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Garden Notes for July 29 to Aug. 5

The 23rd annual Garden Walk Buffalo featuring about 400 gardens is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 and 30. The tour is free and self-guided. Maps with garden addresses and descriptions can be picked up during the hours of Garden Walk Buffalo at two headquarters: Richmond-Summer Senior Center, Richmond Avenue and Summer Street, and Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway. You will also find rest rooms and merchandise here. For maps only, stop by one of the satellite sites: First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle; Evergreen Health, 206 S. Elmwood Ave., and West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St. Or go here for locations where maps can be picked up ahead of time or to download an abridged map.

The Buffalo Society of Artists will present a Garden Paint-Out at the community garden at Vermont and 17th streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 and 30. Artists from the Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters will also be on site. Families welcome. The event coincides with Garden Walk Buffalo.

The public is invited to a Meet the Authors gardening event from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. More than 25 garden book authors are expected to participate. No ticket required. The event is free to attend, open to the public and coincides with the GWA/Association of Garden Communicators Annual Conference taking place in Buffalo.

The 13th annual Riverside Tour of Gardens will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 with about 40 gardens. More than 20 gardens are expected for the Starry Night Garden Tour that night from 8 to 10 p.m. Tour day headquarters: St. Mark’s & All Saints’ Church, 311 Ontario St. Maps also will be available at area businesses, by calling Council Member Joseph Golombek’s office at 851-5116 or by downloading them online. New this year: 14207 Day with historic tours, live music, crafts and more.

The Beyond Flowers: Sustainability in Action bus tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5. The tour will visit progressive gardening and farming sites in Buffalo. Project leaders will be at each site. Cost: $35 includes lunch. Register here.

Looking ahead: The East Side Momentum bus tour of community gardens, urban farms and more is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12. Cost: $25. Register here.

If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. email: All items must be received in writing two weeks prior to publication.


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