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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.

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Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grant Applications

altGarden Walk Buffalo has granted around $100,000 since 2005 in Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants for nearly 100 beautification projects to block clubs and community groups in the neighborhoods of Garden Walk Buffalo. Marvin Lunenfeld, and his wife Gail McCarthy, were the founders of Garden Walk Buffalo.

Award amounts are based on the overall project cost, eligible projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.

Garden Walk invites you to complete an application for review for the 2017 grant cycle. Past projects have included streetside planters, hanging baskets, storm damage repair, historic garden restoration, annuals for planters, community gardens and much more. For a complete list of past recipients and projects, visit here.

Applications can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Completed applications are due by Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Winners of grants will be announced in the early spring of 2017 at a Garden Walk Buffalo Committee meeting to be announced.

Application Guidelines and Directions:

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Interested in helping with Buffalo Niagara’s renaissance?

Gardens Buffalo Niagara, the entity that runs Garden Walk Buffalo, is a recognized tourism organization encompassing 19 other garden walks in the Buffalo Niagara region, Tours of Open Gardens in July, specialty garden tours, the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale, and other garden related events in the area. As we grow, it takes a number of volunteers to plan, coordinate, publicize, and organize the many events under its umbrella.

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Tours of Open Gardens

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The Tours of Open Gardens offers you more than 70 great gardens in twelve groups throughout Buffalo Niagara, to visit at your leisure, on Thursdays and Fridays for four weeks in July.

Buy an Open Gardens guide and keep it in the glove compartment! It has become the great girlfriends’ or date getaway for some lovely summer days. The gardens are beautiful, there are no crowds, and the gardeners are friendly if you want to ask questions.

We made it easy to plan your day, with a map showing the gardens, and some suggested routes to see them all. Be sure to check the schedule of availability list for each garden. No fees, just fun.

First you'll need our Tours of Open Gardens and Garden Events Guide, you can download a PDF here. The three-page PDF contains the gardens, addresses and days and hours each garden (and cluster of gardens) is open for Thursdays and Fridays. These pages are also appear as images below.

The full-color book, with photos and garden descriptions is also available for $5 at the following locations. (These sites, other than Badding Brothers Farm Market, Lockwoods Greenhouses, and Urban Roots Garden Center DO NOT have Garden Walk Buffalo maps.):

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Making Buffalo a great garden destination

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of 406 Buffalo gardens, the largest garden tour in America. Held annually on the last weekend of July, in 2017 it will be Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30 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." - Atlantic.com

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Sustainability in Action

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The tour will see progressive gardening and farming activities at the community-integrated Massachusetts Avenue Project, PUSH’s 14th-Street Garden, and the Broadway Market Rooftop Garden.

We’ll visit the sites of successful recoveries of land and water resources along our waterfront: Wilkeson Pointe, Mutual Riverfront Park, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's RiverBend project.

The tour will also stop at the Urban Habitat Project at the Central Terminal and the BNMC bioretention cell near downtown Buffalo, both of which tackle specific problems with innovative solutions.

These eight prominent sites were chosen for their strong environment-friendly approaches. We’ll hear from the project leader at each site about the impact of the work on a renewed Buffalo.

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East Side Momentum

Saturday, August 13, 9am-1pm

This tour introduces the diverse, often overlooked, individual and community projects that have multiplied in this area of Buffalo. From yarnbombing and the None Like You/We Care community group to Farmer Pirates creating urban farms and ArtFarms placing public art, there’s excitement in the air.

Gardens, parks, and a Buddhist community center garden, round out the series of seven stops on this tour. A project organizer will be at each site to answer questions. Join us to celebrate the individual and community projects that enliven Buffalo’s East Side.

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Great Garden Travel with Sally Cunningham

Join Sally Cunningham, Buffalo News Garden Columnist and WIVB Channel 4 TV Garden reporter, to experience Great Garden Travel, a division of AAA/Horizon Club Tours, and share in the wonder of gardens in the U.S., Canada, and abroad—and it all starts with Buffalo! For more about the tours, or private tours for your group, visit GreatGardenTravel.com or call 1-800-242-4244. Reservations and tickets can be purchased online. Click on the link to find out more about each tour.

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Garden Education Events

Listed are classes, sales, exhibitions, workshops and presentations to further your knowledge and skills in the gardening realm. Dates and times are subject to change. Please visit the linked websites to find out more for each event.

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How to get your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo

Online, and PDF download of paper applications are available for three months, from mid-February through to May 15 each year. This is the enrollment period. After May 15 the map is in production and additions/changes generally delay progress, and increase chances for errors and accidental omissions, and communication problems afterwards. Applications are currently closed for 2016. Please look for notices in local papers next February, or visit this website, to apply for 2017.

 
Every building (and garden) has a story...

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Garden Walk Buffalo has been welcoming garden enthusiasts–from around the country–into gardens since 1995. 2016 marks the second year of collaboration between the Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Garden Walk.

As part of its Building Stories Program, Garden Walk Buffalo visitors will be able to hear select properties’ Building (or Garden) Story.  By scanning the QR Codes on the signage along the tour, visitors will gain an insiders perspective to these amazing and unique spaces.

The stories collected from Garden Walk Buffalo 2015 are available on the Buffalo Architecture Foundation website.

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2016 Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants Announced

Garden Walk has granted nearly $100,000 in Marvin Lunenfeld beautification grants to block clubs, non-profits and neighborhood associations for beautification projects in the neighborhoods of Garden Walk. Marvin Lunenfeld, and his wife Gail McCarthy, were the founders of Garden Walk Buffalo.

Over the years, we've taken YOUR contributions and helped to fund community gardens, hanging basket projects, curb-side planters, and more. In essence, YOU are beautifying Buffalo's great urban neighborhoods. Please consider making a donation this year. And thank you for your past donations.

Award amounts are based on the overall project cost, eligible projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity. Applications are available, online, each Fall. Awards are granted each Spring.

To see the entire list of Lunenfeld Grant recipients since 2015, visit here.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients:

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