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The Botanical Gardens Announced a Brand New Series of Exhibits Titled Gardens After Dark!

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens introduced a brand-new series of exhibits entitled Gardens After Dark. Offered at different times throughout the year, this new experience was created to open the Botanical Gardens in the evening for all to enjoy.   

Each Gardens After Dark exhibit will focus on the Botanical Gardens’ mission of connecting people to the natural world in a new way and in a new light- literally. The Botanical Gardens will be filled with colorful and soft lighting to enhance and showcase their mesmerizing plant collection and the beautiful historic landmark that surrounds.  Each exhibit in the series will bring a new way to experience the amazing Botanical Gardens and provide feelings of inspiration, peace and calmness during these unprecedented times. 

The first exhibit of the Gardens After Dark series, Magical Poinsettias, will be held December 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 26, 29 and 30 from 5:00pm until 8:30pm to complement the annual Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit. Experience the charm of this magical time of year and enjoy the tropical Botanical Gardens, the railway exhibit, poinsettia collection, and decorative trees which will be a spectacular sight after dark. Visitors are encouraged to experience the Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit during the day, at night during Gardens After Dark, or both. 

The Gardens After Dark series will continue throughout 2021.  Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape will occur on select nights January through February and will provide a tropical winter respite full of wonder.  Additional Gardens After Dark exhibits are planned for April as part of their annual Spring Flower Exhibit and the popular Fairy Festival.  Gardens After Dark will also take place on Thursday nights May through August and again for Halloween in October. Organizers will release more information as specific details become available.

Gardens After Dark tickets are $13.50 for adults, $12.00 for seniors (62+), $12.00 for students (13+), $7.00 for kids 3-12.  Tickets for Garden Members are $11.50 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62+), $10.00 for students (13+), $7.00 for kids 3-12. Guest passes, coupons and Arts Access passes are not valid at Gardens After Dark.  Reservations are required for all visitors, including members, due to capacity limitations. Walk-ins may be turned away if capacity is surpassed. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com. Please remember that masks are required at all times when visiting the Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens staff would like to make a note to the public that the Botanical Gardens will close at 4:00pm on days that Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias takes place and will re-open at 5:00pm for Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias. For more information, visit buffalogardens.com

Many things have changed for everyone in these unprecedented times and due to the effects of COVID-19, the Botanical Gardens is unable to offer their annual evening light show, Lumagination, in 2021.  The popular event will be missed but organizers hope to bring it back in 2022 in the safest way possible. ​Gardens After Dark is not intended as a replacement for Lumagination but is simply a new way to experience the Botanical Gardens.

Use #GardensAfterDark and tag @BuffaloGardens when posting on social media. 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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