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.

2015 marks the 14th 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 14th Annual Capen Garden Walk on July 11, 2015!

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk 2015 Details

Date: Saturday July 11, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Various homes and public spaces in the neighborhoods of the University District of Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst.

Map headquarters:

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

Bonus: Complementary Shuttle provided by University at Buffalo Office of Community Relations.

Free event, rain or shine in the University District neighborhoods

Watch for the Spring Plant and Seed Exchange

 Call for Artists – 2015 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk Poster and Exhibition

DEADLINE: Submissions accepted until April 3, 2015.
COST: Free. Open to the general public.

Call for artists: Submissions of original artwork are being sought for use on the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk 2015 posters. The University Heights Arts Association will jury the competition. The theme for this year’s competition, The Beauty in our Backyard, invites interpretation of anything from a single flower to an entire backyard. Painting, photography, illustration, mixed media and digital art will be considered. Entries are due by Friday, April 3, 2015. A related exhibition will be held from June 1 – July 31 at area venues as part of the University Heights Arts Association Arts Crawl Partnering Program. The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, which showcases gardens in the University District and surrounding communities, will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

For submission details, download the full prospectus at:

Watch for the 2015 Gardener’s Entry Form

2014 Capen Garden Walk Poster

The 2014 Snyder Ridge Gardening poster art prize was awarded to Sallye Keith. A big thank you to University Heights Arts Association for overseeing our contest.


See all the 2014 art entries on our Flickr account

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

GWBN_GardenW&T_logoGarden Walk Buffalo Niagara

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.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

  • Just Pizza
  • Queen City Imaging
  • Shango Bistro and Wine Bar
  • The Steer
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • UHC
  • Snyder Ridge Landscaping
  • University District Council Office
  • University Heights Arts Association

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Garden Walk News

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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