Far out!



Neatly filling in the gap between the amaryllis and the March spring flower show, the Buffalo Botanical Gardens is putting on Night Lights—which is exactly what is sounds like.

They got the idea from a similar (but outdoor) display at the nearby Heron,  a semi-public park south of us. The lights are installed by this company.


While I often hear of outdoor holiday displays at public parks and gardens—we have plenty here—this indoor version is very welcome during a frigid February. And it presents a good challenge for the shutterbugs who regularly haunt the place, taking orchid close-ups. We went Thursday night, and found that while some of the smaller houses didn’t benefit as much, the rainforest house, with its 40-foot waterfall, was spectacular under the changing LEDS. Way to get people—and dollars—through the doors, Buff BG.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. Elizabeth, I showed this to my photographer husband, and the immediate response was “Cool”. We plan to drive over from Rochester sometime before it ends. Maybe it’s something we could get Sonnenberg Gardens to try as a fundraiser! Thanks for alerting us to this novel event!

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