Last garden walk of season; City of Tonawanda has day & night walks

view of patio from balcony in City of Tonawanda NY
Sharon and Russell Moore have an L-shaped lot they have owned since 1983, which includes a five-unit apartment building. This is a view from the balcony of the apartment building. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
lighted steps on City of Tonawanda garden walk
Mike and Patty Kenney enjoy spending summer nights in their backyard. They re-did the deck the previous year with composite material. The lights on the steps and posts help people see where they are walking at night. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

The last garden walk of the season in Western New York is being held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7 in the City of Tonawanda with tours at night and during the day.

The City of Tonawanda Friday Night Lights will be held from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

The tours are free and self-guided. Maps can be picked up at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St., Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda Public Library, 333 Main St., Tonawanda. See more locations for map pickups here.

The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk was one of the few garden tours held last year. I was able to get some photos during the nighttime portion.

front yard in City of Tonawanda at night 2020
The lights in the Kenneys’ front yard are all low voltage; the lights on the trees are on a timer. The concrete border edging makes it easy for the Kenneys to trim around the garden. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
child's bathtub as flower shower in City of Tonawanda
The Moores like to entertain and use tiki torches, candles and electric lighting. A bathtub for children was turned into a “flower shower.” Sharon likes to allow flowers such as zinnias and cosmos to re-seed. “I like when things aren’t controlled completely,” she said. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

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