Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pressing flowers...

It's been a busy week here as Garden Walk Buffalo gets closer and the National Buffalo Garden Festival enters its second week.

I participated in an event named Spotlight on Buffalo Successes, that was part of Buffalo's Citybration, an event that started out as Buffalo Old Home Week -- encouraging expats to come back for a visit. It has now morphed into a weekend of job fairs, housing tours, receptions, speakers and myriad of educational and social events. You can see the video interview they made about Garden Walk Buffalo, and a brief podium talk afterwords here (you'll want to skip to the 19:00 mark): http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/7892594

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Stephanie Cohen's stand up hour

 Photo by Ed Healy
Stephanie Cohen's a piece of work. Because she's not beholden to any nursery, plant group, or grower, she feels she's obliged to tell it like it is. If a plant looks great, but it's leggy and doesn't bloom long, she'll tell you it's a dog and to avoid it, no matter the price. She believes that you don't really know a plant till you've killed it at least once.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Why should Buffalo, NY be the best garden destination in the nation?

This is the (unedited) version of my editorial that appeared in the Buffalo News this morning.

More people visit gardens each year than visit Disney World and Disney Land. Combined. More than 40 million. This is the teaser for the forthcoming book by Richard Benfield, the man that wrote the book on garden tourism. That book being, Garden Tourism.

With little research and data on U.S. horticultural tourism, I contacted Mr. Benfield to find out what he might share. He proclaimed himself to be the nation’s leading expert on garden tourism -- because there is no one else. And, since I had good questions, he offered that I was the nation’s second leading expert on garden tourism.

Garden tourism is an untapped segment of the travel industry. Few U.S. cities have considered promoting their garden assets to out-of-town audiences. And by few, I mean Philadelphia.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Urban Roots Q&A

Urban Roots Community Garden Center has a great website. Part of it has a "bloggish" aspect where comments are encouraged. But it's brand new and there's not much commenting yet.

One way to get people to visit the site and to interact is to "interview" gardeners with a few quick questions. I was the second interview subject. Check it out here: http://www.urbanroots.org/foryard/garden-qa-jim-charlier

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Buffalo garden gets eight-page spread in national magazine

The summer 2010 issue of Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living (a Better Homes & Gardens Specialty Publication) features the garden of Jennifer & Jim Guercio in an eight-page feature, which includes many great photos and even an overhead, illustrated map of their city property. I love those little maps.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Amy Stewart's free!

Saturday, June 26, 2:00 p.m.
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo

Free and open to the public
Award-winning gardening author, and GardenRant blogger, Amy Stewart will be a featured speaker for the National Buffalo Garden Festival and Buffalo Citybration.
Drawing from her latest New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, Stewart will share some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

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