It had to happen – a book about the Buffalo-Style Gardens that have become the talk of the gardening world, especially among garden writers.

And it had to be the work of Buffalo’s most vocal promoters of Buffalo gardens – the writer Sally Cunningham and the writer/photographer Jim Charlier, published by St. Lynn’s Press in Pittsburgh.

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I’ve browsed Buffalo-Style Gardens enough to see a few familiar gardens and even some familiar faces, which just made me want to see more.

Rant co-founders in Buffalo July 2007 for GardenWalk. In garden of Elizabeth Licata

Buffalo Memories

My times in Buffalo begin when the the four original or almost original GardenRanters had our first meet-up there, having decided to all attend and promote the 2007 Garden Walk that’s we’d loved reading about in Elizabeth’s posts. In fact it was her writing about the Walk that prompted us to ask her to join us just six months after the blog launched.

I love the photo above with, from left, Amy Stewart, Elizabeth Licata, me, and Michele Owens in Elizabeth’s garden but as for details about the partying that went on that weekend, what happens in Buffalo should probably stay in Buffalo. 

On a more professional note, we hired a real photographer – K.C. Kratt – to do some official group portraits. This one ran on the site for a long time and illustrated an article in a Washington Post called “Feisty Women Win Raves for Their Rants.” (Good times!)

Now for some of my favorite Buffalo garden shots from my three visits to Buffalo, all in mid- to late summer. Yes, I returned every chance I got to hang out with gardeners there – for the garden Blogger Fling in 2010 and the Garden Writers Association’s big annual conference in 2017.

A Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007

A Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007

Above, one of the most photographed gardens in the city, in the heart of the Cottage District.

A Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007

I’ve used this photo countless times to illustrate the mid-summer glories of Russian sage, Rudbeckia and groundcover sedum.

Buffalo garden of Jim Charlier during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007

This view of Jim Charlier’s garden is almost as famous as his shed, which in the forward to this book he claims to love almost as much as he loves his daughter (but don’t ask by how much).

Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007 Above and below, the garden at a hospice facility, if memory serves.Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007Having seen it in 2007, during the 2010 Fling I dragged bloggers Gail Eichelberger and Frances G. to the garden, cocktails in hand. They loved it, too.

Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007

Above and below, it’s hard to believe these gardens are in the middle of a city.
Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007

Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007

My favorite thing about Buffalo gardens? They’re jam-packed with plants, water features and spots for socializing.

Party in a Buffalo garden during the GardenWalk Buffalo 2007As I remember it, this garden has a bar, Tiki torches and protection from sun and rain. So despite summer showers, the partying goes on. That’s Jim Charlier in the very center, cocktail in hand.

Lordy, these photos are making me long for summer and for the garden parties that Buffaloans do best.