Press Kit - The Basics

The San Francisco Chronicle

Garden Walk Buffalo the largest garden tour in America. Each year, more than 370 private gardens are opened for a FREE public tour that takes place over two days on the last weekend of July. In 2011, an estimated 60,000+ “walkers” attended the event.

The Bullet Points:

  • Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • A FREE self-guided tour of  370+ urban gardens and historic neighborhoods.
  • The largest garden tour in the United States. Garden Walk is one of the most unique urban events in America.
  • A chance to see some of the most beautiful and creative urban gardens – anywhere in the U.S.
  • Garden Walk Buffalo has record of increasing property values and improving the quality of life on blocks where there are participating gardens. Our version of “urban greenewal.”
  • Garden Walk Buffalo gives back to block clubs, non-profits and community organizations with MArvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants each year – more than $50,000 since 2005.
  • Buffalo’s great gardening heritage includes our 1868 Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux-designed parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy is a nationally-recognized caretaker of this unique and special park system. Most of the parkways and circles, as well as the Buffalo Japanese Garden and Delaware Park Rose Garden are in the area of Garden Walk.
  • Our Lake Erie waterfront park (and Garden Walk regular) is home to the Erie Basin Marina University Test Gardens, which evaluates the performance of newly-introduced annuals from commercial growers.

Background: Great Backyards Magazine featured four Buffalo gardens.

We would to love share our story with your audience. We’re sure they will be inspired by all that gardening is doing for Buffalo and all Buffalo is doing to advance creative urban gardening. Please contact us about a possible feature on Garden Walk.

Tens of thousands of visitors.

Since 1995, Garden Walk Buffalo has been a destination for garden lovers throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. Now we are inviting the rest of the country to discover this local treasure. Held annually on the last weekend of July, Garden Walk has become one of Western New York’s most anticipated summer happenings.Tens of thousands of visitors flock to Buffalo’s West Side to pick up their maps and start walking through the gardens, which are located in clusters within a three-mile radius, with headquarters at strategic points along the way.

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A Lancaster Avenue Garden.

The tour highlights urban gardening of every variety, including:

  • Flower, vegetable, native, herb, xeriscape and organic gardens and every combination in between
  • Cottage gardens, water gardens, rock gardens, Asian- and English-inspired gardens and even a trial garden for seed companies
  • Community gardens, pocket gardens, planted traffic islands and medians and every other kind of urban landscaping
  • Gardens featuring espaliers, grape arbors, follies, raised beds, koi ponds and waterfalls
  • Multiple-level decks, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, lighting schemes, fountains, wall murals, sculpture, potting sheds, carriage houses, playgrounds, playhouses, treehouses and even one urban putting green
  • Tiny, exquisitely-appointed courtyards to large and ambitious mansion gardens

The neighborhoods of Garden Walk are also Buffalo’s most interesting and eclectic shopping and dining districts, filled with unique gift shops and boutiques, as well as every ethnic food restaurant imaginable.

Garden Walk is made possible through the volunteer efforts of hundreds of gardeners who open their properties to the public for two days. Another crew of volunteers organize the walk, meeting year-round to assemble the gardens, prepare the print materials, and handle other administrative tasks.

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