NIAGARA FALLS – The city’s green thumb will be showing at the one-day Gardenwalk of Niagara Falls USA beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with a welcome at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.
The Gardenwalk, which is in its third year, has expanded from Niagara-Portage to include neighborhoods throughout the city. The New York State Parks Trolley will provide free transportation.
Headquarters and map stations are at the Niagara Falls Public Library, as well as Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Road, and the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave.
Four organizations – the Niagara Falls Public Library, Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and Oakwood Cemetery – have worked together since 2014 to grow the event and involve more neighborhoods and businesses.
At 10 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery there will be a “Stump the Master Gardener” program and tree tour with Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener John Farfaglia.
At 11 a.m. the Schoellkopf Garden Tour with Joy Kuebler, landscape architect, will meet at the medical center.
At noon there will be a program on Native American herbs and teas in the Children’s Garden at the NACC.
Programming continues through 4 p.m. at the NACC with exhibits, garden art, live painting demonstrations and an old-fashioned ice cream social.
From noon to 4 p.m. there will be self-guided tours in the Park Place Historic District.
Wandering minstrels and local musicians will be part of “Porch Fest” from 2 to 4 p.m. during the Park Place tours. The Park Place Market will be open all day, selling farm produce and artisan wares.
Also from noon to 4 p.m., there will be self-guided garden tours in the “Black Squirrel” Memorial Park Neighborhood. Brochures and maps are available at 550 12th St.
From 3 to 4 p.m. Chef Bobby Anderson Jr. will offer instruction on “How to Make a Seasonal Fruit Parfait” and lavender lemonade at the library.