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National Garden Festival
Garden Walks
Saturday, June 22

Lewiston Gardenfest, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 30

Parkside Garden Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

 

Saturday-Sunday, July 6-7

Grand Island Garden Tour, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 13

Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m

 

Saturday, July 13

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

 

Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk & Fair, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

 

Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14

Lockport in Bloom, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Sunday, July 14

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

 

Saturday, July 20

Town of Amherst Garden Walk, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 20

Williamsville Garden Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

 

Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21

Ken-Ton Garden Tour, 10 a.m. - 4p.m

 

Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21

Lancaster Garden Walk, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Sunday, July 21

South Buffalo Alive, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m

 

Friday, July 26

An Evening of Wine & Roses, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

 

Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28

Garden Walk Buffalo, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

 

Saturday August 3

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Starry Night Garden Tour, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m

 

Saturday August 3

Beyond Flowers Tour

Lewiston GardenFest

Lewiston GardenFest 

Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23:
10am-5pm

www.LewistonGardenFest.com
www.niagarariverregion.com
www.historiclewiston.org
Headquarters: Hospitality booths at 411 & 493 Center Street, Lewiston, NY 14092
Special features: Booths from area nurseries, landscapers, and garden and outdoor suppliers. A noted speaker each day. Bring soil samples and questions for Master Gardeners and experts from area floral societies.
Don’t miss: Enter to win a prize for your favorite planted container, to be judged by the public. Donation: Tour is free and self-guided. Phone: 716-297-5925


Stroll through lovely gardens as this charming historic village presents its eighth annual event. Totally destroyed during the War of 1812, Lewiston played a significant role in the Underground Railroad. Today the restored village delights with intriguing shops and eating establishments. Take special note of Center Street’s fountains, benches, trees, landscaping and flower beds – the beautiful work of the Lewiston Garden Club. For additional diversions, jet boat tours of the Niagara River depart from the dock at the foot of Center Street, and Artpark is just a few blocks away.
Parkside Garden Tour

Parkside Garden Tour

Sunday, June 30, only: 10am-4pm
www.ParksideBuffalo.org/gardentour

Headquarters: Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214, corner of Summit Avenue
Special features: Guided walking tours highlighting Parkside’s architecture, history and folklore, 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., $10, 96 Jewett Parkway. Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale and Plant Society Avenue, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 84 Parkside Avenue.
Don’t miss: Free admission to the Martin House conservatory and gardens. Sale of ARS garden tools as well as divisions of native ferns, rugosa roses and lemon thyme from the Martin House landscape.
Donation:
$8, to benefit the Parkside Community Association; tour is self-guided.
Phone:
716-834-5412


Mirroring the graceful curves of adjacent Delaware Park, Parkside is the only Frederick Law Olmsted-designed residential neighborhood in the country that was actually built. In 1987, the entire neighborhood became an Architectural Landscape District on the National Register of Historic Places. This 16th annual tour features 50 urban gardens and outdoor living spaces, all within half a dozen tree-lined city blocks. It begins just across the street from one of Buffalo’s architectural treasures – the restored Darwin Martin House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Grand Island Garden Tour

Grand Island Garden Tour

Saturday & Sunday, July 6-7: 10am-6pm
www.Serene-Gardens/Garden-Tour.com
Headquarters:
Serene Gardens, 2800 Grand Island Boulevard, Grand Island, NY 14072
Special features: Serene Gardens’ unique combination of restaurant and garden center.
Don’t miss: Community gardens at Buckhorn and Beaver Island State Parks.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
Phone:
716-773-LEAF


Take a relaxing drive to Grand Island’s First Annual Garden Tour! Featuring suburban oases plus native gardens in two state parks, the 20 sites range from unique and creative to formal and pristine. Soak in the beautiful horizon views as you travel along the coast to perennial gardens, waterfalls and streams, amazing vegetable gardens and more. Enjoy a break in the heart of historic Grand Island, where you’ll find great shops and restaurants.
Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk

Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk

Saturday, July 13: 10am-2pm
www.Serene-Gardens/Garden-Tour.com
Special features:
Florists, nurseries, artists and other vendors offering plants, garden art and more.

Don’t miss: Master Gardeners, plus tours of downtown pocket parks.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
Email:
HistoricNiagaraFalls
GardenWalk@gmail.com


Covering the Main Street core and neighborhoods from Fourth Street and Park Place to Orchard Parkway and Pierce Avenue, this family-friendly tour spotlights gardens from formal to cottage. Be sure to bring questions for Master Gardeners, who will be on hand with expertise to help solve garden woes. And there are plenty of businesses and restaurants along Main Street to explore and enjoy.


Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk

Buzz Around Hamburg
Garden Walk & Fair

Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14:
10am-4pm

Headquarters: Memorial Park Bandstand, Lake & Union Streets, Hamburg, NY 14075
Special features: Garden vendor fair. Map offers coupons for village restaurants and businesses.
Don’t miss: Eighteen Mile Creek Overlook with quaint gazebo and herb garden. Beautiful pots and plantings in the village roundabouts and bump-outs. Many unique shops and restaurants along Main and Buffalo streets.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
www.HamburgGardenTour.com


See Hamburg in full bloom! Enjoy more than 25 gardens that vary from formal to whimsical, including sunny poolsides, shady waterfalls, rainbows of perennials, organic vegetables, lush containers and more. The avid gardeners in the ninth annual tour welcome the opportunity to share their efforts, talents, advice … and secrets. As you travel through the refurbished business district, be sure to notice the roundabouts and bump-outs. Their lush plantings reflect the hard work of the Hamburg Beautification Committee – the many dedicated volunteers fondly known as the “Beauts.”

Lockport in Bloom

Lockport in Bloom

Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14:
10am-4pm

Headquarters: Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY 14094
Special features: Twilight in the Garden evening tour, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13.
Don’t miss: Garden vendors fair, beautiful public garden and free admission to the art gallery, all at the Kenan Center, an 1850s architectural treasure.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
www.LockportInBloom.com


Lockport rose from the banks of the Erie Canal, which is a marvel of engineering, and rich, fertile soil makes it an ideal place to garden. This tour includes more than 40 gardens of many types, from small city plots to large park-like spaces. The city offers an inviting variety of specialty shops, antiques and restaurants, as well as the Market Street Arts Center with its artist studios, galleries and gift shop. Pay a visit to the Erie Canal Discovery Center, tour the Niagara Wine Region, or cruise the canal on a Lockport Locks & Erie Canal tour boat.


Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

Saturday, July 13, only: 10am-4pm

Headquarters: University Community Farmers Market, UB South Campus, Main Street at Kenmore Avenue, and University Heights Tool Library, 5 West Northrup Place, Buffalo, NY 14214, next to Just Pizza
Special features: University Park Historical District
Don’t miss: Minnesota Avenue’s 4-block median, UB’s Anderson Art Gallery, plus People’s, Templeton, Linear and Triangle Parks.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
Email:
CapenGarden@gmail.com
www.OurHeights.Org/GardenWalk


Named for the first full-time salaried chancellor of the University of Buffalo, this 12th annual walk comprises more than 60 private and public spaces in the University Heights, Eggertsville and Amherst neighborhoods. The sidewalks and avenues bloom with planters, street dividers and hanging pots, thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers. And the community abounds with restaurants, from Chinese to Creole, pizza to ice cream, diners to fine dining.
Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

Sunday, July 14, only: 10am-4pm

Headquarters: Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Avenue, Amherst, NY 14226
Special features: Some gardens have been published locally and nationally in Garden Gate magazine, The Buffalo News and others, as well as online.
Don’t miss: Garden structures and water features.
Donation:
$3 is appreciated; tour is self-guided.
Email:
snyderclevehill
gardenview@gmail.com

Facebook.com/SCHGardenView


This 11th annual tour includes about 25 private gardens and carefully tended public spaces in the neighborhoods of Snyder and Cleveland Hill. Against a backdrop of architecture from the 1910s to the 1950s, gardens range from newer to well established, small to large, and vegetable to perennial. Many garden styles and plant types are represented, as are water features and garden structures.
Amherst Garden Walk

Town of Amherst Garden Walk

Saturday, July 20, only: 10am-4pm

Headquarters: Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Amherst NY 14221, and Menne Nursery, 3100 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst, NY 14228. Maps available 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Special features: Enjoy visiting the expanded array of lovely gardens both in our tour and in the Village of Williamsville’s, also today.
Donation: Tour is free and self-guided.
Email:
gardenwalk@amherst.ny.us
www.amherst.ny.us www.facebook.com/AmherstGardenWalk


Amherst gardeners are eager to share their knowledge about working with Western New York’s distinctive soil and weather conditions. You’ll see a variety of garden types, including perennial, shade, English, vegetable, container and organic, many with ponds and other water features. Gardens are clustered across the largest town outside the City of Buffalo, so you can easily drive from one neighborhood to the next. There are plenty of businesses and restaurants to enjoy as well.
Williamsville Garden Walk

Williamsville Garden Tour 

Saturday, July 20, only: 10am-4pm
Headquarters: Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
Special features: Fabulous sidewalk sales, plus a Farmers Market from 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. with fresh local fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, plants and flowers.
Don’t miss: National Historic Register landmarks, including the iconic Williamsville Water Mill on East Spring Street above scenic Glen Park, and the Williamsville Meeting House, built in 1871.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
www.village.williamsville.ny.us www.Facebook.com/WilliamsvilleNY www.WillVill.com


An eclectic mix of 25 to 30 formal English, cottage, urban, and organic fruit and vegetable gardens, many filled with water features and garden art. The historic village’s vibrant Main Street corridor presents a wide array of restaurants, cafés and outdoor dining patios. Be among the first to preview the planned Garden of 1812 at the corner of Main and Evans Streets, where the site’s role in the War of 1812 will be re-imagined with native grasses and other perennials that populated the landscape 200 years ago.
Ken-Ton Garden Tour

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21:
10am-4pm and Saturday Night Lights: 8:30pm-10:30pm

Headquarters:
Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda, NY 14223
Special features: Saturday Night Lights evening tour, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
Don’t miss: Charming, family-friendly neighborhoods bordering four miles of the Niagara River.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
www.kentongardentour.com


Come visit Buffalo’s first suburb, a cozy community that’s been designated “One of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods” by the American Planning Association. Over 11 years, this tour has blossomed to 60+ gardens, from petite secret oases to expansive, manicured works of dedication. Be sure to explore the many shops, cafés, coffee shops and restaurants along Delaware Avenue and other main thoroughfares.
Lancaster Garden Walk

Lancaster Garden Walk

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21:
10am-4:30pm

Headquarters: Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street, and Petals to Please, 63 Central Avenue at Pleasant, Lancaster, NY 14086
Special features: The award-winning Central Avenue Streetscape Project rehabilitated the business district to maintain its historical integrity.
Don’t miss: Cobblestone-look sidewalks, marble curbs, historic lighting, landscaping and seating areas along Central Avenue.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
www.lancastervillage.org
Facebook
www.lancastervillage.org/gardenpage.htm


Unearth a secret or two as gardeners of all ages in the town and the village showcase their blooms for the 10th straight year. Some gardens are eclectic, many are enchanting, but all are enjoyable. Stroll through the Village of Lancaster Historic District, which boasts one of Erie County’s richest concentrations of residential and commercial buildings of significant architectural value. It’s all just a short drive from Buffalo, a few minutes from the Walden Galleria Mall.
South Buffalo Alive

South Buffalo Alive

Sunday, July 21: 9am-3pm
www.SouthBuffaloAlive.com
Headquarters: Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2002 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220, next to Dudley Library
Special features: Cazenovia Park and South Park, connected by Red Jacket and McKinley Parkways, were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Don’t miss: Beautiful landscaping in McKinley and McClellan Circles, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica.
Donation:
$2; tour is self-guided.
www.southbuffaloalive.com


More than 60 intriguing gardens that vary from beautiful poolside settings to decks with blooms, from ponds and waterfalls to veggie plots and train gardens. Follow the Irish Heritage Trail. Notice statues carved from trees felled by the legendary October 2006 snowstorm – including Chauncey Olcott, writer of Irish ballads; Tim Russert; Red Jacket; Mother Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy, and the Irish Immigrant. You’ll find plenty of places to stop for breakfast or lunch along the way.

An Evening of Wine and Roses

Friday, July 26: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Headquarters:
Clement Mansion (Red Cross Building), 786 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209
Special features: Three gardens that have never been – nor will they be – included in the free self-guided tour.
Don’t miss: Master Gardeners will be present, and musicians from the Community Music School of Buffalo will provide entertainment in the gardens.
Donation:
$100 per person.
Phone:
716-855-1091
GardenWalkBuffalo.com


In this first-ever event, guests will board luxury buses for an exclusive VIP tour of three exceptional gardens in a lovely city neighborhood. A reception at the Clement Mansion will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres and dessert, plus wine served in a signature keepsake wine glass. The event is limited to the first 100 people.
Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Buffalo

Saturday & Sunday, July 27 & 28:
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Headquarters:
Richmond Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer Street, Buffalo, NY 14222; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14222; Evergreen Health Services, 206 South Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201
Special features: Unique shopping and dining in Allentown and along Elmwood Avenue, the city’s entertainment “spine”; parkways and circles designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. An Evening of Wine and Roses, new fundraiser featuring exclusive garden tours, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, $100 per person.
Don’t miss: Allentown, the nation’s largest historically-designated neighborhood; Civil War-era cottages in the Cottage District; Historic West Village with Buffalo’s oldest addresses; the Symphony Circle & Kleinhans Community, home of acoustically perfect Kleinhans Music Hall; and the glorious architecture of the Columbus Park/Prospect Hill neighborhood.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
Email:
GardenWalkBuffalo@yahoo.com
GardenWalkBuffalo.com


With more than 380 sites and 50,000 to 60,000 visitors each year from across the U.S. and Canada, this is the largest garden tour in the country. See gardens that have been featured in countless media outlets including Fine Gardening, Better Homes & Gardens, Garden Gate magazine, Martha Stewart Living online, Backyard Solutions, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal online, Great Backyard Gardens, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Real Gardens, The Baltimore Sun, People Places Plants, The Atlantic online, Easy Weekend Gardening, and dozens of other national and regional magazines, newspapers and websites.
Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens

Black Rock & Riverside
Tour of Gardens

Saturday, August 3: 10am-4pm
and Starry Night Garden Tour: August 3, 8pm-10pm

www.brrgardenwalk.com
Headquarters:
St. Mark’s/All Saints Church, 311 Ontario Street, Buffalo, NY 14207, and Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Special features: Starry Night Tour, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3
Don’t miss: Riverside Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted; daytime tours of the Buffalo Religious Arts Center will be led by docents, with admission $10 per person.
Donation:
Tour is free and self-guided.
Phone:
Councilmen Joe Golombek, 716-851-5116
Email: brrtourofgardens@yahoo.com
www.brrtourofgardens.com


More than 60 day gardens and 25 night gardens comprise this ninth annual urban garden tour. The gardeners’ creative use of low-voltage lighting lends a magical quality to the evening tour. You’ll find clusters of gardens, as well as a variety of welcoming restaurants. Come join the fun, view the neighborhood’s charm and hidden treasures, and meet new friends eager to share their stories of trial, error and success.

Bus ToursSaturday, August 3


NEW!

Beyond Flowers Tour
10:00am-3:00pm | $30

 

Transportation via school bus
Roundtrip transportation, tour guides,
and lunch. (see below)
Pick-up site: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus parking lot, 589 Ellicott St. at Goodell

 

Green, smart and not bad looking either. If you can’t make the organized Beyond Flowers Tour on Saturday, August 3rd, you can still take a self-guided tour of the seven sites, sites that help mark the new green approach in Buffalo’s neighborhoods. You’ll miss out on the background and history, but you’ll still get a taste of what’s going on. Begin on the west side at 389 Massachusetts Avenue, where you can take a tour (Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30, $2) of the Massachusett’s Avenue Project indoor fish farm and compost operation. The tours are led by one of the teens who works there. Ask about their salsa, chile sauce and salad dressing sales! Right across the street on Massachusetts take a stroll through P.U.S.H.’s new environmentally conscious park and playground. A few blocks over at 309-315 14th St. between Rhode Island and Vermont are five adjacent lots that once held abandoned houses that were cleared by P.U.S.H. and are now sporting gardens for 28 neighborhood families, many of them immigrants. Back into your car or onto your bike, and head out to Furhmann Boulevard, site of the Outer Harbor Parcel. After that it’s a short ride to 41 Hamburg St., where Peg Overdorf and Company have created the wonderful Mutual Riverfront Park, sited perfectly for a spectacular view of the world-famous grain elevators. Enroute you’ll also drive by the group’s Buffalo River Fest Park at 249 Ohio St. From there head out to Buffalo’s Central Terminal at 495 Paderewski Drive, where you’ll see a 3 acre parcel of the Central Terminal site that’s been reclaimed as an urban habitat. All those sunflowers are not just beautiful, they’re helping clean the soil through phyto-remediation. Finish the tour at the Broadway Market at 999 Broadway, where you’ll visit rooftop gardens on the parking garage, Monday through Saturday,from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These gardens are not just about growing vegetables and flowers in that struggling neighborhood, they also represent community building. Allow time to go inside the Market, and enjoy what the twenty five vendors have to offer in this their 125th anniversary year. There are several other sites to see when you’re in the neighborhood. At the Broadway Market you’re just a couple of blocks from the Wilson St. Farm at 360 Wilson St., between Broadway and Sycamore, where the Stevens family of 9 cultivates 25 city lots, selling some of their produce in season on Saturdays, 10-12:30. Downtown at Goodell and Ellicott, stop to see the largest bio-retention cell in the area at the end of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus 4 acre parking lot. That relatively narrow plot of trees and plants is designed to handle 4 million gallons of storm water a year, keeping it out of the badly over-worked Buffalo sewers.

 

Click here to view a slideshow of the sites the tour will visit.

 

 

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