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Lumagination 2017 Will Captivate Audiences at the Botanical Gardens!

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - Lumagination is a captivating and interactive exhibit that will transform the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens with light, sound and imagination from January 25 through February 21. All ages will delight in this amazing and unique event that showcases the incredible architecture and horticulture collection of the Botanical Gardens.  To kick off the fun, a Launch Party is also planned for January 24 from 6:00-9:00pm.

The Lumagination Launch Party will flip the switch on Lumagination on January 24 from 6:00-9:00pm. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers as we kick off Lumagination 2017!  Tickets include: full cocktails from Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon and Nolet’s Gin, creative and festive appetizers from Obviously Avi Catering, fun entertainment, a basket raffle, the inside scoop on this amazing show and more!

Launch Party tickets are $35 for Botanical Garden Members, $40 for the general public and $45 after January 19.  Tickets are available online at or by phone, 716-827-1584 ext. 220. The Launch Party is sponsored by: Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Nolet’s Gin, National Grid, Cobey, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Orthodontists Association of WNY, Mader Construction, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Buffalo Spree, Star 102.5 and Backyard Party Supply.

Lumagination, January 25 through February 21, will take visitors on a spectacular walk through the Botanical Gardens to experience creatively themed greenhouses, interactive entertainment and so much more!  As guests approach the Botanical Gardens, they will be greeted by amazing illuminated sculptures created by The University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department.  In collaboration with the Botanical Gardens and Luminated Landscapes, UB will bring new technology and theatrical design to Lumagination 2017!  UB will contribute illuminated sculptures for the front lawn of the Botanical Gardens, as well as a light and soundscape for the interior of the Panama Rainforest greenhouse.  A talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists will bring their amazing concepts to life!  The team includes; Lynne Koscielniak, Associate Professor of Scenography and Chair of UB Theatre & Dance; Jon Shimon, Technical Director and Assistant Professor of Technology, Supervisor of the UB United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Student Chapter; Dyan Burlingame, Project Consultant and Assistant Clinical Professor of Scenography, Director of Design & Technology; and key undergraduate student researchers and artists Gina Boccolucci, Alex Farley, Hayden Harter, Bethany Kasperek, and Leo Tozzi.  

As guests enter the main Palm Dome they will be greeted with a dramatic mix of choreographed sound and light and move through each greenhouse to delight in exciting combinations of light, music and interactive fun.  The fabulous new exhibits, the Aquatic Garden and Asian Rainforest in greenhouses 2 and 3 will be flooded with unique light combinations, paper lanterns, a captivating dragon and an amazing soundscape.  The desert room presents the searing yellow sun highlighted with red and orange hues and some cowboy surprises.  Next on the journey, visitors will be surrounded by tropical birds of all shapes, sizes and colors, and the Wegmans Family Garden will be full of interactive fun for all ages.  The Orchid Fairy House is next, where guests will enter a fairy village full of magic and wonder.  Next, visitors will enjoy a patriotic theme full of red, white and blue surprises.  From here, visitors find themselves in a room that will feature interactive screens that encourage everyone to play games, work together with on-screen images and many more surprises!  The next greenhouse will delight visitors with a monochromatic light theme, a funky soundscape and whimsical butterfly appearances.  This greenhouse will be designed by a talented team of professors, undergraduate students and artists from The University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department.  And finally, to cleanse away the hectic week, attendees 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 January 25-28, February 1-4, 7-11, 14-21 nights. Show hours will be 6:00-9:00 pm (last admission ticket will be sold at 8:45pm and the Botanical 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 Botanical Gardens will close at 10:15pm). Admission doors will open at 6:00 pm each night and admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+) and students (13+), $10 for Botanical Garden members, $6 for kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free.  Tickets are available online at and will be throughout the show.  Tickets will also be available 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 January 31 from 6:00-9:00 pm welcomes professional and amateur photographers only, and tripods will be permitted on this night only! 

Lumagination is produced by: Luminated Landscapes and is sponsored by: National Grid, Cobey, Upstate Rebar, Rich’s, Orthodontists Association of WNY, Jens Glass, Mader Construction, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Buffalo Spree, 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.  Luminated Landscapes is a local business that is painting our world with light -

For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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