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Crowds flock to annual Garden Walk

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The colors exploded far beyond just plain green over the weekend, as crowds filled the West Side for the 20th annual Garden Walk Buffalo.

It's an annual rite of the last weekend of July, people carrying cameras and large maps and walking around the community or riding one of the shuttle buses to the next area on the event's map. A lot of the activity was going on along West Delavan Avenue where people were waiting to explore Jennifer and Jim Guercio's home, product of 23-years of inside and outside work.

"I have a greenhouse year round. In the summer, obviously, it's all outside," Jennifer Guercio said.

"In September, we start taking them all in. One of the fish starts in September or early October, they have their own pond inside the house and so the house is always humidified with plant life. It's a true Victorian house. I have plant life everywhere."

Many of the visitors wanted to know how she did it and how she makes the koi pond work so well. Time and lots of locally-grown plants were among her explanations.

Clarian Patti was  among the visitors to the Cottage District, exploring the many gardens.
"There's a lot of new flowers and plants that I saw, that I don't know the name of them but my son Todd does. So, he's taking pictures so I can go and buy them," explained Patti who lives in Marine Drive.

Over 300 urban gardens were on display during the weekend. Steady crowds were reported throughout most neighborhoods.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.