Open Gardens start this week

Lockwoods Garden Center 4484 Clark Street Hamburg
Pati Matlock of Hamburg and Dawn Curazzato of Williamsville enjoy the gardens of Barb Sylvester of Boston, who shared her landscape in 2015. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Although they’ve been around for years, a lot of people still aren’t aware of Open Gardens, a great activity that’s special to Western New York.

During Open Gardens, more than 70 great gardens in 12 groups throughout our area are open for you to visit on Thursdays or Fridays for four weeks in July, starting this week.

It’s organized so that gardens in a certain geographic area are open on the same day and times. Some gardens, such as those in the Parkside neighborhood, are fairly close together, while others, such as on the Southtowns Bouquet, are farther apart, grouped in Boston, Eden, Hamburg and Orchard Park. But all of these gardens are amazing.

There are morning, afternoon and evening hours.

What’s especially nice is that the gardens aren’t crowded during Open Gardens. You have an opportunity to linger and ask the gardeners questions.

It’s free to visit the gardens, but in order to find out where the gardens are and when each is open, you have to buy the Open Gardens guide for $5. The guide has a map showing the gardens as well as some suggested routes to see them all. Be sure to check the schedule for each garden to make sure you go on the right day and time.

A few of the places where you can buy the guide are:

See other places where you can buy the Open Gardens guide here.

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