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Butterfly conservatory to be part of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens expansion

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 13:13:53-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc. announced the master plan for the expansion of the gardens Wednesday.

The planned 40,000 square foot expansion is expected to include:

  • Butterfly conservatory
  • State-of-the-art educational classrooms
  • New grow houses
  • Expanded exhibit and event spaces
  • Cafe
  • New visitor entrance
  • Gift shop

"When completed the 're-invented' historic, architectural and botanical jewel will enhance the overall visitor experience and create educational opportunities to achieve a sustainable future for the Botanical Gardens for generations to come," a release states.

Construction is set to begin fall of 2020 and the project is expected to be completed the fall of 2022.

“The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are a unique and irreplaceable asset in Erie County, with world class collections that draw visitors from all over the world. Now well over a century old and seeing increased visitation every year, this historic institution is strong and is planning the next steps that will ensure its educational and conservational role far into the future,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “I look forward to working with Botanical Gardens’ President/CEO, David Swarts and his team as this plan moves forward.”