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2017-07-12 / Front Page

Williamsville Garden Walk scheduled for Saturday

by HOLLY N. LIPKA Reporter

The Village of Williamsville will host its 14th annual self-guided garden walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

The walk includes 21 participating residential gardens with themes that vary from country to classical to gardens with water features. The event will also feature four village public gardens, a tiny-garden contest and tiny parade.

To kick off the event, the tiny parade will be held at 10 a.m. in the village’s volunteer pocket park, located between Village Hall, 5565 Main St., and the Williamsville Library, 5571 Main St. It will begin at the rear of the pocket park, allowing participants to decorate strollers or wagons and walk down “Fairy Lane.”

“We also encourage residents to dress up in fairy, pixie or sprite costumes,” said Deb Habes, deputy village clerk and chairperson for the garden walk.

Free signature gift bags containing garden walk passports and maps, plus village retailers’ coupons, will be available at the welcome tent in front of Village Hall on the day of the event. Each gift bag is worth 20 percent off an item at Village Artisans, 5560 Main St.

“We call it a passport because not only is it a map of gardens, but it’s an invitation to the public and our visitors to come play for a day in the village,” said Habes.

Four Williamsville public gardens will also be included in the passport for residents to view. These gardens are located at the Glen Park Pathway on Main Street at the bridge; the Heritage Garden of 1812 at Main and Evans Street; the Meeting House, 5658 Main St.; and at the rolling drop-off into Amherst State Park, at 324 Mill St.

Each garden has its own unique display of perennials and heirloom roses, as well as other native plants. The Meeting House will also feature a fairy garden in a vintage stone birdbath.

Several local businesses will be offering specials during the event. Glen Park Tavern, 5507 Main St., will be serving samples of Black Button Distillery’s citrus-forward gin and tonics on draft. TeaLeafs, 5416 Main St., will be serving samples of jasmine-flower green tea and raspberry-rose petal tea. Visitors will also be able to view a teapot garden in the shop. Ten Thousand Villages will offer 25 percent off plant and garden items.

For the third consecutive year, organizers of the garden walk are inviting residents to create their own themed portable container gardens and enter them in the tiny-garden contest. Registration for tiny gardens will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Residents may also preregister their tiny gardens at walkablewilliamsville.com.

Voting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be awarded Golden Gnome trophies.

“I created a tiny truck garden with two toy dump trucks and a Tonka truck,” said Habes. “I want people to get creative and know that it doesn’t have to be fairies or gnomes; it can be any little thing.”

Also during the tiny-garden portion of the event, garden walk volunteers will unveil their own tiny garden, a gnome hotel created out of a vintage dollhouse.

“It was rescued from the curb by Trustee Deb Rogers, and she asked me if I had any use for it, and I quickly said I would take it,” said Habes. “Myra Lenz, one of our artistically talented garden walk volunteers, painted it so beautifully. It will be on display in the pocket park that day.”

Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the welcome tent from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a giant garden party-themed basket. The basket includes a $200 village shopping spree from the Williamsville Business Association, restaurant certificates and garden themed items. Tickets cost $2 each or three tickets for $5. The winning ticket will be pulled at 3 p.m.

Funds raised during the raffle will benefit continuing improvements to the village’s volunteer pocket park.

For more information, contact Habes at 632-4120, ext. 3009, or by email at dhabes@village.williamsville.ny.us.

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