Six garden walks, including East Side, set this weekend in Western New York

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The East Side Garden Walk, which debuted in 2018, is again welcoming visitors. Photo courtesy Gardens Buffalo Niagara

It’s another amazing week for gardening events in Western New York!

You can visit six garden walks this weekend, and several have nighttime tours, too.

The East Side Garden Walk, which debuted in 2018 but was canceled during the pandemic in 2020, is back. You can visit again– or visit it for the first time.

More than a garden tour, the East Side Garden Walk is a way for residents to take control of the narrative for their community, according to walk organizers. The walk counters the negative stigma often portrayed on the news by creating positive stories of the gardeners’ homes and their neighborhood. The residents’ love of gardening creates connections between gardeners, neighbors and visitors.

See details of all the garden walks below, including others you missed last year.

And don’t forget that you can visit splendid gardens on Thursdays and Fridays on Open Gardens.

See more gardening events on our Events page.

East Side Garden Walk

The East Side Garden Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17.

Pick-up sites for maps are The Foundry, 298 Northampton St., and these public libraries: Central, Crane, Dudley, East Clinton, Leroy R. Coles, Jr., Frank E. Merriweather Jr., Niagara, North Park and Riverside. You can also download a PDF here.

Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens

The Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens will be held Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17.

The Starry Night Tour will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, July 16 & 17. The daytime tour will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 17.

Pick up a map at St. Mark’s/All Saints Church, 311 Ontario St., Buffalo. Maps will also be available starting Wednesday, July 14 at the Elaine M. Panty Branch Library (formerly Riverside Branch Library), 820 Tonawanda St., Buffalo.

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

The Ken-Ton Garden Tour will take place from Friday, July 16 to Sunday, July 18.

Pick up maps at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda. 

Night Lights will be held from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 16 & 17. Day tours will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 17 & 18.

Lancaster Garden Walk

The Lancaster Garden Walk will be held from Friday to Sunday, July 16, 17 and 18.

A night showing will be held from 8:45 to 11 p.m. Friday. The daytime garden walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Maps will be available at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora St., Lancaster; Petals to Please, 5870 Broadway, Lancaster, and Lancaster Coffee Co. and Cafe, 24 Central Ave., Lancaster.

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18. There will also be Capen by Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 17.

Pick up maps at UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo until 4 p.m. the days of the walk. You can also download maps at ourheights.org/gardenwalk.

2021 marks the 20th year of the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk.

Williamsville Garden Walk

The Village of Williamsville Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 17.

Pick up your map at the tent in front of Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.

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