Akron-Newstead 2023 Bicentennial Garden Walk

Ten different varieties of gardens including natural habitats, roses, perennials, annuals, water features, hardscapes and history of gardens to will be on display to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of Akron-Newstead from 2:00PM-5:00 PM. From 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM Leisurely enjoy the evening hours with illumination to create a tranquil setting.Hours: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Tour is free and self-guided….

castle at Castle Creek garden in Williamsville NY

Pretty pix, but better in person: Get booklet now for Open Gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko Start planning for summer by getting the booklet that gives you all the details for Tours of Open Gardens. These 100 beautiful gardens are open for free on Thursdays and Fridays in July–and there are no crowds! Most of the gardens are generous in size and can be found across Erie and Niagara Counties. To find out where the gardens are located and when they are open, you need the booklet. You can order the booklet…

pots with flowering plants beside door in Buffalo NY

Look for details on garden walks in Western New York

by Connie Oswald Stofko We can be wowed when we walk into a landscape on garden walks or Open Gardens in Western New York. The overall view is magnificent and there is so much to see. Tip: Take a breath. Then take a step back. Look at the details and think about how you might work those details into your own landscape. The gardens in the backyard of of Kevin Lickers and Ricardo Arce in Buffalo are beautiful, but there is…

garden along fence in Amherst NY

What can you learn from this Amherst landscape?

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you’re visiting landscapes on the many garden walks and Open Gardens here in Western New York, it’s fun to just be wowed by what you see. You might think, “I wish I had a garden like that.” You can never completely replicate someone else’s landscape. Your yard might be shady where theirs is sunny. Or you might have a much smaller yard. Or you might not want to spend as much time watering and weeding…

evergreens in pots in Williamsville NY garden

Tips for winter garden: keep pots from cracking; evergreens are a must

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now that it’s autumn, have you turned your back on your gardens, or will your landscape give you pleasure even throughout winter? Keep your autumn and winter gardens appealing with these two tips from Jay Jinge Hu, who shared his Williamsville landscape on Open Gardens for the first time this year. Keep ceramic & cement pots from breaking in winter I have always advised gardeners to bring their concrete or ceramic pots inside for the winter….

cottage garden on Garden Walk Buffalo in Buffalo NY

Big finale of gardening events in WNY: Garden Walk Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko Garden Walk Buffalo, America’s largest garden tour, will be held this weekend, rain or shine. With more than 300 gardens, there is a wide range of designs, including charming cottage gardens, formal gardens, vegetable gardens, gardens with water features and quirky gardens. The walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. If you see a sign out before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., you’re still welcome…

garden on East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo NY

News at East Side Garden Walk; night lights in Ken-Ton, City of Tonawanda

With three more garden walks this weekend, there is a lot to see! The East Side Garden Walk has expanded to two days and has added a Children’s Garden Festival. The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk and the Ken-Ton Garden Walk have nighttime garden tours in addition to their daytime tours. Open Gardens continue on Thursday and Friday as well. East Side Garden Walk The East Side Garden Walk will be two days this year: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m….

Garden Walk Williamsville

Garden walks this weekend: Capen, East Aurora, Williamsville, Lancaster

by Connie Oswald Stofko Three garden walks will be held this weekend; see details below. Open Gardens will take place on Thursday and Friday. Check out our Events page to see all the great gardening activities happening in Western New York. Garden Walk Williamsville Garden Walk Williamsville will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. The tour is free and open to the public. Pick up maps at Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main…

watering cans on bench in Orchard Park NY

200 gardens to visit this week in WNY!

by Connie Oswald Stofko In other areas of the United States, there might be 15 private gardens to visit in one year. In Western New York, there are about 200 gardens to see this week alone! Open Gardens begin this Thursday and Friday, and six garden walks take place this weekend. Open Gardens Open Gardens start Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8. Like garden walks, you can visit these private gardens at certain times and days. Instead of being…

Graycliff at twilight in Derby NY

Twilight open house tours set at Graycliff

See Graycliff’s gardens, grounds and the first floor of the main house at your own pace during the self-guided twilight tours from 4-8 p.m. Fridays, July 8, 15 and 22 at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd., Derby. As the sun begins to set over Lake Erie, you can linger, reflect, look closer and soak in all of the details that make Graycliff so enchanting. While this is not a docent-led tour, volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may…