This sunny, flower-filled garden is the result of a couple deciding they wanted to come out from under the shade. Owning a next store property, they tore down the home to create a large garden sanctuary for birds, bees and butterflies; full with plants both standard for the our climate and those not commonly seen on the garden tour. They have beautiful dahlia that they overwinter and start in pots outdoors in April.
When you enter the picket fenced lined property, you enter a world of color and creativity.
The couple lived here for a very long time, but soon after creating the garden, Mary died of cancer, but the garden lived on with her husband and later, his new wife. Annabelle is a lovely person, knowledgeable about the garden and talking with her is a joy. Annabelle’s garden is shown from 2010 below, and a small plaque notes the garden.
One of the couple stays in the front and one in the back to greet the garden walkers. The sign you saw in the beginning of the post was put up in memory of Mary.
Many less common plants are growing throughout the garden. Datura, passion flower, mandevilla, and honeysuckle are but a few.
Many paths wind and take you on a journey from space to space, from light to dappled light. Each space has a slightly different feel whether it has period perfect climbing roses or a shade loving kaleidoscope of coleus.
Even the basset hound has beautiful accommodations.
And a pond for the fish.
Here is Mary’s Garden in 2010
So, the next post on both blogs will look at the gardens of Allentown. Allentown is also part of Garden Walk Buffalo. It is an art filled town and with historic homes. The small gardens are really a treat.