The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens bring back Night Lights event for its fourth year, offering ‘kid-interactive fun family’ programs and a chance to escape ‘crazy-cold weather’
Buffalo News - January 28, 2014
by: Mark Sommer
For Immediate Release
January 20, 2014
Contact: Erin Grajek
716.827.1584 ext. 204
The Illuminating “NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens” Returns to the Botanical Gardens
for a Three-Week Run in February, Highlighted by a Launch Party!
Buffalo, NY - NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens is a unique light show that will make its dazzling return to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens over a three week span starting January 29. This creative show uses innovative lighting and interactive entertainment to transform the Gardens’ historic architecture and amazing horticulture collection. To kick off the fun a Launch Party is planned for January 28 from 6:00-9:00 pm.
NIGHT LIGHTS Launch Party, presented by Buffalo Spree Magazine, will flip the switch on NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens 2014 on January 28 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Be the first to see the Botanical Gardens light up after dark with really cool people in a colorful and captivating environment. Tickets include a cash bar of beer and wine, delicious snacks from Lucarelli’s Banquet Center and a sneak preview of NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens! Tickets are $15 and are available at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 716.783.9119 ext. 2202. The Launch Party is sponsored by: Buffalo Spree Magazine, Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, Local Edge, Star 102.5, Backyard Party Supply, Merritt Winery, Seagram’s Escapes and Dundee Ale & Lager.
At NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens visitors walk through the Gardens’ that will be transformed with lights, sounds, interactive fun, art and performance. The ever-changing lights and sounds highlight the Gardens’ iconic conservatory and horticulture collection creating a simply unique atmosphere. This year, guests can expect to see new interactive features, lighting designs, lasers, video projections and enhanced sound systems.
Western New York entertainers and musicians will once again play a vital role in adding to the creativity of the show. Musical entertainment includes; SlyBoots on January 30, Sunny Baker on February 1, The Observers on Feb 7, Amanda Barton & Bill Ward on February 8 and Randle and the Late Night Scandals on February 14. An amazing fire performance will be put on by Spun Out Fire on February 1, 8 and 15 on the front lawn of the Gardens. Musical entertainment is included with tickets to NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens and will run 7:30-8:30pm with standing room only. Spun Out Fire will start around 7pm and will perform for about two hours outside, in front of the Gardens.
NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens will take place on Wednesday through Saturday nights January 29 through February 15, 2014. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm and will stay open until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 6:00 pm each night and admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Garden members, seniors (55+) and students (13+), $5 kids 3-12 and kids under 3 are free. Tickets are available at the door and online at www.buffalogardens.com until January 29. Garden Guest passes, discounts and coupons are not valid during NIGHT LIGHTS. Cameras and mono pods are welcome every night however, tripods are not permitted. Photographer Night on February 4 form 6:00-9:00 pm welcomes professional and amateur photographers only and tripods will be permitted on this night only! NIGHT LIGHTS at the Gardens is sponsored by: Buffalo Spree Magazine, Local Edge, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.
The lighting designers are SitlerHQ, LLC and Volt Vision, Inc. who own and operate the successful eco-tourism attraction NIGHT LIGHTS at The Heron in Chautauqua County. NIGHT LIGHTS at The Heron is a one-mile walk in the woods at night through a lighted trail and is considered to be one of North America’s most unique tourism attractions.
For more information visit the Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Partial proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.
The first ever book on garden tourism was published earlier this year, and Buffalo is represented.
Jim Charlier, author of the blog Art of Gardening, gives us the details in this post. Charlier is seven-time past president of Garden Walk Buffalo as well as the current chair of its marketing committee. He is a co-founder of the National Garden Festival and is on its planning committee.
Garden Tourism was written by Dr. Richard W. Benfield, associate professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University. It’s an academic book covering the history of garden tourism starting in Egypt around 1,500 B.C.
In a 240-page book that covers so much geographic territory and such a huge time span, I’m impressed that the events in Buffalo in the past few decades are given a page and a half.
There’s also a photo of the garden of Jennifer Guercio. Here at Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, she offered 4 big tips for creating a garden with year-round interest.
In the Garden Tourism chapter titled “Outdoor Garden Festivals,” there is a brief introduction on the origins of Garden Walk Buffalo as well as its byproduct, the National Garden Festival, Charlier said.
“There are stats and research data we’ve collected over the years from Zip Code collection and consumer surveys with the help and financial support of Visit Buffalo Niagara,” Charlier said. Statistics from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens were also used.
Benfield also mentioned Charlier in the preface, writing, “Jim Charlier of Garden Walk Buffalo started out as a source of great knowledge and insight and became a firm friend.” Charlier wrote an endorsement for the back of the book.
It’s estimated that more than 300 million people visited gardens worldwide in 2000. Compare that to the 335 million people that visited amusement parks in 2007, he said.
Total revenues for admittance to garden attractions has never been measured, but it is known that Americans spent $34 billion on plants, tools and supplies in 2005 – $11 billion in flowers alone! U.S. amusement park revenues were only $12 billion in 2007, and casinos had revenue of $35 billion in 2005.
Gardening is a dominant leisure activity, Charlier pointed out. Tourism is the world’s number one industry. And garden tourism is a significant part of it.
Read more at Art of Gardening.
by Connie Oswald Stofko