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The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens invites you to celebrate spring

BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | March 17, 2014

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has an exciting line-up of events to welcome the spring season.

Soak in the vibrant colors and tastes of the gardens at Taste of Paradise from 6-9 p.m. on April 4. Sip crisp, fresh garden cocktails from ONE ROQ vodka, enjoy the fresh smells of spring, tastes of herbs, fruits and savory delights, and listen to the sounds of tropical fun. Tickets include cocktail samples and delicious tidbits from: Buffalo’s Best, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Lucarelli’s, Obviously Avi Catering, the Old Orchard Inn, Oliver’s, Quaker Bonnet and Salvatore’s. Full drinks will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased online at www.buffalogardens.com or by calling 827-1584 ext. 204. Taste of Paradise is sponsored by: M&T Bank, ONE ROQ Vodka, Tony Walker & Co., Buffalo Spree Magazine, Local Edge, Star 102.5, Backyard Party Supply, Seagram’s Escapes and Dundee Ale & Lager.

Western New York’s favorite Easter tradition is back. This year the Spring Flower Show will fill the gardens with nearly 10,000 bulbs, including 29 varieties of narcissus, four varieties of allium, five varieties of crocii, 49 varieties of tulips, three varieties of grape hyacinths and nine varieties of hyacinths. Yellow fritillaria or crown imperial is one of the showstoppers at this years’ spring show. Giant allium will be another key feature with heights reaching four feet or more, these colorful giants of the garlic family offer distinct, bell-shaped blooms of green and pink. Sicilian honey garlic is another allium that will tower three feet in the Spring Flower Show. These cream and purple pendulous flowers have a sweet, honey-like scent. Unlike other members of the garlic family they have wonderful gray spiraling leaves that complement the spring landscape. Narcissus “Mount Hood” daffodil is a common beauty and easy-to-grow classic. These brilliant daffodils grow to 18-24 inches, start off yellow at first, bloom and eventually fade to a pure white. The Spring Flower Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily April 5-27 and admission tickets can be purchased at the door. Prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 55 and up and students ages 13 and up with ID, $5 for kids 3-12, and free for garden members and kids under 3 years old.

The Spring Flower Show would not be complete without Farmer Brown’s Animals. Baby bunnies, chicks, a lamb, goats, a donkey and more will visit the gardens daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Spring Flower Show. The ever-popular Easter Bunny will also visit the gardens April 12, 13, 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Spring Flower Show is sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree Magazine, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

Kids ages 7 and under are invited to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 19. Hunters collect eggs in exchange for a great prize bag. The hunt will begin at 11 a.m. and take place outside, so participants are advised to dress accordingly and bring a bag or basket to collect eggs. The hunt is pre-registration only and sells out every year, so participants are encouraged to register early. The costs are $8 for children/grandchildren of garden members, $10 for children/grandchildren of non-members, and all prices will increase to $12 after April 1. Registration can be made online at www.buffalogardens.com. Hunters are also admitted free to the gardens this day to enjoy the indoor scavenger hunt, games, Farmer Brown’s Animals, prizes and more. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by: M&T Bank, Buffalo Spree Magazine, Star 102.5 and Wendy’s.

For more information on these events, visit www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.

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