The National Garden Festival (NGF) has a lot in store this weekend with events starting today.
Starting today, and Thursdays and Fridays until August 2, you can visit 80+ Open Gardens throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. Select gardens are open for visitors during certain hours. To find out where and when they are, you’ll need an Open Gardens Guide, which can be found by visiting this site.
The Parkside Garden tour is this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They’ll have a Guided Architecture Tours at noon and 2 p.m. $8 suggested donation for the self-guided garden tour, $10 for the guided architecture tour. Everything starts at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Summit Avenue. For a link to their website and a list of all upcoming area garden tours, visit this site.
This Sunday, during the Parkside Garden Tour, the NGF is holding its second annual “Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale” at the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park (84 Parkside Avenue). 40 local vendors will be participating – double the number from last year!
Find garden art like steel sculpture, hypertufa planters, glass and copper work, to tree houses! For a list of participating vendors, visit this site.
Also on Sunday, the NGF has its second GObike Buffalo Garden Tours by Bicycle. Last week’s was a sellout with the tour maximum of 24 bicyclers! Visit 6-8 different gardens each week – tours are every Sunday through July 21. $30 for a guided three-hour tour with lunch in a community garden. Proceeds benefit GObike Buffalo and the NGF. For more information – and to sign up for a tour, visit this site.
Tomorrow, Friday, is the NGF’s second AAA/Horizon Club Garden Tour – Flowering Suburbia – Landscapes Outside the Limits an all-day guided luxury motorcoach tour that includes lunch – and lots of garden visits. Each Friday (and one Thursday) a different themed tour takes place – Great Architecture – and Fine Gardens; Fine Homes and Gardens; A Farm Tour; Southtowns Bouquet; and a Buffalo-style Garden Tour. For more information, pricing and times, visit this site.
Encouraging garden tourism, promoting beautification, and helping to melt the rustbelt/snowbelt image of the Buffalo area to that of a greenbelt, the National Garden Festival is a partnership of Visit Buffalo Niagara, The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, the WNYS Nursery and Landscape Association, Garden Walk Buffalo, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and dozens of other garden organizations. The Festival was a 2013 recipient of the International Garden Promotion Award at the International Garden Tourism Conference held in Toronto, in March 2013.