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Garden Walk Buffalo celebrates its 25th anniversary, features 400 gardeners

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 18:20:12-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The annual Garden Walk Buffalo is celebrating its 25th anniversary, which means thousands of people are walking around Elmwood Village, the West Side and Allentown this weekend - admiring plants and flowers in people's gardens.

The free garden tour brings visitors from all over the U.S. and Canada to see around 400 creative gardens.

"It's very cool. It's awesome to see everybody come from like all over," said gardener Mary Lou Swenson. "We've met people from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario, South it's nice to see people come to the Buffalo area."

Swenson has been on the Garden Walk for five years, but she's had a love for planting long before.

"I just like plants, I like color, they make me happy honestly. So I just plant them and see what happens," she said.

Martha Stutzman has also been on the Garden Walk for five years, and says making her garden look the way it does has been a learning process.

"It's been trial by error, sometimes things work and sometimes they don't. And you just try to remember what did and what didn't," said Stutzman.

But when people stop to marvel at the flowers and colors, it's all worth it.

"It's really nice that they appreciate what I do, even though I don't have a big elaborate garden or back yard," she said. "They enjoy it 'cause it has lots of colors in it so it's nice to share."

Gardeners said their inspiration for the palettes of colors they call their gardens stems from understanding what works and what doesn't, and what kinds of plants they fall in love with.