Weekend Walks & Tours

altNearly 1,000 gardens on 17 garden tours. Pretty much any weekend you visit Buffalo in the summer there's a garden tour to visit!

From the start of the season with the Lewiston GardenFest on June 26, to the Black Rock Riverside Tour of Gardens on August 6 there are tours most every weekend, including Garden Walk Buffalo - the largest garden tour in America.

But don't miss the other great tours - there are night tours, market places, historic homes, plant sales, and more. Nearly all walks and tours are free.

Grab a friend or drag a spouse – you're sure to have a good time and be inspired! Visit their links here to find hours, where to pick up maps, and more.

Lewiston GardenFest

Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Center Street, Lewiston, NY 14092, Hospitality booths near 411 & 625 Center Street

Tour is free and self-guided.

Featuring booths from area nurseries, landscapers, garden vendors, and outdoor suppliers, along with demonstrations by garden professionals. Soil samples will be analyzed and questions answered by Master Gardeners and garden society experts. Enter their container garden contest and win a prize.




Parkside Garden & Architecture Tour

Sunday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., rain or shine
Garden Central: Hillside Children’s Center, 70 Jewett Parkway, corner of Jewett Parkway and Crescent Avenue

A garden map with a directory is available for $5. The tour is self-guided.

Tour the local gardens nestled between the beautiful homes of the Parkside neighborhood, the suburb designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1870. More than 50 carefully tended gardens, which range from formal to quirky, edible to elaborate, and everything in between, will be open to visitors. There will be free admission to the Darwin Martin House conservatory and gardens only, along with garden-related talks and special activities throughout the day by Master

Gardeners and the DM Horticulturalist Nell Gardner. All proceeds fund community programming, children’s and senior services by the Parkside Community Association, a not-for-profit community service organization. Guided walking tours highlighting Parkside’s diverse architecture, history, and folklore will begin at Garden Central. (There is a fee for these tours.)

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Springville Garden Walk

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fiddler’s Green Park Gazebo, Buffalo & Franklin Streets

This will be the Springville Concord Elder Network’s second garden walk and expects to be even bigger and better. There will be dozens of homeowner gardens as well as public spaces.





Town of Amherst Garden Walk

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
111 Campus Drive West, Snyder, NY 14226

Maps available at the website; also at Menne Nursery at 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228; Arbordale Nurseries at 480 Dodge Rd., Getzville, NY 14068

Tour is free and self-guided.

Enjoy visiting the expanded array of lovely gardens in our tour.




Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk & Fair

Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Memorial Park Bandstand, Lake & Union Streets, Hamburg, NY 14075

Tour is free and self-guided.

Garden vendor fair. Map offers coupons for village restaurants and businesses. Don’t miss the Eighteen Mile Creek Overlook with its quaint gazebo and herb garden and the Trolley Stop, a village volunteer effort initiated by Imagine: Hamburg. Many unique shops and restaurants are along Main and Buffalo streets.




Lockport in Bloom

Saturday & Sunday, July 8-9, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Twilight in the Garden evening tour, 6:30–9:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8.
Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY 14094

Tour is free and self-guided.




Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

Sunday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Avenue, Amherst, NY 14226

$2 donation is appreciated, but not required. Tour is self-guided.

Some gardens have been published locally and nationally in Garden Gate magazine, The Buffalo News, and others, as well as online. Don’t miss: Garden structures and water features.

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Grand Island Garden Walk

Sunday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Town Commons Gazebo, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

Tour is free and self-guided.

Grand Island was called “La Grande Isle” by its French discoverers and it still retains much of its rural character. We invite you to explore our island and visit our beautiful gardens of all sizes and styles. From East River to West River, you will find hostas and heucheras, annuals and perennials, ponds and containers and so much more from our creative and diverse gardeners. C’mon over to the island and meet our dedicated and welcoming gardeners. Visit one of our 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 us.

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City of Tonawanda Garden Walk

Friday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday Night Lights: Friday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Tours are free and self-guided.

Over 30 Beautiful gardens open for your viewing pleasure. The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk features water gardens, rock gardens, koi ponds, and breathtaking arrangements in meditation gardens. Friday Night Lights offers an extraordinary lighting festival.

(716) 957-4177



Lancaster Garden Walk

Friday, July 14, 8:45 p.m.-10:45 p.m.
Saturday July 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 16, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora Street, Lancaster, NY 14086
Petals to Please, 5870 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086
Simply Italiano, 85 Central Ave., Lancaster, NY 14086

Tour is free and self-guided.

The LGW 2017 will have a night showing of approximately 10 Lancaster gardens on July 14. On Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting; some gardens will host local artists displaying, selling, and working. Come see the landscapes of Lancaster as you visit volunteer gardens for the 14th straight year. Last year 42 gardeners participated in this event.




Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Capen by Night 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo 14214 (off Englewood Avenue, south of Kenmore Avenue)

Tour is free and self-guided.

Named for the first full-time salaried chancellor of the University at Buffalo, this 16th annual walk comprises more than 70 private and public spaces in the University Heights, Eggertsville, and Amherst neighborhoods surrounding the UB South Campus. The sidewalks and avenues bloom with planters, medians, and hanging pots, thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers. Don’t miss: University Park Historic District, Minnesota Avenue’s four-block median, UB Anderson Gallery, Tyler Street Community Garden, plus UHAA-St. Andrew’s Sculpture Garden

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Village of Williamsville Garden Walk

Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street, Williamsville, NY

Tour is free and self-guided.

Free Garden Walk Passport Maps & Gift Bags filled with valuable sponsor coupons are available the day of the event at the Welcome Tent while supplies last. In addition to touring our residents’ open gardens, we invite the public to enter our free Fairy Garden Contest & Fairy Parade the day of the event. To benefit the beautification of the village’s municipal gardens, raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Welcome Tent for a chance to win the “Best Giant Garden Party Basket Ever” which includes a $250 shopping spree in the Village. All details are on our website and Facebook Page.




Garden Walk of Niagara Falls, USA

Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Donations are gratefully accepted.

Tours, noted speakers, informational brochure with event map, unique transportation to each venue provided by NYS Parks Trolley.



·       9:30 a.m. WELCOME at the Schoellkopf Park Gardens, Portage and Pine Avenues. Landscaping and design demonstration and children’s activities.

·       10:00 a.m.-12 Noon Oakwood Cemetery: Children’s Craft Table, Dare Devils’ Tour John Farfaglia, Master Gardener -Cornell Cooperative Extension Presentation

·       10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Niagara Falls Public Library will provide fun family activities free and open to the Public with a, “Music and Magic in the Garden” Theme. All Day Used Book Sale- proceeds to benefit year-long free activities for the community.

·       12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. The NACC: You can view the Children’s Garden, check out the new Underground Railroad Exhibit and get an ice cream cone at the same time.

·       Additional activities to be scheduled: View our Facebook or niagarafallsgardenwalk.com

Margaret Topor: 716-812-8290, Chuck Curran: 716-478-5956

www.facebook.com/GardenWalkNiagara FallsUSA



South Buffalo Alive

Sunday, July 16, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2002 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220,
next to Dudley Library

$2; tour is self-guided.

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. Farmers Market at Cazenovia Park in front of the Casino from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m, June to September. 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. Follow the Irish Heritage Trail. Notice statues carved from trees felled by the legendary October 2006 snowstorm, including: Chauncey Olcott, writer of Irish ballads; Red Jacket; Mother Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy founder; and the Irish Immigrant (located at the entrance to Brookdale Park and landscaped by South Buffalo Alive).




Ken-Ton Garden Tour

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, July 21, 22, 23
Friday & Saturday, 8:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m

Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda, NY 14223

Tour is free and self-guided.

Friday and Saturday, Night Lights Evening Tour, 8:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Tours in charming, family-friendly neighborhoods just north of Buffalo.

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 13 years, this tour has blossomed to 50+ gardens, from petite secret oases to expansive, manicured works of dedication. Come to see interesting water features and great landscapes and to meet some wonderful, dedicated gardeners.




West Seneca Garden & Home Tour

Saturday & Sunday,July 22 & 23, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Charles Burchfield Nature Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
Mike Weber Greenhouses, 42 French Road, West Seneca, NY 14224 (French Rd. & Clinton St.)

Tour is free and self-guided.

Dave and Sharon Pulinski (716) 824-3995

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The Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Starry Night Tour: 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

St. Mark’s/All Saints Church, 311 Ontario Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

Tour is free and self-guided

New “14207 Day” with plenty of local activities throughout the area! Also features Riverside Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The historic landscape now features walking paths, thousands of plants, benches, and a beautiful arched stone bridge over one of the region’s largest rain gardens.

Councilmember Joe Golombek, (716)851-5116

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