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Coleus and Creatures @ the Botanical Gardens

Large as life animals and fantastic creatures – including dinosaur succulent topiaries, a coleus peacock, moss-made dinosaurs, a giant buffalo, a dragonfly, and a shark – can now be found at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

These living plant creatures are made from live plants, which allows them to come life in ways that are hard to imagine. Typically, when we imagine a triceratops, brachiosaurus, wooly mammoth, or a giant raptor skull, we tend to think of reconstructed fossilized bones. But not in this case.

The Coleus and Creatures exhibition at the Botanical Gardens not only teaches us about the fascinating plants that have been painstakingly fashioned into a series of creatures, the exhibition also teaches visitors about the pre-historic animals themselves.

Creatures After Dark will highlight the Coleus and Creatures Exhibit under spectacular lights just in time for the spooky fall season for a magical, Jurassic-like adventure. 

Director of Horticulture at the Botanical Gardens, Joe Mannion, comments, “The Horticulture team is extremely pleased with how the Coleus and Creatures exhibit turned out. Back in May, we started planting up a stegosaurus, and we had so much fun that we started working on a tyrannosaurus rex, pterodactyl, buffalo, a globe, and we just kept finding more and more creatures to create. We also grew 1,000 coleus plants (known for colorful foliage) to give us lots of vibrant colors throughout the greenhouses for the exhibit. It is amazing what our team created to make our creatures come alive and make visitors feel like they are walking through a pre historic world. I really encourage people to visit and get lost in this wonderful experience.” 

Coleus and Creatures will be on display daily through October 31 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This exhibit is included with regular admission to the Botanical Gardens. Ticket prices are $14.00 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (62+) and students (13+ with ID), $7.50 for kids 3-12 and kids 2 and under and Garden Members are free. Tickets are available online now at buffalogardens.com.  

Coleus and Creatures (running now through October 31) coincides with the upcoming and historic Chrysanthemum (Mum) Exhibit. The Mum Exhibit is the Botanical Gardens’ oldest exhibit that brings many Western New Yorkers back each year to see the beautiful colors in the fall. The Mum Exhibit will be taking place daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm from October 1 through October 31. Both exhibits are included with regular admission to the Botanical Gardens.  

Visitors will be able to make the most of this new experience with Creatures After Dark. Creatures After Dark will be the newest exhibit in the Gardens After Dark series happening on October 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 28, 29, and 30 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Creatures After Dark will highlight the Coleus and Creatures Exhibit and the Mum Exhibit under spectacular lights just in time for the spooky fall season for a magical, Jurassic-like adventure. 

Pre-purchased tickets are required for Creatures After Dark. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $13.50 for seniors (62+), $13.50 for students (13+), $7.50 for kids 3-12. Tickets for Garden Members are $13.00 for adults, $11.50 for seniors (62+), $11.00 for students (13+), $7.50 for kids 3-12. Guest passes, coupons and Arts Access passes are not valid at Creatures After Dark. 

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