The house, which is already minus the odd statuary you see here.
Well, by “we” I mean landscape architect Joy Kuebler and her team. I’m just kind of cheerleading and giving people free ads for services. And writing about it.
And, well, by “sustainable” I mean it demonstrates sustainable practices; the garden itself will not last. But at least it won’t cost 50 gazillion bucks, like that one in SF.
The plan (so far)
Here’s the deal. Like many cities in the U.S., Buffalo has a Decorator’s Show House project where a big empty mansion is renovated, decorated, and opened to the public as a fundraiser for a worthy cause. Everything not nailed down can be sold or removed at the end of the 3-week period. Though the viewing period happens in April/May, gardens are normally not a huge element of the spectacle; it’s all about the house—and it should be.
Nonetheless, I thought it would be fun to sponsor an outdoor space that isn’t just a collection of furniture with a planter, a firepit and those fake cocktails filled with colored goo (though they secretly fascinate me). It will have veggies under cold frames, a rain barrel feeding a sink, a potting shed with a green roof, a pergola, native shrubs and trees, a compost tumbler, and sculpture. Because of the earliness of the season and frost issues, it won’t have the perennials we’d ordinarily have: mainly just the woody plants and the veggies. Attendees will hopefully see that you can have sustainable strategies and still have everything attractive and easy-to-maintain. Sure, we already know that, but I think it’s safe to say that many of the visitors to a Junior League Show House might not. The drawing here is difficult to interpret and is really only an idea (the pine trees are the only elements that actually exist in the current mud), but the cool part is that we will also be using salvaged structural materials from Buffalo Re-Use
So there you have it. I’ll keep you posted.