Olmsted’s South Park, the 1894 tri-domed glass conservatory building, and the Victorian-style gardens of plants are found within the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Year-round highlights include the orchid house, bromeliad house, herb collection, and waterfall. Some of the plants are native to the area but most are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
The indoor gardens include a fully restored palm dome and an impressive fern house. The gardens were originally opened for the 1900 Pan American Exposition. The conservatory’s unique tri-domed glass, wood, and steel design was based upon the famous Crystal Palace and Kew Gardens Palm House in England.