Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Blyth's Song & Bird Gardens

 I've been on a lot of garden tours. More than the average Joe for sure. One of he most comprehensive and subtly fantastic residential gardens I've ever seen is on the KenTon Tour of gardens -- Blyth's Song 'N Bird Gardens in Tonawanda. Yes, it has an official name.

Located in a first-ring suburb, it's more city than suburb, but it's probably one of the larger lots - one half acre, all planted with meandering paths in a cottage garden style.

Vegetable gardens? Check. Cornfield? Check. Outbuildings & sheds? Check. Flower gardens? Check. Ponds? Check. Over-sized model trains? Check. Antique car? Check and mate!

It was a great garden to take in slowly just because there was so much to it. There are shade gardens, sun gardens, an orange and yellow garden, a huchera garden, grass paths, stone paths, gravel paths, and plank paths.

They participate in the KentTon garden tour, the National Garden Festival's Open Gardens, and have been generous enough to open their garden to bus tours. It just proves that graciousness and gardening go together like the three sisters -- corn, beans & squash.

If you get a chance to see this garden this coming year, it is worth the effort. It's located right on Delaware Road, it could not be easier to find.


A very full, but unassuming font yard. It's a narrow lot but VERY deep.
The urban cornfield.
Have you ever considered an antique car as garden ornament?
Just asking for some artist to paint it.
Meandering paths seem to go on forever.
My favorite garden feature -- a place for a nap.
Grass path and plank path intersection.
There are two trains this size. They don't run, they're just props.
In the back of the property, this pond sits in front of an old horse cart
and what looks like a blacksmith's shop.

1 comment:

  1. This really looks like a fantastic garden to visit. I will be sure not to miss Ken-Ton this year. I have enjoyed all your posts on Ken-Ton and this one is a real winner.

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