Opened in 1900, Buffalo Botanical Gardens is the gateway into the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed South Park, which is on the Emerald Necklace. The fine Victorian conservatory was designed by Lord & Burnham and was part of Olmsted's final plan for South Park. It was designed to offer a collection of exotic plants from around the world. The tri-domed glass, wood and steel design was based on Crystal Palace and Kew Gardens Palm House in England. 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 three remaining Lord & Burnham conservatories in the United States and the only conservatory in the eastern United States incorporated into a park designed by Olmsted. Indoor gardens include: The Palm Dome, Dinosaur Gardens, Rainforest Garden, Koi fish pond, Desert Garden, Tropical Flower Garden, Bromeliad and Begonia Garden, Orchid Garden, Victorian Garden and The Herb Garden. Outdoors there is a Shrub Garden with hundreds of varieties of rare and unusual plants.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, New York, USA, NY 14218
All year. Daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Open 10am to 5pm.