Photographers get their own night at Night Lights & more great items


nightlights2-11 from Donna Brok
Photo courtesy Donna Brok

Night Lights includes night just for photographers

Photographers love the popular Night Lights at the Gardens event, and this year the Botanical Gardens has added a night just for them.

Photographers Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,Feb. 5 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. This is the only time during Night Lights that you are allowed to use a tripod. Another bonus: Photographers Night is just for photographers, so it shouldn’t be as crowded as the other nights.

You really need a tripod to hold your camera still enough to get great shots in the low light. Tripods could trip people during the crowded, dark conditions, so they’re not allowed on other nights during this event.

If you have a monopod (a one-legged support), you can bring that on any night of the event.

Night Lights begins tomorrow. The other dates are Jan. 30 and 31 and Feb. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16. The times are 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets for any of the nights, including Photographers Night, are $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Garden members, seniors and students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3.

During the event, visitors walk at their leisure through the gardens. The ever-changing lights and sounds highlight the Botanical Gardens’ iconic conservatory and horticulture collection, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

New features this year include new lighting designs, lasers, video projections, enhanced sound systems and a maze on the front lawn. If you’ve never been there before, check out this brief video from Night Lights 2012 to get a glimpse of the event.

Western New York artists and musicians will once again add to the creativity of the show.  For the duration of the event, the electronic sounds of Dotsun Moon will be featured, projection artist Mark Reginald WonderGhost will display photography and the Ashford Hollow Foundation will exhibit art and sculptures.

There will be featured performers each night beginning at 8 p.m. Performers include Spun Out Fire Productions on Feb. 1 and 14, Smackdab on Feb. 2, Ben Perrello on Feb. 7, Lazlo Hollyfeld on Feb. 9,  John & Mary on Feb. 15 and  Queen City Sight & Sound on Feb. 16.

Photo by Donna Brok of Garden Walk, Garden Talk


Hearts in the Gardens set for Valentine’s Day

Hearts_in_Garden_Poster_Buffalo_NY“Valentine’s day isn’t just for lovers–It’s for garden lovers,” said Sally Cunningham, director of the National Garden Festival.

Join Sally and other gardeners for Hearts in the Gardens, a fund-raiser to support the National Garden Festival, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Marcy Casino in Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo.

There will be drinks and food stations catered by Magnolia and a silent auction with many great items, including a barbecue grill, hotel overnights, plants, restaurant gift certificates and garden consultations.

Tickets are $50 each or $90 for a couple and can be purchased online.

The National Garden Festival will be held from June 21 to Aug. 4 and includes garden walks, open gardens, bus tours, talks and the Front Yard Contest. There may be an announcement about the a new direction for the Front Yard Contest at Hearts in the Gardens.

This year’s Hearts in the Gardens is chaired by Mary Ann Kresse and Linda Garwol. Hosts include Mary Ann & Bob Kresse, Sally Cunningham & Jack Maeder, Susan & David Swarts, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, Crystal & Neil Stern, Sandy & Michael Starks, Karen & Ed Healy, and Leslie & Jim Charlier.

The National Garden Festival is a project by the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, Garden Walk Buffalo and Visit Buffalo Niagara.

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