America’s Largest Garden Tour (Saturday and Sunday, July 29 & 30 - 10am–4pm)

Since 1995, Garden Walk Buffalo has been a destination for garden lovers throughout Buffalo Niagara, Canada and beyond. Held  on the last full weekend of July each year, Garden Walk has become one of Buffalo Niagara’s most anticipated summer happenings. An estimated 60,000-plus of visitors flock to Buffalo’s West Side to tour more than 400 creative urban gardens, as well as many community and public gardens. A free step-on/step-off shuttle service is available throughout the Walk.

Garden Walk rejuvenates streets, re-energizes neighborhoods, increases property values, and takes the chill out of Buffalo's rustbelt/snowbelt image.

Here are just some of the places and things you're likely to see during the Walk:

  • Flower, rose, vegetable, herb and organic gardens; Japanese, English and water gardens; butterfly, pocket, container and rock gardens; sidewalk and community gardens.
  • Multiple-level decks, pergolas, espaliers, outdoor kitchens, grape arbors, fountains, wall murals, sculpture, koi ponds, waterfalls, potting sheds, carriage houses, playgrounds, playhouses, a tree house, and a putting green.
  • Victorian homes, Civil War-era cottages, secret houses hidden from view and turn-of-the-century mansions, homes by Frank Lloyd Wright and McKim, Mead & White, buildings by H.H. Richardson and Eliel and Eero Saarinen, parkways and traffic circles laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted. The home where Teddy Roosevelt took the oath of office, the spot where President McKinley ultimately died, award-winning urban sculpture, unique shopping and dining galore!

FAQs

Where are the headquarters for the Garden Walk?

On the days and hours of Garden Walk, you can get maps (and visit a restroom!) at two headquarters. Merchandise such as books, magazines, t-shirts, caps, totes and more will be available for purchase.

The two headquarters are:

  • Richmond-Summer Senior Center, corner of Richmond Avenue and Summer Street
  • Buffalo Seminary School, 205 Bidwell Parkway near Soldiers Circle and Chapin Parkway

We will have two “Satellite” sites where you can pick up maps only.

  • First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle
  • West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont Street

NOTE: The complete garden walk map will only be available for free at our headquarters and satellite locations. In advance of the Walk, they will be available for free at select sponsor locations.

Where is parking for Garden Walk?

Garden Walk Buffalo is a self-guided tour of more than 400 gardens. There are no officially designated parking areas and no designated start or end point. There is generally ample parking along the streets in the area of the Walk.

What is the cost to tour Garden Walk Buffalo?

Garden Walk is a free, self-guided tour of more than 400 gardens. There are no tickets required and no cost for touring the gardens. Even the Garden Walk Shuttle is free. Buses will circulate between the headquarters this year, stopping at select shuttle stops in many of the Walk neighborhoods. Garden Walk Buffalo is kept free through generous contributions of participants and visitors like you, as well as through the generosity of its sponsors.

Where are the gardens?

The Walk takes place in several communities within the city's limits:

  • Elmwood Village
  • Symphony Circle & Kleinhans
  • The Cottage District
  • Historic West Village
  • Allentown
  • Fargo Estate Nieghborhood
  • Columbus Park/Prospect Hill

The Garden Walk map provides you with a comprehensive layout of the area with gardens plotted, and with descriptions. They will be available at select sponsor locations in early July. They will also be available at two headquarters and two satellite locations, during the days and hours of the Walk.

Look for the yellow Garden Walk sign and go on in!

When will it be held?

Garden Walk Buffalo is always the last full weekend in July. In 2017, it will be Saturday and Sunday, July 29 & 30. Plan ahead! Viewing hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. each day. But, if you see a yellow sign posted in the front yard of a garden on the tour before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., feel free to visit. But only if the Garden Walk sign is displayed please!

Is there a rain date?

There is no rain date. Garden Walk is the last full weekend of July every year - rain or shine (but quite honestly, it’s rarely a problem!). Watch the weather forecasts and bring an umbrella if needed!

Where can we use restrooms, or get something to drink?

At any of the two headquarters you can use restrooms or find water available to purchase. There are also dozens of restaurants, stores and shops throughout the Elmwood Village that share facilities for customers. There are plenty of stores along Elmwood Avenue and Allen Street that sell water and other beverages.

What about wheelchairs, bikes, baby-strollers and dogs?

That's entirely up to you. Please ask a gardener if bringing a dog onto their property is okay. Be aware that many yards and gardens have narrow paths or walkways that make pushing a stroller difficult. Some Garden Walk signs, posted in the front yards, may have "no dogs," or "no strollers" stickers. Please observe the gardener's requests, if any.

For wheelchair/stroller accessibility, look in the Garden Walk map for gardens with a wheelchair symbol.

Visiting from Canada?

Anything you could want to know about visiting from Canada–directions, transportation, cross-border travel and important phone numbers – you can find here.

Are there overnight accommodations in the area?

There are accommodations from hotels, to Bed & Breakfasts, to Airbnbs in the immediate downtown area. For area hotels, please visit here.

I can't make Garden Walk Buffalo - any other garden tours on different weekends?

If you can't make Garden Walk Buffalo, there are plenty of other great garden tours in the area – almost every weekend of the summer. To see a schedule of summer garden tours in Buffalo Niagara, visit here.