This weekend is a busy one for local self-guided garden tours. Six of them are scheduled. The real biggie – Garden Walk Buffalo with more than 380 gardens – takes place July 27 and 28; see www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com. But there are plenty of gardens in local communities to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. And the Ninth Annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and Starry Night Garden Tour are still to come Aug. 3. See www.brrtourofgardens.com.
Local garden tours are just part of what the ongoing National Garden Festival has to offer through Aug. 4. Visit www.nationalgardenfestival.com for information on Open Gardens, Beyond Flowers Tour and other happenings.
This weekend’s garden tours:
• Now in its 11th year, the Ken-Ton Garden Tour of 54 gardens will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with an evening tour of 22 illuminated gardens from 8:30 to 10:30 Saturday. The tour includes gardens from the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore. Visit www.kentongardentour.com for a map with garden locations and descriptions, a history of the tour, photos and video. Map guides to the free tour also are available at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center.
• The 10th annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk of 23 residential gardens will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. In addition, a docent will greet visitors to Glen Park’s Pathway Garden and the new Garden of 1812. “Garden Passport” and map will be found at the welcome tent in front of Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville. This is a walkable/bikeable event with a farmers’ market until 12:30 p.m., garden-themed menus at restaurants, Garden of 1812 procession at noon, free garden talk and more. Poster with details can be found at www.village.williamsville.ny.us.
• The fourth annual Amherst Garden Walk of 49 gardens will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free maps are available at Menne Nursery and Garden Artistry, 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Or pick one up Saturday in front of Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville. Downloadable maps, descriptions and information about soil testing and a garden cooking demonstration also can be found online at map.amherst.ny.us/gardenwalk.
• Now in its 10th year, the Lancaster Garden Walk of 55 gardens throughout the town and village will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Many gardens will host local artists. Free maps are available at Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora St., and Petals to Please, 63 Central Ave.
• West Seneca’s Tour of Home Gardens will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Maps of the 36 gardens can be picked up at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca or found online at www.burchfieldnac.org.
• The 13th annual South Buffalo Alive’s Tour of Gardens will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Maps can be picked from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at tour headquarters – Tim Russert Children’s Garden next to the Dudley Library, 2002 South Park Ave. About 70 private and public gardens are included. Suggested donation is $2. South Buffalo Alive is on Facebook.
Other upcoming events in the gardening community:
Hamburg House and Garden Club will hold its annual picnic at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the home of club president Carolyn Sheehy on Sisson Highway, Langford. Members will participate in a Mini Flower Show and place-setting display using the theme “Christmas in July.” For club information, call Sheehy at 337-3742.
Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association will hold its annual summer picnic and membership meeting Tuesday at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. At 5:30 p.m., Ed Dore, senior lifetime CNLP, will lead “An Insider’s Tour of the Botanical Gardens.” From 6 to 7:30 p.m., president Mike Frank will present a genuine wood-smoked barbecue. Membership meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Newcomers welcome. For more information call Joyce Janson, 741-8047. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.wnysnla.org.
Ken Parker, CNLP, will present “Edible Wild Plants for Landscape Use” from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Allegany Community Center, 3677 Administration Drive, Salamanca, and from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cattaraugus Community Center, 12767 Route 438, Irving. The event is sponsored by Food Is Our Medicine Project, Seneca Nation of Indians and Seneca Diabetes Foundation.
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