May 2, 2023 - The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) announced that the South Park Arboretum has secured Level One Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. The accreditation is awarded for achieving standards of professional practice deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens.

BOPC has also announced that Hoerr Schaudt will produce the conceptual design work for the proposed South Park Arboretum nursery complex.

Read the full press release here.


Hoerr Schaudt’s work will contribute toward BOPC’s vision of restoring the South Park Arboretum while creating a new community gateway to South Park on the Ridge Road corridor. The South Park Arboretum nursery complex will welcome the public into the arboretum, and will include a tree and woody shrub container nursery, equipment storage, educational spaces, and offices for the curator, operations staff and future team members.

Arboretum Curator Margaret Lapp said, “Together with the Hoerr Schaudt conceptual design team, BOPC will uphold the historical legacy and design principles of Frederick Law Olmsted in the creation of a nursery complex. Celebrating the diversity of our neighbors and the biodiversity of our newly proposed container nursery, South Park Arboretum will continue to be cherished for the public health and community asset that it affords all. Earning the distinction as a Level one ArbNet-accredited arboretum will further strengthen our national and global ties to the arboreta and botanical garden communities, aiding in our ever-increasing pursuit of knowledge surrounding the power of connecting people and plants.”

Margaret and Isra

Principal Stan Szwalek, PLA, said, “On behalf of Hoerr Schaudt, we’re thrilled to be the landscape architect selected for the South Park Arboretum nursery complex. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to a park with such a historic legacy, and we will strive to best uphold the Olmsted intention and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s vision. Through Hoerr Schaudt’s work centered around horticulture, we envision a design that will leverage the connection of people and nature to its fullest extent. Our team and design partners are excited for the future of the South Park Arboretum and the transformation this project will bring to the Buffalo community.”

Hoerr Schaudt will lead the project along with a talented team of architects, engineers, and specialty consultants, including:

Flynn Battaglia Architects - Architect

Molly Vendura Landscape Architect - Local Landscape Architect

C&S Companies - Engineer

Mariani Plants - Nursery Expert

Pine & Swallow - Soil consultant

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