I just ran across this photo that was taken by Ellie, of the line of people packing in to see her alley during Garden Walk Buffalo, '08. This is in reference to my previous post, Ellie's Alley.
This is Ellie's one-way, dead-end Ally they're cramming themselves into.
I wasn't kidding when I mentioned it was a popular stop on Garden Walk each year. Most of the houses in her neighborhood have waiting lines to get into them, most of each day of the tour.
They easily get multiple thousands of people in their yards for the tour. The tour attracts tens of thousands of people to Buffalo the last weekend of July each year. We estimate 40,000 to 50,000 people, but that's just a guess based on the number of maps handed out and number of maps downloaded from the website.
The self-guided tour of 300 gardens is absolutely free, no tickets required. Visitors get a map and start where ever they want. So there is no way to accurately measure attendees. Last year, my neighbor estimated about 2,000 came through our yards in two days.
This photo, taken by Garden Walk photographer/committee member Don Zinteck shows a crowd around a recently-built 800 sq. ft. modern "cottage." The garden takes up more room than the house on this tiny lot.
Fortunately my yard is accessible, and viewable, from a driveway, patio & deck, so there is no damage to the yard itself. Many gardens get terrible wear to their grass. But, hey, it's grass. in a few weeks it has self-repaired.
If anyone's interested in coming to Buffalo for Garden Walk this summer, please let either myself, or Elizabeth (Garden Rant/Gardening While Intoxicated) know. We'll have some sort of get-together for visiting bloggers. We can help you see the best gardens – and avoid some of the crowds!