See trees sparkle, sculptures shine at SLO Botanical Garden’s Nature Nights event

Picture Paso Robles’ Sensorio Field of Lights combined with the Cambria Christmas Market, and you’ll get a glimpse of the sparkling garden party now on display at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

During the new Nature Nights event, which opened Nov. 11, eight acres of lighted garden displays are interspersed with beautiful artworks.

According to the garden, Nature Nights was inspired by the Las Noches de las Luminarias event at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

“Nature Nights fills a need in San Luis Obispo County for off-season family attractions,” the SLO Botanical Garden Garden said in a news release.

“Kodi Kava is the lighting designer and we have large projection-formatted art by Bryn Forbes and wire sculptures by MIchael Reddell of Cambria.,” said Tracy Strann, the garden’s director of communication and events. She’s the former executive director of Sensorio.

The event is billed as an “outdoor holiday light and art exhibit for the entire family.”

Deanna Sweeden, front, walks through the tunnel of lights at the SLO Botanical Garden’s Night Light event, followed by Karen Stafford of Los Osos, Kelly Ely, Arroyo Grande, Carol Sweeden and Bob Stafford, both of Los Osos.
Deanna Sweeden, front, walks through the tunnel of lights at the SLO Botanical Garden’s Night Light event, followed by Karen Stafford of Los Osos, Kelly Ely, Arroyo Grande, Carol Sweeden and Bob Stafford, both of Los Osos.

Hot food, sweets and beverages are available for purchase, and there’s a warm dining room if it’s chilly.

“Come to the garden, see all the beautiful lights and art,” Strann said. “We have fabulous food for the whole family by Paradise Kitchen.”

Nature Night takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through Jan. 8, 2023. It’s located at 3450 Dairy Creek Road in El Chorro Regional Park off Highway 1.

For information, call 805-541-1400 or visit slobg.org. Tickets are available at My805Tix.com.

Lights sparkle during the Nature Nights event at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.
Lights sparkle during the Nature Nights event at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.
The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
Almost all the trees had lighted “stars” hanging from them. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
Almost all the trees had lighted “stars” hanging from them. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
A wire sculpture of a woman is on display underneath a lighted canopy by Michael Reddell of Cambria. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
A wire sculpture of a woman is on display underneath a lighted canopy by Michael Reddell of Cambria. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
People can wander through a mini forest of lighted trees. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
People can wander through a mini forest of lighted trees. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
Erica Reddell, Cambria, and Angie Reddell of Campbell take a walk over the lighted bridge. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.
Erica Reddell, Cambria, and Angie Reddell of Campbell take a walk over the lighted bridge. The SLO Botanical Garden has a new event called Nature Night. People can walk through an immersive outdoor holiday light and art exhibit, enjoy hot food and beverages.