Parkside Garden Tour

Date(s) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Church of the Good Shepherd


The 19th Annual Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

Tour maps will be available the day of tour at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Pkwy., Buffalo. A full-color map and garden directory will be available for $5 on the day of the tour

To have your garden on  this year’s tour, click here for the form. 

Tour the local gardens nestled between the beautiful homes of the Parkside neighborhood, the suburb designed by Olmsted in 1870. The tour begins in the heart of the Parkside community, outside of the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Pkwy., across the street from the Darwin Martin House complex.

The maps will direct you to the highlighted gardens and “Parkside Architecture Notes” will be posted throughout the neighborhood, pointing to design elements of the homes.

For those wishing to further explore this historic Fredrick Law Olmsted-designed neighborhood, there will be guided walking tours highlighting architectural styles and elements interspersed with local Gilded Age residents’ history and folklore. Sign up on the day of the garden tour for this limited enrollment tour for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis.

On the day of the tour, you can also explore the site of the future gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie-style architectural masterpiece, the Darwin Martin House, where plans are under way to restore the once extensive Wright designed landscape. Remnants of the historic greenhouse are still visible and attest to the importance of cut flowers and flowering plants to Mrs. Martin. Volunteers as well as the horticulturist, Nellie Gardner, will be on hand to answer questions. Historic photos will be displayed in the Visitors Center and there will be free tours of the conservatory.

There will be food trucks and James’ Ice Cream Cycles throughout the neighborhood, or you can dine on local fare at new local restaurants on Parkside Avenue.