Buffalo Garden Walk Tour Draws Thousands

July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- Thousands of people gathered for the 19th Annual Garden Walk Buffalo Saturday.

"It's the largest garden walk in America," said Cindy Loomis, President of Garden Walk in Buffalo. "We get people coming from all over the U.S., Canada, and overseas who come specifically for our flowers."

Over 380 families opened up their homes and gardens for visitors to admire Saturday.

"We started the Buffalo Walk as a way to let people know Buffalo is still a great place to live," said Arlin Peters.

His garden on Norwood has been a stop on the Buffalo Garden Walk since the first event 19 years ago.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people have visited what is his masterpiece: an outdoor oasis filled with beautiful benches, soothing fountains, and flowers in full bloom.

One goal of the event is to change perceptions about Buffalo.

"I think the best thing that has come is that people are starting to see Buffalo as a nice place to visit," said Peters.

"We have changed the image from snow and rust to flowers," said Loomis.

The Buffalo Garden Walk will continue Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.