It’s refreshing to read articles touting Buffalo as a leader when it comes to gardening. With the advent of Buffalo in Bloom, the Garden Walk, and the National Garden Festival, other cities are coming to Buffalo and taking home more than a few gardening tips. The Wall Street Journal (AP) has a great article on garden tourism, where Buffalo is featured as a forerunner when it comes to flowery attractions. The article reminds us that these types of grassroots initiatives not only bring visitors to our city, they also bring much needed outside dollars. From the article:
Buffalo’s self-guided free Garden Walk, now in its 17th year, has been drawing crowds of 45,000 to 50,000 people, on par with regional events like the Vermont Maple Festival, Cincinnati River Festival and Little River Blue Crab Festival in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Organizers found 36 states and nearby Canada represented in a ZIP code survey of 2,864 of last year’s attendees, while overall, about a quarter of visitors were from out of town. A longer questionnaire of 258 people determined that visitors spent an average of $68 and reported attending an average of 3.39 garden events each year.