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Buffalo’s gardens lead to green: Cities take notice

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.

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  • Travelrrr

    Does Collins see THIS as worthy of support from the County? Certainly seems to meet the criteria…

  • paulsobo

    Gardens need not be time consuming or labor intensive or expensive. Plan a garden according to your time available.
    For example, choose bulbs (peony, iris, tulip, narcissus, hyacinth, lilies of the valley, etc) or hydrangeas or other plants as presents for holidays like mothers day and then plant them since they will come up every year or plant a japanese maple, dogwood, etc which are wonderfully ornamental.

  • whatever

    I’ve no idea what Collins thinks, but I’d hope he’d oppose any taxpayer funding for this.
    It’s a nice event, and something the private sector should be able to handle just fine.

  • Peter Burakowski

    Buffalo is quickly gaining a reputation as a gardening mecca. Over the last several years, Garden Walk Buffalo has garnered positive media coverage in dozens of national publications, and local hotels routinely sell out during Garden Walk weekend. It was this success that led to the creation of the National Garden Festival last year. Visit Buffalo Niagara is proud to be a part of the team that created the NGF, and we were happy to assist Carolyn Thompson with this AP story.
    For more info about this year’s NGF, which runs June 24 to July 31 and features 14 garden walks, bus tours, a front yard garden competition, speakers and workshops, go to http://www.nationalgardenfestival.com.
    Peter Burakowski
    Communications Manager
    Visit Buffalo Niagara

  • grad94

    nice to see us getting compliments that don’t follow the usual ‘buffalo sucks, but…’ template.

  • Rand503

    I hope this answers those who think the new ad campaign targets too small a group of people. They assume that people who want to travel to see architecture is too small a niche and that it should have focused on sports teams.
    This proves that a lot of people will travel to Buffalo just to see gardens. We need tourists of all kinds, and the more we do, the more attractions we have.

  • Rand503

    I hope this answers those who think the new ad campaign targets too small a group of people. They assume that people who want to travel to see architecture is too small a niche and that it should have focused on sports teams.
    This proves that a lot of people will travel to Buffalo just to see gardens. We need tourists of all kinds, and the more we do, the more attractions we have.