This past weekend, Paul and I took part in the 20th anniversary of Garden Walk Buffalo. (By “took part,” I mean we visited some of the gardens. We rent an apartment in downtown Buffalo that is completely surrounded by concrete, so my garden consists of two containers of herbs on our back patio.)
We actually moved to Buffalo during last year’s Garden Walk weekend (happy first-year anniversary to us!), but with all the confusion in our lives we had to miss the festivities.
On Saturday, we picked up a free map from one of the three headquarters and decided to concentrate on the west side (primarily the clusters of gardens between Richmond and Connecticut, and also Hudson and Jersey).
The participating homes were not only marked on the map, they also had a distinctive yellow sign in the yard. Some homes were only showing gardens in the front yard, while others included the side and back areas. I thought it was great they had this information marked prominently on the signs – I wouldn’t want to wander into someone’s backyard uninvited.
My favorite part was discovering hidden oases. In a city where houses are located close together, it was really cool to see elaborately designed backyards that are normally concealed from view. What kind of unexpected items did I find? A carriage house, a lily pond, and even a putting green.
These gardeners are really talented and obviously put a lot of time and effort into their work (well, most of them – we passed more than one garden that made us wonder how they got included). In general though, we were impressed with what we saw. Here are a few more shots for your viewing pleasure!