Session Details

Story Tour (Wednesday): Location TBD
(Event: SAVE THE DATE: 2018 GWA Annual Conference & Expo)

Aug 15, 2018 12:30pm - Aug 15, 2018 4:00pm
Session Type: Garden Tour
Track: Garden Tour


Horticulture Heritage Tour

Visitors to Buffalo soon become aware of the landscape architectural influence of Frederic Law Olmsted and Frank Lloyd Wright. This tour provides garden writers with a story-worthy perspective and unique access to three destination sites with a focus on their horticultural connections. Each visit will last approximately 50 minutes, led by expert docents.

Buffalo Olmsted Park: Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Hoyt Lake

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903)--considered America’s greatest landscape architect—designed a system of parks and parkways in Buffalo that were the first of the kind in the country with six parks and connecting parkways and circles (National Register of Historic Places). Tour will focus on the largest park central to Buffalo and the museum district: Delaware Park, which includes Hoyt Lake, site of Shakespeare in the Park, and the scenic Rose Garden (behind the Albricht-Knox Art Gallery). The Japanese garden, visible from the rose garden, is across Hoyt Lake (behind Buffalo History Museum) will be toured separately.

Darwin Martin House

Discover an integrated landscape: The Darwin Martin House and landscape is a prairie style masterpiece of “organic architecture” designed by FLW for Darwin Martin in 1905.  The unified composition includes the site, the house, the incredible interior detailing, and a landscape with outdoor spaces and numerous planters, keeping you in touch with the natural world at every turn. Visitors will learn about the Martins’ passion for flowers and horticulture and the historic landscape restoration plans from MH horticulturist Nell Gardner. (Walking tours, with terrific gift shop included)