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Kicking off garden competition in South Buffalo

Sally Cunningham, Executive Director of the National Garden Festival announcing competition
WBFO News photo by Maggie Fleming
Sally Cunningham, Executive Director of the National Garden Festival announcing competition

By Maggie Fleming

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Buffalo, NY – 13-South Buffalo yards will be transformed as a part of the Front Yard Garden Competition that kicked off Monday.

The Front Yard Garden Competition is a part of the 2nd annual National Garden Festival.

Several professional landscapers are donating their time and materials to transform these yards located on Newman Place.

Executive director of the festival, Sally Cunningham, expressed her excitement for this event in Buffalo.

"We chose this location because it's facing our magnificent Olmsted Park and it makes a lot of difference for the public to see not just the beautiful park, but surrounding homes bursting with bloom. And the idea also for the front yard and the National Garden Festival is to say Western New York is the go to place for gardening," said Cunninghma.

The South Buffalo homes overlook Frederick Law Olmsted's Cazenovia Park. Olmsted Park Conservancy president and CEO Thomas Herrera-Mishler offered his gratitude to the landscapers who are competing for the most impressive garden.

"This is an amazing generous gift to the community and we're so grateful to the professional landscape industry for being a part of the National Garden Festival. Buffalo is becoming garden central. This is a place to come and learn about gardening, enjoy gardening, and be a part of this wonderful activity," said Herrera-Mishler.

You can visit the landscaping work in progress from July 11th to July 16th and then vote for your favorite yard from July 16th to July 22nd.

You can click on the above audio to listen to Monday's news conference.