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Garden Walk Gives Back

Our Beautification Grants help fund projects in the GW area - community gardens, hanging flower baskets, street corner planter projects, garden restoration and more. To see the list of projects we've helped fund, click here.

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Gardens Buffalo Niagara Executive Director Job Posting

altGardens Buffalo Niagara is growing and is seeking an independent contractor who will work part-time as its Executive Director. Gardens Buffalo Niagara was founded in 2014 specifically make Buffalo Niagara a premier garden destination as a catalyst for beautification, education, tourism, promotion, community-building, healthy living, sustainability, and civic pride. Gardens Buffalo Niagara has over 50 volunteers, organized into committees including Garden Walk Buffalo, Tours of Open Gardens, The Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale, specialty tours, trade show tabling, weekend garden tours and walks, and the Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of Gardens Buffalo Niagara. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of Gardens Buffalo Niagara. Other key duties will include fundraising, working closely with the Board of Directors, marketing, and community and volunteer outreach. On average, we expect services to be rendered about 10-15 hours per week with more hours during the summer.

Register your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo 2017

To register your garden for Garden Walk, visit here. Pardon us while we work on a new website!

Putting Gardens First


Our mission is to make Buffalo/Niagara a premier garden destination by being a catalyst for beautification, education, tourism, promotion, community-building, healthy living, sustainability, and civic pride.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara is excited to bring you a summer packed with the events that make Buffalo Niagara a leading destination for garden tours—and garden lovers. Gardens Buffalo Niagara hosts and promotes a variety of gardening events throughout the summer including:

Gardens Buffalo Niagara appreciates its partnerships with PLANT WNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County Master Gardeners, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, AAA/Horizon Club Tours, Visit Buffalo Niagara, and others.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara also appreciates the support of its sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Most of all, we are grateful to the nearly 1,000 gardeners who graciously open their gardens each year for garden tours. They are what make Buffalo a great garden destination. Join us for this year’s spectacular gardening season and enjoy our abundance of outstanding garden walks, tours, and activities.

Tours of Open Gardens


The Tours of Open Gardens offers you more than 70 great gardens in twelve groups throughout Buffalo Niagara, to visit at your leisure, on Thursdays and Fridays for four weeks in July.

Buy a Tours of Open Gardens and Garden Events Guide and keep it in the glove compartment! It has become the great girlfriends’ or date getaway for some lovely summer days. The gardens are beautiful, there are no crowds, and the gardeners are friendly if you want to ask questions.

We made it easy to plan your day, with a map showing the gardens, and some suggested routes to see them all. Be sure to check the schedule of availability list for each garden. No fees, just fun.

The full-color book, with photos and garden descriptions is also available for a $5 donation at the many garden centers and local retailers. Check back here for the list, as time gets closer!

Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grant Applications

altGarden Walk Buffalo has granted around $100,000 since 2005 in Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants for nearly 100 beautification projects to block clubs and community groups in the neighborhoods of Garden Walk Buffalo. Marvin Lunenfeld, and his wife Gail McCarthy, were the founders of Garden Walk Buffalo.

Award amounts are based on the overall project cost, eligible projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.

Garden Walk invites you to complete an application for review for the 2017 grant cycle. Past projects have included streetside planters, hanging baskets, storm damage repair, historic garden restoration, annuals for planters, community gardens and much more. For a complete list of past recipients and projects, visit here.

Applications can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Completed applications are due by Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Winners of grants will be announced in the early spring of 2017 at a Garden Walk Buffalo Committee meeting to be announced.

Application Guidelines and Directions:

Interested in helping with Buffalo Niagara’s renaissance?

Gardens Buffalo Niagara, the entity that runs Garden Walk Buffalo, is a recognized tourism organization encompassing 19 other garden walks in the Buffalo Niagara region, Tours of Open Gardens in July, specialty garden tours, the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale, and other garden related events in the area. As we grow, it takes a number of volunteers to plan, coordinate, publicize, and organize the many events under its umbrella.

Making Buffalo a great garden destination

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of 406 Buffalo gardens, the largest garden tour in America. Held annually on the last weekend of July, in 2017 it will be Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"There are Japanese gardens, English gardens, Russian gardens (i.e., barely controlled wildernesses) and what I would call Buffalo gardens - eclectic, funky mixes in which found objects and exotic-looking surrounding rooftops figure prominently." -


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.

Sustainability in Action

altSaturday, August 5, 2017, 10am-3pm

Want to see what Buffalo is doing to be ‘Green’? This tour highlights eight strong environment-friendly approaches to achieving ‘green’ responsibility within the city.

From the community-based rooftop garden above the historic Broadway market to a million dollar project on Lake Erie, from the ecological land revival at the Central Terminal to the reclaimed residential sites that now feature urban farms, from the neighborhood rain gardens to the bio-retention cell on the Medical Campus which are helping to save the sewer system - these projects proudly acclaim a solid commitment to environmental improvements and successes.

As Buffalo continues to reinvent itself, we can be proud of the proliferation of these kinds of projects. They represent the new vision that has influenced the use of available land toward more environmentally conscious use.

See what is happening and personally meet each site leader!

East Side Momentum

East Side Momentum

altSaturday, August 12, 2017

Buffalo’s East Side is an area of distinct and evolving neighborhoods. On this tour you’ll visit six sites that reveal firsthand the changing cultural presence of this diverse section of the city.

Enjoy the Buddhist community center garden developed by newly integrated immigrants. View the family-operated Wilson Street Farm and the Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School. Both serve their local neighborhoods but in distinctly different ways. Touch base with the Farmer Pirates who foster urban farming and learn how the community-based rooftop garden above the historic Broadway market has resolved numerous challenges. Meet the None Like You/We Care community group, started by a group of far-seeing women, that functions to tie neighbors together and to provide educational opportunities.

Unrelated as the various neighborhoods of our city’s East Side are, they continually exhibit enthusiasm and resourcefulness
Join us for a personal visit to a different side of Buffalo and hear the project leaders each tell their story. 

Great Garden Travel with Sally Cunningham

Join Sally Cunningham, Buffalo News Garden Columnist and WIVB Channel 4 TV Garden reporter, to experience Great Garden Travel, a division of AAA/Horizon Club Tours, and share in the wonder of gardens in the U.S., Canada, and abroad—and it all starts with Buffalo! For more about the tours, or private tours for your group, visit or call 1-800-242-4244. Reservations and tickets can be purchased online.

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