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Poinsettias…Expect the Unexpected Exhibit and Harry Potter Train is Wowing Visitors!

Erin Grajek

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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!

As you exit the Gardens, the gift shop is full of delightful gifts to share with loved ones. Escape the cold and visit the colorful tropics during Poinsettias… Expect the Unexpected. This exhibit, including the train, are on display at the Botanical Gardens now-January 4 and are included with admission. Tickets are available at the door and are $9 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 kids 3-12, Garden Members and kids 2 and under are free!

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