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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 from late March through to May 15. 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. Please look for notices in local papers next February, or visit this website late March, 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:

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.

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.

East Side Momentum

altSaturday, August 12, 2017

Buffalo’s East Side is an area of distinct and evolving neighborhoods. On this tour you’ll visit six sites that reveal firsthand the changing cultural presence of this diverse section of the city.

Enjoy the Buddhist community center garden developed by newly integrated immigrants. View the family-operated Wilson Street Farm and the Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School. Both serve their local neighborhoods but in distinctly different ways. Touch base with the Farmer Pirates who foster urban farming and learn how the community-based rooftop garden above the historic Broadway market has resolved numerous challenges. Meet the None Like You/We Care community group, started by a group of far-seeing women, that functions to tie neighbors together and to provide educational opportunities.

Unrelated as the various neighborhoods of our city’s East Side are, they continually exhibit enthusiasm and resourcefulness
Join us for a personal visit to a different side of Buffalo and hear the project leaders each tell their story. 

Sustainability in Action

altSaturday, August 5, 2017, 10am-3pm

Want to see what Buffalo is doing to be ‘Green’? This tour highlights eight strong environment-friendly approaches to achieving ‘green’ responsibility within the city.

From the community-based rooftop garden above the historic Broadway market to a million dollar project on Lake Erie, from the ecological land revival at the Central Terminal to the reclaimed residential sites that now feature urban farms, from the neighborhood rain gardens to the bio-retention cell on the Medical Campus which are helping to save the sewer system - these projects proudly acclaim a solid commitment to environmental improvements and successes.

As Buffalo continues to reinvent itself, we can be proud of the proliferation of these kinds of projects. They represent the new vision that has influenced the use of available land toward more environmentally conscious use.

See what is happening and personally meet each site leader!

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