Samuel 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 17th Annual Capen Garden Walk on July 14, 2018!
Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk 2018 Details
Date: Saturday July 14, 2018
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
2017 Garden Walk Map
Maps are available at the UB Anderson Gallery located at 1 Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo, NY 14214, until 4pm and UHAA-St. Andrew Sculpture Garden, 3107 Main Street, Buffalo, until 10pm. Free parking at both locations.
Capen by Night
Third annual 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.
Additional Activities on July 14, 2018 to be announced.
2018 Plant and Seed Exchanges
Location: University Presbyterian Church lo corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Main Street, Buffalo, 14214
Saturday May 19, 2018, 10 AM – 2PM
Saturday September 30, 2017, 10AM – 2PM
Fall Plant and Seed Exchanges are an opportunity to share perennials and seeds. In addition to plants and seeds, which are packaged by University Heights Arts Association, we will have pots for sale, a UHAA art activity, and soil testing by Master Gardeners.
If you would like your soil tested there is a fee of $2.00 for one sample and $5.00 for 3 samples. Read how to collect a soil sample here.
Check back for the 2018 Gardener’s Entry Form
2017 Capen Garden Walk Poster
The University Heights Arts Association presents the results of the 2017 Beauty in Our Backyard Garden Art Competition. The work of the poster art winner graces our garden walk poster.
- Poster Art Winner: “Flower Fantasy” Rosanne Saccoccia
- Second Prize: “Echinacea Flowers” Emma Roberts
- Third Prize: “Blossom” Laura Wright
- Honorable Mention: “Watercolor Impressions” Diane Menchetti
- Honorable Mention: “Backyard Daisies” Sallye Keith
The University Heights Arts Association presents the results of their Beauty in Our Backyard Garden Art Competition, which selects the artwork for the annual Capen Garden Walk plus additional awards. The UHAA also produces a related exhibition in July at Amy’s Place Restaurant.
Christine Brooks Garden Grant
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.
Download the 2018 Christine H. Brooks Garden Grant Application here.
2017 Christine Brooks Garden Grant recipients are Cameron and Jacqueline Hall, Kanika Durland and Travis Nelson.
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
The Capen Garden Walk is a participant in Gardens Buffalo Niagara. Gardens Buffalo Niagara is a 6 weeks long event including Garden Walk Buffalo, other Buffalo Niagara weekend garden walks, open gardens, garden-related events, symposia and tours packaged and promoted to attract visitors from far and wide.
Thank you to our generous sponsors and Advertisers!
- Erie County Legislator Peter J. Savage III
- Frame and Save
- Frank’s Mobil
- Jim’s Steakout
- Just Pizza
- Parkside Candy
- Queen City Imaging
- Shango Bistro and Wine Bar
- The Steer
- Tops Markets
- UB Anderson Gallery
- University at Buffalo Office of Community Relations
- University Heights Collaborative
- University District Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt
- University Heights Arts Association
- University Presbyterian Church