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Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage

Second Annual Garden Walk

Website:  www.myoakwoodcemetery.com

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10 AM to 4 PM

To make this special event successful
YOUR SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT!

 

This is Your Opportunity to Support a Signature Event.

 

 

The Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage venues:

  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • NF Public Library Peace Garden
  • Schoellkopf Park at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
  • The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center
  • Landscapes at City Hall and the Carnegie Building

 

Created:  By joining several individual festivals together as one Signature Event.  This would coordinate resources and support efforts while showing off beautiful gardens and historic buildings in the center of the City of Niagara Falls along the venerable Niagara Portage.

Purpose:  To create a Signature Event that coordinates with the National Garden Festival (NGF) and other garden shows in WNY at the peak of the summer growing season. 

-          Highlight the historic gardens located along the historic Niagara Portage and institutions that maintain them.

-          Help beautify and improve the city’s image through awareness and education.

-          Present educational speakers on gardening and landscape design.

-          Attract local visitors and tourists of all ages.

All participating venues are asked to have at least one volunteer available to answer questions and hand out literature about their garden and/or building.

Special FeaturesFree and Open to the Public

-          Free Parking at Each Venue.

-          Free Trolley Transportation Between Venues.

-          Free Celebrity Speakers on Garden Tourism and Landscape Design.

-          Free Good News Gospel Fest.

-          Free Event Brochure with Schedule and Map.

-          Each venue offers:  activities, refreshments, restrooms, and parking.

The Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage 2015 needs your support!  A mostly volunteer event that, already, has several sponsors which are greatly appreciated:  NYS Parks, Niagara Gazette, and City of Niagara Falls as well as the unique, historic venues.  However, speakers, printing, signage, activities, and much more come with a cost.

Event sponsorship will promote your business, your organization, your family.  It will provide opportunities for adults and children to walk through historic sites and appreciate native plants in an urban setting.  Your sponsorship can be “in-kind” or a financial donation.

This event is about historic gardens that are open to the public all year ‘round.  It’s about beautifying the City of Niagara Falls.  It’s about working together and promoting your business and our city.

It’s about being “Grand”.

 

 

Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage

Second Annual Garden Walk

Website: www.myoakwoodcemetery.com

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10 AM to 4 PM

To make this special event successful
YOUR SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT!

 

This is Your Opportunity to Support a Signature Event
in the City of Niagara Falls.

 

Yes, I want to sponsor the Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage!

Please fill out and return this form with your donation – TODAY!

Name:  ______________________________________________________________________________

Contact Person:  ______________________________________________________________________

Address:  ____________________________________________________________________________

Phone/Cell: __________________________________________________________________________

Email:  ______________________________________________________________________________  

In-kind:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Sponsors of the “Grand Gardens” event, please email your logo to:  www.myoakwoodcemetery.com.  It will be placed on signage, flyers, print advertising, and marketing. 

Businesses and Individuals – please check your donation amount: 

$25 _____       $50 _____       $100 _____     $200 _____     $250 _____     $500 _____     Other ______

Make Check to:  Friends of the Library

Memo Line:    Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage

Mail to:           Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY 14305          

Please note:  The “Friends of the Library” is a tax free organization 501 (c) 3. 
Check with your tax accountant to be sure the exemption applies to you.
“Friends of the Library” is the banking institution of the Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage.


Your donation will make this beautiful, worthwhile SIGNATURE Event possible.

With much appreciation from the Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage Committee.

Thank You!

 

 

Additional Grand Gardens News Release Info

 

Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Rd, will offer a Welcome to the Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage at 10 AM., followed by the "Smug Creek Gardens" presentation and a Hosta and Book Sale; Tree Tour by John Farfaglia from Cornell Co-operative Extension; and the "Power of Garden Tourism" presentation by master gardener Sally Cunningham, CNLP at 3 p.m.

-  Michelle Kratts will be the local author currently listed as "Local Author in the Turtle Rock Garden"

-  The Library will present “Frederick Law Olmsted: Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man”, a one-man play by Gerry Wright which will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls N.Y. This free show honors the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture.  The play provides insight into Olmsted's passionate vision as he played critical roles in the dynamics of slavery as a writer and as the Executive Secretary of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in the Civil War.  Olmsted and his partner Vaux designed the Niagara Falls State Park, Buffalo's Delaware park and New York City's Central Park.

 Grand Gardens of
the Niagara Portage
to be showcased at July 18 event 

 

 

Parks and gardens along the historic Niagara Portage will be the featured destinations Saturday, July 18, as four city institutions present a series of outdoor activities for people of all ages.

The event, titled Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage, will take place at various times throughout the day at the Niagara Falls Public Library, Oakwood Cemetery, Schoellkopf Park and the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center.

The Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St., will feature a book signing by local author Michelle Kratts in Turtle Rock Garden from 10 a.m. – noon.  A book sale will continue from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the International Peace Garden. The library will also have children’s activities and crafts in the “Learning Together Sculpture Area” from 1-4 p.m. A one-man play by Gerry Wright Frederick Law Olmsted: Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man, will be presented at 1 pm.  Olmsted is know as the father of landscape architecture.  Olmsted and his partner Vaux designed the Niagara Falls State Park, Buffalo's Delaware park and New York City's Central Park.

Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Road, will offer the Event Welcome at 10 a.m., followed by the “Smug Creek Gardens” presentation as well as Hosta and book sales.  A Tree Tour lead by John Farfaglia, a tree specialist from Cornell Cooperative Extension, will begin at 1 p.m.  The “Power of Garden Tourism” presentation by Sally Cunningham, master gardener, author, and TV personality will begin at 3 p.m. Events at Oakwood will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorial Medical Center’s Schoellkopf Park, on Portage Road between Pine and Walnut Avenues, will host events from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Featured will be a tour of Schoellkopf Park by Joy Kuebler, landscape architect of the park.  Tai Chi in the park will follow at 11 a.m., followed by Yoga in the Park at 12:30 p.m. The Schoellkopf Garden Club will be available to greet guests from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., will feature the Children’s Garden from 10 a.m. – noon, where children can learn to grow fruits and vegetables. The 9th annual Good News Gospel Festival will take place on the front steps of the NACC from 1-7 p.m.

The New York State Parks Trolley will provide transportation between locations.

Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage was founded and organized by Oakwood Cemetery board members Pete Ames and Trudy Christman, and Marge Gillies from the Oakwood Cemetery Gardens and Landscape Committee chair.

When asked about the diversity of the participating locations, Ames said: “We gathered to discuss the project and everyone liked the idea of partnering together for the day.  As the four groups are so diverse in their particular missions, they are offering a wide range of activities.  All of them are family-friendly and cover topics related to gardens, nature, health, history, and so on.”

When asked about the event’s purpose, Trudy Christman said:  In past years, each of the event venues individually produced a summer event.  By joining our efforts, we can produce a signature event in the heart of the city that will highlight four beautiful gardens and the history surrounding them.  In the future, the Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage can be developed into a tourist destination and a site on the National Garden Festival.

Master Gardener, Marge Gillies added:  As a long-time member of the Niagara Beautification Commission, with a special interest in positive happenings in the City of Niagara Falls in regards to landscaping, I look at this event as an opportunity to showcase the visual beauty paired with the historic value of the “Grand Gardens” that mark the venerable “Niagara Portage”.

A map and schedule of the day’s activities for Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage is posted on the Oakwood Cemetery website at www.myoakwoodcemetery.com.  For more information, contact Pete Ames at repetie@yahoo.com