23rd Garden Walk Buffalo features over 100 gardens July 30 – 31 (rain or shine) If you enjoy visiting other people’s garden, revel in whimsical and creative ideas, want to learn more about flowers, water gardens, rock gardens, espaliers, native plans and more – then the free, self-guided annual Garden Walk Buffalo is for you.
An interesting and informative article by Nancy Cardillo in The Buffalo News DISCOVER magazine, provides all what you need to know. The Route: Nearly three square miles, from Buffalo History Museum to Canalside and from the Peace Bridge to Main Street, with 400+ private and public gardens.
Get a Map: Send a $10 donation before June 15, and Great Walk Buffalo will mail you a comprehensive map. Or, pick one up for free at sponsor locations beginning in early July or at headquarters during GWB weekend. Every garden is listed, along with location, highlights, restrictions and more. The three GWB headquarters are marked, as are the shuttle bus routes and stops. Watch the website (Gardenwalkbuffalo.com) for map availability, as well.
Where to Start: There is no set router – where you choose to start depends on what you want to see, how much time you have and how much walking you want to do.
Where to Park: There are designated GWB parking areas (labeled on the map) plus on-street parking and five free shuttle buses that operate between the three GWB headquarters.
Highlights: The gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo include everything from outdoor kitchens to koi ponds to waterfalls to murals and sculptures, hellstrips and espaliers – even one urban putting green – all of which are indicated on the map. Participating gardens are clearly marked with a Garden Walk sign at the home.
Rest Stops: Three official Garden Walk headquarters: Buffalo seminary (205 Bidwell Pkwy); Evergreen Health Services (206 South Elmwood) and the Richmond-Summer Senior Center (337 Summer St., corner of Richmond), provide rest, bathrooms, water and Garden Walk gift items. Still have questions? Visit www.Gardenwalkbuffalo.com
Making a beautiful impact Garden Walk has become a signature summer event in Buffalo the last weekend of July every summer, many of whom are from out of town, “said Ed Healy, vice president of marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara. “Garden Walk has played a significant role in helping remake Buffalo’s image. With its gorgeous gardens, distinctive homes, tree-lined streets and warm and welcoming homeowners, Garden Walk embodies everything that is special and distinctive about our city.”
A welcoming start and finish to your day is the relaxing Asa Ransom House Country Inn. With ten rooms and dining facilities (and a flower and herb garden), book a room with a porch or balcony to relax after a busy day viewing dozens of Buffalo great gardens. View the Inn at www.asaransom.com