There is more to do this Garden Walk Buffalo, and Symphony Circle is going to be a must stop for all Garden Enthusiasts.  First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, One Symphony Circle Inc, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and many others are partnering to make Symphony Circle the place to be for the 20th Annual Garden Walk Buffalo on July 26-27!  One Symphony Circle Inc. of the First Presbyterian Church will be hosting a food truck rodeo there, from 10am to dusk on both Saturday and Sunday of Garden Walk weekend. There will be picnicking space available on the grounds of the Eliel and Eero Saarinen-designed Kleinhans Music Hall.  You will be able to enjoy Lloyd’s Taco Truck, Black Market Food Truck, Whole Hog, and Amy’s Place for lunch and/or dinner, as well as Gelatto Gypsy and Sweet Hearth for desserts!  Grab a bite to eat and rest, while taking in the views of First Presbyterian’s  E.B. Green designed Tower.  Be sure to enjoy our spectacular circle which was originally designed by the famous landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted.  Not a stop to be missed during the Garden Walk.  The Food Trucks will be generously donating 10% of their profits to One Symphony Circle’s Save the Tower Fund.  It is the mission of One Symphony Circle, Inc. to assure the ongoing preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the registered historic landmark building located at One Symphony Circle as a community asset for future generations.  First Presbyterian Church will also be giving tours of the church throughout the Garden Walk.

Saturday evening there will be folk singers performing on the grounds of Kleinhans Music hall for free, at 4:00pm, thanks to the BPO.  This will be followed by a nature-inspired BPO Concert, in honor of Garden Walk Buffalo’s 20th Anniversary.  Kleinhans Music Hall will be lit green for the Garden Walk celebration concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, but the concert will take place at First Presbyterian Church, located at 1 Symphony Circle.  Bradley Thachuk, conductor of Symphony Niagara, leads a concert of music inspired by nature in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Buffalo Garden Walk.  Tickets for the Concert can be purchased at the BPO website  http://bpo.org/tickets-and-events/events/series:summer-concerts/

On Sunday, 4:00pm Symphony Circle will close out the weekend’s festivities with a free organ concert in the church.  Guest Organist David Snyder will perform musical selections by Bach, Pachelbel, and others on the renowned Noehren organ. The thirty minute concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. A free will offering to benefit the historic preservation of the building will be collected.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out the Gardens of First Presbyterian Church, that are located on Wadsworth and St John Street.  The Wadsworth garden was part of a Church and Community effort to beautify the space.  Divided plant donations from neighbors and church members were planted in the Fall of 2013.  In Spring of ’14, more plants were added though an Allentown Association Beautification Grant and donations from Urban Roots.  Fountain was donated by a Garden Walk Marvin Lunenfeld Grant.  In less than a year, a beautiful garden was created by the community for the community.  The St John Garden was created by Joann Doer & Stephanie Bergash as part of a Grassroots Garden Effort.  First Presbyterian Community Garden is nestled between Symphony Circle and Saint John’s Place.  Walk the wood chip paths to visit our herbs, flowers, vegetables and rain garden.  There is also a shaded fairy garden at the back.

For more information, please call Krista Palgutt, OSC Board Member at 716-912-9908