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 model 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 from Saturday, November 19, 2022 to January 1, 2023.
In addition to the daytime poinsettia exhibit, the Gardens are holding a special Gardens After Dark: Magical Poinsettias event on certain dates in November and December. Experience the charm of this magical time of year and enjoy the tropical Botanical Gardens, the railway exhibit, poinsettia collection, which will be a spectacular sight after dark. Gardens After Dark exhibit focuses on 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 the mesmerizing plant collection and the beautiful historic landmark that is the Botanical Gardens building.
And to sweeten the deal even more, there’s a special ticketed event for Gardens After Dark on Thursday (Dec. 8, 15 and 22). Date Nights provide guests with beverages, wine, cheese, and chocolate to take the Gardens After Dark experience to a romantic level.
The Gardens are a sanctuary of sorts, offering a very tranquil setting for its visitors. 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 newer 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.
Watch our friends Billy + Pat as they spend a day shopping at nearby Woyshner’s Christmas Shoppe followed by a wander through the poinsettia exhibit at the Botanical Gardens: