How do the gardens grow in the city? Quite well over the past three years.
Thanks to the work of Skeeter Tower, Kelly Hutton, Allen Hollander and a group of other volunteers, yards and gardens have been showcased in the city weekly during the summer months through this newspaper.
The group also began an annual Dunkirk Garden Delights Garden Walk, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The free event - in its third year - highlights 15 self-selected gardens. "Some are small, a couple are quite extensive," notes the news release from Tower on the event. "Each will treat visitors to some very special wonders of nature and the creativity of local gardeners."
For those willing to be a part of the walk, maps and brochures will be available at the Dunkirk Free Library and City Hall today. On Saturday, the information will be available under the white canopy at the Boardwalk.
In addition, T-shirts will be available with proceeds from the sales going toward next year's tours. Dennis and Sue Rak of Double A Vineyards also were praised for helping the event with expenses.
Tower praises the efforts of the Dunkirk Development Office, which helped with the maps, and Ashley Haase in leading this year's effort.
"The sole purpose of this event is to highlight beautiful gardens, encourage beautification of the city and introduce visitors to Dunkirk in bloom," Tower said.
Without volunteer efforts, however, this would have never happened. Congratulations to all those - including the yard caretakers - for seeing this event through.
It's a weekend full of events, which begin today. This morning, the county relay for the Laurel Run started in Jamestown and ends in Dunkirk around 1:15 p.m. Laurel Run events continue Saturday in Silver Creek beginning at 7 a.m.
Also, it's the first Fredonia History Days with events beginning tonight at 6, including a classic car gathering, and continuing all day Saturday.
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