This will be quite a series of Buffalo-centric posts, as you’ll see, but I could not resist sharing with the Rant crowd what is taking place outside my doorstep this weekend. For some years I have noticed that more and more of the wares sold at the Allentown Art Festival, a huge outdoor arts and crafts vendathon held every year here since 1957, are clearly meant for the garden. I guess even if less people are gardening, they still need tchotchkies to dress up the gardens they aren’t gardening in. There is quite a range, but nearly everything has a purpose, from traditional plant holders and trellises to a huge variety of devices meant to dispense water, including many types of decorative sprinklers and even some outdoor showers (at top).
Perhaps because it is summer, the craftspeople are aiming at outdoor living, but I find it encouraging that there is such an increasing number of garden objects at this show. Of course, not all are to my taste, but I am considering a black free-standing hanging basket holder (a good way to add quick color to a bed of perennial foliage), and I’m always up for ways to light the garden at night, though colored glass candle holders may not be the solution. As I don’t live in Margaritaville, however, I will never be the purchaser of any of these.
I was also told today that a local artist is creating an installation of over 1200 maple seedlings for a new museum. I’ll keep you posted.