It is the time of year the garden walks are in planning and I have told you of my involvement on a few occasions. This leads me to what I believe garden blogs should be about – a bit more than the gardens just outside our back door. It can be the gardens of nature, or it can be those other gardeners spent time preparing for us to appreciate.
Many never venture beyond their property boundaries and fight for new things to post as a result. Visiting gardens in your area can be great fun.
No open gardens you say? If you join a garden club or the Master Gardeners, the folks there would be happy to invite you over to see their gardens. Also, public gardens are in every locale, and if not, parks have natural gardens to roam.
Visiting and showing gardens other than one’s own can be a great learning experience for many. I have an endless supply of gardens I can post living in a place that has maybe 1000 gardens open in our region. A number of beautiful gardens are listed in the tab Public Gardens. I hope you enjoy some of the creativity of gardens in Buffalo.
This is a very small urban garden, but one filled to the brim with color and interest. I bet you can get a few ideas for your own garden here. See the heavily planted “hell strip” below? Every inch of space is planted in gardens here, even those spaces owned by the City!
Gardeners in Buffalo are not afraid of bright colors, nor are they afraid of big plants. They paint their homes in lively color and adorn their gardens with vibrant blooms. Many visitors comment that is like these gardeners paint the landscape. Coincidentally, Buffalo is a great place for artists.
Gardeners are creative in how they display flowers and reuse materials for planters. Many of the gardens are quite small, yet read large being heavily planted.
The owners take pride in the gardens they create and each year open them to the public. We are talking thousands and thousands of visitors too, approximately 60,000 visited Garden Walk Buffalo in 2013. Can you imagine opening your garden to thousands?
With that many folks visiting, any wonder why gardeners here go all out?
You may or may not like the style of gardens in Buffalo, but they are unique to this area.
This small property packs a big punch.
Yes, the spruce is poorly sited, but perhaps it will be a Christmas tree in a few years. It does make a nice color and texture juxtaposition to the hydrangea though, especially with the brightly colored yellow house in the background. Deep red/purple always makes a statement in the garden – plums, chokecherries, beech and maple all have varieties that keep the color for the growing season.
Visit a garden in your area and bring it out when the snowy weather makes Spring seem distant. Spring is not so far away no matter what the weather brings this March! I can visit these gardens anytime of year!