The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are celebrating “Love Week” with a new orchid exhibit

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are celebrating “Love Week” with a new orchid exhibit

Photos courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 07:25 pm

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens welcome visitors back to celebrate the most romantic month of the year with the popular “Love Week,” which takes place February 9-18 during the day and evening.

“New this year, Valentine’s Week attendees will enjoy the beautiful orchid exhibit for a romantic, flower-filled visit,” a press release said.

Love Week returns for its third year to celebrate all things love, whether that’s love for a friend, family, significant other or plants. This popular time at the Botanical Gardens invites Western New Yorkers to visit the Botanical Gardens during the day or at night as a way to celebrate and make memories with loved ones.

“The new Orchid Gallery is on display for the first time ever, and the conservatory is filled with over 2,000 brightly colored orchids, creating a beautiful and unforgettable atmosphere to share with your loved ones. A collection of curvy metal sculptures called ‘Chromatic Organics’ will also be on display for you to experience during the day and night These bright, charming sculptures complement the orchid gallery as their curvy and linear nature resembles the nature of orchid roots.

During the week, visitors can experience the orchid exhibit daily from 10am to 4pm or under lighting during the evening from 6 to 9:30pm in the “Orchid After Dark” exhibit. Those who come during the day will have a bright and intimate view of the orchids, and those who come during the evening will have a more dramatic and moody view of the orchids highlighted by dazzling twinkling lights.

“Visitors will also see special fiber optic effects, which magically bend light into seemingly impossible shapes and complement the orchids in a way that is completely out of this world,” the press release added.

The response to this exhibition was positive:

“I came to the Botanical Gardens ‘after dark’ last night and was really blown away by the orchid exhibit. I’ve attended the gardens at night before, but this one took the cake. It was hard to leave! Very charming, a lot of work/effort went into it, and overall It was a very relaxing and healing experience. Thank you, staff, for all you do. “We are so lucky to have such a beautiful place, especially during the dark winters in Buffalo,” said Amy of Tonawanda.

“I am a member of the (Botanical) Gardens and attend every seasonal show at least once a year. This year’s orchid show is the most spectacular orchid show the Gardens have ever seen.” The display has been beautifully designed and created with gorgeous artwork throughout “Arlene A. said.

“Really great this year. Things look really tidy and fresh and bright. I went yesterday and there’s nothing better than gardens on a sunny day in the middle of winter,” commented Jeff D.

Love Week kicks off on Friday, February 9, from 6-9:30pm with “Love is Love Night,” a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community with local partners Glys, Niagara Pride Center, SoberOneSix, and the Pride Center of Western New York. York. There will also be two drag shows throughout the night featuring Willa Dewisp, Freddie Hercury, Georganna and Karina Gunn, with music by Leadvicious. The first show will start at 7 p.m., and the second show will start at 8:30 p.m. “Love is the Night of Love” is included with admission to “Orchids After Dark”.

Those looking to make the most of their “Orchids After Dark” experience can attend “Thursday Nights” held from 6-9:30pm February 8-22. These Thursday events include a glass of wine or beer from Buffalo Bubble Bar as well as grilled meats, raw foods and appetizers from The Grazeful Gatherer. Tickets are required.

The ticketed “Orchid Show” is open daily from 10am to 4pm until March 9. The After Dark Orchid Show is open from 6-9:30 p.m. on February 9-10, 12-14, 16-21 and 23-25. , and March 1-2.

For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens website at buffalogardens.com.

Photos courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

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