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Garden Walk Buffalo impresses

I was fortunate enough to visit Garden Walk Buffalo last weekend. With more than 350 private gardens on show, the tour is the largest in the U.S. Over two days on the last weekend in July, enthusiastic gardeners open their yards to about 50,000 walkers.

I was especially captivated by the so-called “Buffalo-style” gardens: an eclectic mix of colourful perennials, stone-scaping, water features and unique found objects. The gardeners themselves joyfully boasted about the years upon decades of hard work and dedication put into their gardens with results that you have to see with your own eyes to believe.

Other highlights include traditional English-style perennial borders, Japanese water gardens and unique ideas for containers and patio gardens

Now in its 16th year, Garden Walk Buffalo has worked hard to boost curb appeal and green the streets of Buffalo, increasing property values and improving the general atmosphere of the streets. Part of this initiative is the front yard competition. Each year, a different low-income neighborhood is chosen to participate in the contest. Professional landscapers work with families to design and plant front yards, which all culminates in a community-wide vote. Better yet, the families receive training on how to maintain their new gardens. It’s inspiring to see what beautiful landscaping can do for a community!

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