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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.

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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:

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.

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.

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:

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


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.

Tips from Garden Walk gardeners
Tips from Garden Walk Gardeners :: Garden Walk Buffalo

Vloggers Billy & Pat cover garden tips from Garden Walk Buffalo featuring some Garden Walk Buffalo gardeners...

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.

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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