Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has been awarded $500,000 toward a planned expansion.
The state grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council will help the Botanical Gardens reach its $14 million goal to construct a facility to complement the existing Lord & Burnham-designed conservatory.
Architect Toshiko Mori, who designed the Greatbatch Visitor Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House, is designing the planned 36,000-square-foot, mostly glass building just southwest of the conservatory.
The continuous building will add exhibition space and house a new entrance, cafe and expanded gift shop, along with an events facility, classrooms and butterfly exhibit.
New grow houses for the Botanical Gardens, located in the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed South Park, are also planned.