Maybe some of you are familiar with this publication. I’d never seen it, but it’s out of Maine, and has a Northeast distribution. In any case, People, Places and Plants has given Garden Walk Buffalo its first magazine cover.
There are several reasons we’ve been trying to spread the word about Garden Walk nationally. First—and probably foremost—we’re trying to polish Buffalo’s image just a bit. Even though it is true that we spend most of the year huddled in a football stadium in our parkas drinking beer and eating wings, there are a few other things—like our arts scene, our great architecture, and our wonderful urban gardeners. Buffalo=gardens is a lot better than Buffalo=Rust Belt poster child for post-industrial stagnation.
But it’s not all boosterism. We believe that beautification efforts like community gardens, plantings in medians and traffic circles, and even grants for house-by-house gardens can help revitalize urban neighborhoods. I have seen cases where suburban visitors have been inspired by Garden Walk to move back to the city, and the stats show property values rising in neighborhoods as they join the walk. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s unique, as far as I know. Certainly, there are a lot of garden tours across the country but I’ve seen none so far that are as large and as free of judging and fees.
It’s July 28-29 this year. If the trip is feasible (many of you are quite close) you might want to consider a visit; the Rant team will be present and we’re planning a special event, just for GW volunteers, media, and bloggers.
There will be cocktails.