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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.


The South Buffalo community is a very strong neighborhood, only a fifteen to twenty-minute drive from anywhere in Buffalo, where you can follow the Irish Heritage Trail. The area features many statues carved from the felled trees from the October Storm: Chauncy Olcott, who wrote many Irish ballads (Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd.), Tim Russert, Red Jacket (corner of Seneca and Cazenovia Streets), Sister Mother McAuley, founder of the Mercy Order (625 Abbott Road) and the Irish Immigrant (293 McKinley Parkway, entrance to Brookdale Park). Visitors can enjoy two Olmsted-designed parks–Cazenovia and South Parks, as well as the Olmsted Parkways and Circles, which lead to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and Our Lady of Victory Basilica at the Lackawanna/South Buffalo border. You’ll find many friendly, clean and comfortable places to stop for breakfast or lunch along South Buffalo’s three main business streets, Seneca Street, Abbott Road and South Park. More details at southbuffaloalive.com. Visitors to the area can also enjoy Mercy Hospital Garden and Tim Russert Children’s Garden.

    Barabasz Garden
  • NEW! The Garden of Melissa Barabasz:
    3 Julius Street., Buffalo, NY 14220

    Open Hours: Fridays, 2-5
    Closed July 4

    We bought this house 14 years ago. I saw a doll house in my head but it has taken a long time to get where we are today. I never think of myself as a gardener although others tell me I have a true knack for it. My motto is, “Trial and Error.” My green thumb can only thrive as a result of the mistakes I made learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. In my garden you will find bee loving flowers such as lavender and butterfly bush which bring us a multitude of nature’s beauty. Wine and roses weigela bushes directly in front of my window add so much beauty to the landscape. There is a huge yucca plant and many goodies that I refer to as “Plantus Unknownus” because even I forget the names. I love to find unusual items and little trinkets to add to the garden that I hope will make you smile. There are hidden bird feeders, statues, stepping stones and flags. Most of my garden goodies have been given to me so they all mean something to my heart. I look forward to sharing them with you and truly hope you enjoy your visit to my little piece of paradise.

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    Rezabek Garden
  • NEW! The Garden of Lyn Rezabek:
    7 Julius Street., Buffalo, NY 14220

    Open Hours: Fridays, 2-5
    Closed July 4

    I got into “fairy gardening” quite by accident. I was working on my cousin’s ranch in Colorado and one afternoon we made a trip into town to shop at a desert garden shop. There was a beautiful, enticing display of a fairy garden – on a very small scale, but I was instantly drawn to it. I couldn’t stop looking at the display. It was magical! It was whimsical! It instantly fired my imagination and I made a decision to purchase all of the pieces they had for sale. I brought them home on the plane. Deciding where to put my own fairy garden was hard. That’s when I thought of a raised garden box for the back yard. That’s how it all began. My first fairy garden was very small but delightful and completely inviting! I began going rock hunting every weekend in nearby streams as I wanted to make pathways throughout the garden of little flat stones. I checked local garden shops for additional miniatures, but at that time, the fairy gardening craze had not hit the Eastern part of the country yet. So to enlarge my collection of garden miniatures I did a lot of shopping on line. My garden now has grown to 3 connected raised garden boxes and was featured in a video interview with Connie Oswald Stofko of the Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. My fairy garden is my escape from a hectic fast paced work schedule. My favorite time to spend in my garden is very early on Sunday mornings throughout the late spring and summer months. Many of the plants I use to fill out the garden are edible herbs. Every fall I bring all the pieces in. Then start all over again in the spring! My fairy garden pieces are all quite tiny and would be lost amid falling leaves and crushing snow. I already spend quite a bit of time resetting pieces that have been knocked over or dislodged by my 3 cats as they race around the yard and through the fairy garden! If you are thinking of starting a fairy garden my advice is start small. But do start! Let your imagination carry you away. A Buffalo in Bloom award winner. Image courtesy of buffaloniagaragardening.com

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    Williams Garden
  • NEW! The Garden of Ed and Cindi Williams:
    240 Tuscarora Rd., Buffalo 14220

    Open Hours: Fridays, 2-5
    Closed July 4

    A beautiful English garden welcomes you as you arrive at our home. Tumbling pink climbing roses mark our picket fence while serving as a backdrop for our border of daisies, delphiniums and zinnias. Feathery grasses border our driveway along with a massive display of hydrangeas which lead you to our wooded haven of a serenity garden. Flowers in shades of deep purples and blues dot the landscape and provide the background for overflowing baskets, pots and window boxes. Be certain to look for our three fountains and listen to the soothing sounds as you stroll throughout the garden-like setting and invites the visitor to sit by the pond and rest awhile.

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    Hernandez Garden
  • The Garden of Marie Hernandez:
    166 Mackinaw Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

    Open Hours: Fridays, 2-6

    The garden consists of front, side and rear planting areas. There is a pond with small fish in front of a clematis-covered trellis. Elsewhere trees and shrubs draw many varieties of birds. The center walkway is surrounded by colorful flowerbeds. To the side of the house is an Irish moss and stone path bordered by gardens. It’s at its best in late afternoon with the dappled sunlight. I love to sit and watch the birds in the birdbath – the robins are the best!

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    Heidinger Garden
  • The Garden of Martha Heidinger:
    186 MacKinaw Street, Buffalo, NY
    (Louisiana & Hamburg St – old 1st Ward)

    Open Hours: Fridays, 2-6

    My garden is located in the heart of the city. When you enter my yard your will be amazed with what you find there. The garden started about 20 years ago as an overgrown city lot filled with garbage and has emerged as a beautiful retreat that one does not wish to leave. Feast your eyes on trees and shrubs native to the Adirondacks, the birthplace of the owner. The garden is designed to attract all kinds of wildlife. Meander along pathways through perennials of all shapes and sizes designed to feed the many birds and butterflies that live there. A gazebo finishes off the park like setting and invites to visitor to sit by the pond and rest awhile. The garden is a certified Wildlife Habitat.

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

    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 are free.

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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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