Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Our local garden show and the Whomping Willow

It's garden show season around the country and our local garden show, Plantasia, was last weekend. The centerpiece was this huge willow tree. Again this year, there were more hardscape landscapers there than actual purveyors of plants. I think this is because the plant sellers just don't have the bucks to do over-the-top displays, as do the landscaping companies that install patios, fountains, walkways, outdoor kitchens, pergolas and fireplaces. It's hard to compete with them.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Props from Fine Gardening

"Wings and waterfalls are not the only things putting Buffalo on the map these days. Neighborhood gardens are now drawing green thumbs from across the country."

Last year, Fine Gardening's Assistant Editor, Kerry Ann Moore, visited Garden Walk Buffalo, camera in hand (and a drink in the other). Don't worry, she didn't get out of hand, her boss was with her. This year, she writes a quick note about the tour in this month's issue of Fine Gardening.

She writes, "Maybe there's some truth to the saying, "The best things in life are free," because the tour, the map, the shuttle bus and limitless garden advice was -- and will continue to be -- free."

Kerry Ann goes on to mention taking advantage of lemonade entrepreneurs and garden parties lasting late into the evening. I could not have written a better "plug" for the Walk -- and god knows I've tried. For the rest of the story, you'll have to pick up a copy of the magazine.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Six Garden Walk Buffalo Gardens in Backyard Solutions Magazine

I hate to keep bragging, but six more Buffalo gardens are in the current issue of Backyard Solutions, Dream Backyards from Problem Spaces. Out on the store shelves now at most major book & magazines sellers, the issue feature 60 gardens and these six Buffalo gardens:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Buffalo's National Garden Festival launches...

Buffalo's National Garden Festival was officially launched today with a press conference at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. We'll be promoting all the garden-oriented events that already happen in our area, as well as a good number of new events & happenings, under one "great green umbrella." Hence, the great green umbrellas. At the podium, above, is Sally Cunningham (author Great Garden Companions), She is god's gift to gardens in Buffalo/Niagara. She is the coordinator for the five-week long festival. And we could not have found a better person for the job. To the right of her is me - in a non-flattering green cast. To the left of her is Neil Stern, president, WNY Nursery & Landscape Association. I believe her umbrella is completely covering up Mike Shadrack. The umbrellas seemed apropos, considering the constant drip & drizzle of the day.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Online Store for Garden Walk fans

Now fans of Garden Walk Buffalo have the opportunity to purchase Garden Walk branded merchandise 24/7, as opposed to one weekend a year. We have embroidered logo t-shirts in tan and dark blue (much more manly than our typical flower illustration, silk-screened shirts that change annually, depending on the poster art). There are baseball caps in teal, blue and brown. There are three styles of tote bags, a nice green one (the most popular seller) and a blue & a gold canvas tote. And a magnets. Can't forget the magnets. Add to that the Garden Walk Buffalo book & DVD and we've got a store!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Another Buffalo Garden In Garden Gate Magazine...

Another Garden Walk Buffalo garden has made it into the popular gardening magazine, Garden Gate. As a matter of fact, when the garden bloggers come here in July, this garden is on the itinerary to visit. It is on my street, Lancaster Avenue, and is the work of Alec. The front yard of this garden has also appeared on a past Garden Gate cover -- and on the cover of People Places Plants. It's also appeared in Easy Weekend Gardening magazine, Backyard Retreat magazine, and Great Garden Beds and Borders magazine.

The article is all about structure. Below is a photo I took last year, from basically the same spot,  where you can see how well Alec's garden is structured -- mostly with small bushes. It is not dependent on blooms for its interest (at least inside the fence).

Across the street from this garden is another garden that has appeared in many national gardening magazines. The garden bloggers will get to see that garden as well during their visit. So far, we have 63 garden bloggers & writers from 23 different states lined up to visit the weekend of July 9-11. For more information on the blogger meet-up, visit the website here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Apocalyptic Crisis Garden...



Airing during Glenn Beck's show on Fox News, this TV commercial for The Survival Seed Bank is pitching Crisis Gardens -- gardening for the paranoid and ill-informed. While I encourage gardening as a hobby and for growing your own food for health & costs reasons, I don't encourage gardening because of our government's imminent collapse. It's a unique marketing angle, to say the least.

Monday, March 8, 2010

A five-week long garden party...

It's enough to make your head spin. As we started this National Buffalo Garden Festival, we didn't anticipate every single person & organization would say "Yes! We can do that!" Seriously, we have to stop asking groups what they can contribute to the five-week long event (June 19-July 25).

There is now a website for the festival -- www.NationalGardenFestival.com -- that will be added to & improved upon as time goes on. It was put up quickly so that it timed to an ad that is running as of this past weekend in Upstate Gardeners Journal, in time for the Syracuse garden show. Check out the video the Convention & Visitors Bureau made from my photos.

Here's a run down of the events, so far:

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