|The Locke-Irey garden alone (seen here with a hint of Buffalo's many charming streetscapes), will have as many as 4000 visitors over the Garden Walk weekend.|
That was before, through Twitter and other social media, we met amazing, hard-core gardeners who are actual Buffalonians. In 2010, the lid was blown off our outdated notions (Fire in North Tonawanda!) by visiting Buffalo on a Fling – a big annual meet-up of garden bloggers – as a preview of their annual Garden Walk, always on the last weekend in July. We immediately fell in love.
|Oh, just another house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.|
|Arlan has opened his garden to the public for 19 of Garden Walk's 20 years, and his miniature moss village is only one of the surprises there. We're also ready to steal his idea for a greenhouse, which we'll share later.|
Buffalo isn't perfect by any means. However, it really is more than Toronto thinks it is, and Garden Walk, with the month-long garden festival leading up to it, has helped make it so. You owe it to yourself to think outside of the discount malls and get yourself downtown. Do it during Garden Walk, and you'll want to return. Guaranteed. We certainly do!
|Where else would one buy a house, tear it down, and replace it with a garden, accented with art and open to the public – as Mike did? Buffalo, you're our kind of gardening city. P.S. That isn't an eagle, it's an osprey.|
|These are folk who relax in their gardens, and make them work hard, too. We love Gordon and Brian's tiki bar. But just around the corner by the garage is a whole passel of home-made grow boxes full of peppers and tomatoes.|
|Over two decades of Garden Walk, Buffalo has developed a culture of gardening and its own style of garden – it's great to see, and you should. So, get thee hence, and let's bring some of that big garden spirit back to Toronto!|