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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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Putting Gardens First

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Our mission is to make Buffalo/Niagara a premier garden destination by being a catalyst for beautification, education, tourism, promotion, community-building, healthy living, sustainability, and civic pride.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara is excited to bring you a summer packed with the events that make Buffalo Niagara a leading destination for garden tours—and garden lovers. Gardens Buffalo Niagara hosts and promotes a variety of gardening events throughout the summer including:

Gardens Buffalo Niagara appreciates its partnerships with PLANT WNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County Master Gardeners, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, AAA/Horizon Club Tours, Visit Buffalo Niagara, and others.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara also appreciates the support of its sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Most of all, we are grateful to the nearly 1,000 gardeners who graciously open their gardens each year for garden tours. They are what make Buffalo a great garden destination. Join us for this year’s spectacular gardening season and enjoy our abundance of outstanding garden walks, tours, and activities.

 
Call for vendors for the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale

altWe're seeking vendors of garden-oriented or nature-themed, or works that can be displayed in a garden setting – Sculpture, planters, metalwork, paintings, lighting, vintage signs, woodwork, architectural remnants, fountains, found art, jewelry, ceramics – anything that relates back to the garden (no stand-alone plant material will be allowed).

The sale takes place on two days this year – Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, 2017 at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo.

One of the summer’s most unique events, the Buffalo-style Garden Art sale takes advantage of Buffalo Niagara’s ever-growing and enthusiastic gardening community. Motivated customers come to this sale not just to browse – but to buy! Join dozens of vendors of garden art-related merchandise on the sprawling front lawn of the historic Botanical Gardens domes in a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park.

To download an application, visit here, or email Barbara Maze at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.

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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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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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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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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 12, 2017
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 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.

 
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