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Go to a Garden Party

Go to a Garden Party
Backyard botany in bloom in Buffalo and environs

Lewiston Garden

Lewiston GardenFest

Sat & Sun, June 20 & 21 | 10am—5pm

Phone: 716-297-5925

Headquarters: Hospitality booths at

411 & 493 Center Street, Lewiston, NY

Take a free, self guided tour through the neighborhood gardens of the historic and charming Lewiston village. GardenFest is headquartered in the hospitality booths at 411 and 493 Center St. among booths from local outdoor garden and landscaping companies. There will also be Q&A sessions by gardening experts as well as daily speakers.

Parkside Garden

Parkside Garden Tour

Sun, June 28 | 10am—4pm

Phone: 716-834-5412 | 716-838-1240

Headquarters: Garden Central–Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, corner of Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue, across from the Darwin Martin House

Guided walking tours beginning at Garden Central begin at noon and 2:00 p.m. and cost $10. There is a Garden Art Sale from 10am—5pm at the Parkside Lodge, 84 Parkside Avenue. Admission to the Darwin Martin House conservatory and garden, along with garden related talks and social activities throughout the day by a Master Gardener, is free.

A map and directory of the Parkside gardens are available for $8, $5 after 3pm. The tour of the gardens is self-guided. All proceeds fund the Parkside Community Association’s programs for children and senior services.

Grand Garden

Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage, Niagara Falls

Sat, July 18 | 10am—4pm

Phone: 716-284-5131

Headquarters: Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, NY

Take the New York State Parks Trolley to five different Niagara Falls venues for a variety of activities, tours of the featured gardens and hourly presentations. The event is free; however, donations will be accepted. The trolley will stop at each venue continuously, and free parking is available at each site. For more information on presentation times, please see website.

Hamburg Garden

Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk & Fair

Sat & Sun, July 11 & 12 | 10am—4pm

Headquarters: Memorial Park Bandstand, Lake & Union Streets, Hamburg, NY

Enjoy exploring over 25 featured gardens throughout the village and the garden vendor fair. Afterwards, peruse the many shops and restaurants along Main and Buffalo Streets. Coupons for village restaurants and businesses are offered on the brochure. A map of the locations of the featured gardens can be picked up at the bandstand.

Lockport Garden

Lockport in Bloom

Sat & Sun, July 11 & 12 | 10am—4pm

Headquarters: Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY 14094

This 150-year old celebration includes a free, self-guided tour of more than 40 gardens. Twilight in the Garden, an evening garden walk will take place Saturday, July 11, 6:30—9pm. Free admission to the Kenan Center at the gallery will also be available during this event.

Capen Garden

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

Sat, July 11, only | 10am—4pm



Headquarters: UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place (off Englewood Avenue, south of

Kenmore Avenue), satellite location, University Community Farmers Market, Main Street at Kenmore Avenue, until 1pm.

This walk encompaces more than 70 private and public spaces in the University Heights, Eggertsville, and Amherst neighborhoods. A complimentary shuttle will be provided by the University at Buffalo.

Amherst Garden

Town of Amherst Garden Walk

Sat, July 11, only | 10am—4pm


Headquarters: Maps available at website; at Menne Nursery at 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst; at Arbordale Nurseries at 480 Dodge Rd., Getzville; and at 111 Campus Drive West, Snyder, on July 11.

Take a free, self guided tour of a wide array of residential gardens. One can drive easily from neighborhood to neighborhood and visit the many area shops and restaurants.

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

Sun, July 12 | 10am—4pm


Headquarters: Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Avenue, Amherst.

Take a self-guided tour of about 25 area private and public gardens many of which have received local and national press. A $3 donation is appreciated.

Village of Williamsville Garden Walk

Sat July 18 | 10am—4pm

Headquarters: Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street, Williamsville.

Visit several, varied fruit and vegetable gardens throughout the one-square mile village. Noteworthy sights include the Heritage Garden of 1812, Glenn Falls, and the Farmers’ Market that runs from 8am—12:30pm at its new location on Island Park.

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

Sat & Sun, July 18 & 19 | 10am—4pm

Fri & Sat , July 17 & 18 | 8:30pm—11pm

Headquarters: Aquatic and Fitness Center,

1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda, NY 14223

This free, self-guided tour has expanded to over 50 gardens. Night Light evening tours will take place on Friday and Saturday from 8:30pm—11pm Locations of the featured gardens will be available on the website.

Lancaster Garden Walk

Fri, July 17, 2015 | 8:45pm—11pm

Sat, July 18, 2015 | 10am—4:30pm

Sunday July 19, 2015 | 10am—4:30pm

Headquarters: Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street, Lancaster; Petals to Please, 5870 Broadway, Lancaster; Mimi’s Central Perks Cafe, 27 Central Avenue, Lancaster.

Explore Lancaster gardens during the night showing on Friday, July 17. As time will be limited for the Friday viewing, come back Saturday and Sunday to see more beautiful gardens as well as the work of local artists. Programs and garden descriptions will be available on the event web page. Tours are free and self-guided.

West Seneca Garden & Home Tour

Sat & Sun, July 18 & 19 | 10am—4pm

Contact: Dave and Sharon Pulinski 716-824-3995


Headquarters: The Charles Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224; Mike Weber Greenhouses, 42 French Road, West Seneca, (French Rd. & Clinton St.)

This free, self-guided tour features over 30 gardeners. Come see their work, celebrate their success and learn their stories.

South Buffalo Garden

South Buffalo Alive

Sat, July 19 | 9am—3pm

Headquarters: Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2002 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, next to Dudley Library.

For a $2 donation, visit over 60 scenic gardens and explore the several sites key to South Buffalo’s heritage. These include Cazenovia and South Parks designed by the renowned Frederick Law Olmsted, McKinley and McClellan Circles, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, and Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

Buffalo Garden

Garden Walk Buffalo

Sat & Sun, July 25 & 26 | 10am—4pm


Headquarters: Richmond Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer Street; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo; Evergreen Health Services Victorian, 204 South Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.

Join thousands of visitors from U.S. and Canada in exploring some 400 private gardens and a plethora of community public spaces. Many gardens featured in Garden Walk Buffalo have received accolades in national media. This event, marking its twenty first anniversary, is free of charge. Also explore Buffalo’s historic neighborhoods and enjoy various food and entertainment in Allentown and on Elmwood Avenue.

Blackrock Garden

Black Rock & Riverside

Tour of Gardens and Starry Night Garden Tour

Saturday, August 1


Starry Night Tour


Phone: Councilmen Joe Golombek,



Headquarters: St. Mark’s/All Saints Church, 311 Ontario Street, Buffalo, NY 14207, and Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo.

This free, self-guided event allows you to view over 60 gardens during its daytime hours. The Starry Night Garden Tour comprises of 25 ethereal gardens illuminated through the gardeners’ use of low-voltage lighting. Maps are available at various locations in the area and online. Donations are appreciated but not required.

Garden Art Sale

Sun, June 28 | 10am—5pm

Delaware Park Lodge

84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo

Vendors will be selling garden inspired crafts: everything from outdoor furniture to birdhouses. There will also be a Plant Society Avenue for your questions, a Chinese Auction, and music. The Garden Art Sale will take place in conjunction with the Parkside Garden Tour.

GObike City Garden Tour by Bicycle

Saturday, June 20 | 10am—4pm

$30 includes lunch

($25 for GObike Buffalo members)

Minimum riders: 20 (limit 30 people).

Registration required, call 716-218-7161 or reserve at

Tour gorgeous Buffalo area gardens with GoBikeBuffalo. Boxed lunch included.

Garden Education

Events run May-December 2015

Classes, Exhibitions and Festivals provided by Buffalo Gardens and Menne Nursery will showcase various topics on the subject of gardening. Events run May- December 2015. Event names and locations are available on the event website.

Beyond Flowers Garden

Beyond Flowers Tour

Sun, August 1 | 10am—3pm

Cost: $30

Box Lunch included

Discover the many sustainability initiatives going strong all over Buffalo on a guided tour. Round trip transportation will be provided via school bus. The pick up location is Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus parking lot, 589 Ellicott Street at Goodell Street. Free parking at the location is provided. For more information and to purchase tickets, see website.

Eastside Garden

East Side Momentum Tour

Sat, August 8 | 9am—1pm

Cost: $25, includes roundtrip transportation, tour guides, water, fruit, and cookies

Visit and learn about the many sustainability initiatives happening on Buffalo’s East Side. Transportation via school bus will be provided. The pick up location is Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca Street, Buffalo. Free parking is available on site. For more information and to purchase tickets, see website.

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