on January 26, 2015 - 9:42 PM, updated January 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM
Aram Khachaturian’s “The Sabre Dance” song has been discontinued at Sabres games, but it can be heard at another public space for the next four weeks.
Beginning Wednesday, the rousing piece will be played in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens’ main Palm Room, along with snippets of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as a musical starting point for “Lumagination.”
Keyed to the music will be multicolored lights and a fog machine placed in the middle of the 67-foot-tall space, blasting smoke into the air three times every two minutes.
“This type of theatrical lighting is so much more dramatic when there’s a little bit of fog or haze or mist in here,” said lighting designer Phillip Colorusso of Luminated Landscapes, based in East Aurora.
After four years of presenting the successful “Night Lights” inside the tri-domed Victorian glass house in Buffalo’s South Park, David J. Swarts, the gardens’ president and CEO, said it was time to create a new experience.
The show’s colorful and atmospheric attractions – from colorful orb dragons controlled with an app and hundreds of illuminated fireflies by the gardens’ 30-foot waterfall, to neon-lighted ferns and interactive projected animation aimed at children – are meant to allow visitors to the gardens’ 22,000-plant collection to see them in fresh ways.
Each room throughout the gardens is themed. There’s a whimsical Fairy Room, where handblown glass is lighted up among orchids. Lights in the Morroccan Desert Room all point to the sun. Dripping water has been added to the rainforest room to simulate the sounds of the natural environment, while the pressing of a button lets children have fun with the rumble of thunder and the flash of lightning.
The Aura Room will let visitors learn what their aura is, with a description and color display.
“In the kids room, an optically projected rug will look like leaves. When a kid walks on it, he kicks the leaves and the leaves move, and you see the grass underneath, and there might be a bunny or a squirrel,” Colorusso said.
As an added attraction, a short time-lapse film of Morty the corpse flower – whose short-lived bloom last summer shattered box-office records at the Botanical Gardens – will be shown in House 10.
Also on the walls is a colorful photography show by Michael Haderer.
The continuing Orchid Show will run concurrently with Lumagination, with the flowers frequently presented in window settings.
Improvements aimed at increasing safety and comfort have also been made. Dark pathways are now lined with light, while an outdoor tent with heaters will be near the entrance to help people stay warm while waiting in line.
Lumagination will occur Wednesday through Saturday nights through Feb. 21. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for members, senior citizens and students 13 and older, and $5 for kids 3 to 12. For more information, go to www.buffalogardens.com.
“I’m really excited because we added an extra week this year, and that’s the week the kids are off from school. Seeing little kids is so much fun during the show, because they’re kids and their eyes light up,” marketing director Erin Grajek said.
Lumagination Will Captivate Audiences at the Botanical Gardens!
Buffalo, NY - Lumagination is a captivating interactive exhibit that will transform the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination from January 28-February 21. All ages will delight in this amazing and unique show that showcases the incredible architecture and horticulture collection of the Botanical Gardens. To kick off the fun, a Launch Party, presented by Buffalo Spree Publishing, is planned for January 27 from 6:00-9:00pm.
The Lumagination Launch Party, presented by Buffalo Spree Publishing, will flip the switch on Lumagination on January 27 from 6:00-9:00pm. 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 Lumagination. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.buffalospree.com or by calling 716.972.2244. The Launch Party is sponsored by: Luminated Landscapes, Buffalo Spree Publishing, Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, Botanicus, Orthodontists Associates of WNY, Rich Products, Upstate Rebar, Mader Construction, Try-It Distributing, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply. Seagram’s Escapes and Dundee Ale & Lager.
Lumagination will take visitors on a spectacular walk through the Botanical Gardens to experience creatively themed greenhouses, interactive entertainment and so much more! A warm and cozy tent will welcome guests as they stroll up the front walk. The tent will include interactive elements that will get visitors excited about what they will see inside. As guests enter the main Palm Dome they will be greeted with a dramatic mix of choreographed sound and light followed by a greenhouse titled Space Odyssey which includes a sea of black lights and fog that will bathe the entire room creating an after dark experience never seen in at the Botanical Gardens before. Neon reflective bubbles will float through the air while guests are surrounded by glowing neon colored ferns and ivy dinosaur topiaries and an interactive laser light harp will welcome all ages to play.
The Moroccan Dessert with a blazing sun, moving red and orange lights will transport you to drier more thirsty days and from there visitors will get heat relief in the Zen Orb room. Colorful Orbs will be scattered all around this greenhouse and visitors can change the colors with their cellphones! Careful as you walk through as there are beautiful and forbidding dragons hanging overhead. Take a few minutes to be engaged in the plant world while taking a look deep inside a plant on an interactive screen. The Wegmans Family Garden will be full of butterflies and more interactive fun!
Next on the journey is the Orchid Fairy House where visitors will see a fairy village full of magic and wonder. Time to hip-it-up in the Magic Disco Room! Visitors will be transcended into pop-culture mania complete with a hidden “Selfie Room”, rockin’ fun music and crazy fun lights. From here visitors find themselves in the Interactive Room that will feature huge interactive screens that all ages can play games, interact with images on the floor and many more surprises! After all the excitement and stimulation, visitors must check their Aura to see what color energy and mood lies within. And finally, to cleanse away the hectic week visitors will walk through a thunderstorm of powerful rain and flashes of lightning that will leave a lasting and renewing impression for the week to come.
A truly unique experience… Lumagination will take place Wednesday through Saturday nights January 28 through February 21, 2015. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday nights (last admission ticket will be sold at 8:45pm and the Gardens will close at 9:15pm) and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights (last admission ticket will be sold at 9:45pm and the Gardens will close at 10:15pm). Admission doors will open at 6:00 pm each night and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Garden members, seniors (55+) and students (13+), $5 kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free. Tickets are available online at www.buffalogardens.com until January 25 and at the door throughout the show. Garden guest passes, discounts and coupons are not valid during Lumagination. Cameras and mono pods are welcome every night however, tripods are not permitted. Photographer Night on February 3 form 6:00-9:00 pm welcomes professional and amateur photographers only and tripods will be permitted on this night only! Lumagination is sponsored by: Luminated Landscapes, Botanicus, Orthodontists Associates of WNY, Rich Products, Upstate Rebar, Mader Construction, Try-It Distributing, Buffalo Spree Publishing, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply. Use #Lumagination and @Buffalogardens when posting on Social Media.
Creative concepts and designs provided by Philip Colorusso and Luminated Landscapes, Inc., located in East Aurora, New York. Check out this local business that is painting our world with light - www.luminatedlandscapes.com.
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.
New and Refreshing!
The Botanical Gardens’ Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected Exhibit and Harry Potter Train is Wowing Visitors!
Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected is wowing visitors! This year, the Gardens has reinvented the traditional Poinsettia Show to incorporate the entire conservatory with all kinds of vibrant and whimsical surprises. Each greenhouse is decorated differently to keep you guessing as you explore the Gardens.
The Dome is full of poinsettias, a giant adorned tree and many delightful red and gold decorations that complement this magnificent room. The next greenhouses include lots of oversized metallic wrapped gifts complete with giant bows. The presents are set among crazy colorful trees that have been painted to evoke your imagination. Now onto the desert house where the cacti and succulents have chosen their favorite hats to wear to make you laugh. Mini, sheriff, sombreros, fascinators and traditional Santa hats are all part of the fun! As you enter the next greenhouse you are greeted by the bonsai collection that is decorated with all things mini. It is sure to make you smile!
As you pass the bonsai collection, you will stumble upon the Western New York Garden Railway Society’s annual show. This year, the train exhibit will take you on a trip to Hogwarts and the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Creative and imaginative, this active train zips though popular scenes from the Harry Potter movies. You can’t miss this! As you enter the next greenhouse you are met with jewel-toned ornaments galore! Purple and teal poinsettias are the backdrop to this sparkly theme. Everywhere you look there is color and shimmer. The next greenhouse is full of thousands of poinsettias. Colors include apricot pinks, salmon corals, creamy whites and lipstick reds. This is the perfect room to take family photos. These rich colors of nature will brighten your visit and give warmth to even the coldest days during the winter season. Next you will enter a snow and ice themed greenhouse where everything is blue, white and silver. Imagine the cold outside and the warm tropical air inside. The final greenhouse is Candy Land! Giant candy greets you as you wander through this greenhouse. Lollipops and candy of all sizes surround you in this movie-like scene!
"I visited Morty at the garden, and was truly amazed and impressed by the beautiful holiday decorating you and your staff have produced!"
"All the sparkle, trains and miniature buildings, poinsettias, and tiny hats on cacti, were just spectacular! I am sending all my friends to see it. There is nothing I have seen, to equal the festive spirit you have created there."
"A line of people young and old smiling at each little embellishment, are traveling pathways together, sharing eye catching shiny boxes with ribbons, and suspended pieces of faux candy, strategically placed among the live greenery. This, is an experience no one should miss! Bravo! Well done!"
- Gloria Masters
Posted on BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com
December 9, 2014
by Connie Oswald Stofko
During the recent Snowvember storm, the wind and the weight of the snow broke 150 panes of glass in two greenhouses at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
The storm destroyed 154 plants indoors. It will cost roughly $6,000 to replace them. That’s not taking into account damage done to plants outside.
But you can help by making a monetary donation today.
Not only did the Botanical Gardens lose plants in the storm, it lost revenue, making it that much harder to maintain and enhance the collection, explained David J. Swartz, president and CEO.
The storm closed down the Botanical Gardens for several days, so there was no revenue from admissions or from sales in the gift shop on those days. Staff spent time cleaning up the debris before the site could reopen to visitors, so salaries had to be paid on days when there was no revenue coming in.
Your gift can help. You can give online or mail a check to Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., Attn: Development Department, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14218.
Here are four more ways your gift can help the Botanical Gardens:
Create a stunning entrance garden.
The Botanical Gardens has been chosen as a site for a Proven Winners Signature Garden. The Botanical Gardens will be working closely with Proven Winners to install plantings that will create exciting new gardens along the front walkway.
But those gardens need to be maintained, and an underground watering system is needed to ensure that the gardens look their best. That will cost about $5,000 or $6,000, Swartz said. Your donation can help that project.
Buy plants for the outdoor healing garden
A Medicinal Garden was created inside the Botanical Gardens a couple years ago and work began this summer on the outdoor Healing Garden. Both aim to give visitors a better understanding of the importance of medicinal plants and how the plants are used in traditional, herbal and modern medicines.
Plants to go into the outdoor garden still need to be purchased for planting this spring.
Restore the domes
While the plants and the programs are a draw for gardeners, the amazing architecture is an integral part of the experience at the Botanical Gardens.
Two of the domes– the Palm Dome or main dome, and the dome in House 11, which you see on your left as you approach the building– need paint and restoration work on the exterior. So far, $110,000 has been raised and $15,000 more is needed, Swartz said.
The Palm Dome had been restored in 2002 and the dome in House 11 had been restored in 2007, but since then, the paint has worn off and the exterior is deteriorating, he said. It’s important to maintain the building because it houses the plants, but it’s important in its own right.
“With its 19th century Victorian design, it’s an iconic structure,” Swartz said. “It’s a treasure. We want to make sure it lasts another 114 years.”
Help programs grow
The good news is that programs at the Botanical Gardens are growing. A group of 11 volunteers recently graduated after undertaking three months of training to become docents. Attendance is increasing.
But all that participation has a flip side, Swartz said.
“As participation rises, so do expenses,” he noted.
If you enjoy the exhibits, events, classes and workshops of the Botanical Gardens, you can help make sure they continue by making a gift.
Go to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ website and click “Support” to see more ways you can help.