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As We See It: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

As We See It: Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

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"As We See It," a series by The Buffalo News photography staff, takes a fresh look at local landmarks. Each of our photographers provides his or her unique perspective. 

Buffalo is many things to many people, and those people often have different perspectives based on their own experiences.

The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. More than 140,000 people visit annually to enjoy the architecture and the indoor and outdoor garden sanctuaries.

In 1868, Frederick Law Olmsted was asked by the Buffalo Parks Commission to design parks for Buffalo. Delaware Park, The Parade (now Martin Luther King Jr. Park) and Front Park were designed first. As Buffalo expanded Olmsted added Cazenovia Park and South Park. South Park was constructed between the years of 1894-1900.

Lord & Burnham Co. designed the South Park Conservatory, which was built by a Buffalo construction company, George P. Wurtz & Son, for a cost of $130,000.

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