Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage




Saturday, July 18, 2015 10am-4pm

Offers a wide variety of activities at 4 distinctly different venues in Niagara Falls

The New York State Parks Trolley will provide transportation between locations


The NACC 1201 Pine Avenue

10am-Noon - Children’s Garden

12 Noon – Presentation to Showcase the Children’s Garden

Established in 2014 to teach children how to grow fruits and vegetables

The garden area is a place where visitors can sit on benches to relax or read

1-7pm – 9th annual Good News Gospel Festival


Schoellkopf Park Portage & Pine

10am-Joy Kuebler Landscape Architectural presentation

10am-1pm – Schoellkopf Garden Club will be available to greet guests

11am- Tai Chi in the Park with Ray Robertson

12:30 pm–Yoga in the Park with Laura Vendrys from Tree of Life Yoga Studio 


Oakwood Cemetery 763 Portage Road

10am-Welcome to Historic Oakwood

11am-Mike and Kathleen Shadrack “Smug Creek Gardens”presentation

Noon-3 Sales of Hostas by WNYHS and book sale by the Shadracks

1 pm- Tree Tour-John Farfaglia-Cornell Cooperative Extension

3pm-Sally Cunningham CNLP presentation on “The Power of Garden Tourism”

Look what’s happened in  Western New York!


Niagara Falls Public Library 1425 Main Street

will feature a book signing by Michelle Kratts local author in Turtle Rock Garden from 10 a.m. – noon, as well as a book sale from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the International Peace Garden. The library will also have childrens activities and crafts in the “Learning Together Sculpture Area” from 1-4 p.m.


Frederick Law Olmsted: Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man, a one-man play by Gerry Wright, will be presented 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.


The New York State Parks Trolley will stop at each of the 5 venues on a continuous basis. They will pass by the following locations along the route from Portage Road to Main Street to Pine Avenue that will feature plantings of their own.

Carnegie Building 1022 Main Street

It was designed and built in 1902-1904, with funds provided by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The structure cost $50,000 to build and opened in April 1904. It is a low one story brick structure. It functioned as a library until March 9, 1974 when the library’s collections outgrew the small building and were moved to the new Earl Brydges Building at 1425 Main Street, and is now occupied by the offices of Niagara Falls Urban Renewal Agency, along with other city departments. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

City Hall 745 Main Street

It is a historic building located at Niagara Falls and was constructed in 1923-1924, in the Beaux-Arts style. The building embodies Neo-Classical revival architectural details. It features a centrally arranged rectangular form, with a central projecting pavilion, fluted columns with Ionic capitals, and smooth ashlar sandstone walls with pilasters. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

There will be parking available at each of the participating venues, and one can board the trolley at any one of them to get to another. All 5 have bathroom facilities available and some will also have food and/or drinks.

Note the hourly presentations in red. There will be at least 1 at each location on the hour, and will last about 45 minutes. Hopefully that should give attendees enough time to make it to the next presentation on the hour.

“Gardens will be in full bloom, and we look forward to greeting you to Niagara Falls.”