Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Taylor Falls, Niagara County

On this past summer's Open Gardens, an event of the National Garden Festival, I spent a day visiting the gardens that were open for free touring on Thursdays and Fridays. It's a bit tough to give up a work day to go on a garden tour, but I needed to visit these gardens – some of which have been on the Open Gardens tour for years. Helping to organize the tour, mostly
by promoting it, I felt it was important to visit some of these Niagara County gardens.

The front garden.
This one, the garden of the Taylors is in Lockport, NY. You can see from just the front garden that it was going to be something special.

The narrow side yard was very nice and led to "Taylor Falls" - a man-made "hill" incorporating a stream and falls. It was very hard to photograph, sorry about that. It was difficult to convey that it is very tall, sort of wrapped around a tree, and had a walkway that led up towards the top of it, offering many vantage points to see the stream. The stream looked like a squirrel-sized flume ride.

The whole thing was quite the engineering marvel. It took ten years to plan, three years to build and 22 tons of stones to complete.

The lush plantings throughout the patio area where the falls stood was shady and quite pleasant on a hot day. Just beyond that are was a filed with a spectacular long border of flowers going off quite a ways into the distance.

And, on the wish list of most gardeners, but a reality here, was a test garden of plants that the Taylors pick up and plenty here for a season or two to see if they take to the soil/sun combo of the property. If they're there for a couple seasons and like it they get divided every year and once worthy, get moved into the large border of plants stretching along the property line. A test garden is a luxury we small-space urban gardeners just do not have. I'm also too impatient for that - I'd need some immediate gratification. And lots of it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Multnomah Falls, Six Falls in Six Miles


Our trip out to Portland, OR this summer had us visiting and hiking Multnomah Falls, one of the area's attractions just outside Portland. The Falls are on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The feature is obviously the 620 feet (189 m) falls that can be seen from the road, but there are hiking trails into the hills with many more falls and elevation drops. The six mile-long Wahkeena Loop Trail is up three miles and then down for another three. And gorgeous. You'll pass by six different falls. I think only one of them has a name, Fairy Falls. If you're in the area it should not be missed.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Back in the Garden Poster Business

After having run out of my "Hearts in the Gardens" posters more than a year ago, I had more printed this past Fall. Not only is there a reprint of the heart-shaped leaves on a black background, but I did a run of posters with a two-tone mottled green/ivory background. Some had said they liked the posters but the stark black was a bit severe for some people's décor.

So I now have them for sale on my website, JCharlier.com (once on the site, click on JCharlier Store). While you're there you can check out some of the other design work I do – the paying work – logos, ads, annuals, books, collateral, ad campaigns and more.

The posters are 18"x24" (a standard frame size), are printed on a 65# Royal Sundance Felt Cover stock. Posters are printed in balmy Buffalo, NY, and are shipped rolled. Posters are $24.99, plus tax and shipping.

They make a great Valentine's Day gift!

Which one do you like better?

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