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Christine Brooks Garden Grant Accepting Applications


The purpose of this monetary award is to encourage gardeners, both experienced and new, to beautify our University Heights neighborhood and participate in the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The award was established in 2016 to honor the spirit of dedicated gardener Christine H. Brooks (May 20, 1938-January 14, 2015), whose lovely garden on Larchmont Road enhanced our neighborhood for many years. We would like to help our neighbors to enhance an already existing garden or to start a new bed in an area visible from the street. You may ask for funding for bags of mulch, new perennials, a shrub or something more ambitious. Christine Brooks Garden Grant with map APPLICATION – 2017

UHAA Poster Art Contest


NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!  The competition will close January 31, 2017

The 2017 Beauty in Our Backyard Gardening Art Competition offers artists several incentives for submitting their best garden-themed art. The competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA) will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work.THE FIRST PLACE WINNER’S ART WILL BE USED TO CREATE THE OFFICIAL POSTER OF THE SAMUEL P. CAPEN GARDEN WALK. Participants will also be eligible to include their work in the “Soil, Seeds & Secrets” inaugural garden art publication as well as other garden art publications produced by the UHAA.

The prospectus may be downloaded at: For each submission, please email up to five high quality (large) .jpg images of the artwork to: Do not email more than 15 mb. of images at a time. Submissions must also include the information below in the body of the email. Place “Garden Art Submission” in the subject line of your email.

Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2017.

The 2017 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, July 15th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. as well as 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the Capen at Night evening walk.

For more information about the competition, telephone (716)833-6260 or email:

Poster Sample: The 2016 Capen Garden Walk Poster featuring the art of 1st Place Winner Susan Latona; designed by the University Heights Arts Association.

2017 Capen Garden Walk Calendar Fundraiser

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk committee is pleased to offer this lovely calendar for sale. Keep track of all your 2017 activities with this beautifully illustrated 11”x17” wall calendar. Every month, you will enjoy a new original work of art by local gardener and artist Mary Connally. The calendar, which includes plenty of room to record your personal reminders throughout the year, also lists Samuel P. Capen Garden walk events.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to advertise the July 15, 2017, Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, run our Spring and Fall Plant Exchanges, and fund the Christine Brooks Memorial Garden Grant.

This unique calendar would make a great holiday gift! To order copies, call 716-830 4290. Or contact us by email:


Donation is $20.