Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Visting Buffalo, NY -- Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

Last Saturday we decided to visit Buffalo.  Our first stop was the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Elmwood Street in Buffalo.  We didn't get to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin House as the line was too long and we didn't have a reservation.  The next stop was the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.  Our first priority at the botanical gardens was to see the cactus & succulent house.  We were not disappointed

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens tickets
This is the entrance to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.  The architecture is absolutely stunning.
Entrance to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardnens
Conservatory -- looking up!
Cute Statute in the Cactus/Succulent House

 Here is a collection of some of the pictures I took.  We finished the Cactus/Succulent house and then proceeded to go through all of the other houses as well. Very enjoyable time.

Rattlesnake Plant
Rattlesnake Plant
Close Up of leaves
 There were a lot of plants in flower when we where there which was rather nice.  I have seen many bonsai but have never seen one in bloom so I took photos.  They looked lovely.

Bonsai flower
Unusual flower
Cactus in bloom
Another Cactus in bloom
I love these Living Stones.  I would like some for a succulent garden but Bruce says they are too hard to grow.  I do not have a green thumb.  That's one of the reasons I keep Bruce! LOL!  I can kill a Hoya!!  Enough said.

Living Stones
Living Stones
Living Stones
This cactus is aptly named, Brain Cactus.  It looks like a brain.  These are quite easy to grow, so we may have one of these instead.

Brain Cactus
I really liked this round cactus.  It was quite large, like a giant pincushion.  Flowers were nice as well.
Round Cactus in bloom
Close Up of the Round Cactus bloom
This was quite a large hibiscus bloom on a bonsai hibiscus.  I thought the flowers would be smaller, in scale with the plant.

Hibiscus bloom on a Bonsai
This bloom was like a cup.  Very unusual. Really liked it.  The pictures below are the front of the flower and the back as well.

Very unusual flowers
Back of the unusual flower above
This looks like the bloom of the Hoya that I killed.  I had that Hoya for years but it was so pot-bound that Bruce had to re-pot it.  I never did get the watering right after that.

Hoya bloom
This plant flowers were hanging from what looked like string.  Very interesting.  You had to be careful when you walked on the path, not to run into them

Thunbergia mysorensis
Clock Vine
Close Up
Clock Vine
This is a seated area in one of the houses.  It is enclosed by plants--great place to sit & your view is the fountain below
Girls sitting in the enclosed area
View from where the girls are sitting
 While in this area you can have an impromptu game of giant checkers

Giant Checker Board
We rounded the corner of one house & thought we had traveled back in time to the dinosaur era.  This dinosaur topiary is completely covered with a vine.  In the bottom of the picture is a baby dinosaur as well.

Mama Dinosaur & Baby Topiary
Magnificent Waterfall

Side of the waterfall with vines growing all over it.
Mossy rocks with Koi pond below
Well fed Koi
The girls absolutely loved the architecture of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens that they bought a print.  The artist is Daniel Predmore.

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
Daniel Predmore
The only other stop we had after the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens was Wegmans on McKinley Road.  We stocked up on the gluten free food we cannot buy in Canada then headed for the Peace Bridge.  There was a Buffalo Bison's game that night so I am glad we headed for the bridge around 7 pm.  We breezed through customs as there was absolutely NO line-up--a first.  Would not have wanted to try to get back to Canada later in the evening. 

Had an absolutely wonderful time in Buffalo so will definitely be heading back in the future.  We are already looking at the 'Upcoming Exhibitions' at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Definitely a stop next time we go to Buffalo.  Loved it.  Also have to make a reservation for the Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House along with the Graycliff House as well. 

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