Tis the season in Western New York, and with this joyful season comes many things to see, do and experience. During a time of year when the hustle and bustle can get a bit overwhelming, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ Poinsettia and Garden Railway exhibits might be just the thing to help you slow down and take in the gloriousness of the season.
In a word, the displays throughout the Botanical Gardens were delightful. It’s a feast for many senses, not just the eyes. The poinsettias are fixtures in every House, and there is no shortage of additional whimsical holiday décor to accompany the featured plant. The variety of colors, shapes and sizes—from traditional red, to white, pink, peach, and the unique Winter Rose—keeps the Gardens lush and full of cheerful life. For the (adult) kid in the family, the Western New York Garden Railway Society has two train set-ups worthy of any train enthusiast’s attention. There’s even a miniature replica of the Gardens as part of the scenery on this train ride adventure. You can take both exhibits in through January 7, 2018.
In addition to the seasonal exhibits, the Gardens are currently featuring photographs from the Buffalo Museum of Science Camera Club. The Art of Elegance in Photography features fine art photographs from each photographer’s views of the Botanical Gardens. This exhibition showcases works by 30 members of the Club and runs through January 7, 2018 as well.
Perhaps what struck me the most during my time at the Gardens was that it’s a great treat to experience either alone or with loved ones. As the Arcangel Gallery reminds us, the Gardens are a sanctuary of sorts, offering a very tranquil setting for its visitors. It’s the perfect place to stop and take a breath this winter. And, for those who need a break from the cold, the Gardens offers a warm setting for its Florida Everglades, Panama Cloud Forest, Tropical Plant, and new Aquatic Garden and Asian Rainforest houses.
Whether you’re looking for a breath of fresh, holiday air, or taking a breather just for yourself, the Botanical Gardens is the perfect escape from the everyday, holiday or winter-day madness.