Capen Garden Walk

GardenWalk250_2Samuel P. Capen was the first full-time, salaried Chancellor at the University at Buffalo. The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk began in 2002 with 24 gardens, in an effort to showcase the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo South campus which includes the University District of Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst.

2016 marks the 15th year of the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, a free self-guided tour of more than 70 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces. The Capen Garden Walk is designed to encourage neighborhood beautification, collaboration and build strong communities.

Join us for the 15th Annual Capen Garden Walk on July 16, 2016!

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk 2016 Details

Date: Saturday July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Various homes and public spaces in the neighborhoods of the University District of Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst.

Bonus: Complementary Shuttle, with tour guide, provided by University at Buffalo Office of Community Relations.

Free event, rain or shine in the University District neighborhoods


 2015 Garden Walk Map


Click on the image to download a printable 11 x 17 PDF of the Map. You can also pick up hard copies of the map on July 11th at the UB Anderson Gallery and University Community Farmers Market.

Map headquarters:

  • UB Anderson Gallery – 1 Martha Jackson Place (off Englewood Ave. and south of Kenmore Ave.)
  • University Community Farmers Market – Main St. at Kenmore Ave.

Fall 2015 Plant and Seed Exchange

The Fall Plant and Seed Exchange is on October 3, 2015 from 9AM to 1PM at the University Community Farmers Market. There is a rain date of Oct 10th.

See the Facebook Event for additional details

2015 Gardener’s Entry Form

Check back for the 2016 Gardener’s Entry Form!

2015 Capen Garden Walk Poster

The 2015 poster art first place prize was awarded to Mary Connally. A big shout out to University Heights Arts Association for administering the competition!

GW poster 2015 web

The online exhibition including the second and third place winners may be viewed on Flickr.

An exhibition of the entries will take place from July 1-31st at the following Arts Crawl Partnering Locations: Amy’s Place Restaurant; Buffalo Roots, Hydroponics and Organics; and Queen City Imaging.

Photo Contest “Capturing the Garden”

Submit photos taken during the Garden Walk for a chance to win $50 and get your photos featured in local businesses.

The purpose of photo contest is to encourage visitors of the 2015 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk to submit at least one photograph of any garden in the garden walk for consideration in the “Capturing the Garden” exhibition. The University Heights Arts Association will jury the competition for a $50. prize.

Participants will be included as part of the “Capturing the Garden” exhibition that will be held in August at Amy’s Place Restaurant Buffalo Roots, Hydroponics and Organics, and Queen City Imaging as part of the UHAA Arts Crawl Partnering Program.

Download the full prospectus for additional info

Photos from Previous Year’s Samuel P. Capen Garden Walks

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The Capen Garden Walk is a participant in Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara. Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara is a great green umbrella under which Garden Walk Buffalo, other Buffalo Niagara garden walks, open gardens, garden-related events, symposia and tours are packaged and promoted to attract visitors from far and wide.


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Garden Walk News

Capen Garden Walk Photo Contest

June 29, 2015
University Heights Arts Association is sponsoring a photo competition. Submit your Capen Garden Walk photos for a chance to win a prize! Participants will also be included as part of the “Capturing the Garden” exhibition that will be held in August at Amy’s Place Restaurant Buffalo Roots, Hydroponics and Organics, and Queen City Imaging as part […]
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Submit your garden to the Capen Garden Walk

April 29, 2015
The Capen Garden Walk Committee invites you to participate in the 14th annual Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk on Saturday, July 11 by sharing your garden with visitors and showing your pride in your neighborhood. All gardens are welcome; no garden is too big or too small! To share your garden, please submit your entry by June 20, […]
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Christine Brooks Memorial Fund

April 15, 2015
University Heights resident, long-time Capen Garden Walk Committee Member, and garden enthusiast Christine Brooks passed away in January of this year. In Christine’s honor, the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk Committee has decided to plant a Gingko tree in Templeton Park, which is just down the street from Christine’s house in Buffalo.  If you would like […]
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Capen Garden Walk – Call for Artists!

January 24, 2015
It might be hard to think about the Capen Garden Walk with snow on the ground, but planning is well underway with a call for artists for the 2015 Garden Walk Poster. to be juried by the University Heights Arts Association. Submit your original artwork to be used on the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk 2015 posters! […]
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