It's Time to Stop and Smell the Buffalo Roses

June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 6:29 PM EDT

Buffalo, N. Y. (WKBW)- Whether you have a green thumb or not, the National Garden Festival here in Buffalo will inspire everyone to stop and smell the roses.

"We're kicking off the 2nd National Garden Festival and it's something that Buffalo owns. We started the idea based on garden tourism based on Garden Walk Buffalo and we're taking it from here to celebrate five weeks of garden related activities," Executive Director of the festival Sally Cunningham said.

The festival starts tomorrow and runs through July 31st. There will be 14 garden walks across Western New York. Some gardens are professionally done. Residents also plant gardens and invite the public into their own backyards.

Organizers kicked off the program with a press event, Thursday. They will open the Botanical Gardens to the public for the start of the festival, Friday.

"This is a whole new way of enjoying our beautiful outdoors in buffalo and we're inviting the world to come and enjoy it with us," President and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Thomas Herrera-Mishler said.

Executive Director of the Festival Sally Cunningham said one neighborhood in South Buffalo will be even be getting a makeover. All the homes will be landscaped.

"It's all done by the Western New York Landscape Association members who are just glad to show off what a good landscaper can do. It' the first in the country as far as we know it," Cunningham said.

Cunningham said the festival is not only an enjoyable event for the community but it is also changing the image of the Buffalo.

"When people think about our rust belt snowy image, we say heck no. We have months of not only green but colorful garden and warm and friendly neighbors," Cunningham said.

If you thumb isn't so green different venues will host educational workshops to help even the most novice gardener grow beautiful flowers.

This festival compliments a summertime program called "Garden of the Week" that will be featured on Eyewitness News This Morning. Meteorologist Mike Randall will honor one lucky gardener with a deserving garden. All you have to do to nominate a garden is send a picture to and tell us why it should be recognized.