Please excuse me boring you just one last time (until next year) with an event that almost all of you will never attend. These are the wonderful things about Garden Walk 2008:
Susan, Michele, and I truly spent quality time touring around Buffalo, both architecture and gardens. We saw abandoned houses on the East Side as well as beautiful old architecture and Olmsted’s masterful park and parkway system on the West Side. We saw a green roof, a straw bale greenhouse, a co-op urban garden center, and a crazy front garden by a Vietnamese gardener who gives new meaning to the phrase “curb appeal.” (above)
We got drunk with some of the best gardeners in Buffalo or anywhere, including the beautiful Sally Cunningham (seen above with über gardener Gordon Ballard at right and behind him Garden Walk president Jim Charlier), author of an illuminating book on companion plantings (featured on our sidebar) and a passionate proponent of sensible, sustainable gardening on the local radio and in her newspaper column. We were also joined by Charlotte and Ellen, of My Sister’s Garden and frequent commenter/horticulturalist Terry Etttinger and his sister Marie.
People from Utah, Cleveland, Florida, and everywhere else came through my garden, including this friendly face, Mischelle (Sorry, goofed on this before. I am senile.) Carpenter, a Garden Rant reader from Northeastern PA, who never comments, but came to Garden Walk after reading about it on this blog.
I heard some of the most gratifying comments I’ve ever heard, including those that used words like creative, artistic, lush, and peaceful. Usually it’s just “lot of work,” which makes me feel guilty because it really isn’t. (Compared to many other things.)
I still can’t believe Susan and Michele took the time from their busy summers to make the tedious drive here. I hope they found it worthwhile. I know I did, and I’m even more convinced that an event like this is one of the best ways to affirm and reinforce the importance of what we all do in our gardens.