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Garden Walk Gives Back

Our Beautification Grants help fund projects in the GW area - community gardens, hanging flower baskets, street corner planter projects, garden restoration and more. To see the list of projects we've helped fund, click here.
Visit our "Buffalo-style" gardens!

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of more than 380 Buffalo gardens, the largest garden tour in America. Held annually on the last weekend of July, in 2014 it will be Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"There are Japanese gardens, English gardens, Russian gardens (i.e., barely controlled wildernesses) and what I would call Buffalo gardens - eclectic, funky mixes in which found objects and exotic-looking surrounding rooftops figure prominently." -

Video Introduction :: Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Applications

online applicationWould you like your garden to be on this year's 20th anniversary Garden Walk? Share your garden and show your pride in your neighborhoods and city.

Entry deadline is May 15, 2014.


Garden Walk Buffalo's 20th Anniversary Commemorative Annual

altIn honor of its 20th year, Garden Walk Buffalo has produced a 60-page, glossy, magazine-style, commemorative annual featuring the gardens of Buffalo. The annual is available for $10

To order a magazine online, visit our online store.

The publication features articles by the region's leading garden writers, including Sally Cunningham, Elizabeth Licata, Connie Oswald Stofko, Rochester's Jane Milliman and more.

It features articles on Buffalo-style gardens, how to dress up your garden for visiting crowds, how to get the most out of a garden tour, tips for small gardens, gardening in Buffalo's urban setting, water features, hellstrips (area between sidewalk and street), other area gardening destinations, hardscape restoration, and much more.

The Editor-in-Chief (and designer) was garden tourism consultant and art director Jim Charlier. Spectacular photos by photographer Don Zinteck, Jim Charlier, and others, are featured throughout. Articles were copy edited by Cheryl Bell.

The publication will be first available at the Garden Walk Buffalo booth at Plantasia, WNY's Premier Garden and Landscape Show taking place at the Erie County Fairgrounds, Thursday-Sunday, March 20-24.

The magazine will be available at all three headquarters during the Walk on July 26 and 27. Starting the first week of April, 2014, the magazine can be found:

Trip Advisor ranks Garden Walk as the #2 attraction in Buffalo

altGarden Walk Buffalo is now ranked #2 of 91 attractions in the Buffalo area on, after only Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House Complex. Visit Trip Advisor and leave a review of Garden Walk and just maybe we can move up from there! Visit here to leave a review.

The First Annual Cherry Blossom Ball

altJoin The Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo, The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and The Buffalo History Museum on on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30pm for a sparkling gala–with Pink & White Tie Optional of course!
Cocktails & Hors d'oeurves and Dinner by Oliver's. Enjoy the evening overlooking the cherry trees from the  State Hall of the Buffalo History Museum. For more information visit here.

Fundraiser for the Buffalo Shakespeare Garden at The Karpeles!


Garden Walk Buffalo Will Light Up Buffalo Niagara

altTo celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo, with the help of Buffalo Niagara’s significant buildings, businesses, and landmarks, we’re lighting the region green Friday-Sunday, July 25-27. If you own or manage a significant Buffalo building or landmark, let us know if you can join the party and light your structure green too! Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Here’s the list of sites, days, and times:

Garden Walk Buffalo/National Garden Festival to Merge

altGarden Walk Buffalo to expand its mission with an enhanced commitment to horticultural tourism envisioned. The two horticultural organizations plan unified approach to promoting Buffalo Niagara’s garden assets and attractions

Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the United States, and the National Garden Festival, the first multi-week festival devoted to horticultural tourism in the United States, have entered into an agreement whereby Garden Walk Buffalo will absorb the National Garden Festival schedule of events with the intent of expanding its mission as a horticultural organization devoted to promoting Buffalo Niagara’s green assets to residents and visitors alike.

“As we looked ahead to celebrating Garden Walk Buffalo’s 20th anniversary in 2014, our Board of Directors felt it was time to take stock of our role in the community,” said Cindy Loomis, Garden Walk Buffalo Board President. “We’ve felt that the time had come to build on the success we’ve had in creating one of the country’s great horticultural events. With this merger, we think we can help create one of the country’s great horticultural destinations.”

We didn't write the book on garden tourism, but we're in it!

altThe first-ever book on garden tourism, aptly titled Garden Tourism, is out. The book, written by Dr. Richard Benfield, Associate Professor of Geography at the Central Connecticut State University, is an academic tome covering the history of, and the evolving of, garden tourism from early Egyptian times (around 1,500 BCE), to the time the book was published earlier this year. It's exhaustive.

And Garden Walk Buffalo and Buffalo's National Garden Festival were well represented with a page and a half! In the chapter titled "Outdoor Garden Festivals" there is a brief intro on the origins of Garden Walk Buffalo–its byproduct/outgrowth the National Garden Festival–and stats and research data we've collected over the years from zip code collection and consumer surveys with the help and financial support of Visit Buffalo Niagara.

Richard, who has visited Garden Walk Buffalo, and visited Buffalo on other occasions, is a great advocate for the garden tourism efforts we're putting forth.

Garden Walk Buffalo president emeritus, Jim Charlier, wrote an endorsement/quote/review for the back of the book, which reads:

Garden Walk Buffalo in Traditional Home magazine

Did you see our mention in this month's issue of Traditional Home magazine? Of Garden Walk Buffalo, they say, "Peek at some of the most imaginative gardens in America..." Garden Walk gardener Jennifer Guercio, is quoted, and a photo of her Victorian home & garden are shown. We have to thank Visit Buffalo Niagara and their PR team for getting us a mention in this nationally-distributed magazine with a circulation of more than 868,000!

Garden Walk Buffalo in the New York Times


The New York Times publishes a list of great home & garden tours that will take place over the summer each spring. This year Garden Walk Buffalo is on the list - in the "North of New York City" portion of the list. We'll take what we can get.

You can visit the New York Times list here. It's a good list. Make sure you visit the slide show. The Buffalo garden below is on the list of great homes and gardens. Photo is by Don Zinteck, of Photographics 2.