Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st
In the world of garden tour events there is Garden Walk Buffalo – and all the others.” – Richard State Benfield, author of the book Garden Tourism.
Posted July 26th, 2016 on Niagara At LargeA
Brief Foreword by Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Richard Benfield is oh so right in that quote above!
If you are a lover of beautiful urban landscape, you can probably not do better in this region of the world than to join in this now internationally renowned annual garden tour in Buffalo, New York.
And this two-day, weekend event – now celebrating its 21st year as a free, self-guided tour organized by an army of dedicated community volunteers – features more than 400 urban gardens in classic, century-or-more old neighbourhoods with homes and other buildings designed by some of the legends in the field of North American architecture.
These walkable, people friendly neighbourhoods with street after tree-shaded street of homes with inviting front porches in Elmwood Village, in Allentown, around Delaware Park, the Cottage District and other historic areas of Buffalo, are a world removed from the car-dependent, low-density, soulless suburbs – what American writer James Howard Kunstler so rightly called “the geography of nowhere” in his 1993, best-selling book by the same name – that sucked life out of far too many towns and cities across North America in the decades following the Second World War.
Buffalo, which emerged as one of the top ten economic powerhouses on the continent by the end of the 19th Century, with more millionaires per capita than any other city in the U.S. and Canada, fell victim to that post-war flight to the suburbs and later to NAFTA and other global trade deals that saw the disappearance of industry and thousands of good-paying jobs.
But in recent years the city has done an impressive job of reinventing itself as a centre of excellence in medicine and other fields, and Garden Walk Buffalo has played a leading role in showcasing the ongoing revitalization of its historic neighbourhoods.
So mark Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st on your calendar and give yourself a chance to discover or rediscover some of the best urban landscape in this region of the United States and Canada.
Now here are some of the details of this great event from the organizers of Garden Walk Buffalo
Garden Walk Buffalo hosts the largest free garden tour in the country with 60,000+ visitors coming from all over the states, Canada, and even further abroad.
A FREE self-guided tour, no tickets required, with over 400 urban gardens in beautiful, historic neighborhoods of the citySaturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
- A chance to see some of the most beautiful and creative urban gardens – water gardens, rock gardens, courtyards, perennial borders, and cottage gardens; anywhere in America
- FIVE FREE Shuttle Buses – Follow the orange line on the Garden Walk map for the continuous 30-minute loop, hop-on/hop-off shuttle route.
- NEW – Explore Buffalo docent will be available on one bus to offer commentary on historic sites and architectural landmarks along the route – look for special banner
- Map/Guides are available for free:
- Ahead of time, at select sponsor locations, or
- Online, visit http://www.GardenWalkBuffalo.com. (does not include garden descriptions).
- During the event at one of the headquarters: Buffalo Seminary – 205 Bidwell Parkway, Richmond Summer Senior Center – Richmond Ave & Summer St.
Also, 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 read and see photos of 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. Buildings Stories is a multi-media personal history project documenting and sharing profound individual experiences with architecture, construction, landscape and planning.
Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden tour in the U.S., is held the last weekend of July each year. In 2016, the free event will be Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, more than 400 residences and businesses throughout the west side of Buffalo will open their creative urban gardens for tens of thousands of visitors from around the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
More information can also be found at – http://www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com/
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