Open Gardens Buffalo is the lesser known, unassuming sibling of the older, more acclaimed Garden Walk Buffalo (cancelled in 2020). In any other year, Garden Walk might get all the attention, but this year Open Gardens is doing its best to step into the spotlight as a very special, physically-distanced garden event, one that’s worthy of the attention of serious flower fans. Open Gardens is low key and modest, perfect for stopping to smell the flowers at the gardens of Buffalo’s famously friendly gardeners.
Open Gardens takes place on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the month of July. This year, 85+ gardens from throughout the city of Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs are included in the event. A printed directory to the gardens – the “Tours of Open Gardens and Gardens Event Guide” – is available at select garden centers throughout the region for a $10 donation. Make a $20 donation and Gardens Buffalo Niagara will put one in the mail to you. Or, for the digitally-inclined, you can purchase the new Open Gardens App for your phone wherever fine apps are sold online for $4.99. This handy guide provides photos and descriptions of each garden and makes it easy to plan your visit, with geographic groupings of gardens that are open on the same day and at the same time.
Open Gardens Buffalo is a kind of greatest hits compilation of some of the very best gardens featured in the 17 garden walks and tours that make summer in Buffalo a horticultural delight. If you’ve never experienced what garden writers now commonly call a “Buffalo-Style Garden” this is your shot. Just stop by. Buffalo’s gardeners have left the latch off the garden gate.
For more information, visit GardensBuffaloNiagara.com
Please note that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Gardens Buffalo Niagara is asking visitors to Open Gardens to:
• Wear a face mask
• Practice physical distancing
• Refrain from touching anything in the garden