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.

2017 marks the 16th 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 16th Annual Capen Garden Walk on July 15, 2017!

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk 2017 Details

Date: Saturday July 15, 2017
Time: 10:00AM – 4:00PM Capen by Night: 8:00PM – 10PM
Location: Various homes and public spaces in the neighborhoods of the University District of Buffalo, Eggertsville and Amherst.

Free event, rain or shine in the University District neighborhoods

 2016 Garden Walk Map


Download the map as single 8.5 x 11 pages
Download the map as 11 x 17 spreads

Maps are available at the UB Anderson Gallery located at 1 Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo, NY 14214.

NEW IN 2016!
First ever Capen Garden Walk by Night from 8PM – 1OPM.

Visit our gardens under the light of the moon. Enjoy the evening ambiance of nature under the stars.

2017 Plant and Seed Exchanges

Location: University Presbyterian Church lot corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Main Street, Buffalo, 14214

Saturday May 20, 2017,  10 AM – 2PM

Saturday September 30, 2017,  10AM – 2PM

Watch for the 2017 Gardener’s Entry Form

2017 Capen Garden Walk Poster

UHAA Poster Art Contest December 16, 2016   NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!  The competition will close February 15, 2017

The full prospectus may be downloaded at:

Last year’s poster:


The University Heights Arts Association presents the results of the 2016 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk Poster Art Competition:
  1. Poster Art Winner: “Chinese Peony” by Susan Latona
  2. Second Prize: (Best of Exhibition): “Iris After the Rain” by Tracy A. Marciano
  3. Third Prize: “Dragonfly” by Eileen Graetz

View the 50+ competition entries

There will be an exhibition of the beautiful entries this summer. Thank you to all the artists who submitted their work!

Christine Brooks Garden GrantCBrooksMemorial



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.

The grant deadline has passed. Please check back next year!

2016 Garden Grant recipients were Lauren Thomann, Corey Bower and Shirley Ann Jordan.

If you would like to contribute to the Christine Brooks Memorial Fund, please make checks payable to “University Heights Collaborative,” write “Christine Brooks Memorial” in the memo, and send to Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 2 University Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214.

Photos & Videos 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 and Advertisers!

Contact Us

Find us on Facebook or email us at

Garden Walk News

UHAA Poster Art Contest December 16, 2016 -   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 […]
2017 Capen Garden Walk Calendar Fundraiser December 16, 2016 - 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 […]
Fall 2016 Plant & Seed Exchange August 25, 2016 - Join the Capen Garden Walk for their Annual Fall Plant and Seed Exchange on Saturday, October 1st, from 10AM – 2PM at the University Presbyterian Church. Perennials and beautifully packaged seeds with seed guide. Bring a plant, take a plant and get your garden ready for Spring and Summer blooms. Art activities for those inclined […]
Spring 2016 Plant and Seed Exchange May 14, 2016 - The Capen Garden Walk is hosting their Spring Plant and Seed Exchange on Saturday, May 21st from 10AM to 2PM at the University Presbyterian Church located at 3330 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14214. Perennials and beautifully illustrated seed packages with a detailed planting guide, contributed by University Heights Arts Association. Plant and seed donations […]
Capen Garden Walk – Invitation to Gardeners! May 2, 2016 - Dear Neighbor, We invite you to participate in the 15th annual Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk on Saturday, July 16 by sharing your garden or visiting the gardens in our neighborhood. All gardens are welcome; no garden is too big or too small! The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, a University Heights tradition since 2002, […]