One of the real dilem­mas for me as a gar­dener is that I want to travel and visit gar­dens dur­ing the summer—but I also want to be home work­ing in my own gar­den.  So unless work car­ries me to a place where I can visit gar­dens in my down time, I’m on an offi­cial vaca­tion or a gar­den is fairly close by, it’s hard to pry me away from home to go gar­den hopping.

But the Gar­den Blog­gers Buffa10 was an event I wouldn’t miss. This is the third year that gar­den blog­gers have staged a meet-up, orga­nized and hosted by vol­un­teer gar­den blog­gers. The Austin, Texas, gar­den­ers kicked off the idea and spread out a won­der­ful wel­come mat. Gar­den­ers in Chicago hosted last year. This year Eliz­a­beth Licata (Gar­den­ing While Intox­i­cated and Gar­den Rant) and Jim Char­lier (Art of Gar­den­ing) put together four days of fab­u­lous­ness in Buf­falo. I had heard from Eliz­a­beth about the hotbed of gar­den­ing activ­ity in Buf­falo, but I had no idea Buf­falo was such a charm­ing city.

As you can see, we were able to wan­der into the pri­vate sanc­tu­ar­ies of Buf­falo home­own­ers, many of whom had gussied up their yards in prepa­ra­tion for Gar­den Walk Buf­falo.  Most of the gar­dens we vis­ited are small, lush gar­dens in cozy neighborhoods.

Frankly, I found myself drool­ing over the tidy homes, well-maintained gar­dens and the idea that it was all so com­pact and bountiful.

These gar­den­ers have invested some time and love in cre­at­ing their out­door havens.

These were not just show houses though. It was clear that peo­ple lived in and enjoyed these gar­dens. There were pets, areas for din­ing, tools and whim­si­cal artwork.

If you’re a gar­den blogger—or are look­ing for another rea­son to become one—this event should con­vince you that there are some def­i­nite perks to shar­ing your gar­den sto­ries. What you don’t see here, but can see from many of my fel­low blog­gers’ blogs, is the great group of peo­ple who came together for the event. Many of us are old friends from pre­vi­ous years. We were happy to add new friends to our crowd. It was a beau­ti­ful and boun­ti­ful event on many levels.

Robin

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, will be released later in 2014 from Taunton Press.

Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.

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