Susan was only partially kidding about a real-time face-to-face meet-up. Here’s an invitation from all of us:
Walk with the ranters! Rant with the walkers! See over 250 beautiful urban gardens during a free self-guided weekend garden tour—and meet all four Garden Ranters, as well as some of your other fellow garden bloggers.
Blogging and emailing are all very well, but just as we wouldn’t enjoy limiting ourselves to virtual flowers, we’d really like to meet you all in person. We’re putting together a series of Garden Rant events, and the first one seemed a natural: a meet-up at Garden Walk Buffalo, which is a (somewhat) central location for Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern Ontario garden bloggers and blog-readers, and a plausible destination for others, given that this is one of the largest, if not the largest, garden tours in the U.S.
Here’s what we’ve got lined up so far:
Garden Walk itself. Elizabeth will make sure you get maps in advance, and all the practical information you need to enjoy the walk. She can advise on travel and accommodations. She’ll also help you out with information on other local tourist attractions, like Niagara Falls (15 minutes away), the world-renowned Albright-Knox Art Museum, the Botanical Gardens (with a 1905 Lord & Burnham Glass House), the nearby Glass Flowers of Harvard show at the Corning Museum of Glass, area wineries, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, and all the many other reasons why Buffalo is the place to be in late July.
Book signing with Amy Stewart, noon, Saturday, July 28, at Talking Leaves Bookstore, 951 Elmwood Ave. This is actually on the Garden Walk route and is a good opportunity to check out Amy’s latest book, Flower Confidential, or get your copy signed.
Cocktail get-together at a Garden Walk home. All of our fellow garden bloggers and readers are invited to this (provided they make it to Buffalo). It will be 5:30 – 7:30 (or so) on Saturday, July 28. The other guests will be area media, visiting media, and members of the Garden Walk committee. We promise great food, drink, and company in a beautiful private garden. If you think you can come, Elizabeth will email you with the location.
As for other opportunities to meet and hang out, we can set those up informally as the weekend draws nigh.
So, whaddaya say? Anybody up for this? We hope so, because we know it will be a blast. Let us know through comments or by emailing Elizabeth at ealicataatyahoo.com.