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  South Buffalo   |   Lakeshore   |   Public Gardens

Our Open Gardens project is modeled on the successful, long-standing tradition of Open Gardens in England. 
Private gardens are graciously made available to the public on a particular day at a particular time. 
Visitors are allowed to simply drop by.  Our Open Gardens are listed below by neighborhoods. 
Please note the specific day and time that the garden is open.


  • Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens:
    2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo 14218
    (716) 827-1584

    This Victorian Botanical Garden is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination which holds exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. One of only two remaining Lord & Burnham conservatories

    HOURS: M-SU 10am-5pm; adults $6, students (13+ with ID) and seniors (55+) $5, Children (3-12) $3, Children under 3 and Garden Members free.

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  • Delaware Park Rose Garden:
    Lincoln Parkway, across from the Albright-Knox
    Art Gallery, Buffalo

    Open anytime

    The Rose Garden is one of the main focal points of Delaware Park featuring many varieties from the All-America Rose Selections. There are 33 different beds of various sizes and shapes allowing for several different combinations and arrangements of spectacular rose bushes. Bright purples, pinks, reds, yellows and whites are featured colors in the Delaware Park Rose Garden. At the eastern end of the garden is a prominent white pergola, dating back to 1912. Driving down Lincoln Parkway, behind the world-renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery, you can see the Gardens which feature a beautiful water fountain. The Rose Garden is maintained by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and sits beside the historic Marcy Casino building.

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  • Japanese Garden at Delaware Park
    1 Museum Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14216
    Delaware Park, Adjacent to the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo

    Open anytime

    Step into one of Buffalo’s most beautiful public gardens, inspired by Kenrokuen Gardens in Kanazawa, Japan. The Japanese Garden dates to 1974 and was a gift from Kanazawa, Buffalo’s oldest sister city. Maintained by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the garden has enjoyed many enhancements over the years and was completely restored in 2011. The garden can be viewed from smooth accessible pathways or a rustic stone stair installed by Japanese master gardeners with stone from Japan and from New York State landmarks. The garden features interest in every season with numerous flowering plants, mature trees and shrubs. Japanese flowering cherry trees are a highlight of spring. The park is set in historic Delaware Park designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Bring your bikes! The Japanese Garden is on the Jesse Kregal Pathway/Scajaquada Creek Recreational Trail which connects directly to the Riverwalk along the Niagara River up to Niagara Falls. Ample free parking at the History Museum. For more information visit: bfloparks.org, japanesegardenofbuffalo.blogspot.com, or call 716-838-1249 x10

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    Forest Lawn
  • Forest Lawn:
    1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

    Open everyday, year round

    Established in 1849, Forest Lawn, the region’s premier cemetery, is Western New York’s largest arboretum, filled with undulated landscape, abundant wildlife and beautiful art and architecture. The original landscape was designed by noted cemetery landscape architects Adolph Stauch and Joseph Earnshaw. There are many gardens to view, including the Gratitude Garden in front of our Rosewood Mausoleum, a new meditation garden in front of the historic Chapel, and, of course, the many individual gardens that families maintain.

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    Larkin Square
  • Larkin Square:
    Intersection of Seneca & Swan Streets, Buffalo

    745 Seneca St. Buffalo | Open anytime

    Larkin Square is a privately owned square open to the public in the heart of Larkinville®. Home to many events such as Food Truck Tuesdays, Live at Larkin and the Larkin Market, Larkin Square is also home to beautiful gardens. Along Seneca and Van Rensselaer Streets, sidewalk planters are filled with perennials that lend themselves to an urban environment. Within Larkin Square you will find a wide variety of perennials and annuals in hanging baskets, pots and gardens. Produce and flowers for use in the Filling Station restaurant are grown in the Larkin “Farmette” on Hydraulic Street. Opening in late summer 2014 across the street from Larkin Square is the Hydraulic Hearth with a creatively landscaped beer garden that will include a custom designed pergola and two shuffle board courts! More information can be found at LarkinSquare.com.

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    Kenan Center Gardens
  • Kenan Center Gardens:
    433 Locust Street, Lockport 14094

    Open Hours: Daily till dusk. Kenan Center open Mon-Fri, Noon-5,

    Part of a 25-acre campus, the Kenan Center gardens offer visitors a multi-sensory botanical and artistic experience. Visitors can stroll down brick paths to enjoy formal gardens, a shaded pond, a perennial garden, and a lush herb garden boasting more than 100 varieties of plants, and along the way, enjoy many sculptures that are scattered throughout the campus. Some areas may be temporarily closed for private parties or weddings.

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    Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
  • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village:
    3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst NY

    While you’re here…see the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village—formerly the Amherst Museum, where costumed interpreters and historic buildings will take you back in time.

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    Kaminski Park Gardens
  • Kaminski Park, The Gardens of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute:
    Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263

    Open Anytime

    Roughly 2.5 acres, Kaminski Park was constructed ten years ago on the site of the previous RPCI hospital. It is an evolving garden that contains numerous planting areas with trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials, sculptures, memorial brick walkways, seating areas, garden paths and a fountain. The park is used by patients, staff and visitors, and is the centerpiece of the RPCI campus as well as the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is the oldest cancer research center in the United States, and its mission is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Roswell Park was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. Easy access, wheelchair accessible.

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    AIDS Community Services/Voltz Garden
  • The Garden at The Victorian Evergreen Health Services:
    200 S. Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201 (near Chippewa)

    Built in 1854 “The Victorian” features the Hope Blooms garden, an eclectic mix of Victorian and Cottage style gardening. Hostas and a vast array of lilies reside with 100 varieties of perennials adorned with treasures salvaged from the home, creating the setting for a unique koi pond and waterfall. Located right in the heart of Downtown Buffalo, Hope Blooms is the only Therapeutic, or Healing Garden for people living with HIV/AIDS in the nation, and has garnered national attention as such. A Therapeutic Garden is an outdoor space that has been specifically designed to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the people using the garden as well as their caregivers, family members and friends.

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  • Mercy Hospital St. Patrick Garden:
    Lorraine Avenue at Abbott Road, Buffalo

    Open Anytime

    Mercy Hospital offers several planted areas filled with ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs, container annuals and several unusual hostas. Relax on a bench near the statue of St. Patrick in the horseshoe-shaped garden (close to the parking garage).

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    Millard Fillmore Garden
  • Millard Fillmore House Museum Gardens:
    24 Shearer Avenue, East Aurora, NY 14052 (Off Main Street)

    Open Anytime

    Historically-accurate plantings complement the home of the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore. There is a small herb garden off the kitchen, and seating for your relaxation in the main garden. The gardens are maintained by the East Aurora Garden Club.

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  • Miller Memorial Garden:
    Corner of Main and Maple Sts., East Aurora 14052

    Open Anytime

    (entrance on Main Street) behind Saint Matthias Church at the corner of Main and Maple Streets.

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    Tim Russert Childrens Garden
  • Tim Russert Childrens Garden:
    2002 South Park Avenue (between Whitfield & Choate)

    Open Anytime

    This is a city lot that’s been transformed into a beautiful year-round garden, which includes a carving of Buffalo native and late Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert donated by Canisius High School. Visitors are invited to rest on the park benches to enjoy the boxwoods, many perennials, lilies, shrubs, blackeyed susans, and the newly arrived maple tree, planted by the students of South Park High School in the fall of 2011.

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    Peace Garden
  • The Lewiston International Peace Garden:
    Behind the Historic Yellow House
    476 Center Street, Lewiston, New York

    Open Hours: Thursdays, 2-6

    The half-acre Lewiston International Peace Garden began as a village parking lot and was transformed into a delightful green space by community volunteers. The area is a site of a War of 1812 battle. The garden features seasonal plantings, a collection of perennial plants and flowering trees, a number of sculptures and an interesting original fountain. Because of its location, the garden has become a local and international destination to many, especially those interested in the War of 1812. The garden is wheelchair and walker accessible, level walking. Seating, restroom and drinking fountain available.

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    Niagara Square Gardens
  • Niagara Square Garden:
    65 Niagara Square, in front of City Hall

    This is City Hall's front garden surrounding the historic McKinley Monument. The large mixed perennial borders contain many native plants which thrive in the tough conditions at the Square, and provide a succession of blooms throughout the season. Buffalo in Bloom volunteers design, plant & maintain this example of large public plantings. The Gardens have been renovated since being used as headquarters for Occupy Buffalo for four months.

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    Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
  • Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens:
    2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E6T2
    (877) 642-7275 www.niagaraparks.com

    Explore 100 acres of manicured gardens and arboretum as maintained by the School of Horticulture. Features over 2,300 plant varieties and famous rose garden. HOURS: Open year-round dawn till dusk.

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  • Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory:
    2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E6T2
    (877) 642-7275 www.niagaraparks.com

    The world’s largest glass enclosed butterfly conservatory with over 2,000 free flying tropical butterflies in a rain forest setting. Extended hours in Summer months. See website for hours and admission fees.

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    Erie Basin Marina Gardens
  • The Erie Basin Marina Gardens:
    329 Erie Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
    (take exit #7 [Church St] from the northbound 190 and follow the Marina signs.)

    Open Anytime
    Meet the gardeners and ask questions: Thursdays 5-8pm and Fridays 2-5:30pm

    Our Gardens start at the entrance of the Marina and continue throughout the Marina. These gardens are unusual because they are a 2012 Specialty Annual Trial Gardens. You can come and view these specialty cultivars that are being grown and evaluated for the coming years. There will be 300 new annual varieties with over 3000 plants -coming from all over the world. Some of our prior year winners are: Dahlia-Mystic Delight, Dahlia-Mystic Desire, Delphinium-Diamond Blue, Leucanthemum-Sante. Some of our Cultivar providers are Ball (Kieft seeds), and Proven Winners from USA, Danziger from Israel, Dummen from Germany, Fides from The Netherlands. There are several Company gardens throughout the area as well as 40 large 32" planters. All of our plants are clearly labeled for your convenience. We have some areas of paved walkways as well as some grassy areas around the gardens. For more information, go to www.eriebasinmarina.org

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