One of Buffalo's most beautiful buildings is the botanical gardens, located in Lackawanna, just south of the City of Buffalo. The botanical gardens are worth the visit any time of the year, but are especially endearing during the cold winter months. There is something about being inside a warm building, surrounded by plants, that warms the soul during a Buffalo winter.
A fun exhibit put on by the botanical gardens is sponsored by National Grid. It is called "Lumagination" and the entire building is illuminated in brilliant colors and lights, highlighting the different rooms of plants. They have people dressed up in lit up suits (a sure fire hit if you have kids), and the exhibit is coupled with music, which makes walking through each room really fun. I went with a couple of friends, and we made sure our phones were charged before we left our apartments so that we could capture the beauty of the gardens with our phones. There are thousands of plants on display throughout. To give you an idea of how expansive and vast the selection of plants there are, there is one single room devoted to cacti. It is an incredible experience to be among so many ornate and varied species of plants, and it is awesome to think of how much work and love go into the daily upkeep of a living and breathing museum.
The botanical gardens also host special events and you can even book your wedding with them! The design of the gardens was in part the work of Olmsted, and the architecture and light throughout the building are worth a trip when you visit town. In the same neighborhood, almost directly across the street from the botanical gardens is Our Lady of Victory Basilica, which is one of the most ornate and expansive churches in the entire country, and definitely worth a walk through as well. For more information on the Buffalo Botanical Gardens, or to buy tickets for an upcoming visit, click the link below: