There’s a garden walk or tour going on somewhere in the Buffalo Niagara region all summer long, featuring more than 1,000 gorgeous gardens. There are night tours, tours with music, tours of gardens in historic homes, on-site artists, plant sales and more.
Here’s a list of the 2019 Buffalo Niagara garden walks and tours arranged by date:
Stroll through lovely gardens as this charming historic village presents this favorite annual event. Totally destroyed during the War of 1812, Lewiston played a significant role in the Underground Railroad. Today, the restored village delights with intriguing shops and eating establishments. Take special note of Center Street’s fountains, benches, trees, landscaping and flowerbeds – the work of the Lewiston Garden Club.
The Town of Amherst Garden Walk, founded in 2013 and hosted by the town of Amherst, is a free event featuring 25+ residential gardens open for public viewing. Amherst gardeners are eager to share their knowledge about working with Western New York’s distinctive soil and weather conditions. You’ll see a variety of garden types, including perennial, shade, English, vegetable, container and organic, many with ponds and other water features. Gardens are clustered across the largest town outside the City of Buffalo, so you can easily drive from one neighborhood to the next.
This tour includes about 30 private gardens and carefully tended public spaces in the neighborhoods of Snyder and Cleveland Hill. Against a backdrop of architecture from the 1910s to the 1950s, gardens range from new to well-established, small to large and vegetable to perennial. Many garden styles and plant types are represented, as are water features and garden structures.
Grand Island was called “La Grande Isle” by its French discoverers and it still retains much of its rural character. Visit beautiful gardens of all sizes and styles on this tour, where – from East River to West River – you will find Hosta and Heuchera, annuals and perennials, ponds and containers and so much more from creative and diverse gardeners. Visit two state parks, stroll the boardwalk at Beaver Island State Park or walk the trails at Buckhorn Island State Park for views of the mighty Niagara River that surrounds Grand Island.
Lockport rose from the banks of the Erie Canal, which is a marvel of engineering, and rich, fertile soil makes it an ideal place to garden. This tour includes more than 40 gardens, from small city plots to large park-like spaces. Includes the Twilight in the Garden evening tour and Garden Vendor Fair, beautiful public garden and free admission to the art gallery at the Kenan Center.
This walk begins at the Fiddler’s Green Park Gazebo and leads to dozens of homeowner gardens and public spaces to explore.
Enjoy more than 25 gardens, from formal to whimsical, including sunny poolside gardens, shady waterfalls, rainbows of perennials, organic vegetables, lush containers and more. The avid gardeners on the tour welcome the opportunity share their efforts, talents advice…and secrets! As you travel through the business district, be sure to notice the roundabouts and bump-outs; their lush plantings reflect the hard work of the Hamburg Beautification Committee.
Named for the first chancellor of the University at Buffalo, this annual walk comprises more than 70 public and private spaces in the University Heights, Eggertsville and Amherst neighborhoods. The sidewalks and avenues bloom with planters, street dividers and hanging pots, thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers.
Come visit Buffalo’s first suburb, a cozy community that’s been designated “one of the top 10 great neighborhoods” by the American Planning Association. Over the years, this tour has blossomed to 60+ gardens, from petite secret oases to expansive, manicured works of dedication.
Come see the secret landscapes of Lancaster as you visit volunteer backyard gardens that promise to unearth a secret or two as gardeners of all ages showcase their wonderful creations. Some gardens are eclectic, many are enchanting and all are enjoyable!
Now in its second year, the East Side Garden Walk encompasses the entire East Side of Buffalo. In its inaugural year, there were 42 participating gardens and 2019 promises even more. The East Side Garden Walk embraces a wide range of gardens, from a jazz inspired backyard to an urban farm of two acres in the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood.
An eclectic mix of 25 to 30 formal English, cottage, urban and organic fruit and vegetable gardens, many with water features and garden art. Visit the Garden of 1812, where the site’s role as an army garrison during the War of 1812 is re-imagined with a water feature, native grasses and other perennials that populated the landscape 200+ years ago.
This free, self-guided two-day tour begins at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center and features beautiful suburban gardens with a variety of perennials and unique features.
Frederick Law Olmsted designed Cazenovia Park and South Park, which are connected by Red Jacket and McKinley Parkways. Other area features include: McKinley and McClellan circles (2013 LEAF A Legacy project), Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and Our Lady of Victory Basilica. More than 60 intriguing gardens vary from beautiful pool-side settings to decks with blooms, from ponds and waterfalls to veggie plots, train gardens, and fairy gardens.
An estimated 60,000+ visitors come from across the U.S., Canada and around the globe each summer to visit the more than 400 creative urban private and public gardens that make up America’s largest free garden tour. Guests enjoy perennials, unusual shrubs and trees, water features, garden art, whimsical sculptures, outdoor living spaces and much more.
More than 60 day and 25 night gardens comprise this tour. The creative use of lighting lends a magical quality to the evening tour. You’ll find clusters of gardens in a neighborhood filled with charm and hidden treasures – including Riverside Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The Memorial Park Neighborhood has a large population of squirrels – particularly a significant black variety of gray squirrel species, hence the name of the Home and Garden Walk. In essence, the Home and Garden Walk wants to show that older neighborhoods in Niagara Falls matter and are worth saving. Old doors salvaged from demolished properties are repurposed as markers/signs for interpretation of each individual site and will provide detailed information about why each site is interesting and special.