Garden Walk Buffalo Wins Prestigious “Friends of Architecture” Award

NAL garden walk, December

One of North America’s largest and most celebrated annual gardening events – Garden Walk Buffalo – has received prestigious award for its success in promoting community pride and the beautification of urban neighbhourhoods.

One of the many homes and institutions opening their lawns and gardens to visitors each year for Garden Walk Buffalo. File photo by Doug Draper

If you missed Garden Walk Buffalo this past summer or have never been to one, stay tune to its return next July. You can count on Niagara At Large to share the details when the dates and times for the event are approaching.

In the meantime, NAL is posting a media release from the volunteers of Garden Walk Buffalo, commenting on the award received for their efforts.

Media Release

The American Institute of Architects Buffalo/WNY Chapter (AIA) awards this honor annually to a group that has performed outstanding volunteer service on behalf of, or relating to, the built environment. The award was presented at the AIA Design Award Gala, held November 18, 2010 at The Mansion on Delaware Avenue.

The nominating letter stated, “Garden Walk Buffalo has been dedicated to the promotion of the City of Buffalo and WNY and to encouraging neighborhood beautification and to promoting community pride. Through these efforts, the group has changed the way many people view the built environment…and is therefore deserving of this award.”

Garden Walk Buffalo president, Jim Charlier, states, “We could not be more proud of Garden Walk’s accomplishments, including helping to reinvigorate parts of Buffalo’s Westside; providing positive, and unexpected, PR outside of Buffalo; and providing more than $26,000 in Beautification Grants for gardening projects.

As much as the Walk is about the gardens, it’s a sly way for visitors to get to walk around neighborhoods of great architecture they would normally not get a chance to walk through.” Mr. Charlier goes on to say, “More than any other event held in Buffalo, Garden Walk gets visitors out into great neighborhoods, meeting city residents enjoying our great architecture and appreciating our walkable streets.”

Garden Walk Buffalo graciously accepts this award on behalf of the Garden Walk committee members, past and present; 
its founders Marvin Lunenfeld & Gail McCarthy; and especially its 350-plus  gardeners that present their gardens each year.

Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in the U.S., is held the last weekend of July each year. In 2011, the free event will be Saturday and Sunday, July 30 & 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 350 residences and businesses throughout the west side of Buffalo open their creative urban gardens for more than 50,000 visitors from around the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

High-resolution, print-worthy, professional photography of Garden Walk Buffalo is always available in the Garden Walk Press Kit, found here.

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