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Gardening and More: New cluster of open gardens added in East Aurora and Holland

GRAB A COPY — A new cluster of open gardens has been added, in Holland and East Aurora. This year, the only source of information about the open gardens is the National Garden Festival Directory & Open Gardens Guide. Proceeds from the sale support the National Garden Festival. Image courtesy of National Garden Festival.

EAST AURORA — The Open Gardens event of the National Garden Festival has added a new cluster of open gardens, in East Aurora and Holland, according to Sally Cunningham, director of the National Garden Festival.

The public may visit the open gardens for free, on Thursdays or Fridays, from June 27 – Aug. 2.

Nearly a quarter of the 85 open gardens are new this year, so even if you’ve visited Open Gardens before, you should give it another shot.

The open gardens are clustered into 12 groups: East Aurora and Holland; Southtowns Bouquet; Hamburg; South Buffalo; Buffalo: cottage district and Kleinhans; Buffalo: Elmwood Village and Allentown; Buffalo: Parkside; Buffalo: Delaware District; Lancaster; Northtowns East; Northtowns West and Niagara Trail.

Cunningham said that people often enjoy visiting the open garden on a girls’ day out or when on a date. She suggested viewing clusters of gardens in one area, having lunch and moving on to another area.

In some ways, the open gardens are even better than garden walks. Many gardens are open later in the afternoon and into the evening, when the weather might be cooler. The gardens will not be as crowded as they may be, during a garden walk. Plus, you have more dates to choose from, so you can go whenever it is convenient for you.

The open garden times and dates vary. To view a schedule and the open garden addresses, purchase a National Garden Festival Directory & Open Gardens Guide. This $8 feature will provide all of the information you will need, to plan your trips to the open gardens. Proceeds from the sale support the National Garden Festival.

In addition to details about Open Gardens, the National Garden Festival’s directory lists information about the garden walks, bus tours, educational events, the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale, LEAF a Legacy Project and public gardens.

Purchase a digital download of the directory online at The print version will be available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the master gardener plant sale, at 1071 Amherst St., between Delevan and Colvin streets, in Buffalo.

The print version is also available at these locations:

– Lockwood’s Greenhouses, located at 4484 Clark St. in Hamburg.

– Masterson’s Garden Center, located at 725 Olean Road in East Aurora.

– Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Gift Shop, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo.

– Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, which is located at 118 South Forest Road in the town of Williamsville.

– Visit Buffalo Niagara Visitors centers.

– Market Arcade Building, located at 617 Main St. in Buffalo.

– The Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

– AAA offices, throughout western and central New York.

– Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Parkside Lodge, located at 84 Parkside Ave. in Buffalo.

– Queen City Garden Town Nursery, located at 4000 Harlem Road in Buffalo.

– Everything Elmwood, located at 740 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo.

– Omega 3 Restaurants, located at 739 Elmwood Ave. and 4445 Main St. in Buffalo.

– Parkside Community Association offices, located at 2318 Main St. in Buffalo.

– Spring Lake Winery, located at 7373 Rochester Road in Lockport.

Connie Oswald Stofko is the publisher of, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. Email

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