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Botanical Gardens of Buffalo and Erie County creates expansion plan

Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 09:31:31-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Plants aren’t the only thing growing at the Botanical Gardens of Buffalo and Erie County, the conservatory space is too. By 2022, President and CEO of the botanical gardens David Swarts hopes the multi-million dollar renovations are completed. The botanical gardens are expected to add 40 thousand square feet of space.

“Our goal is to begin construction in the fall of 2020, and we hope to have the expansion completed sometime in the latter part of 2022."

The construction will enlarge the gift shop, classrooms, and entrance way. They will also add a cafe, and new exhibit spaces. One of the new exhibits will be a butterfly conservatory and an architectural design is already in place for it.

“It will be about 1900 square feet. It will be inside the botanical gardens. It will include a variety of tropical butterflies from around the world. It will be in a tropical setting,” Swarts said.

The designs for the botanical gardens are still in the schematic phase, but Swarts expects a completed design layout to be available to the public in about five months.

“As we look towards the future, we hope to share more with the public how the plan is involving and what it looks like.”

When construction does gets underway, the botanical gardens will still be open.