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Open Gardens in Western New York

Southtowns Bouquet   |   Buffalo-Delaware District   |   Buffalo-Elmwood Village & Allentown
Buffalo-Parkside  |  Northtowns East  |   Northtowns West  |   Hamburg  |   Lancaster
Niagara Trail |   East Aurora/Holland   |   Buffalo-Cottage District & Kleinhans   
  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.

SOUTHTOWNS BOUQUET

This includes Orchard Park, Eden, East Aurora and outlying areas of Hamburg.

A quick and easy drive 25 minutes from Buffalo, the gardens of the Southtowns Bouquet are both rural and tidy suburban in this part of Erie County. This is the area of Western New York nestled between Lake Erie to the west and Orchard Park to the east. It includes the hills that are home to many of the area’s ski resorts, offering some interesting terrain, and the lush Eden Valley – where much of the local produce is grown. The soil conditions range from that deep rich loam in the Eden Valley, to the thin clay over shale of the hills… but our gardeners have learned to use it all to their advantage. And within a 10-minute drive, you will find shops and restaurants, pub-style to upscale, in the Village of Hamburg.

    Gurnett Garden
  • The Garden of Daniel & Phyllis Gurnett:
    4609 John Michael Way Hamburg NY 14075

    Open Hours: Thursdays 10-2

    My house sits on a ½ acre lot backing up to woods with multiple gardens, containing mainly perennials with annuals added in for color. The biggest is a rock garden that stretches across the entire rear of the yard adjacent to woods behind our house. The rock garden is planted with many hostas, grasses and daylilies as well as other perennials. At the back of the house is a 625 sq. ft. patio. Located on the patio is a new 12’ x 20’ screen room. The complete area is surrounded by a mix of perennials and annuals.. On the side of the yard leading to the back is a perennial garden and the other side of the house (shaded) features hostas mainly. Easy access.


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    Pine Ridge Garden
  • Pine Ridge Gardens, the Garden of Gary & Kitty Bannerman:
    6346 Ward Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
    (South of Herman Hill Road, between Abbott and Gartman)

    Open Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 10-5:30
    Closed July 4


    Pine Ridge Gardens is a 4 acre property which includes wooded areas and cottage themed gardens. The main focal point of the garden consists of a stone walled patio with Asian sculptures, and a featured water fountain. Surrounding this patio are perennial plants that include daylilies, coneflowers, peonies, poppies, phlox, primrose, astilbes, beebalm, heliopsis, lungwort, daisies, ornamental grasses, hostas, gas plant, crocosmia and other varieties too numerous to mention. Also incorporated into this sun/shade landscape are Japanese Maples, a variety of hardwood trees, pines, evergreens and shrubs. Connecting the various areas of this cottage style scenery are flagstone pathways which include garden art and antiques. Birds, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other forms of wildlife are frequent visitors to the garden. A deck with a panoramic view of the landscape along with chairs and benches situated throughout the garden can be enjoyed by visitors. The Bannermans have hosted a number of garden clubs for both luncheons and private garden tours. This is a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat which was visited and photographed by Garden Gate Magazine. Pine Ridge Gardens has also been featured in various news articles, on television and on different websites.Overall, easy access with some narrow pathways.


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    Shadrack Garden
  • Smug Creek Gardens-
    The Garden of Mike & Kathy Shadrack:
    8399 Zimmerman Road, Hamburg, NY 14075

    Open Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 10-5:30, Closed July 4

    This is a large wooded rural plot with four completely different gardens. Four terraces displaying daylilies, hydrangeas, lilies, irises and unusual perennials rise from a creek-side patio. On the opposite wooded slope a large collection of hostas is planted. A second shade garden designed especially for little hostas includes a hosta rock garden, featured in Kathy and Mike’s Book of Little Hostas. The newest planted area, also in the sun, features island type gardens with more daylilies, irises, conifers and unusual perennials and shrubs. Many troughs and containers are featured and there is a wide, shallow creek running through the property and under the house. The garden was featured in the Sping 2011 edition of the Buffalo Spree Magazine Home Edition. Easy access, but a sometimes difficult and often steep terrain.


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    Sully Garden
  • Hidden Gardens of Eden
    Home of Marcia and David Sully:
    3954 Schintzius Road, Eden, NY 14075

    Open Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 – 5:30
    Open July 4


    The ‘Hidden Gardens of Eden,’ home of a passionate gardener, contain over one thousand named hosta and a number of unique hosta seedlings that Marcia has hybridized. New hosta are constantly being added to this collection. These gardens offer a touch of mysticism, where hidden gardens are interspersed throughout the two acre plot, which is also accented by a creek rambling through a deep ravine. Viewer friendly terrain, with artistic landscape design incorporated, reflects the gardener’s love of experimenting with unique placement of plants and eclectic decor. Garden features include a tropical succulent display, a new addition of tropical bromeliads and Martagon lilies, as well as a wide variety of pots and hanging baskets containing colorful annuals. Sunny plots containing daylilies and specialty perennials, as well as hundreds of companion plants growing in the shady hosta beds, offer a sweeping panorama of beauty. Meandering stone paths, scenic overlooks, and benches invite the visitor to linger, breathe deeply, and enjoy nature at its best.


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    Bolo Garden
  • The Lords Garden: The Garden of Mary Jane Bolo: 9998 Clarksburg Road, Eden, NY 14057
    Open Hours: Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 – 5:30

    This expansive country garden, in picturesque Clarksburg, is a joyful expression of fine landscape design within natural surroundings. Native plants, shrubs, meadows and trees benefit wildlife and birds, and their food source – insects! This garden has four distinct rooms with hand-dug ponds and bogs containing koi, goldfish and frogs. Relax, watch the dragonflies, butterflies and other pollinators, and reflect on nature’s gifts, surrounded by flowers. You are welcome to picnic by the pond, enjoy the sounds and fragrances, and stroll through the unique country antique shop.


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    Whit's End Garden
  • NEW! Whit’s End Gardens, The Gardens of Barb and Dave Whittemore:
    33 Sherwood Ave., Hamburg 14075

    Open Hours: Fridays 10- 2
    Closed July 4


    Whit’s End Gardens were completely redesigned two years ago after several areas were damaged by severe flooding. Whit’s End provides a shady retreat for a large collection of hostas, astilbe, and many other varieties of perennials and annuals. Several outdoor rooms provide different vistas for viewing and enjoyment. The focal point is a waterfall surrounded by an operating Garden Railroad (good weather only), with dozens of different miniature conifers, structures and other miniature plants that create a world in scale. The garden shed has been disguised as a railroad station. A grounded treehouse and sheltered canopy provide places for quiet reflection. Pots and containers are homes to numerous other perennials and annuals and a few fairy gardens. The gardens are full of color, animation, fun and whimsy.


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