Get your "Clipboard of Fun" out and mark down this great Buffalo event. It is one of two fantastic summer garden events.
You do not have to love gardening or be a Master Gardener to enjoy the beauty of Garden Walk in Buffalo, New York.
During the summer months, two events take place that are not to be missed, Open Gardens and Garden Walk, when Buffalonians open their beautiful gardens for everyone to see.
During a six week period, running from the end of June into the beginning of August is the Open Garden event. It offers visitors a peak behind the beautiful homes of the city. You slip right into the backyard's of these neighborly neighbors.
Every year the event adds more gardens.It is a free self guided tour of just under 100 gardens on Thursdays and Fridays. However, you will find some great events on occasional Saturdays and Sundays, as well.
A full color Open Gardens Guide is available for a donation at www.nationalgardenfestival.com and around town at many locations (locations can be found on website) including AAA locations, garden centers, Buffalo Niagara visitors centers and more.
Get your map and simply "drop in" on the neighbors. The maps are a wonderful tool as they show the areas of open gardens, "clusters" of gardens and suggested routes to see them all. AAA motorcoach tours are also available and so much more!
This destination has become a great girlfriend's trip or date getaway. Why not? The gardens are beautiful, without crowds and the gardeners are friendly.
On your getaway you will find many opportunities for fun things to do from boat trips to good food, casino action to a climbing and repelling inside a grain elevator.
Here is just a sample "Garden things to do" in one day!
Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lockport in Bloom, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lockport Twilight Garden Tour, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Niagara Falls Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Urban Roots: Pathways to a Useful Garden workshops: Harvesting & Designing with Flowers; Medicinal Herbs)
Have fun on this wonderful Buffalo experience.
See below for some garden commandments suggested by Tom Rood, owner of Grace Gardens in the Finger Lakes.
- Thou shalt leave pets at home or in a shaded vehicle with the windows partly down.
- Thou shalt use established walkways and not step into or across flower beds.
- Thou shalt enjoy the garden without endangering vegetation with swinging purses,
cameras, tripods, etc.
- Thou shalt not touch any plant for any reason.
- Thou shalt read plant labels without lifting for better viewing.
- Thou shalt not ask to use the gardener's facilities.
- Thou shalt allow children to enjoy the plants only under VERY CLOSE supervision.
- Thou shalt allow the gardener to continue any work they are engaged in without interruption.
- Thou shalt observe posted visiting hours.
- Thou shalt carry away any debris.