Friday, October 31, 2014

A spooktacular garden visit

I saw this garden over the summer and have been waiting until today to post about it. It was a phenomenal garden (to me, anyway) in that it was so large that there were many areas of interest.

It had a verdant front garden putting other suburban foundation-hugging shrubs to shame; an envious back patio brimming with creative ideas; a comfortable, woodsy area (fire pit and a dozen or more Adirondack chairs); some super-creative oddball ideas that look like they came from a Pinterest post (moss covered picnic table anyone?); and some just whimsical ideas – like this semi-cemetery of crosses, gargoyles, and hostas.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Notable, quotable, garden wisdom

Being the marketing guy I am, I designed these social-media-friendly mini Garden Walk Buffalo poster .jpgs for the Garden Walk Facebook page. I post them on Facebook with the simple message to "Please share..." They are among the most liked and shared items on the GW Facebook page, reaching thousands.

Each one is about a 15-minute investment of my time, and employing either my own photos or those of photographer Don Zinteck, of Photographics 2/1045 Elmwood Avenue Gallery for the Arts, who generously lets Garden Walk Buffalo use his images – as long as they are ONLY used for promotion of Garden Walk Buffalo.

Some of the quotes are from general gardening wisdom that I cannot find any one person to attribute them to. Others are by well-known thought-provokers, like L.M. Montgomery, Dorothy Parker, and Sir Walter Scott.

The Maya Angelou quote was posted the week she died as a commemoration. Others are by people in the gardening world, like writer Mac Griswold – my favorite garden quote of all time – "Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts."

And a couple are wisdoms from people I know, collected from conversations, like Kathy Guest Shadrack and the poetic Trudy Stern (Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo). They're both gardeners, and writers, that are doing significant things within the Buffalo Niagara horticultural world.

Enjoy. And please share!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beautiful bird, bat, and butterfly abodes

On the 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.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

You're not the moss of me

Seen on the National Garden Festival's Open Gardens tour this past summer in Niagara County– a moss-covered picnic table. Not sure I'd do something like this myself, but it was quite the display. Kinda' cool and kinda' odd. The odd part was the glass terrarium – it contained figurines of cats with wings. Not sure what that was all about, maybe entertainment for the grand kids or something. But what a great idea for an old unused table.

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