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.

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7 Responses to “Bountiful and Beautiful Buffalo”

  1. Carol Says:

    Great pic­tures and a won­der­ful descrip­tion of our get together. We are all look­ing for­ward to see­ing each other next year!

  2. Layanee Says:

    I feel the same about leav­ing the gar­den in sum­mer. I guess New Zealand and Aus­tralia are good options for us! Loved your pic­tures and notes on the event.

  3. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    We always want what we don’t have — I long for acreage. I agree with you about gar­den blog­ger get-togethers. They are the best.
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Feel­ing Austin– Texas =-.

  4. Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening Says:

    I missed that trike. But I won­der how they keep that grass in check. It’s inva­sive, I’m pretty sure.
    .-= Kathy from Cold Cli­mate Gardening´s last blog ..Gar­den Blog­gers Bloom Day July 2010 =-.

  5. Heather's Garden Says:

    It was a delight to meet you in per­son after read­ing and enjoy­ing your blog for years. But I want to know how you always looked so good while the rest of us were sweat­ing and wilt­ing around you!

  6. Lisa Says:

    I’m in love with charm of these small gems and their front yard gar­dens. Very well done!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Vanessa Ata­lanta– She’s Not Who You Think She Is =-.

  7. Ann Says:

    I was there this sum­mer (lived in Buf­falo for 24 years) — and went on the gar­den walk. I also heard about the blog­gers get-together, and how fab­u­lous it was. I’m so glad you got to see what I think of as my “home town” (even though I’m in Ten­nessee now). It is a won­der­ful place in the sum­mer — win­ters, not so much! And sum­mer lasts about 2 weeks!