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This weekend's garden walks

Jim Charlier

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Buffalonians know to make the best of the summer—it’s something you learn when your city gets national-punchline levels of snow for half the year. One of the best examples of Buffalo’s celebratory summertime is our local garden walks. In fact, garden walks have become something of a seasonal phenomenon around these parts: Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in America, drawing approximately 55,000 visitors per year, and other regional garden tours have become increasingly popular, each year attracting larger crowds and new gardeners.

“The avid, engaged, and civic-minded urban gardeners of Buffalo are the reasons for (this) success,” says Jim Charlier (pictured above), president of Garden Walk Buffalo and planning committee member of the National Buffalo Garden Festival. One of the most vital reasons for the local admiration of garden walks is homegrown intimacy: Garden tours emphasize the unique personal expression of participating locals, rather than the flashier, more commonplace work of professionals. Garden walks inspire participating locals to get creative with their gardens, and, in turn, areas that feature garden tours reap the beautiful benefits. “Neighborhoods are becoming more beautiful, more walkable, safer, and home values have risen on streets that have embraced (garden walks),” Charlier said.

Spree listed all of this summer’s garden walks in the July/August issue. You can find them online: 2011 Calendar of WNY Garden Walks.


Garden Walks for July 9 & 10


July 9–10

Village of Hamburg Garden Walk
Maps at Memorial Park, Lake and Union St., Hamburg. Free, self-guided tour of thirty gardens in the Village of Hamburg; seventh annual walk.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. 648-7544 / www.hamburggardenwalk.com

Lockport in Bloom
Tour headquarters at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. A free, self-guided walking and driving tour of more than forty-five historic homes and gardens in the City of Lockport.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. 434-2380, 439-1524

July 10

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View
Maps at Trillium’s Courtyard Florist, 2195 Kensington Ave., Amherst. Now in its ninth year, consisting of thirty neighborhood gardens.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.hkccommunity.com


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