Garden Walk Buffalo - first stats are in
|Crowds like this were consistent for two days at this intersection, the appropriately-named Summer Street.|
|But c'mon -- the crowds got to see gardens like this -- for free! |
Better than any home show, better than any garden show,
not designed by over-the-top designers --
real homeowners without huge budgets.
We collected 2,864 zip codes from 36 different states and Canada. Outside of NYS, the next three states were, PA, OH & FL, but there were more visitors from Canada than either PA & OH (and from PA, most came from Philadelphia!). We expected, of course, that the majority of visitors would be from the area - Erie and Niagara Counties.
What came as a surprise was how many came from outside the area - a full 24% of the zip codes collected were from visitors outside Erie & Niagara Counties. The Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau was pleasantly surprised, expecting the number to be closer to 10% or so -- that means about a quarter of the money spent in the area for Garden Walk is new money -- coming from outside the area.
|We kept three, free shuttle buses running continuously |
complete with professional tour guides from Buffalo Tours,
which just added to the quality of the overall event.
We also did a more comprehensive 12-question survey and received more than 300 responses. That info will take longer to assess. But you can be sure I'll be reporting it here.
I'm really anxious to get the economic impact study, because we can then contrast that to the cost of putting on a garden tour like this and come out with a ROI (Return on Investment) and maybe get more help with putting on the Walk from other entities. Sometimes money is not always what's needed most, but actual help hosting and making things happen.
The Garden Walk committee knows it's a valuable community asset, but it helps to have it recognized as such by business and political leaders in the area.
Maybe I can get the tree stump that's been in my hellstrip -- for two-plus years -- ground out. It's the least they can do. Calls to the mayor's complaint line don't seem to be working.