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Operation Red Carpet

As part of a joint plan to intensify the beautification of Buffalo in time for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s visit, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be planting 1000 red mums in high profile gardens throughout the city. Following the National Trust visit (October 19-22), a board meeting for the National Association of Olmsted Parks is scheduled shortly thereafter. A joint press conference being conducted this morning is geared towards not only notifying the community of the initiative, it is also part of an appeal for volunteers to help with the massive planting.

County Executive Chris Collins and President and CEO of the Olmsted Parks Conservatory are asking that anyone who can volunteer to plant the ‘red carpet’, please contact Steven Nagowski at or call (716) 838-1249 ext 15. Not only are The City, The County and multiple organizations stepping up to coordinate beautification efforts, many neighborhoods are also joining in to clean up their respective blocks. I, for one, am hoping that many of these aesthetic initiatives carry on well past the conference.
Lead photo: Olmsted President and staff prepare a bed for planting at the steps of Gala Waters (Hoyt Lake)

^Photo (L-R): Jim Horning (County Parks Commissioner), Thomas Herrera-Mishler (CEO President Olmsted Parks), County Executive Chris Collins, Anne Joyce (Olmsted Parks Chair of Board of Trustees) – Image courtesy Crista Agnello

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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