The garden walk season has started in upstate NY and there are over one thousand gardens to visit. All July and into August, if you like gardens, I will have gardens. I take you to big name public gardens early in the season, but as summer kicks in, the small private gardens open their garden gates to visitors.
I went on my first walk of the season this past weekend on Grand Island and was a bit disappointed in general. Understandably, it is their first year under new management so it can only get better as time goes on hopefully.
Unfortunately, new management is sometimes what destroys a good thing like it did for the Orchard Parkway Garden Walk when the Business Association decided to grab it out from under the Neighborhood Block Club running it. In turn, they made it a failing endeavor sadly.
It is coming up at the end of this week, and I doubt there will be anything of interest to show. But five other communities have garden walks and I will make sure to get to some of them. I was in North Carolina for last year’s Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk, but I heard it really bombed out.
There were only five gardens to visit on Grand Island with a few designed by a landscape company and as you would expect, they included typical trees and shrubs and a lot of mulch.
The first garden I visited had a small area landscaped, but the owner did it beautifully all by herself. She is an artist and her garden showed her artistic eye. The first eight images are from Joann’s garden. I was glad she was the first I saw.
We had a long talk as I told her of my artistic pursuits and the fact I have a blog. I explained how my blog is not for my architecture business and my landscape clients have no clue I write and photograph for posts. This is by design I explained because as a naturalist at heart, I have an affinity for weeds and natural scapes. It is in opposition to what many clients want on their properties, so I keep quiet on my own personal views.
My new friend, Joann the artist, said she has this affection for weeds as well. We talked about how beneficial it is to the wildlife and she told me of a photographer friend that shot beautiful images in the marsh similar to a painted scene. I told her I do this as well. Joann lives near the wetland I keep taking you to see egrets and heron.
Joann grows gourds and turns them into really beautiful art pieces. I especially liked the one with the horsehair necklace. At $100 this was a reasonable price for her work. Others on the table were a bit cheaper.
Below, the mouse in the rowboat showed her whimsical side. I loved this metal piece.
The following images are from the other gardens I visited on the Grand Island tour.
I will be visiting more gardens in the weeks to come. Next post is a question raised on time spent blogging brought up by a fellow blogger at the Garden Bloggers Fling. I thought to address it with my thoughts. I tell you how I tackle the time issue.
At week’s end, you will see my garden and I will have a few more words on the garden walk held in Niagara Falls. I do not participate though.