Realtor and investor Joshua M. Smith grew up in Buffalo, NY and lived in Japan for 13 years. After receiving his doctorate in cultural sociology in Osaka he returned to Western New York with his wife and 2 children.  Together they have...

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A Buffalo-Style Garden

Right here in Western New York sits America's largest Garden Walk that kicks off this July. Some have eluded to Buffalo developing their own style of garden that sits along side categories of Japanese-style gardens, Woodland Gardens, Russian gardens etc.


Front "lawns" that are now gardens

Alan Becker, The Garden Guru, from Montreal states that He believes there is a distinctive Buffalo style garden that is developing. One of the busiest areas of the Garden Walk is the Elmwood Village and the Allentown areas where you can definitely see numerous examples of what he describes:


1] Front yard lawns are replaced, entirely or partially, with dramatic perennial flowerbeds, and the strip of grass that separates the city road form the public sidewalk is similarly and painstakingly landscaped.

2] In older parts of town where Victorian architecture abounds, the exterior of the homes are painted in vivid shades that disregard the colors of nearby houses and flowers.

3] Gardens are defined by very dense and very lush plantings, a Romantic spirit, a liberal use of foliage, and an intense attention to texture, form, and color.

4] Neighbors design their front yard flowerbeds to compete with each other for attention.


Splashes of color with bright trim complement a vibrant garden

Check out the GardenWalk that is coming up soon.

America’s largest garden tour (Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2018, 10am-4pm)

Free, self-guided, no tickets required. Five free hop-on/hop-off shuttles buses with guides from Explore Buffalo will run continuously both days.


In it's 24th year, there are over 400 gardens you can now tour. With more than 65,000 guests, the "Garden Walk rejuvenates streets, re-energizes neighborhoods, increases property values, and takes the chill out of Buffalo's rustbelt/snowbelt image."

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