Garden Walks That Is….
Garden walks give the visitor an opportunity to find inspiration, gardener or not. Homeowners open their gardens to strangers that can quickly become friends. It is funny how many communities have jumped on the bandwagon and decided to open the gates of cities and towns by sponsoring a garden walk. And now is the time to start the planning.
I think this is quite wonderful if your town or community can come together and make this a pleasant experience for those taking the time to visit. By making it pleasant, the visitor should feel safe and be greeted by a clean and well cared for community. Urban blight is not going to be blanketed by flowers and expect not to be noticed. It is important to have a community that people want to visit and feel safe in doing so.
I have been invited to work on the second largest garden walk in our area. I am very honored to assist a local garden club in preparing and presenting their summer GardenFest. This town has charm and pride in community and is always well-kept. It is a place people come by the thousands and is just as gorgeous a place to visit any time of the year. And no, it is not the community in which I live, but one where I do much of my design work. One property of which I showed recently can be found on this post.
The group running and sponsoring this walk are the nicest people to work with and are all hard-working and very knowledgeable, people I greatly admire and respect. I am part of this wonderful team of individuals all having one objective which is to have a beautiful and fun experience for the garden visitor. They roll out the red carpet and greet the visitor with class.
My responsibilities will be much of the graphics and advertising, such as creating a poster for the event, designing print ads and designing a website. I will look to see if some of my clients will wish to show their gardens for the event and will talk to some of the nurseries with whom I deal.
Last year, I was one of the Master Gardeners answering questions for gardeners. This is where I met some of the organizers of this event.
This year I will be helping to work the event wherever they decide I am needed. Many more responsibilities will develop over the next few months and I am up for the challenge.
I am very eager to do what I can and share my abilities and talents. I am so excited to be a valuable team member. They have booths featuring nurseries, landscapers, garden artists and yard and garden supply vendors to delight the visitor.
Master Gardeners will be on hand like I was last year, along with various floral societies offering advice of the highest caliper. And of course, beautiful gardens will be so graciously open.
These images are all from Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest Garden Walk in our area and most likely the country. I will get images from the walk where I am helping when the time grows near. You will see a great community rich in history and charm. In fact, I may give you a peek as the weather warms. And once I get the website up and running, I will be adding all the information and images. So stay tuned. I am going to busy.
This walk is held weeks before the Seattle Fling, so I am planning to join the fun. I would love to know if you are planning on going!