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GPOD on the Road: Buffalo Garden Walk

Visiting a city-wide garden tour

a large group of containers full of colorful foliage plants

Today Barb Mrgich is taking us along on a walking tour of gardens.

raised garden bed full of foliage plantsA couple years ago, a friend and I took a bus trip to visit the Buffalo Garden Walk, in Buffalo, New York.

The Buffalo Garden Walk is often referred to as the best garden tour in America. I agree. There were several things about it that makes it unique. First, there are over 400 gardens on display. They are spread throughout the city, but many are clustered in small, easily walkable sections. Second, many are contained on small city lots, and some—like this one—are built completely on top of concrete in raised beds. Just amazing!

a large group of containers full of colorful foliage plantsThis lush garden of Coleus (Zones 10–11 or as an annual) was built on a driveway right in front of a garage door! It was 100% containers and is great inspiration for gardeners with small, urban gardening spaces.

garden pond surrounded by plantsThis incredible water feature was tucked in a backyard and completely surrounded by a walking path, lovely plants, and some unique garden art.

path behind the garden pondThis shows a little more of my favorite water feature garden.

garden planting full of unique artSome fun garden art in the same garden. They had so much in one small backyard, and they certainly didn’t waste any gas mowing this lot!

mannequin laying on a lounge chair in a gardenMost of the gardens were seriously beautiful. This one was seriously fun! Buffalo gardens are known for their whimsical sense of style.

garden art behind vibrant foliage plantsGarden decorations that are a little more subtle—these display Buffalo city pride.

bright pink house with a small front gardenI thought the colors of this house fit right in with the theme of this garden-crazed city! And there was more fun out back.

covered porch of a colorful houseNow this is what I call a side porch! It is overflowing with greenery and blooms, as no space is left unplanted.

miniature garden sceneThis is just a smattering of the wonderful, creative, and unique ideas the people of the Buffalo Garden Walk have to offer. If you ever get the chance to go, don’t miss it!


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    vanhatalosuomi 03/24/2022

    Thanks for posting your photos of the tour!
    Looks very interesting and if ever in that area will try to catch this unique gardening event!

  2. garden1953 03/24/2022

    Awesome! Love every photo and every garden. Would love to see more.
    Thank you!

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    musabasjoosue 03/24/2022

    Thanks for sharing these photos. The Buffalo Garden Walk is a fabulous event! I attended a number of years ago with a group of garden friends and had a blast. Maybe it's time for a redo...

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    treasuresmom 03/24/2022

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this.

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    simplesue 03/24/2022

    Wow I had no idea Buffalo, NY had a big Garden Walk tour!
    That would be so much fun to go on!
    These garden photos you shared are filled with fun and creativity, thanks for sharing your photos and the link!!!

  6. nwphilagardener 03/24/2022

    A friend who has visited the Buffalo Garden Walk described the exuberance of gardens filled with intriguing ornaments and freshly staged plantings. We've come to using the word "Buffalo" as a verb describing that extra tweaking we all do when we know our gardens will be open to visitors. I've even given gardening lectures about all the tips and tricks that we can employ to "buffalo" our gardens with last-minute style.

  7. user-7020748 03/24/2022

    Thanks for sharing. So inspiring to see what can be done in small gardens. So delightful to see the range of creativity on display. 400 that would take an organized campaign to see even a sampling of them.

  8. btucker9675 03/24/2022

    Looks like Buffalo folks garden like crazy to make up for all the snow they get during the winter months. This is really terrific - thanks for sharing!

  9. fromvirginia 03/24/2022

    I’ve always wanted to do this tour. Wonderful creativity! How lovely to live in a town with so many gardeners.

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