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Looking for more to do in Buffalo Niagara?

altYour one-stop for finding out all there is to do in Buffalo is Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN). Foodie? History buff? Sports fan? Arts appreciator? Architecture your thing? Professional shopper? Visit Buffalo Niagara partners with all area attractions, festivals, and hotels to help make your visit the most enjoyable it can be – whether it be you on your own, your family, girls weekends, bus tours, or conventions large and small. Even if you're Canadian. Especially if you're Canadian!

Visit Buffalo Niagara has been a great partner to Garden Walk Buffalo for many years, helping to not only spread the word of the Walk outside of the region, but hosting dozens of national garden and travel writers here during and before Garden Walk.

The New York State Regional Economic Development Council awarded VBN a $50,000 grant, which VBN administers, on behalf of Garden Walk, the National Garden Festival and the horticulture tourism sector to promote garden tourism. Media purchases this year have included ads in the Canada Blooms catalog, Canadian Gardening magazine, Upstate Gardener's Journal, TV commercials on WNED, radio sponsorships on WBFO, social media campaigns, media relations efforts, and much more.

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Burchfield Botanicals Exhibition for Garden Walk's 20th Anniversary

altTo mark the 20th anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo, the Burchfield Penney Art Center presents Burchfield Botanicals, an exhibition of Charles E. Burchfield’s botanical sketches and paintings paired with amazing life-like wildflower reproductions from the Buffalo Museum of Science created by Paul and George Marchand. The exhibition, which opens at The Center Friday, June 13, will be on view on thru Sunday, November 9, 2014.The exhibition is in colaboartion with Garden Walk Buffalo, The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and the National Garden Festival.

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Thank you to our 20th Anniversary Sponsor!

altGarden Walk Buffalo's 20th Anniversary year is brought to you by Sprout, a home and garden store at 1400 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo. Opened in late April 2014, A new concept store by room, a luxury furniture boutique, Sprout is an ever-changing pop-up shop that rotates new merchandise with each season. Sprout was created specifically for your seasonal home and garden needs. In spring and summer you will find unique garden art, accessories and whimsical indoor/outdoor furniture. Sprout features brands such as Urban Composter and Gloster outdoor furniture, as well as the Frank Lloyd Wright statue collection. Make your spring and summer outdoor living even more beautiful and creative. For more information, visit their website here.

We thank Sprout for its major support this year and glad to have them added to the mix of great garden stores and garden centers throughout Buffalo Niagara.

 
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.

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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.”

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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:

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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

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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.

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