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Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes the greenery everyone in this region misses during the winter months. The Beyond Flowers Tour gives people in this area an opportunity to discover new and growing initiatives highlighting sustainable strategies in the City of Buffalo. As a part of the National Garden Festival, the Beyond Flowers Tour promotes and strengthens public knowledge of existing sustainable communities, coordinates and leverages Federal policies and investment, values communities and neighborhoods, and encourages smart environmental choices through support.
Along the way you’ll be provided with history and background on each of the sites, and at each spot we’ll have a project organizer join us to answer your questions. And you will have questions!
The tour begins on the West Side where you’ll visit M.A.P.’s tilapia farm and compost operation. Across the street you’ll take a look at PUSH’s new environmentally conscious park and playground. Then back onto the bus and over a few blocks to five adjacent lots that once held abandoned houses that were leveled by P.U.S.H. and which are now sporting gardens for 28 neighborhood families, many of them immigrants. Out along Furhmann Boulevard we’ll see what’s being called the Outer Harbor Parcel where you’ll see wind sculptures, a natural playground and more. Then on to South Buffalo where you’ll stop briefly at Riverfest Park on Ohio St., before having lunch at the Mutual Riverfront Park on Hamburg Street with its wonderful view of the world famous grain elevators. On Buffalo’s East Side you’ll visit a 3 acre parcel of the Buffalo Central Terminal site that’s been reclaimed as an urban habitat. We’ll help you understand that when you’re looking at sunflowers, you’re seeing phyto-remediation at work. And then on to the gardens built on the roof of the Broadway Market parking garage where there will be an explanation how the gardens also represent community building in that struggling neighborhood. You’ll have time to go into the Market to enjoy the more than 25 vendors in this 125th anniversary year. Finally, back at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus parking lot, we’ll explain how that relatively narrow strip of vegetation at the end of the 4 acre parking lot can divert 4 million gallons of storm water annually from Buffalo’s sewer system.
The Beyond Flowers Tour takes the National Garden Festival to a new place, beyond flowers and private gardens to community-building organizations, public spaces and sustainable gardening projects. Bus transportation and lunch are provided with the purchase of a $35 ticket. The event will take place on Saturday, August 2nd from 10am to 3pm with pick-up being at 589 Ellicott Street.
The Beyond Flowers Tour often sells out every year and has been featured in regional periodicals.
Buffalo Rising Article from 2013:
Buffalo-Niagara Gardening Online Magazine:
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