Weary of Winter weather? Snow keeping Spring on hold? Let’s take a walk back to last Summer…
Located at 329 Erie Street, Buffalo, NY where the Buffalo River meets Lake Erie, the gardens are throughout the picturesque boating community of The Erie Basin Marina. The gardens are anything but a typical garden, being the home of the Specialty Annual Trials. On any Summer day, one will find boaters, families and joggers enjoying the water, city views, gorgeous sunsets, and GARDENS.
Here you will find colorful plantings from some of the very best suppliers of vegetatively propagated plant varieties, like Ball and Proven Winners. Other suppliers are international, from places like Israel, Germany and the Netherlands.
The purpose of the trial gardens beyond the beauty for the public enjoyment, is the plants are being evaluated for future market value. They are tested in this climate and location next to the water. Wind is common here on the approximately 300 new varieties of annual garden plants.
Paved walkways make it really convenient for the handicapped and parent’s with strollers, not to mention creating a leisurely park-like stroll between deep beds of plantings.
Many new garden favorites such as Lobularia, Cleome, Petunia, Coleus, Echinacea, and Dahlia are found in the beds.
All the flags you see throughout are placed by visitors to mark their favorites. All plants are marked by name and in a couple of years, you may find them on the market.
Many of the groupings would look great in a home garden, quite a few taking the extreme heat quite well.
The lighthouse sits prominently, making this location postcard pretty. You might see the tall ships, or visit the Navy Park with boats docked and open for tours. They also have music concerts and fireworks during the summer, a great place to enjoy the evening as well. The marina is a long thin strip of land that encloses the harbor.
Below, grasses are also trialed. With all the gardens open to visitors in Buffalo and surrounding communities, Western New York is a wonderful place to visit in Summer and Winter as I have been showing you lately. There is much to do and the one thing I have yet to mention, the restaurants are great in this area. Buffalo is known for food too. Next year the Garden Bloggers’ Fling is in Toronto and if you have extra time, plan a visit to Buffalo. And don’t forget about Niagara Falls! See it for yourself.
Friday, Planting Annuals for Cutting. Tips on planting annuals and my favorite groups to plant. While I love the many Dahlia shown in this post, the slugs love them too, and not using pesticides, the slugs would be uncontrollable. I keep the slug’s favorite foods at a minimum. Oddly, slugs here are kind to the Hosta, but the very dry summers have something to do with that too.