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`Orchids After Dark` (Image courtesy of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens)
"Orchids After Dark" (Image courtesy of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens)

'Orchids After Dark' to make its debut during Orchid Show at Botanical Gardens


Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:10 pm

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, will host the biannual Orchid Show from Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at the Botanical Gardens. This time, the show will offer a new experience called “Orchids After Dark,” happening just Friday and Saturday night.

Organizers said, “The Orchid Show is a fan favorite in the Buffalo area, and now the Botanical Gardens and the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society are bringing even more excitement to the show with a brand-new experience called ‘Orchids After Dark.’ The Botanical Gardens will be filled with hundreds of hand-picked and award-winning orchid exhibits for the biannual Orchid Show. These unique exhibits will be dispersed throughout the Botanical Gardens for visitors to enjoy both during the day or, for the first time ever, after dark.

“Attendees of ‘Orchids After Dark’ will not only experience the Orchid Show, but also the “Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape” exhibit that is happening on select nights through March 12. The orchid displays will also be lit up under the conservatory for an even more magical ‘After Dark’ experience. This new experience will be a must-see spectacle for all plant lovers and photographers.”

Orchid exhibitors include members of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society. Organizers encourage visitors to bring a camera or smart device to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the orchids that will be on display, especially under the new light features. During the show, orchids of many varieties and sizes, as well as lots of growing supplies, will be for sale through specialty vendors. 

Vendors include Oakwood Orchids, Burgen Watergardens and Nursery, and Watercolor Artist Carol Koziol Clark and will be on-site for both the daytime and “After Dark” experience.

“Orchids After Dark” will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. The Orchid Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Orchid Show during the day is included with regular admission. “Orchids After Dark” is included with “Gardens After Dark” admission. Prepurchased E-tickets are required to attend the show. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com. Organizers suggest purchasing as soon as possible, as it is expected to sell quickly.

Organizers noted the Botanical Gardens will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4. It will reopen at 6 p.m. for “Orchids After Dark.” The Botanical Gardens will also be closed at 3 p.m. Sunday to take down the displays. It will reopen at 6 p.m. Sunday for “Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape.” Organizers ask that visitors respect the closing times in order for them to safely and carefully take down the orchid displays.

The Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s mission is to seek to promote the culture and enjoyment of orchids, and aims to further every member’s orchid related knowledge. It is dedicated to encouraging the protection of orchids and their conservation in natural habitats around the world. For more information, visit niagarafrontierorchids.org.

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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