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The Botanical Gardens Welcomes Spring In a Huge Way!

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Botanical Gardens welcomes spring in a huge way every year and 2016 is no exception. The kick-off party, Taste of Paradise, will be held on March 18 from 6pm-9pm. Taste of Paradise officially opens the Spring Flower Exhibit that will be held March 19 through April 10 daily from 10am-5pm. This exhibit will also include a NEW 4-H Farm, held daily from 10am-4pm, special appearances from the Easter Bunny on March 25 and 26 from 10am-5pm and a special exhibit in the Arcangel Gallery from the South Towns Camera Club from March 18 through May 15.

Taste of Paradise is a tropical garden celebration designed to get guests in the mood for spring with a sneak preview of the Spring Flower Exhibit. A tropical themed event, Taste of Paradise gives guests a chance to soak in the vibrant colors and tastes of the Botanical Gardens while sipping tropical cocktails from Captain Morgan. Guests will enjoy the fresh smells of spring, taste herbs, fruits and savory delights while listening to the sounds of tropical fun. Tickets include tropical cocktails from the Captain, wine, beer and delicious tidbits from: Buffalo’s Best, Country Club Catering, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Lucarelli’s, Obviously Avi Catering, Oliver’s, Salvatore’s and Tonawanda Castle Catering. Taste of Paradise is made possible by the generous support of M&T Bank, Rich’s, Captain Morgan, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply. Tickets are $30 for Garden members, $35 for the general public and $40 after March 9. Purchase tickets online at www.buffalogardens.com.

The Spring Flower Exhibit will be bursting with vibrant colors and fragrances daily from 10am-5pm from March 19 through April 10. This popular exhibit welcomes spring with more than 25,000 beautiful spring flowers including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, violas, Asiatic lilies, stock, pansies and so much more. Make sure you join the family fun at the 4-H Farm and visit baby bunnies, chicks, lambs and more. The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am-4pm daily during the Spring Flower Exhibit and will offer story time and engaging educational activities. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) 4-H program is proud to partner with the Botanical Gardens Spring Flower Exhibit. Stop by the 4-H Farm and take the time to talk with some 4-H members and view the animals, learn about the program and how to become involved by becoming a leader or 4-H member.

The CCE Erie 4-H program offers hands on learning opportunities to youth between the ages of 5-19 focusing on life skills. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adult volunteers and mentors who inspire young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world and stand up for themselves and their communities. For information about CCE Erie 4-H program, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/erie.

The Easter Bunny will also visit the Botanical Gardens on March 25 and 26 from 10am-5pm each day. The Spring Flower Exhibit is made possible by the generous support of: M&T Bank, 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, Buffalo Spree and Star 102.5.

The South Towns Camera Club’s photography display titled, Spring Flower Exhibit, will feature photographs from members of the award-winning Club, 10am-5pm daily March 18 through May 15. Photos will include many creative perspectives of the Botanical Gardens’ past spring flower displays. The Club meets in the Hamburg Community Center September-May and welcomes new members regularly.

The Spring Flower Exhibit, the 4-H Farm, visits with the Easter Bunny and the South Towns Camera Club’s Arcangel Gallery Exhibit are included with Botanical Gardens admission: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors (55+) & Students (13+ with ID), $5 Kids 3-12, Garden members and kids 2 and under are free. Admission tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is 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.

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