Garden Walk Buffalo may have a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting garden tourism events in North America and Open Gardens Buffalo make July garden touring season in Western New York, but what’s a flower-loving visitor to do if they don’t happen to be in town during Buffalo’s month-long celebration of horticulture? Well, we’ve got just the thing: the new Buffalo Garden Trail. The trail offers visitors a self-guided tour of Buffalo’s public gardens from April through October that’s fun and flexible. You can start anywhere along the Trail and make your way to other stops as your time and itinerary allows. Enjoy the blooming of Buffalo.
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
Nearly 100,000 people annually visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens to enjoy amazing architecture and the indoor and outdoor garden sanctuaries. The Gardens represent a gathering place where visitors find peace and harmony as they enjoy the simple power of our natural world. A national historic site, this Victorian conservatory opened in 1900 and was, at the time, the third largest public greenhouse in the country, and the ninth largest in the world. Today it holds exotic treasures from around the world and features an aquatic garden, Asian rainforest, medicinal garden and family garden, as well as one of just two remaining Lord & Burnham tri-dome conservatories.
Central Library Garden
The Buffalo and Erie County Central Library garden is a fitting entryway to the region’s preeminent repository of great literature, rare books and historic manuscripts. The library’s plaza is surrounded on both sides by lush perennial gardens that bloom from spring through autumn, providing a colorful accent to the historic architecture found in nearby Lafayette Square. The library’s front steps also provide a great vantage point for viewing the city’s largest mural, “Wildflowers for Buffalo,” artist Louise Jones’ whimsical contribution to Buffalo’s public art scene.
Martin House Gardens
The Darwin Martin House, located in the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Parkside neighborhood, is considered one of the finest examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style design, and features a 1.5 acre campus landscape, designed by Wright and landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin.The historic landscape represents an important contributing feature to the overall significance of the estate. Wright developed an integrated design approach unifying buildings, interior decorative elements and exterior landscape in an organic style, deriving inspiration from the natural world. The Martin House landscape plan combines formal aspects of the English Garden tradition and informal landscape elements.
Delaware Park Japanese Garden
Located behind the Buffalo History Museum in Olmsted’s Delaware Park, the Japanese Garden was a gift in 1974 from Buffalo’s sister city, Kanazawa, Japan and is maintained by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Lined with trees, shrubs, paths and unique stone lanterns, the lush gardens and serene lake provide visitors with a contemplative refuge.
Delaware Park Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is one of the main focal points of Delaware Park, featuring varieties from the All-America Rose Selections. There are 33 beds, allowing for several combinations and arrangements of spectacular rose bushes in bright purples, pinks, reds, yellows and whites. At the eastern end of the garden is a prominent pergola, dating to 1912. The Rose Garden sits beside the historic Marcy Casino, site of the Terrace Restaurant, and is maintained by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Erie Basin Marina Trial Gardens
The gardens start at the entrance and continue throughout the Marina. These gardens are unusual because they are specialty annual trial gardens. Visitors can view specialty cultivars that are grown and evaluated for the coming years. There are new annual varieties – more than 3,000 plants! – from all over the world. All plants are clearly labeled. There are areas of paved walkways, as well as some grassy areas around the gardens.
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Forest Lawn, in addition to being a magnificent cemetery, is Buffalo Niagara’s largest arboretum. Its 269 acres are filled with undulated landscape, abundant wildlife and beautiful art and architecture. The original landscape was designed in 1849 by noted cemetery landscape architects Adolph Strauch and Joseph Earnshaw. There are many gardens to view, including the Gratitude Garden in front of the Rosewood Mausoleum, a meditation garden in front of the historic chapel and, of course, the many individual gardens that families maintain.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a summer home for Darwin and Isabelle Martin, Graycliff is set on a steep cliff with sweeping views of Lake Erie. The landscape has been restored to its 1930s appearance – the only landscape drawings known to be in Wright’s own hand – with design additions by one of the preeminent American landscape architects, Ellen Biddle Shipman.
Niagara Square Garden
Surrounding the historic McKinley Monument in downtown Buffalo, the Niagara Square Garden features mixed perennial borders containing many native plants that provide a succession of blooms throughout the season. Buffalo In Bloom volunteers design, plant and maintain this beautiful example of large public plantings. Immediately adjacent to the Square you’ll find the Genesee Street median, 300-feet of perennials, natives and annuals.