Pull up a comfy seat, relax and as a designer, I will tell you. It is not the design per say, but rather the love that goes into each garden creation. It is trial and error and decades of experience. It is an artistic flare and the willingness to go over the top. It is the friendliness of Buffalonians. It is sheer…
Exuberance of plant and color. Take your time, grab a coffee and click every gallery to scroll through each image. The profusion of bloom in these gardens routinely gets into garden magazines, on TV and graces the front pages of prominent newspapers.
It is the attention to detail, coordination with the surroundings and a lot of color. Take note of how the garden works in concert with the building structures. The colors selected look to be pulled from a professional color picker. Some are loud, but really bring a sense of cheerfulness.
Can you imagine this much color?
Being this brave to have a flock of pink flamingos in your front garden?
How about having every square inch of space planted?
What makes them successful gardeners is the way they partner plants, and pack a lot into small spaces. The plants are always healthy and full. Even in a bad year for mophead Hydrangea, that garden above has a good show of bloom.
They are masters of plant partnering and timing the blooms for the event. It is why you will see many of the same plants. Garden Walk Buffalo is a two-day event, but many gardens are open throughout the summer in the Open Gardens feature.
It is the way they get you around their gardens and are not afraid to add trees to small spaces. Paths are creatively designed and have the viewer on a journey of exploration. Gardens may be small, but it is deceiving in the way the paths wind, twist and turn about a property. Take note of plant borders along paths. Even spots a mere more than a foot wide get beautifully planted. No space is too challenging for Buffalo gardeners.
They add ornament, furnishings and containers with great flair, sense of whimsy or elegance. You literally do not know what lies around the next corner. Some gardens are all about the artist’s creativity, where garden and art literally slam into one another.
Now what did you think of the artist’s garden above? The pond has floating cups and saucers in the pond. I bet you did not see that one coming.
They present and keep plants tidy. You might not have even noticed the lilac, Perovskia and Tradescantia being reigned in. A lot of work goes on in these gardens.
I think every gardener in the country should make a trip to Buffalo for Garden Walk Buffalo once in their life. It is truly a gardening mecca here, after all it is estimated that over 60,00 people visit it each year.
Hoverflies on Nature and Wildlife Pics. Little pollinators busy working the flowers the whole growing season.
Next on GWGT, Open and Gardens and more.