Every season at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (or, as I lovingly call the place, Botanicus Gardenus) glows with floral happiness and happenings – but spring remains the best time to visit. After a winter palette of white and grays, the spring displays are welcomed pops of color. Everything dazzles.
The Spring Flower Exhibit, with hundreds of blooming bulb varieties, begins on April 1 and runs until April 23, filling every available space at the foot of existing beds and along meandering walkways. After paying admission, everyone gets to wear a colorful sticker the screams “Spring!”
Each greenhouse at The Gardens is numbered 1-12 and highlight their own remarkable displays of Mother Nature, like the orchids and succulents. The central dome is named Palm Dome and it is, technically, House 1. The Botanical Gardens have also recently completed extensive renovations to Houses 2 and 3 – the brand new Aquatic Gardens and Asian Rainforest exhibits.
Here are eight of the most beautiful flowers I found during my visit to the Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $11 per adult, $10 for seniors, $9 for students, $6 for children 3-12 and free for kids under 2 and garden members.