You may remember that Mom and I attended Spring Fling Chicago 2009 last May and had a wonderful time, meeting fellow passionate gardeners and seeing all the fabulous green space that I admire Chicago for. (I would still love to know what the city's floral bill is.)
Garden Walk, held every year during the last weekend in July. More than 350 homes open their arms and gardens to more than 50,000 visitors.
I have to be honest, that many people roaming around on the garden streets of Buffalo doesn't exactly thrill me. I like to take my garden tours with far fewer companions so I can really see the gardens and all that they hold. And that's exactly what we did last weekend. It would be nearly impossible to see all the gardens anyway, so we relied on our hosts, Elizabeth Licata and Jim Charlier, to choose some of the best for us to see in the company of friends.
It was still a little overwhelming, all that gardening goodness laid before us like desserts in a confectionery. I think I'd need a week just to see all that was available to us. Buffalo is rich with history, too, and the variety of architecture throughout the city is worthy of a visit just to see that.
A quick run-down of the weekend's events (and our weekend started on Thursday...gotta love that!) here, and then on to just a few of the 554 photos I took while in Buffalo and the surrounding area:
Thursday, July 8
- Tour Pearl Street gardens and enjoy appetizers and drinks in the gardens of Elizabeth Licata
- Reception Dinner in the garden at the 20th Century Club
- Tour the Cottage District gardens
- Visit the Olmsted Park's Delaware Park Japanese Garden
- Lunch at Rue Franklin
- Shop at Urban Roots Community Garden Center
- Cocktail Party at the home of Gordon Ballard & Brian Olinski
- Dinner on the second floor of the 20th Century Club
- Tour Erie Basin Marina University Test Gardens
- Visit Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
- Picnic and tour of Lockwood's Greenhouses Garden Center
- English tea in the gardens of daylily/hosta specialists, Mike & Kathy Shadrack
- Happy Hour at Embassy Suites hotel
- Dinner at Bijou Grille in the Theater District
- Tour Lancaster Avenue Garden Walk gardens
- Lunch in the gardens of Garden Walk president, Jim Charlier
...and the American side of Niagara Falls on Thursday morning with Meems and Marmie, and staying an extra night on Sunday so we could have a leisurely drive home on Monday.
Sunday evening, we went to dinner at Mother's with the other attendees that stayed over as well (about 20). Each morning, we had a wonderful breakfast in the Embassy Suites hotel that was included in our room stay. Eggs custom prepared and fresh melons and pineapple...mmmm! I miss those omelettes!
We had planned a stop at Petitti's Garden Center in Avon, OH for the way home, for two reasons: it provided us with a nice break at the halfway point of the 6½-hour drive, and we ALWAYS stop at Petitti's when we're in Cleveland! (We always manage to spend some money there, too.)
I'll be doing a few other posts that are related to our Buffa10 experience over the next week or so, including the highlight of my trip - meeting my Soil Sisters, Jan and Lisa. I love you guys!
Just a smidgeon of what we saw last weekend in Buffalo:
The home of Elizabeth Licata, one of our hosts
The Monarda and Lilies were outstanding, everywhere we went
I'd love to nap here!
Container gardening on Pearl Street
The Cottage District
Lovely lilies in the Shadrack's garden
Kris, of Blithewold (RI), takes a refreshing stroll through the stream at the Shadrack's
As if our hosts didn't provide us with enough culinary delights (ha!), there was also Taste of Buffalo at our hotel's front door
The All-America Selections Trial Garden at the Erie Basin Marine University
Every garden needs a cat
Just a typical street scene in the Cottage District
I love the color combinations in this lovely resting spot
Makes me wish I had a small backyard
The home of Jim Charlier, one of our hosts
More Cottage District surprises
Two friends in a gazing ball
(Barbara and me)
I want a cottage...
Ligularia was very popular in the gardens
Thank you, city of Buffalo, and most especially, Eliz and Jim, for providing me with what so far has been the highlight of my summer. There's still some summer left, but it's going to be hard to top what we just experienced in your city. Well done, all of you.