So you’re thinking about signing up, but you have some questions? Garden Walk gardens are a key part of the largest garden tour in the U.S. and one of Buffalo Niagara's most anticipated summer happenings, drawing tens of thousands of tourists from near and far. Thank you for sharing your creativity!
Who can sign up to be a Garden Walk gardener?
There are no fancy garden criteria—no site visits, no judging, no entry fees, nothin'—all you have to do is be proud of your little spot of earth. You do need to be in the footprint of the Walk—from Canalside to the Scajaquada, and from the Niagara River to Main Street.
To be a Garden Walk Buffalo garden, your garden doesn’t need to be perfect. It doesn’t need to be giant.
It doesn’t need to be professionally landscaped. Gardens range from large properties to a few square feet—but that is OK—it is the diversity that makes this event a success.
To register your garden, all we ask is that you are excited to share it with visitors. You can choose to share your front, side, or back yard—or all three—you decide!
When should I sign up?
Annual sign-up starts mid-February with a deadline of May 15 each year to ensure your garden makes it to the official GWB map. You’ll be asked to provide a brief description of your garden for the map.
How should I prepare for visitors?
There’s no such thing as a perfect garden, so don’t panic. If there is a part of your garden you don't want visitors to enter, rope it off or put up a note. Visitors will be excited to chat. Make sure to take time for yourself! You can't talk to everyone who enters. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. If you can’t host the entire weekend, remove your sign so visitors know not to enter.
What if something happens to a visitor during the Walk?
Garden Walk Buffalo has plenty of insurance to cover incidents during the event. Your homeowner’s insurance also covers visitors on your property. During the 24 years of the Walk, there have been no incidents! Visitors are respectful, courteous, and extremely interested in what you’ve created.
Can I use Garden Walk to promote my blankety-blank or sell my such-and-such?
Garden Walk is a free event, designed to connect and inspire garden visitors. While it’s tempting to use this as an opportunity to host a yard sale, art sale, or food stand, it’s important to remember that the weekend is about our neighbors and our gardens. Please don’t use Garden Walk as a place to promote or sell. You may choose to offer water or refreshments to guest at no charge, if you like. Offering complimentary cuttings, seeds, or other sharing is also a fun idea.
Where do I get my sign?
We’re excited to invite you to the annual Rally Party (held the last Saturday of each June), open to all Garden Walk gardeners. Here, you’ll have the chance to meet other gardeners, enjoy refreshments, grab your yard sign, maps and posters—and buy Garden Walk merchandise before the crowds even see it. It’s always a fun time, and it’s a place to ask any last minute questions you have. If we have your email, you’ll get an invitation. Make sure we have your email address, otherwise you won’t get information and updates.
And sometime after the Walk, in September (sometimes later!), the Garden Walk Buffalo committee volunteers host a Thank You party for you—a time to share stories and experiences with your new fellow Garden Walk gardening friends over drinks and refreshments!
How can I ask more questions?
If you have more questions, please email GardenWalkBuffalo@GardensBuffaloNiagara.com, or call (716) 247-5004.