Need your input on a Fling in Buffalo in '10
There's a couple options when it comes to the date we settle on for Garden Bloggers Buf-fling '10 / Buffa10 / Buffalo Fling '10 / Flinging Buffalo '10 / Buffalo Shuf-Fling 2010 / BuffaFling '10 / BufFling '10 / A Fling in the Buff '10, or whatever it's called.
To Walk, or not to Walk
Basically the options come down to two–have everyone gather during Garden Walk Buffalo, or not (probably a few weeks in advance of the Walk).
Chicago Spring Fling planners took on this spectacularly good looking group in '09. Photo by Flatbush Gardener.
The benefit of having a Fling before Garden Walk Buffalo is more time spent as a group with focused activities, like a few garden visits, most likely speakers. Maybe some side trips that are garden-related, like a hike, botanical garden tour or visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake or the Canadian Botanical Gardens in Canada (Does everyone have passports?). This would be more along the lines of the Chicago Fling, but with maybe more learning/speaker opportunities.
A benefit of having a fling during Garden Walk Buffalo (July 24 & 25, 2010) is there would be more than 340 creative urban gardens for you to visit (all free, with free shuttle buses). It's overwhelming, but the Buffalo crew could point you in the direction of the must-see gardens. You could tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at your own pace and do it in groups, or on your own. We'd meet up Saturday and Sunday evenings for dinners & a party to talk gardens. It's the largest garden tour in the U.S., and if the majority of potential Flingers were interested in attending, we want you to have that opportunity. We'd still have (part of) Thursday and all day Friday for group focused activities, speakers, botanical garden visit and/or a select garden tour.
During Chicago's Fling, I heard both sides from a few different people. Some suggested each Fling city find what's unique to them and make it their own–no two Flings being alike.
Unique to Chicago–urban gardens and great public spaces like the Lurie Garden.
Others liked very much the chance to see some gardens, but commented they wished there'd been more sharing of information on writing, blogging softwares, copyright concerns, how to get published, photography and more.
Please vote in the upper right hand corner survey if you're considering attending. Please leave a comment either below here, over at Gardening While Intoxicated, or if you'd like some privacy, email BuffaloFling (at) yahoo.com.
We'd like to settle this as quickly as possible to get you a date to plan around, and hotel arrangements started. And you can arrange to have the spouse, children or squirrels to take care of your garden while you're away.
I've always wanted a Fling in the Buff. But that's just me.