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Our generous gardeners make Buffalo a destination  

When you think of cities known for their gardens, do any names come to mind? Savannah? Seattle? Portland? That's precisely the area Buffalo could occupy in the minds of folks throughout the country. Don't laugh. We're making headway.  READ MORE>>

Garden Walk front page and above the fold!

The Buffalo News cover story Friday before the Walk morning...

Garden Walk draws big, green thumbs up

Praises heaped as festival flowers

Atlantic magazine's website called it the "best event of its kind."
Martha Stewart Living suggested the host city may be the "epicenter of American horticulture."
And a gushing San Francisco Chronicle writer said, "It's more than a tour, it's a must-see event."
The notion that Buffalo and beauty go hand in hand may strike the uninitiated as heresy, but thanks to more than 340 volunteers, all of them avid amateur gardeners, that's the buzz being generated by this weekend's Garden Walk Buffalo.
"Buffalo has turned into the big time," said Richard Benfield, a professor at Central Connecticut State University and an expert on garden tourism. "At the end of the day, 50,000 people are coming to Buffalo to see your gardens." READ MORE>>

GW in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kevin Kirkland, Homes, Real Estate & Garden Editor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, (and a Buffalo native!) was in Buffalo for a visit and wrote this article, which appeared in the newspaper's Sunday, July 17 edition.

Garden Walk in the Wall Street Journal

Garden Walk Buffalo president Jim Charlier was contacted by an AP reporter about garden tourism and the effect of Garden Walk Buffalo as a tourism draw specifically, and garden tours in general. 

You can read the full article here. as it appeared on the Huffington Post.

The AP report was picked up by the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post,, Seattle Post Intelligencer, and more.

Five—that's FIVE—Buffalo gardens in national magazine, Backyard Solutions

Incredibly, five Garden Walk Buffalo gardens made the Summer 2011 issue of Backyard Solutions magazine. Here are the gardens that are featured, with a minimum of a two-page spread each:

  • The Nguyen Garden on Brayton, "Low budget, High Impact"
  • The Ecker Garden on Johnson Park, "Raised Beds Get Raves"
  • The Furminger Garden on Sixteenth Street, "Masses of Color"–though the magazine seems to have picked up photos of the gardens next door at 84 Sixteenth Street!
  • The Widger Garden on Ashland Avenue, "Curved, Colorful, Delicious"—featured over four pages.
  • The Ostertrom/Thomas Garden on Pennsylvania Avenue, "Beach Shack Chic"
Three Garden Walk Gardens featured in Buffalo Spree's HOME magazine

altThree Garden Walk gardens are featured in this month's HOME magazine, a Buffalo Spree publication. The gorgeous cover photo, and inside six-page article, are of the Sixteenth Street garden of Joe Hopkins & Scot Dunlap.

Another four pages is dedicated to the garden of Alec Humann, located at the corner of Lancaster Avenue & Melbourne Place. And the third garden is that of Laurie Counihan Brown, on Lincoln Parkway.

Garden Walk Buffalo is always growing!

From a block-club-organized garden tour it's grown to the largest garden tour in the country. It now draws tens of thousands of visitors from all over the U.S. and Canada. Garden Walk Buffalo works nearly year round to produce this celebration of urban gardening and living. It's looking for volunteers to help maintain the quality of the event—held for free—the last full weekend of each July.

Garden Walk president pens article for nationally-distributed magazine

altGarden Walk president, Jim Charlier, has written an article appearing in the Summer 2011 issue of Real Gardens magazine, entitled, "Start a Garden Tour." The article is about the growth of Garden Walk Buffalo, as well as the benefits to the community. Real Gardens is a Harris Publications Country Almanac magazine based in New York City. The article employs a photo of Little Summer street and one of the Garden Walk banners on the light poles on Sixteenth Street.

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