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 located at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Main Street, Buffalo, 14214
Saturday May 19, 2018, 10 AM – 2PM
Saturday September 29, 2018, 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
2018 Garden Walk Calendar at $12 makes a welcome gift. Read details here.
2018 Beauty in Our Backyard Garden Art Contest
The “Beauty in Our Backyard: 2018 Gardening Art 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 for the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The cash prizes are first place, $100; second place, $50, and third place, $25.
Participants will be eligible to include their work in the “Soil, Seeds & Secrets” book as well as other garden art publications produced by the UHAA.
The exhibition, held at local venues as part of the UHAA Art Partnering Program, will host the top 25 selected works plus additional work as space allows. Work for the exhibition must be framed at a minimum size of 20 united inches (10 x 10 or 8 x 12 inches, etc.) and a maximum size of 60 united inches, and ready to hang according to the committee’s instructions.
Artwork, which must be original, may take the form of a painting, photograph, drawing, illustration, digital art or mixed media art. Artists should keep their artwork clean, simple and easy to reproduce. Clip art, pictures copied from magazines or other copyrighted images will not be accepted. If working digitally, the final (print quality) art/photo must be 300 dpi at 20 united inches (10 x 10 or 8 x 12 inches, etc.) or larger. The design should be able to accommodate text but should not include any text on the artwork. Winners must make their art available for the exhibition.
The prospectus may be downloaded here. BeautyProspectus2018
For each submission, please email up to five high-quality (large) jpg images of the artwork to email@example.com. 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.
The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28th.
The 2018 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk will be held on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the daytime walk as well as 8 to 10 p.m. for the Capen at Night evening walk. An artists’ reception will be held at the UHAA-St. Andrew Sculpture Garden at 5:00 p.m., immediately following the daytime garden walk.
For more information about the competition, telephone (716) 833-6260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Brooks Garden Grant Application here.
2017 Christine Brooks Garden Grant recipients were 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