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Botanical Gardens is colored by poinsettias

Celebrate the Christmas season with poinsettias. From now until Jan. 4 – that takes you almost through all the Twelve Days of Christmas – the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.) is casting new light on the bright red bloom with a new twist on its traditional Poinsettia Show. It involves all the greenhouses, each one decorating differently and, the conservatory promises, keeping you guessing.

Not to give everything away, but there are whispers of giant, glitter-wrapped presents placed among the flowers. Cacti are dressed for the season in whimsical hats. A magical snow-and-ice-colored greenhouse sparkles in shades of blue, white and silver. And beneath the great dome is a super-sized Christmas tree surrounded, of course, by poinsettias.

There will be purple and teal poinsettias, as well as poinsettias in shades of coral pink and lipstick red. And by the bonsai exhibit, you will find the Western New York Garden Railway’s annual show. This year’s train show has a Harry Potter theme. Prepare to be transported to Hogwarts. Prepare, too, to be transported to Candy Land. One greenhouse will be transformed into a generous garden of sweets.

The Botanical Gardens is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The gardens are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, they close at noon. Tickets are available at the door and are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids 3-12. For more information visit

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