recently getting cleaned up. In fact, the garden’s designer told me that "That section of the city wasn’t as desirable as it is now, so we’re very proud of our
role in taking on a deserted building and bringing it back to life.
The long-abandoned 1853 building was turned into the home of AIDS Community Services of Western New York and later, with some seed money from Buffalo’s Garden Walk, this marvelous garden was created. It’s a place for "clients, volunteers, staff and visitors to gather, relax, meditate, or just enjoy a quiet moment," again quoting designer John Carocci.
And it’s amazing how much garden can be crammed into such a small ramp-dominated space. (The group is looking for funding to remove the ramp and install a wheelchair lift in its place.) But even with the limitations, this garden has small seating areas that somehow manage to be private. So quiet moments and meditation look absolutely possible.
Let’s ask John what he has in store for the garden after that ramp’s gone.
Lower photo taken by John Carocci from his office.