Tonawanda News — Bright pinks, deep violets and sunny yellows grace gardens throughout the City of Tonawanda and Ken-Ton during the summer season. And the city’s Garden Walk and Ken-Ton’s Garden Tour allow people to open their yards and share their hard work and expertise with their neighbors.
This year, the City of Tonawanda will be holding its fourth annual garden walk from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Similarly, Ken-Ton will have its garden tour showing 52 gardens from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. July 19 and 20 and will also have 17 gardens showing night lights from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 18-19.
“We call it a tour not a walk, because a ‘walk’ indicates that you might want to walk it,” said Kevin Leous, Chair of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour committee.
The gardens participating in the Ken-Ton tour are spaced out from Lorelee Avenue to East Hazeltine Avenue, so Leous suggested that people may want to drive to the various destinations or ride their bikes instead of walking.
This year, the committee in Ken-Ton invited food trucks, including Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, to set up at Kenmore West High School.
The addition of a Friday night tour in both Ken-Ton and the City of Tonawanda is new.
In Ken-Ton’s case this was because the Saturday night tours have been so popular in the past.
“The night tours are more populated in the gardens because of the shorter period of time, and a lot of people like to go see the lights in the garden,” Leous said.
Night time walks are a completely new addition to the City of Tonawanda.
“We’ve had a lot of requests for the night time walk and we just haven’t been able to organize so we’re hoping that it works out well,” Susan Gregg, chairman of the visual and performing arts board that sponsors the city’s Garden Walk, said.