Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Gardens
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. Today, the Botanical Gardens is thriving! Over 125,000 people visit annually to enjoy the amazing architecture and the indoor and outdoor garden sanctuaries. It is a gathering place where visitors can find peace and harmony and enjoy the simple power of the natural world. Some visitors also see it as a place for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection.
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Heidi P
Novi, MI35 contributions
Aug 2022
We made this a last minute stop and were very glad we did! Prior to going, I checked out their website and it said it encouraged patrons to purchase tickets online. I called prior to going on the day we went and they said that it was not necessary to purchase tickets prior to visiting. Also, my parents have a membership to a botanical garden in another state and they honored that membership! So, they did not have to pay admission. Shout out to Joyce at the front desk-she was so wonderful with answering my questions on the phone prior to our visit and was very patient with answering all of our questions when we arrived!

The collection of plants here was very unique! It includes a chocolate tree and carnivorous plants. Also, there were several water features with neat looking fish!
Written August 9, 2022
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A. M.
70 contributions
Apr 2023
Attended the Spring Flower event with family including grandchildren ages 2 and 4. There were beautiful spring bulb plants, a cactus room, children activity area, waterfall, and tropical plants. The kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt for a carrot and large eggs. We did not stay for the Easter Bunny the line started after a break(noon to 12;30) and extended thru one full greenhouse into almost the entrance. We chose not to stand in the long line with toddlers
It was a nice hour to spend and we went back to see the coy pond , waterfall, and cactus room. We drove 2 hours purchased on line tickets timed entry but it was very packed with people. Next time we would not go during the Easter Bunny time frame. Lucky the kids didn't see the bunny or question what the line was for!
I was disappointed in the small amount of blooming tropical plants and orchids for the time of year. Seems to be lots of ivy plants . There were lots of bulb plants wondering when those are removed what is left to see?
Overall a good hour and half experience suggest to pair this with something else if making a special trip from out of the area.
Written April 10, 2023
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Richard E
Elkins, WV647 contributions
Oct 2021
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens was celebrating their Mum festival when I visited in early October. There were mums throughout the many glass rooms of the conservatory. Each room had a theme such as the Everglades and the Cacti rooms. Being fall, most of the flowering plants were passed their peak blooming season, but there was so much green foliage on display. I was impressed by the gigantic board leaf plants many of which spread their leaves from on high. I was there on a warm, sunny fall day, but it would be an ideal place to visit when the weather was overcast and chilly.
Written October 14, 2021
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boughsofholly
Trenton, NJ348 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I will start this review saying that my family has visited many botanical gardens and arboretums across the US/abroad. We are arborists and familiar with trees, plants, and flowers.

The inside of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is nice enough, but not the varied collection of unique plants we were expecting for a conservatory. It took us about 30min to do the whole thing, though I'm sure you could milk it to a full hour if you stopped and took in each cactus or palm. There are a lot of English ivys.

Backing up to a golf course, there are 2 small gardens around the outside of the conservatory. However, a few dead trees and some weed-overgrown pathways do take away from the overall experience.

They offer reciprocal admission if you're a member of another garden in the states (American Horticulture Society, etc.). This made the botanical gardens worth a visit for us, but otherwise, the ~$50 admission for 4 adults is a bit steep.
Written August 9, 2020
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,271 contributions
Sep 2021
The indoor houses have a wide variety of plants...tropical including orchids,ferns, cacti, herbs, ivy, bromeliads, bonsai and more. There are trees, water features, fish , a small Japanese tea house and an impressive large waterfall. The outdoor gardens are seasonal and were very colorful with fall flowers. There is a family garden and children's outdoor garden. More fun for children and adults is the monthly Scavenger Hunt. We found the gardens delightful. No visit is complete without browsing the gift shop. There are books, plants, gardening needs and unique things for children and adults.
Written September 18, 2021
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Elizabeth S
Guelph, Canada3 contributions
May 2023
This must have once been a place to be proud of but no longer. The building and plants were in poor condition. The “displays” were unimaginative with a few plants (mostly in pots) interspersed with a few very common annuals. Outside, the grounds were poorly kept, very weedy, badly pruned and even had invasive species. There wasn’t even signage to find the entrance. I have rarely been so disappointed. I don’t know how the people responsible have the nerve to charge an entrance fee.
Written May 14, 2023
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Bill K
Spencerport, NY1,420 contributions
Jun 2021
My girlfriend lived in Buffalo for awhile and loved coming here because a lot of the trees reminded her of Florida. We started our weekend road trip here as my girlfriend really wanted to see this place again. We got there first thing and borrowed a wheelchair to take her around the place which was convenient as her foot was hurting.

The tour starts in a room of palms and then going into aquatic room to see the koi pond which was filled by a nice variety of fish. The Asian rain Forrest is next with a Japanese tea room set up in one corner and varieties of bonsai and bamboo. The next room is dedicated to cactus and that led us to my favorite room. It was filled with medicinal plants and ivy but had a nice case of carnivorous plants which has a variety of Venus fly traps, sundews, butterworts and pitcher plants to name a few.

Next are the Begonias, the art gallery (had picture of orchids on display), the orchid room, a nice collection of tropical plants, an events rooms which had a party going on that night, a Panama Cloud Forrest room and finally the Florida Everglades which had a nice fish tank.

On the whole, it would be worth getting a yearly pass to hang out and read or just walk around. The place is well kept and has some outdoor displays as well. I am glad I got to experience it with my girlfriend and looking forward to next year going for the Fairy Days event.

They were doing timed tickets at this time and the staff was very nice.
Written June 17, 2021
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BethWallace
Stone Mountain, GA304 contributions
Jun 2021
We had a reciprocal membership with our local botanical garden, so we could go for free. Because of the weather in Buffalo, the gardens are all within conservatories or greenhouses. However, the way they had their exhibits were very well done and they had a nice variety of plants. It was a very nice location to visit and we had a picnic in the park in front of the gardens after our tour. Highly recommended and would be a good spot if it was a rainy day.
Written July 11, 2021
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Patricia N
6 contributions
Sep 2021
This was a lovely experience with 12 greenhouses full of succulents, orchids, cool trees, and other fabulous flowers. The layout was okay, but within each greenhouse, we often found ourselves backtracking to see things - it would have been better if it was set up in sort of a one-way layout. The outdoor gardens were full of wildflowers and roses, but we were there in Sept, so it was hit or miss if things were blooming.

I'd recommend it as an option for something to do - particularly if, like us, you were killing a few hours before being able to check into your hotel. However, I wouldn't rate it as a must see.
Written September 13, 2021
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shawn
Cedar Rapids, IA7 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
This is a quick tour and priced appropriately for the experience. The plants are well maintained and the diversity is properly organized based on climate/region. There are some nice and unexpected water features within the exhibit that bring more to the botanical experience.
Written January 27, 2023
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