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July 13, 2012

A growing tradition

Tonawanda News — One year after the debut of the City of Tonawanda Garden Walk, the event is back with 18 new sites ... and even more hopes for the future.

Susan Gregg, chairman of the Tonawandas Board of Visual & Performing Arts, which sponsors the walk, said that 31 gardens are featured in this year’s event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the city. Most of those sites are new, with 13 gardens returning for the second year.

Gregg said the growth shows just how popular the event was last summer.

“People enjoyed it so much ... there were more than 200 people wandering around Tonawanda looking at gardens last summer,” she said. “It was mainly word of mouth that did it. ... It was just a steady stream of people. People who visited were just so appreciative of the fact that we were having a garden walk.

“People have great gardens here. Ponds, rock gardens, just beautiful things ... and if you’d drive by, you might never know. This gives people a chance to show off their garden and show their pride.”

Maps for the walk can be picked up at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St.; the City of Tonawanda Library, 333 Main St.; the Senior Citizen Center, 35 Main St.; the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, 15 Webster St., North Tonawanda; and several local businesses. On Satuday, maps will also be available at the City of Tonawanda police station.

Most are located at residences, except for the median islands on Clinton Street and their flower beds. Features range from flowers of all kinds to vegetable and herb gardens, from ponds and waterfalls to rock gardens, and hedges and shrubs of all sorts. Many sites include artwork such as sculpture and found and decorated items. The Greggs’ garden is among the sites featured, as is the garden tended by Michelle Christopher of Elm Street and her young son, who also took part in last year’s walk.

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