Buffalo Botanical Gardens Graeme/ August 20, 2018 If you’re looking for a great way to spend the day with the family, we recommend the beautiful botanical gardens. They offer both indoor and outdoor gardens, gift shop, children’s garden, gallery, and an event space where you are able to hold meetings, showers, parties, and even weddings. The massive building is home to thousands of different plants and flowers. In House 1 (The Palm Dome) you will be able to see many different species of tropical plants and palms from around the world. House 2 (Aquatic Garden – New) The new aquatic garden has a beautiful collection of plants that are native to southeast Asia. This house includes a pond and a large display of live koi fish. House 3 (Rainforests of Asia) More from Southeast Asia! This house features a wonderful tea house, orchids, bonsai, and even a moon gate and a waterfall. House 4 (Desert) This house has desert plants from all over the world. The mix of plants comes primarily from the Africas and the Americas. House 5 (Ivy, Medicinal Garden, & Carnivorous Plants) The botanical gardens of Buffalo are proud to say that they have the largest public ivy collection in the world! This is a great place to learn about medicinal plants and how they can heal. House 6 (Begonias) This is exactly what you think! This house is filled with all manner of different species of begonia flowers and plants. Between Houses 6 and 8 there are two rooms where you will find wonderful art as well as a place for the family to have some fun. The Arcangel Gallery has a beautiful display of artwork from both professional and amateur artists. The Wegmans Family Garden is a fun stopping area for children of all ages. This garden is the home to an area to build sand castles, seed planting, a touch and learn area, and other hands-on activities. There’s even a water garden! House 8 (Orchids) Not only does the Orchid house have gorgeous flowers for your viewing enjoyment; the Niagara Orchid Society is in on Wednesday mornings to care for the orchids there and offer free advice as well as re-potting services. House 9 (Tropical Plants) This is a great spot to stop and take a rest. There’s a gazebo and tumbling water that is very soothing to listen to. If you’re ready to take a break and relax, this is the house. House 10 (Event Space) This area of the botanical gardens is ready to play host to many different events. Not only do the gardens offer this space for meetings, weddings, and parties; they also have seasonal exhibits throughout the year. House 11 (Panama Cloud Forest) If you have always wondered what it would be like to live 200 feet above the forest floor, this house is for you. These plants are seen high up in the canopy of the rainforests of Central America. House 12 (Everglades) This is an excellent exhibit that explains the importance of the Florida Everglades and its natural filtrations system. You can also see a real honey bee observatory. This is a wonderful place to take a solo stroll or gather up the family to learn more about the plants and flowers that you see every day.