A summer guide to the garden walksGearing up for some garden tours? Grab your calendars because they’re coming up fast and continuing all summer long. You’ll find more than 20 of them listed here from around the region, and many are still accepting garden entries. They’re self-guided, so you can proceed at your own pace.
Most are part of the fourth annual National Garden Festival, which runs June 21 to Aug. 4. In addition to these local garden walk and tours, the festival features all things gardening – bus tours, weekday Open Gardens, speakers and workshops. Visit www.nationalgardenfestival.com for the schedule and lots of additional information, including on the new GObike Buffalo City Garden Tour on June 23 and the Beyond the Flowers tour Aug. 3.
And then pick a few walks or tours you won’t want to miss. Take a look:• The Shaw Garden Tour: The Secret Gardens of Niagara-on-the-Lake will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. This year’s walkable tour showcases gardens surrounding historic homes. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets are $20; call the Shaw Festival box office, (800) 511-7429. For more information, visit www.shawfest.com/gardentour.
• The fourth annual display of Bikes in Bloom in Clarence Center kicks off June 5 and runs through mid-August. The free event features an estimated 30 bicycles decorated with flowers, plants and other materials – some unique – by local residents and businesses throughout the Clarence Center community. Maps will be available from merchants at the Four Corners, Goodrich and Clarence Center roads.
• The eighth annual Lewiston GardenFest, a free event sponsored by the Lewiston Garden Club, features a garden walk and other garden-theme activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22 and 23. In addition to approximately seven open gardens in the village, there will be daily speakers, master gardeners, soil testing, vendors and a potted container contest along Center Street. Pick up maps at the hospitality booths. Visit www.lewistongardenfest.com for more information on the tour, the garden club or to register your garden. Or visit Lewiston Gardenfest on Facebook.
• The North Tonawanda History Museum will hold its Historic Treasures Tour of historic homes in North Tonawanda from noon to 6 p.m. June 8. Gardens will also be on view. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $18 through the museum. Phone: 213-0554. Website: www.nthistorymuseum.org.
• The 10th annual Jamestown Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Secret Gardens Tour of six gardens in Lakewood, Busti and Jamestown will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29. Tickets are $10 and available at the Jamestown Audubon Center and nurseries in that area. Tickets can also be purchased at participating gardens on tour day. Call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.
• The Parkside Community Association will present the 16th annual Parkside Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 30. Suggested donation is $8. An optional guided architecture/history walk is $10. All proceeds support the PCA. As usual, the tour begins at Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, where bike rentals will be available for $15. Bring your own helmet. Residents can register their gardens until June 21. Visit www.parksidebuffalo.org/gardentour for application and additional information on the tour and other events happening that day, including a plant and garden tool sale at the Darwin Martin House complex and the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale in nearby Delaware Park at the Lodge on Parkside Avenue.• A Grand Island Garden Tour of private and public gardens is being planned for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6 and 7. This is the first tour organized by Serene Gardens as part of the National Garden Festival. Visit www.serene-gardens.com. Headquarters is Serene Gardens, 2800 Grand Island Blvd. For information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-LEAF.
• The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk, now in its third year, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13. An expected 35 or more gardens will be featured in this free event presented by the City of Tonawanda Board for the Visual and Performing Arts and the Garden Club of the Tonawandas. Applications are available on the city’s website, www.ci.tonawanda.ny.us. and on the City of Tonawanda Garden Walk Facebook page. They’re also available in the mayor’s office, the Recreation Department, the senior center on Main Street, the public library and at local businesses. Deadline is June 1; maps for the walk will be available beginning July 1 at the previously mentioned locations.
• The ninth annual Village of Hamburg Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 and 14. Map guides for this free event will be available at Memorial Park, corner of Lake and Union streets, Hamburg. Garden vendors will be in the park both days. For more information, visit hamburggardenwalk.com or call Marg Rust at 648-7544. Applications for village residents are available on the website; deadline is June 15.
• The 12th annual Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk of more than 60 private gardens and public spaces will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 in the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo’s South Campus. Maps will be available walk day at University Community Farmers’ Market on Main Street and Kenmore Avenue; University Heights Tool Library, 5 W. Northrup Place; and UB’s Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place. Visit www.ourheights.org to enter your garden; the deadline is June 15. To view a photo gallery, visit Capen Garden Walk on Facebook.
• The Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13. Gardens in the Orchard Parkway and Park Place historic districts will be featured. Headquarters will be at the Niagara Hub at Park Place and Main Street, Niagara Falls, where you will find free maps. For details on entering, call 285-1318.
• The ninth annual Lockport in Bloom will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 and 14. Headquarters for the free tour is at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. A Twilight in the Garden evening tour will run 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 13. Learn more at www.lockportinbloom.com.
• St. James Church and Landmark Society of Genesee County Home and Garden Tour will take place from noon to 5 p.m. July 14. Ten gardens will be featured, with three homeowners opening their first floors to visitors. A dessert reception and garden talk by landscape designer Tim Richley is planned from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at St. James Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia. Tickets, $20, will be available a month ahead of time at the church office and Harrington’s Produce in Batavia. For more information, call Marcia Gann at (585) 343-8218.
• The Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s master gardeners will hold their fifth annual garden tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13. Six gardens will be featured. Tickets are $10. For information, call (585) 798-4265 or email: email@example.com. Website: cceorleans.shutterfly.com.
• The 11th annual Snyder-CleveHill Garden View of about 25 residential gardens and public spaces will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14. Headquarters is in front of Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Ave., Snyder. A $3 donation is suggested. For questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Snyder-Clevehill Garden View is on Facebook.
• Now also in its 11th year, the free Ken-Ton Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 and 21, with the Saturday Nite Lights tour of select illuminated gardens from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 20. The registration deadline is June 7. All interested gardeners in the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore are welcome to register online or by mail. Visit www.kentongardentour.com for tour information and to register online or download and print a paper application. Paper applications are also available in the town supervisor’s office in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.
• The 10th annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20. More than 25 gardens within a square mile are expected to participate in this free walkable/bikeable event. “Garden Passport” and map will be found at the welcome tent in front of Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville. This is a village-wide event with a farmers’ market, garden-themed menus at restaurants and cafes, free garden talk and more. To register your garden, email: email@example.com or call Village Hall at 632-4120, Ext. 3009. Deadline is July 8.
• The fourth annual Amherst Garden Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20. Free maps will be available a day or two ahead on the town website, www.amherst.ny.us, and on tour day at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Amherst. Visit the town website and enter the keyword “Garden Walk” to apply online or download the application. The deadline is June 30. For more information, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call the Town Supervisor’s Office at 631-7033. Amherst Garden Walk also is on Facebook.
• The free Lancaster Garden Walk will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 20 and 21 and will feature residents’ gardens throughout the Village of Lancaster and Town of Lancaster. Programs will be available July 18 at Two Chicks & a Rooster, 732 Aurora St., and Petals to Please, 63 Central Ave. For a garden walk entry form, visit www.lancastervillage.org/gardenpage.htm. Deadline is June 1.
• West Seneca’s Tour of Home Gardens is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20. Those interested in entering their garden can contact Dave or Sharon Pulinski at 824-3995 or by email: email@example.com.
• The 13th annual South Buffalo Alive’s Tour of Gardens will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21. On tour day, you can pick up a map from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at tour headquarters – Tim Russert Children’s Garden next to the Dudley Library, 2010 South Park Ave. Suggested donation is $2. See www.southbuffaloalive.com for updates. Gardens can be registered until July 7 by calling Marge Ryan, 826-3158. South Buffalo Alive is on Facebook.
• Garden Walk Buffalo gets under way from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 and 28. Called the largest garden tour in America, it’s free and includes more than 380 city gardens in clusters within a 3-mile radius. The three headquarters for maps, information, merchandise are: Richmond-Summer Senior Center, Richmond Avenue and Summer Street; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway; and Evergreen Health Services (formerly AIDS Community Services), 206 S. Elmwood Ave., corner of Chippewa Street.
New this year: “An Evening of Wine and Roses,” 5 to 9 p.m. July 26, which features wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a luxury coach tour of three gardens, master gardeners and musicians. Tickets are $100 each and limited. You’ll find more information on this and Garden Walk Buffalo on the website, www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com.• The ninth annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 with a Starry Night Garden Tour of select gardens from 8 to 10 that evening. Headquarters for this free tour: St. Mark’s Church, 311 Ontario St., and Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East St. Residents can enter their gardens at www.brrgardenwalk.com; deadline is June 3. Maps will be available for downloading and mailing in July.