The Gardens during Christmas.

2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14218
Everyday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days)
(716) 827-1584

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is described on its website as:

"A local and national treasure, The Gardens opened to rave reviews in 1900 for the upcoming Pan American Exposition. Designed by Lord & Burnham 1, premier designers of Victorian glass houses, The Gardens is the gateway into the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed 2South Park. The conservatory was part of Olmsted’s final plan for South Park and was designed to offer a collection of exotic plants from around the world. Olmsted intended South Park to function as an arboretum for arboreal plants tolerant of Buffalo’s climate.

The conservatory’s unique tri-domed glass, wood and steel design was based upon the famous Crystal Palace and Kew Gardens Palm House in England. 3 When built (1897-1899) it was the third largest public greenhouse in the United States and ninth largest in the world. Today, The Gardens is one of only two remaining Lord & Burnham conservatories incorporated into a park designed by Olmsted." 4

Notes and References



1. Lord & Burnham
2. Frederick Law Olmsted
3. See Kew Gardens and Adelaide Botanic Garden
4. History of The Gardens