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Garden tours to inspire, July 19-21

The Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy is presenting the Lovejoy Iron Island Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to noon July 20. The tour features about 40 gardens including previous winners of Lovejoy's Iron Island in Bloom contest. Maps will be available at the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St. Donations accepted.

The 16th annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk of more than 20 residential and public gardens is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20. "Passport maps" to the free event will be available at the welcome tent outside Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville, and also at Mischler's Florist and Greenhouses, 118 S. Forest Road, at 10 a.m. and at Glen Park Tavern, 5507 Main St., at 11:30 a.m.

The 17th annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour is on the calendar for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 and 21. The Night Lights tour is planned for 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 19 and 20. Free event. Tour day headquarters where maps can be picked up will be at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Town of Tonawanda. Or click here to download and print a map and garden descriptions.

The second annual, free East Side Garden Walk of more than 40 gardens is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20. Maps are available in the Central Library and eight other city public libraries. Neighborhoods include Emslie, Willert Park, Masten Park, Emerson, Grider, Cold Springs, Hamlin Park, Leroy, LaSalle and Kensington.

Lancaster Garden Walk throughout the Village of Lancaster and Town of Lancaster is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 20 and 21. An evening tour is scheduled for 8:45 to 11 p.m. July 19. Garden maps to the free event will be available at: Two Chicks & A Rooster, 732 Aurora St.; Petals to Please, 5870 Broadway; and Lancaster Coffee Co. & Cafe, 24 Central Ave.

The 19th annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour of about 50 gardens – including some front gardens only and several new large ones – is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21. Maps will be available at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden, 2002 South Park Ave. The tour is free but a donation of $2 or more per person is suggested. Proceeds will help support the organization’s annual Christmas in the Park event.

Visit for other garden happenings – including the popular Open Gardens event during select hours on Thursdays and Fridays in July.

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