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National Garden Festival

The National Garden Festival

What it is

A five week celebration (June 21-August 4, 2013) of the greater Buffalo area’s garden walks, talks, tours and events. The Festival will be like a great, green umbrella under which garden tours, the Japanese Garden, the Erie Basin Marina Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, the Rose Garden, the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmer’s Market, the Olmsted Parks, Garden Walk Buffalo, garden symposia, and new special events will be presented to garden lovers, gardening enthusiasts and culturally inclined travelers who revel in the kind of tree lined streets, Victorian architecture and locally owned shops and restaurants that are found in abundance throughout out the Buffalo region.

Why you should come

When people visit Buffalo, they usually are left with an impression of friendly, open, and helpful locals. Perhaps it’s that same spirit that has brought together the partners that will make this festival happen.

Special Features

When visitors come to Western New York for the National Garden Festival, they may have trouble deciding what to do, there will be so many options.

Williamsville Garden Tour
  • Garden Tours and Walks
    Besides Garden Walk Buffalo, at least 14 other neighborhoods and townships have summer garden tours, walks, or festivals—from Lancaster to Hamburg, Lewiston to South Buffalo, including the unique BlackRock/Riverside night-lighted “Starry Night” tour.
  • Bus Tours
    Tours are being planned for Urban Farms/Community Gardens/Massachusetts Avenue, area tree nurseries and arboreta, AAS Marina gardens and Botanical Gardens, etc.






National Garden FestivalWho's Under the Great Green Umbrella

Planning Committee
  • Garden Walk Buffalo
  • Visit Buffalo Niagara
  • Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Eighth District Federated Garden Clubs
  • Elizabeth Licata, Garden Rant.com
  • WNY Hosta Society
  • WNY Nursery & Landscape Association
  • WNY Daylily Society
  • Forest Lawn Cemetery & Arboretum
  • Erie Basin University Test Gardens
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market
  • Buffalo in Bloom
  • Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo
  • Sally Cunningham
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