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Grand Island Garden Walk is July 7

Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 07:00 am

Spring is here and it is time to start thinking about planting and enjoying gardens. The fourth annual Grand Island Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. The Garden Walk is a free event for participating gardens and for the public. Hundreds of visitors have toured and admired Island gardens during past walks, and such annual successes have the planning committee excited for the 2019 gardening season.

With each event, the Garden Walk Committee has seen the number of attendees grow. The Island is a short drive from communities north and south, including Canada, and the walk showcases the beauty and efforts of Grand Island gardeners. Previous walks have featured flower gardens, native plant gardens, themed gardens, and the vegetable and pollinator gardens created by the Kaegebein Elementary Garden Club. Such local successes have been enjoyed by not only the hard-working gardeners, but also community members who visit the gardens and share the beauty of the natural environments.

This free event would not be possible without such community participation and support. Last year, supporters included: Liz Wilbert of Howard Hanna, Lakeside Sod Supply Company (Big Yellow Bag), Mastantuono Allstate Insurance, Grand Island Auto Tech, Island Ship Center, Marston Power Equipment, Ellden’s Grill & Banquet, Flower A Day Florist, Dick & Jenny’s, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, Copper Valley Roofing, Grand Island Secure Storage, and Mosquito Joe.

Betty Hopkins, owner of E.H. Enterprises Nursery of Ransom Road, donated a gift certificate to the nursery to every household that placed a garden in the walk.

For those interested in placing their garden in this year’s walk, garden applications are being accepted now until June 1 and can be found online at www.grandislandgardenwalk.com or by calling Jan at 716-465-7396 or Nancy at 716-435-9738. All kinds of gardens, from large to small, shady to sunny, are invited to participate in this year’s walk. Those developing new gardens or adding a unique theme to an existing landscape are asked to consider sharing it with the community. Donations to support the 2019 Grand Island Garden Walk are also accepted.

Garden Walk maps can be picked up on event day at the Town Commons Gazebo, 2255 Baseline Road, and information on the walk can be found at: www.grandislandgardenwalk.com.

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