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July 9, 2014

Lockport's in bloom

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The public will have the opportunity to view a variety of gardens around Lockport this month. Each participating garden will highlight a variety of different plants, landscaping techniques and ways to garden in a city lot.

The 10th annual Lockport in Bloom will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The free, self-guided walking tour will take visitors on a journey throughout more than 25 gardens in the city and the town.

“(People enjoy) looking at the variety of gardens that are around Lockport,” said organizer Bridgitt Borek. “I think people enjoy how others garden in a city lot.”

One of the featured events during Lockport in Bloom is the Twilight in the Garden Tour. This event takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday and allows visitors the chance to see nine select gardens at night.

Twilight in the Garden got a good response from tourists when it debuted last year, Borek said.

“It was so hot during the day, so people really enjoyed coming back at night,” she said. “Or if their Saturday was full, they were still able to see part of the garden walk.”

With other garden walks going on in the region at the same time, the Twilight tour gives people the option to go to more than one garden walk and see a little bit of both.

Lockport in Bloom is part of the National Garden Festival, which highlights a number of walks and garden events in the Buffalo Niagara region.

“We are unique in the country,” said National Garden Festival Co-founder Jim Charlier. “We’re the only garden tourism entity in the country. No other group does garden tourism the way we do it.”

As part of the National Garden Festival, there are 14 garden tours in the area, the Motor Coach Tour, a garden art sale, education workshops, the Open Gardens tour and more.

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