The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has transformed itself into an immersive and illuminating experience after the sun goes down with the debut of the NightGarden, which runs through Jan. 6.
The garden features a 23-acre exhibit with light displays, motion-sensing technology, special effects and holograms, among other features.
Erika Diaz, 12, said her favorite part was Archie, the talking tree.
“It feels like I’m Alice in Wonderland,” said Erika. “There are so many lights and effects everywhere. Archie just told us he’s over 100 years old.”
Creative Producer Max Painter worked with Kilburn Media to bring the event to life.
“We have been inspired by many things on this project [and] the venue has an incredibly important mission,” said Painter. “We like to find inspiration in the worlds of art and entertainment alike, our aim is always to deliver immersive and artistic experiences for the whole family.”
Attendees are encouraged to take pictures of the trail and capture the different themes.
“Seeing the talking tree and fairies coming to life has been astonishing, and the icing on the cake is always seeing the audience reaction to features that are in many cases a world-first,” said Painter. “Seeing our fairy holograms deliver their secret messages to our guests is pretty special.”
On top of the “talking” trees, dandelion exhibit and holographic fairy encounters, visitors can have food and drinks at the GlassHouse cafe or pick from a range of local food trucks including Worldwide Bistro, Churros & Ice Cream, and Latin Fixins.
“Our background is in the design of lighted sculptural attractions, I think nothing that is in the NightGarden experience is directly comparable to previous shows, it is a truly unique experience,” said Painter.
The NightGarden is open Sundays through Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for Fairchild members are $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Tickets for nonmembers are $28 for adults and $20 for kids.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.thenightgarden.com