Garden Walk Buffalo is Back & Celebrating 25 Years

You are Invited to North America’s Largest and Most Popular Urban Gardens Tour, Free and Self-Guided, Running                                                      for Two Beautiful Days                                                – Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From the Organizers of Garden Walk Buffalo

Posted July 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A getaway in a corner of a lush backyard near Buffalo’s Elmwood Village area and Delaware Park. File photo by Doug Draper

Join us for our 25th anniversary! Tour is free and self-guided. No tickets required. Nearly 400 creative urban gardens. NEW in 2019–the Parkside neighborhood is part of Garden Walk Buffalo!

Garden Walk Buffalo celebrates its 25th anniversary as a garden tour this year! It is America’s largest garden tour, attracting garden lovers throughout Western New York, Southern Ontario and beyond.

Held annually on the last weekend of July, Garden Walk has become one of the most anticipated summer events locally — and even nationally. An estimated 65,000 visitors flock to Buffalo to tour more than 400 residential gardens as well as many community and public gardens.

A free step-on/step-off shuttle service is available throughout the Walk.

An award-winning fish pond and backyard garden behind a grand old Victorian home on Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. File photo by Doug Draper

If you would like to receive a 2019 Garden Walk Buffalo map in the mail in advance of this year’s walk, please make a donation of $15 or more, by June 15, 2019, and we’ll gladly add you to our mailing list!

Visit here to make a donation.  Donations made after June 15, 2019 will apply to Garden Walk Buffalo 2020.

Visit and “Like” our Facebook page to see featured gardens and get updates year round. Contact GardenWalkBuffalo@GardensBuffaloNiagara.com .

For more information on Garden  Walk Buffalo, click on –

https://gardensbuffaloniagara.com/events/events-calendar/event:07-29-2017-10-00am-garden-walk-buffalo/

A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

On the Benefit of Communities Working Together to Protect and Preserve their Heritage

For anyone out there who may still have an image in mind of a Buffalo, New York with century-old industries closing and going to rust, and with roads covered with potholes, symbolic of urban decay and all of the falling property values, rising crime rates and other socio-economic symptoms that go with it, you are in for a seismic surprise if you take up the invitation to go on this free, self-guided Garden Walk tour.

Another beautiful backyard on the Garden Walk in Buffalo. File photo by Doug Draper

As this annual summer celebration of urban gardens has highlighted time and time again over the past 25 years, this is a city of neighbourhoods that has worked with passion, determination and imagination to get its act together to rebuild and renew itself.

And unlike too many other communities across Canada and the United States, it has not engaged in a level of knocking down heritage buildings and paving over green space that has left towns and cities looking like fly paper for strip malls and soulless, big box buildings.

A street in the historic Allentown neighbourhood in Buffalo where they love trees and the whole community works together protect and preserve them. File photo by Doug Draper

I’m not suggesting that Buffalo is perfect. It has its share of challenges too, as people who live in that city will freely admit. But there is a great deal people in Niagara and other regions can learn from what neighbourhood groups, in concert with local government bodies and others, have done to protect, preserve and renew the best of what this city has to offer.

By the way, if you go on the Garden Walk tour or go visit the classic old neighbourhoods of this city any other time, check out the fabulous canopy of trees in Buffalo. As we in Niagara second guess whether we should have better rules here for protecting trees.

Take a look at how much beauty and character these trees add to a community.

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