Back in Buffalo for a tour down beautiful North Pearl. Most of these images are from the garden of Alan Bigalow and Elizabeth Licata, fellow blogger at her personal blog, Gardening While Intoxicated. She is a featured writer on Garden Rant, a blog known to most garden bloggers.
You can see more of her garden on her site, I am just showing you a few of the gardens along the way down North Pearl. One unique feature in her garden is the painted garage door. It makes a colorful focal point and backdrop for the seating/dining area.
This street has beautiful historic homes from the late 1800’s. If you get a chance to visit Garden Walk Buffalo, I would encourage you to not miss this area.
The creativity abounds, but unlike some other areas around Buffalo that depend heavily on whimsy, this street does it in a such an artful and upscale way. I have gardens to show that art commands all the attention, but here it is incorporated in a seamless manner. Plants too can share the spotlight.
Paths are natural in material use and direction with seating for a moments rest. But note this path leading to the garage door you saw painted at the opening to the post. This is the driveway, now converted to a garden-bed lined pedestrian path.
Like many gardens throughout Buffalo, the sidewalk area is planted creatively. I did a very thorough post on planting the Hell Strip and as a designer, do make note of ambitious use of materials limiting pedestrian travel like below. Many considerations to weigh when planting one in your town.
Houses are usually tight to the sidewalks on these city properties, allowing very few square feet of garden. Below, the scene is still pretty despite the front and center trash receptacle.
The same narrowness of usable space applies on the sides of homes too, yet the homeowners of Buffalo make the best use of real estate than anywhere I have seen. You find little use of turf grass in Buffalo.
As with the last few Wednesday Walk posts, there is still a lot of color. Some homes more than others, but they usually incorporate blooms from Spring until the snowflakes make their entrance.
Many Buffalo homes have a cooling garden oasis in the rear of their homes and deep porches on the front.
The generous use of greenery has both a psychological cooling as well as cooling the body. Everyone knows the benefit of shading and transpiration. It might be 10° cooler in such a heavily planted space in a rear yard or courtyard. Even the plants benefit from having close neighbors shading their roots. Adding a water feature is also going to bring the temperature down, not to mention the calming sound.
And of course, mature trees enclose a space and make it seem like miles and miles away from the bustle of city life. They aid in cutting down urban noise too.
Some gardens create texture with limited variance of color.
No matter the temperature, visiting gardens during July is made more pleasant. You get taken in by the sheer beauty to be found.
If you yourself have a city garden, there is much to learn in these creative spaces. Look at the use of texture and form above or the wildly colorful plantings in very little space below.
And again, note how paths and elevation change are used to move people through the gardens. When visiting large public gardens the designers are masters of people moving, but one can be in a small space as well.