Sunday, May 13, 2012

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

This past week I went to South Buffalo to visit the lovely Botanical Gardens.

This Victorian conservatory was designed by Lord & Burnham, based on the famous Crystal Palace in England. It opened in 1900.

Today, the Botanical Gardens is one of only 2 remaining Lord & Burnham conservatories incorporated into a Frederick Law Olmsted designed park.

You enter into this magnificent Palm Room. Isn't it gorgeous?

I love the earthy smell-so lush!

Isn't it gorgeous? I'm in the Florida Everglades, well, the Florida Everglades House.

This picture was taken in the Victorian Ivy and Herb House. The largest public ivy collection in the world is housed here!

There are over 400 ivy cultivars here. Whew! Time for a break.

These are just some of the flowers found in the Orchid House.

Always take time to smell the roses...or orchids!

This tree is just my size. It's part of the Bonsai collection in the Tropical House.

I'm standing next to some Crown of Thorns in the Desert House.

WOW! This 30 foot waterfall is located in the Fern House and Ancient Rainforest. I'm surrounded by banana trees. There are also koi living in the ponds here.

There are so many beautiful and interesting plants to be found here. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a jewel of Buffalo-and a must visit location!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Amelia Enjoys the Cayuga Lake Wine & Herb Festival

This past Sunday I went to the Cayuga Lake Wine & Herb Festival along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. At each winery you get an herb plant, food made from that plant, the recipe, and wine!
                              This fantastic view is from Goose Watch Winery.

Here I am with my souvenir glass enjoying the Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad at Goose Watch Winery!

Another gorgeous view of Cayuga Lake. The weather was just perfect!

I think there's wine in there! I'm at the Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery.

This is my new friend, Sam. I told him that I lived with a dog named Sam! This Sam lives at Buttonwood Grove Winery.

EEEKK! Wine tasting can be dangerous, especially for a rat at Thirsty Owl Winery.

I just had to take time to tip-toe through the tulips at Lucas Vineyards.

Here's a view from the East side of Cayuga Lake. I'm at Long Point Winery.

Isn't this old barn neat?

Look at the bounty! These are all the herbs...and a strawberry plant...that we got to take home. I love this wine trail event!