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Tours of Open Gardens starts this week!

Author: Jim Charlier

Gardens Buffalo Niagara’s Tours of Open Gardens start this Thursday. There will be 75+ exceptional gardens throughout Erie and Niagara counties open for select hours on Thursdays and Friday through July (see tours). 

Back for its fourth year, this tour of gardens lets you visit gardens – many not on any other garden tours – at your leisure, without the crowds that weekend neighborhood tours can have. Select gardens in twelve different regional groupings, from the Niagara Trail to Lakeshore to East Aurora/Holland, including popular gardens from the city’s Garden Walk Buffalo will be open this year multiple times for your leisurely viewing.


Many Southtowns gardens are open both Thursdays AND Fridays. Some area gardens are open as late as 10 p.m. – a chance to see them in twilight, with great garden lighting. Visit for your enjoyment – but please steal ideas!

Many of the gardens have appeared in national gardening magazines. One garden, the Blyth family’s Song ’n Birds Garden in Ken-Ton, is on the cover of the current Garden Gate magazine, and has an eight-page spread inside the issue!


It’s easy to plan your day, with a map showing the gardens, and suggested routes to see them all. The handy color guide with photos breaks down what you will see in each garden – water features, plant collections, artwork, certified wildlife habitats, and more. It will even let you know which gardens are wheelchair/stroller friendly. Be sure to check the schedule of availability list for each garden’s days and hours. The gardeners are usually present and willing to answer any questions you may have.

You’ll need the Tours of Open Gardens and Garden Events Guide, available for only $5 at the following locations:


JLC_0674West Seneca





  • Northtown Garden Center
    2121 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14223,

East Amherst

East Aurora


  • Henry’s
  • 7884 Sisson Highway, Eden

Photos: Jim Charlier

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