara Cowley

    One word to describe it all…….amazing. Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear this will be the last post from NYS…hope you will share other photos and adventures as well.

    G&G C

    • Thanks, Barbara!… and I still have a whole album of NY wildflowers…almost all from your farm. I’m just saving the best for last! I am still identifying some of them/learning about them. You have a wildflower haven out there! xoxo

  2. Judith Hyde

    Thoroughly enjoyed this botanical trip! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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