Another successful Lewiston GardenFest is under the belts of the hardworking committee. I bet you garden readers don’t get to many garden walks or open gardens in your area, as this area was one of the first in the country to have gardens open as a summer long event. It is also the largest concentration of open gardens in the country.
As one to help organize, I can tell you firsthand it is a lot of work. Most of my work is very early in the season, creating the poster, advertisements, and promotional materials such as handouts. I create the website fresh each year, then when the event ends, I wipe it all out except for the homepage to thank all those visiting and making the event successful. In addition, I create personalized thank you cards for all the open gardens. Since I am the “event photographer”, I also document the event for next year’s website and photos for newspaper articles next year. This year I also wrote an article for the local newspaper called Herbal Help for Butterflies. Phew, I have to say I had a busy year so far.
Busy, where I am the one needing to sit and relax in the garden.
This post shows the backyard seating at some of the gardens open to the public.
The garden below is a train garden. I may show you more of this later. It stretched the length of the large property. Since I was going around with my camera, looking official in my GardenFest apron, I got invited back into this private area not open to the public. It really was interesting to see. Train and miniature gardens are popular in our area.
Gardens in this area are much different than the city gardens of Garden Walk Buffalo. Mostly, it about space. City gardens have very little space, but can have as many or more plants than many of the town and village gardens. So let me show you where they might be similar. It is in the entertaining areas.