13 November 2011

Oh Buffalo: Garden Walk Buffalo

Once a year, there is an event in Buffalo where homeowners can actually opt to open up their properties and showcase the wonderful gardens that they have. This usually happens on a weekend, and for this year, Garden Walk Buffalo happened on July 30 and 31, 2011. Needless to say, I went ahead and brought my camera, hoping to see some things I usually do not see.

First, let me tell you how this works. The properties that are participating let the public know that they are participating by putting a standard yellow sign in front of their property. The sign lets the public know which parts of the property are open for viewing: whether it's just the front lawn only, whether it includes the side of the property, or whether it is okay to go all the way to the backyard. Sometimes, the owners are there willing to chat with the visitors, sometimes, you are free to just walk in and take a look.

And yes, I did take photos. After all, there are all these fancy and interesting views of people's backyards that I usually don't see often. Here are some of them.

This is one front yard that I saw. It was quite colorful, but there's more.

I like this plant that was hanging on the side of a house we visited.

Water features in some of the gardens. There are artificial waterfalls, pools, ponds, even bird baths.

This is just a simple entrance, but I like that this shows how homeowners make an effort to beautify their surroundings, even just by putting a line of pots on the steps.

These are just other shots from people's backyards and frontyard.

Of course, there's the bizarre too, such as this weird frog-like character hiding behind the colorful bushes.

And there's the sombre too, as evidenced by this stone, dedicated in the loving memory of several people who were from the area but are not with us anymore.


  1. I've never heard of such event but it's a great idea! Plus I'm curious and I love getting a peek into people's lives... :-)

  2. Zhu,

    It is a great idea! It is held every year here, and so other people can see how wonderful your garden is!

  3. Yes, it's an annual event, the last weekend in July every year. It's the best garden tour I have ever seen in the United States.

  4. Anonymous,

    Ah, good to know. I agree, it's a great awesome event to explore one's neighborhood!

  5. What a green way to be a voyeur - lets people socialize and do networking besides getting inspiration for one's own home project! I bet you miss this scene now that it's starting to get freezing cold in your neck of the woods :)

  6. Dennis,

    I know, it's the middle of autumn, and all the leaves are off their branches now!

  7. Oh, very nice. I love it that people still keep beautiful gardens. With all this condo-living where people now just leave the landscaping to the management, this is very welcome.

  8. Toe,

    I agree. That being said, you are right, maintaining a garden is indeed time-consuming at times and is hard work.