Big gardening weekend

The National Garden Festival (NGF) has a lot in store this weekend with events starting today.

Starting today, and Thursdays and Fridays until August 2, you can visit 80+ Open Gardens throughout Erie and Niagara Counties.

Select gardens are open for visitors during certain hours. To find out where and when they are, you’ll need an Open Gardens Guide,

which can be found by visiting this site.

The Parkside Garden tour is this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They’ll have a Guided Architecture Tours at noon and 2 p.m. $8

suggested donation for the self-guided garden tour, $10 for the guided architecture tour. Everything starts at the Church of the

Good Shepherd on Summit Avenue. For a link to their website and a list of all upcoming area garden tours, visit this site.

This Sunday, during the Parkside Garden Tour, the NGF is holding its second annual “Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale” at the Parkside

Lodge in Delaware Park (84 Parkside Avenue). 40 local vendors will be participating – double the number from last year!