The Open Gardens/NGF guide is a flip-over book - it's two, two books in one.
The Open Gardens half has a listing of 75 free open gardens that can be viewed on Thursdays and Fridays throughout Buffalo Niagara June 28 - July 27. These would be gardens that visitors can be assured are worth the trip to view. Many can be seen on local garden tours, a few cannot. The book lists each garden's open times, a description, a photo and maps. Each open garden will have an Open Garden/NGF sign posted in the front yard. You'll have to check hours for each garden - a few are open into the early evenings, if that works better for you.
The other portion of the book is all about the Festival:
- Messages from Sally Cunningham, Festival Director; and Dottie Gallagher Cohen, President & CEO, Visit Buffalo Niagara.
- A comprehensive calendar of events covering June 23-July 29.
- Information on the brand new opening event, the Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale and Plant Society Avenue and Hosta Society Show.
- Descriptions and calendar for all 14 of the local garden tours taking place around Buffalo Niagara from June 23 through August 5.
- AAA garden-themed bus tours: Buffalo-style Gardens: Artist’s gardens of Buffalo; Buffalo’s Historic Gardens and Architecture; The Outlyers: Superior Gardens of Clarence and Lancaster; Southtowns Bouquet, with the Shadrack Garden; Preview Tour – Best of Buffalo Gardens; Grassroots Community Gardens; Southern Tier Scenic Tour: Wine & Flowers; Gardens for Gardeners: Plant Lover’s Tour of Buffalo and Northtowns Gardens.
- Garden Education events, including: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Garden Series (various speakers); Fairy Day at Menne Nursery; Native Plants Day at Lockwood’s Greenhouses; Native Plants and Habitat Tour by WNY Land Conservancy; and Whats Growing On in Urban Gardening? at Urban Roots Community Garden Center.
- Information on the Front Yard Garden Contest. In its third yer, we'll see local landscapers compete as they "make over" and entire block in the city's Riverside section, along the Frederic Law Olmsted-designed Riverside Park. This will make three neighborhoods (and 33 front yards!) area landscapers have made over. They'll be working the week of July 9 come out and watch a neighborhood transformed!