And we had a great time. I had learned about this terrific event from Jim Charlier's blog at artofgardeningbuffalo.blogspot.com/. For a number of years, gardeners (300+) throughout the city of Buffalo open their gardens for two days (for free) so that everyone in the universe can come visit and enjoy their blossoms. Kevin and I have used Buffalo primarily as our get-out-of-Dodge airport, rather than a spot where we'd go and stay. But next year, we're thinking that rather than just doing a hit and run trip, we will stay in order to really see as many gardens and areas as possible.
Our visit, c/o the hard-working vigilant officers at the Peace Bridge who made our trip an extra 1hour and 40 minutes longer than we'd anticipated, was about 3 hours long total for garden viewing. Kevin had sprained his ankle the previous week, so we weren't exactly flying around, but saw at least 20 gardens. The cool thing about this Garden Walk, is that the neighbours who aren't on the tour, seem to join in the spirit of the festival and make sure that the entire 'hood looks guest-worthy.
I fell in love with this old peeling bunny the moment we parked the car.
Here are two homes, not on the tour, but noteworthy all the same.
Some of my favourite gardens were those where the owners were present - fun to match the personality of the gardens with the owners. As you can imagine - this gal was no shrinking violet - she declared herself I.B.M - Irish by marriage.
I was so thrilled that I'm able to load photos that I rushed to throw these up rather than fiddle with them. (what a lovely shirt and elbow that man has) The flowers were bundled at the edge of a very prolific vegetable garden - holding some of the largest peppers I've seen.
So this was a not-on-the-tour neighbour with just a bit of colour for the visitors to enjoy as we walked around to the back garden.
So many gardeners incorporated bits of sculpture making their garden unique.
Even the cats who live with those who weren't on the tour, showed up and posed.
As far as we could figure, you can paint your house any colour you want, providing it isn't the same colour as the house next door.
The gardens weren't big, but just chock-a-block flowers and ideas.
Ever wonder what to do with those old marbles?
I've grown Ipomea in a pot, but look at how many the gardener has put in and doesn't it make a good shape. Notice how the tools are stored. Artistic and available.
Who doesn't like orange and pink?
Don't know why, but someone at the end of the road just decided to blow bubbles down the street. Just one more way, the folks in Buffalo have fun with the Garden Walk visitors.