National Garden Festival's Open Gardens, I visited a garden on their "Niagara Trail" list of gardens in Lockport, NY. Turns out I had visited "The Kurbs" garden years ago. It's quite an impressive size - two acres – within the city of Lockport. In the past 23+ years teh owners have transformed the once overgrown property to a park-like setting with water features hundreds of perennials and a collection of 20-plus Japanese maples and 50+ hydrangeas.
But what I'm focusing on here is the collection of bird, bat, and butterfly houses. The owner's been collecting them for years and has an impressive collection. He buys them, not makes them, though each is a handcrafted, rustic, weathered, original unique piece of art.