Plans to grow the Botanical Gardens get a shot in the arm

Mar 13, 2020

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is getting some financial help to grow the facility.

Plans for expanding the South Buffalo cultural institution got a shot in the arm from Albany on Thursday with the state announcing a $500,000 grant for the project. The organization's president and CEO, David Swarts, said expanding the Botanical Gardens will create new jobs, increase tourism and have a significant economic impact on the community.

Rendering of the Botanical Gardens expansion project
Credit Photo of rendering/Chris Caya WBFO News

"As a result, will ensure that this historic and botanical treasure will survive for another 120 years, providing the public and the community with a better understanding of the unique role that the natural world plays in sustaining life on our planet," Swarts said.  

Swarts said plans include a new butterfly exhibit, admission area, cafe, and classrooms.

Work on the $18 million project could get underway at the end of the year.