Saturday, August 27, 2016

Most asked questions at Garden Walk Buffalo (2016 version)

 
 Here are some of the most-asked questions during Garden Walk Buffalo this year:

Q. Do you take this down for the winter?
A. No. They're winter-hardy succulents and sedum. They need winter. It does get covered with cloth.
Q. What's on the walls?
A. Pickets from a fence we had taken down. Painted with the left-over paints from other projects around the house (just trying to use up buckets of paint that have been sitting in the basement). Total cost of interior? About $20 in nails.
Q. Do you bring in the mirrors over the winter.
A. No

Q. What are the trailing vines?
A. Variegated creeping Charlie.
Q, Where did you buy the terracotta pot lights?
A. I made them.
Q. What glue did you use to make the glass flowers?
A. I don't know. I didn't make them. I bought a few and others were a gift, from a friend that makes and sells them on Etsy at Art Glass and More.
Q. What's the meaning of the Shrieking Shack?
A. If you don't "get" it, you're a Muggle and I can't tell you.
It looked like this pretty much full time for two days. I kept track with a "clicker" counter on Saturday and clicked in 1,028 visitors. I wasn't around for the first couple hours on Sunday, so we didn't keep track but believe it was about the same - so around 2,000 over the course of the weekend.
I did put out magazines and newspaper articles that featured our garden on the potting table.
One last minute project I eked out was adding lattice trellises to either side of the shed bay window. I'll try and find a marked-down climbing vine this fall at end-of-season nursery sales.
It did briefly rain at the get-go on Saturday, but it didn't stop intrepid garden visitors.
My wife created a scavenger hunt for kids - they had to try to find items in the garden. They had to find:
1
THE SQUIRREL THAT DOESN’T SQUIRM
2
THE BIRD THAT NEVER SINGS
3
THE FISH THAT ALWAYS SPITS
4
THE LUCKY SHOE
5
THE FAIRY CHAIRS
6
THE PINK POLK-A-DOT PLAN

And here's my two favorite things to see in the garden – my wife/groundskeeper (left) and garden writer Sally Cunningham.

6 comments:

  1. At least you didn't have anyone asking where you got your rug.

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    1. By rug, I assume you don't mean my hair. There were a few questions about the marble & granite carpet, but not as many questions as the above.

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  2. Wish I could've sent your clicker to 2001. Surprised your #1 question about the shed wasn't, "Can I have it?"

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    1. There were a couple requests for the company that made it. My standard response was, "I built it myself, and you probably can't afford me."

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  3. Nice. Your garden is so tidy and creative! You are so brave to allow folks to tour it. :)

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    1. Tidy? When 2,000 of my best friends are coming over, I do tidy up!

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