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Buffalo is Going Green.

Garden Walk Buffalo will be celebrating its 20th year this July 26 and 27.  To mark the event, dozens of local landmarks will be lit in brilliant green light.  The effect across the city and beyond will be dazzling.

Garden Walk Buffalo has become somewhat of a phenomenon, as it has grown from the first event encompassing only 29 gardens, to this year’s tally, topping 370 gardens spread throughout a large part of the city. Organizers expect more than 60,000 people to stroll through the nooks and crannies of Buffalo’s urban gardens this year.  Garden Walk is even credited with igniting new interest and investment in Buffalo’s historic neighborhoods. Proof can be found in quickly rising real-estate prices on the most popular garden streets and many others that were forlorn not long ago. It is truly one of the best events of the year in Buffalo.

Some of the many landmarks going green include M&T Plaza, Kleinhans Music Hall, the Burchfield Penny Gallery, and Niagara Falls. The gardens are only open from 10:00 am to 4:00 am each of the two days. The addition of night-time lighting will bring a new dimension to the festival, extending the festivities into the night. You can help make the illumination even more dramatic by lighting your own houses and businesses. Buy a green bulb for your porch or add some theater gels in front of your landscape lighting. If you act fast, you can get a free green compact fluorescent bulb from Garden Walk sponsor Luminated Landscapes is donating 500 green 13-watt, spiral fluorescent light bulbs so gardeners can light their houses green too! To find out more about Luminated Landscapes, visit The more the green Buffalo gets the better!


Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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