Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Five—that's FIVE—Buffalo gardens in national magazine, Backyard Solutions

The Ly garden on Brayton Street.

Incredibly, five Garden Walk Buffalo gardens made the Summer 2011 issue of Backyard Solutions magazine. Here are the gardens that are featured, with a minimum of a two-page spread each:
  • The Nguyen Garden on Brayton, "Low budget, High Impact"
  • The Ecker Garden on Johnson Park, "Raised Beds Get Raves"
  • The Furminger Garden on Sixteenth Street, "Masses of Color"–though the magazine seems to have picked up photos of the gardens next door at 84 Sixteenth Street!
  • The Widger Garden on Ashland Avenue, "Curved, Colorful, Delicious"—featured over four pages.
  • The Ostertrom/Thomas Garden on Pennsylvania Avenue, "Beach Shack Chic"

Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm in "Real Gardens" Magazine

I was asked to write an article about starting a garden tour by Harris Publications—not knowing in which of their many magazines it would end up. Turned up in Real Gardens magazine and much of the article ended up on the cutting room floor. It was trimmed to be solely about Garden Walk Buffalo and its growth—I have no problem with that! At some point, I'll have to publish  the complete article here on the blog.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Two Garden Walk Gardens featured in Buffalo Spree's HOME magazine

Two popular Garden Walk gardens are featured in this month's HOME magazine, a Buffalo Spree publication. The gorgeous cover photo, and inside six-page article, are of the Sixteenth Street garden of Joe Hopkins & Scot Dunlap. Another four pages is dedicated to the garden of Alec Humann, located at the corner of Lancaster Avenue & Melbourne Place.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Plantasia, the bit of spring for which you've been looking

The Buffalo Niagara area's plant & garden show, Plantasia, is up at the Erie County Fairgrounds Events Pavilion in Hamburg from now until Sunday. With the 3-5 inches of snow we got yesterday, it may just be the antidote to this last (and final?) blast of winter.

If an outdoor bed, like the one shown above, is not in your garden plans, there most assuredly are other ideas to steal; plants, ornaments & garden stuff to buy; and landscapers to run your ideas by. I don't require an outdoor bed, but it gave me the idea of strengthening my hot tub cover's support, covering with a large cushion and oversized pillows. It's already got a roof and curtains surrounding the area. I say this, but I'll never do it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hosta Heaven, if you're into that sort of thing

Join Garden Walk Buffalo for our first-ever Beautification Night.
Monday, April 4, 7:00 p.m., Richmond Summer Senior Center
Some of their mouse-themed hostas.

We’ll announce the Garden Walk Buffalo Beautification Award recipients for 2011! To see a list of past recipients, visit here. Garden Walk Buffalo gives back to the neighborhoods of the Walk by providing grants to block clubs, neighborhood groups and other non-profits for beautification projects. Past funds have gone toward toward hanging baskets, community gardens, storm damage repair, restoration projects, light pole banners, entrance gardens, planters and more.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Grow the Good Life", or, "My Life with Vegetables"

I've been a bad garden blogger. I haven't posted in weeks. I've been too busy planning garden events, seeking funds for garden events or doing actual paying work—and blogging got WAY down on the list of things to do. I'm finally coming up from under now though.

One thing that is long overdue is commenting on Saratoga Springs resident Michele Owens' book, Grow the Good Life, Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise available at quality booksellers near you. Or online, here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Greek tragedy

This past week we spent in Athens, Greece. We'd been there once in the early '90s and were anxious to see what changes had been made since the the Olympics were held there in '04. On the bus from the airport, we were struck both by the new great highways to zip around the city and equally dismayed by the amount of graffiti along the highways. Most disturbing was the graffiti we saw on trees and plants! I've never looked at a plant or tree and wish I had a can of spray paint or knife with which to carve something.


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