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Observations of the toured

As many Rant readers must know by this time, in Buffalo we have a yearly free garden tour called Garden Walk. Started in 1995 by two urban gardeners who wanted to show how verdant city living could be, the walk has grown to include close to 400 gardens, and attracts visitors from all over the […]

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 at 7:52 am   This post has 10 responses.

When she’s not gardening

As I was driving into work today, I listened to an account of a small solidarity protest held in front of the company that operates our local water system. Apparently, this company, Veolia, was reneging on agreements they had with their transportation workers in Boston. I was bemused that...

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Posted by on October 25, 2013 at 9:35 am   This post has 4 responses.

Performance anxiety

In spite of drought, heat, and relentless animal assaults, there will be no quarter asked or given this weekend, when thousands of walkers fan out among the gardens of Buffalo. They’re not going to understand or appreciate beds and containers filled with wilting plants and/or chewed-up plants, or the...

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 at 8:16 am   This post has 7 responses.

Online becomes in-person (again)

Last year they met in Napa; this year they showed up in my backyard. This group of gardeners has been rendezvousing at garden destinations ever summer for 8 years, 2011 was Buffalo. Most are readers of this and many other garden blogs, but not all of them are bloggers...

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Posted by on August 1, 2011 at 5:03 am   This post has 9 responses.

Flowers do not disappoint

The ability to finally garden has been front page news here in Buffalo and the national news is taking notice of the (delayed) gardening season in articles like this one in the Wall Street Journal: "Cities Invite Tourists to Stop and Smell the Roses".  It reports on the phenomenon...

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 at 7:11 am   This post has 11 responses.

Idiot politician threatens Buffalo Botanical Gardens, please help

Thanks for nothing, Mr. Collins. It’s like I’ve said all along. Most politicians have an inbred aversion to such things as flowers, paintings, dancers, actors, plays, and literature. Oh, right, and library access. See, when you run government like a rich guy who got lucky business, you can’t really understand why...

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Posted by on November 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm   This post has 14 responses.

In no particular order: observations from a garden tourism destination

  Over 350 gardeners took part in Garden Walk Buffalo this year; as you know, I have been one of them for a decade now. Here’s some of what I noticed this year:  -The book on garden tourism has yet to be written. I was mistaken when I said...

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Posted by on July 27, 2010 at 4:52 am   This post has 14 responses.

If we grow it, will they come?

Photo by Cheryl Jackson. Here’s a hastily posed question as I prepare my property for this weekend’s onslaught of Garden Walk visitors. Can garden tourism provide a previously unexamined economic boost to cities (like mine) not ordinarily known as tourism destinations? According to a book fellow Buffalo blogger Jim...

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Posted by on July 20, 2010 at 4:52 am   This post has 17 responses.

It’s Good to Get Out of the House

My visit to Buffalo for the garden bloggers' meeting was eye-opening in many ways.  It was really fun to meet all the different personalities in this world, including the extremely generous Kathy Purdy, who brought a bag of narcissus poeticus bulbs to share.  That is the way to make...

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Posted by on July 16, 2010 at 8:09 am   This post has 21 responses.

Shop talk

That’s what a bloggers’ meet-up is good for. Not too many people here in Buffalo really want to hear my pet plant peeves—for very long anyway—but during last weekend’s Buffa10 meet-up, I was able to freely vent with such equally outspoken gardeners/garden writers as Susan Cohen, Michele Owens, and...

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Posted by on July 13, 2010 at 5:32 am   This post has 17 responses.

Instant Make-overs Done Right in Buffalo

The blogosphere is already brimming with posts about Buffalo, and soon we'll be seeing dozens more as 70 of us gardenbloggers unpack our bags and photos and seriously debrief about our whirlwind meet-up there over the past four days. So where to start?  Well, this exhausted blogger/traveler will simply...

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Posted by on July 12, 2010 at 6:07 am   This post has 15 responses.

In case you didn’t know

We’ve posted plenty about Garden Walk Buffalo, the free tour of 300-plus urban gardens that takes place every year at the end of July—in fact, we were afraid you were sick of hearing about it (don’t answer that!). Be that as it may, I must take keyboard in hand...

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Posted by on June 20, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 7 responses.

Pet peeves, plant magnetism, and other tales from a garden tour

 There is so much that is out of our control as gardeners. Plants falter for reasons a team of botanists couldn’t figure out. Hailstorms arrive in July, ruining a crop of tomatoes or a bed of hostas in a few minutes. Plagues of slugs, Japanese beetles, and other destructive...

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Posted by on July 28, 2009 at 9:00 am   This post has 7 responses.
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