Where to Find the Flowers: Our WNY Guide to Nurseries & Greenhouses

Fun fact: I grew up on a horticultural farm. My grandfather, parents, Aunt Jillie, siblings, and Great Aunt grew chrysanthemums by the 1,000s in Wrights Corners, NY for years. The tens of acres at my grandparents’ house was magical, beautiful, and hard work. Besides the mums, we also grew vegetables and sunflowers and my Grandpa took much of his garden to the local Farmer’s Market in Lockport every week. My brother studied landscape architecture and my mother is a retired art teacher. So naturally, this whole gardening thing is of interest to me and I am diving in to everything that has to do with the outside of the house.Beau is, too.

My parent’s home in Newfane, NY was meticulously landscaped and they spent every hour they could once the weather broke until the snow fell outside working on their flower beds. It was so stunning that people would drive down our road very slowly to check out the land and ask my Dad questions about what things were. (lol!) I spent ALOT of time in nurseries and greenhouses as a kid and have started to visit many of them now as an adult and getting my own things.

We have some stunning places in WNY and each nursery and greenhouse has a certain personality. Some are fierce flower joints, others focus on shrubs. Some have hearty plants and several are uniquely their own. This list is our personal guide to places we love that you should definitely be hittin’ up this Spring:

Our Top Greenhouses and Nurseries:

Russell’s Tree & Shrub Farm: The best place for trees, bushes, grasses, and shrubs. You can find small to large sizes for your budget and talk about delivery to your place. Transit Rd., East Amherst

Hi-Way Garden Center: A well-maintained and beautiful greenhouse filled with hearty and colorful perennials and annuals. We love getting our coleus, hens and chicks, and vegetables here. (yes, like the veggies you can grow yourself) Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst

Lockwood’s: A new discovery for us now that are Southtowners! This place has some stunning houseplants, beautiful spikes, and really hard-to-find annuals. Clark St., Hamburg

Seasonal Nursery: The place to look in to for landscaping design ideas and beautiful hanging baskets. We like to get spikes, sweet potato vines, and impatients here. Bullis Rd., Elma

Angle Acres Greenhouse: Here’s your hidden gem, guys. Angle Acres has 4 greenhouses filled with houseplants and unique varying sizes of succulents. Best place for a photo shoot. ***CASH ONLY. If you forget it’s okay- there is a gas station nearby with an ATM. Angle Rd., Orchard Park

Our original go-to spots also in Niagara County:

Zehr’s, West Lake Rd., Burt

La Roses, Ridge Rd, Lockport

Heimiller Greenhouses, Ewings Rd., Newfane

Northtowns:

Spoth’s, Transit Rd., East Amherst

Badding Brothers, Transit Rd., Amherst

Adam’s Nursery, Genesee St., Lancaster

Garden Walk Buffalo 2014: Can You Believe This Is In Our City?

Rose of Sharon planting
Rose of Sharon planting

Celebrating its 20th year of gardening extravaganza, the Garden Walk of Buffalo occurred this past weekend- bringing gorgeous weather and thousands of people out to the city. Last year, girl lovebird’s father promised he would come down for the 2014 weekend and that’s just what happened. Her family is in to horticulture in a HUGE way and the family has an extensive landscape design at her childhood home- all done by her parents. So when something like the Garden Walk sprouts up- there is major excitement and exploring to be done.

See? Told ya girl bird's parents had a great landscape! What do you think?? Honorary Niagara County Garden Walk Buffalo home??
See? Told ya girl bird’s parents had a great landscape! What do you think?? Honorary Niagara County Garden Walk Buffalo home??

If you have never attended the Garden Walk, here is a rundown: every year on a chosen Saturday & Sunday in July from 10am-4pm, the city neighborhoods partake in a free, open-to-the-public walk which allows people to view their landscapes in their front, side, and/or back yards. You grab a map from participating sponsors and follow wherever your heart desires. You can walk, ride your bike, or hop on the free shuttle at marked destinations.

Our first stop was Starbucks on Delaware, after the walk from the Hotel Lafayette. We knew we needed to amp up for the day. We then headed to (most likely) our favorite home area in the direct downtown area of Buffalo: Cary St.//Rabin St. We have this insanely healthy jealousy of these homes- mainly because we want one. A small, quiet, well-maintained neighborhood with trees and grass…right around the corner from bustling Delaware and Chippewa. <<hint, hint, people- we need more communities like this to happen downtown!>> The Garden Walk is so friendly because you get to meet many of the home owners- who love to share their stories and some even offer to give you a cutting or plant to take with you!

quaint Cary St. will leave you in awe: this is in the heart of downtown Buffalo!
quaint Cary St. will leave you in awe: this is in the heart of downtown Buffalo!
cityscape // landscape
cityscape // landscape
We may not be revealing who WE are yet- but here is the girl bird's father!
We may not be revealing who WE are yet- but here is the girl bird’s father!

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using space in a unique way- up the wall
using space in a unique way- up the wall

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front yard serenity
give yourself privacy
We stumbled upon the New Phoenix Theatre- located on Johnson Park. Watch for their upcoming 2014-2015 season!
We stumbled upon the New Phoenix Theatre- located on Johnson Park. Watch for their upcoming 2014-2015 season!

More info: New Phoenix Theatre

There were a few Victorian style homes along the way that had has all hot & bothered- who could have let this deteriorate?? We hope it is in good hands now...
There were a few Victorian style homes along the way that had us all hot & bothered- who could have let this deteriorate?? We hope it is in good hands now…
Are we in the city of Buffalo or down South in Louisiana?
Are we in the city of Buffalo or down South in Louisiana?

Next stop was the Cottage District- with all of the in between homes along the way. <<this area is slightly north of Kleinhans and is surrounded by Richmond, Connecticut, York, Porter, and Prospect>> Once we arrived at the cottages- we couldn’t stop smiling! This was an area of the city we had NEVER been to before. It humbled us in the sense that there is still so much to explore in beautiful Buffalo! The Cottage District community is strong and the gardens prove that even more- with each 19th century-era home, we observed character, preservation, and growth. Hundreds of people took over Little Summer St. and Ketchum, with icetrikes (the ice cream guy on his bike) riding up and down the streets, homeowners with their own lemonade stands, serving popcorn, banana bread, and water to hydrate their garden guests.

Cottage District
Cottage District
the streets were filled with garden walkers!
the streets were filled with garden walkers!
Cottage District- closeknit cottages
Cottage District- closeknit cottages

 

proof that a community can bond together and create beauty and love.
proof that a community can bond together and create beauty and love.

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icetrikes. yes, we picked up some Creamsicles!
icetrikes. yes, we picked up some Creamsicles!

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many homeowners served up lemonade!
many homeowners served up lemonade!
keep scrolling- and remember, this is all still in BUFFALO!
keep scrolling- and remember, this is all still in BUFFALO!
this home was featured in Better Homes & Gardens! we can see why!
this home was featured in Better Homes & Gardens! we can see why!

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We strolled back to the Hotel Lafayette via Summer St. to Delaware and felt revived, happy, and inspired. The only thing leaving us heartbroken was the fact that the walk ended at 4pm (roughly) and we felt we had a solid four more hours of sunlight to explore! Walking through the pitter-patter of rain, we reveled in the fact that there were so many beautiful back yards that we do not get to see as we drive by. It’s the age of saying of ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. The city life is different than the country- you have close neighbors but you also get to think outside the box when it comes to your landscaping. And with the endless amount of smiling faces, we were once again reminded why this is known as The City of Good Neighbors.

this Tudor home had us drooling
this Tudor home had us drooling

<<small facts>>

You can thank Gail McCarthy, who began this contagious beautification project with her late husband Marvin Lunenfeld back in 1995.

FREE!

You can learn more info on the Garden Walk Buffalo website!

There are numerous garden events that take place throughout the seasons in many Western New York neighborhoods- make sure you check some of them out! It is perfect for a daytime date, families, with friends,or going solo.

Many famous Buffalo spots, such as the Mansion on Delaware and Forest Lawn Cemetery, are available to check out at any time other than Garden Walk weekend.

**more pics for you below! we did not post ALL of our shots- and we definitely did not hit all of the neighborhoods, but we gave some great highlights of our adventure!

small windowboxes give life
small windowboxes give life
backyard amazingness
backyard amazingness
community gardens
community gardens

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On Day Two of the Garden Walk, girl bird ventured out solo for an hour to see some gardens along Bidwell, Argyle Park, and West Delavan. <<below pics>>

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we are still in Buffalo!
we are still in Buffalo!
Koi ponds
Koi ponds

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