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The Amen of nature is always a flower.

Last summer I came across this community garden at the corner of Northampton and Michigan. It had been designed as a rain garden, though at the time it only consisted of the pergola and unplanted soil (see post). Buffalo ReUse posted some additional info on the corner garden that follows:

The Rain Garden on Northampton/Michigan was built by National Grid on
Earth Day in participation with Buffalo ReUse. This is a part of Buffalo
ReUse’s ReACT! Program – getting businesses and corporations involved
in neighborhood development efforts. If you’d like your business to
spend a day developing or adopting a greenspace, please contact

One year later, the garden has come alive with a sea of yellow/orange wildflowers. There is a path that winds right through the landscape, leading to the pergola and onto the opposite side. A project like this just goes to show that an unkempt plot of land can be transformed into a vibrant community asset for relatively little money. Also, gardens like this are easy to maintain since they consist of flowers that overtake many of the weeds that are hard to… well… weed out. The rain garden also keeps the rain waters out of the outdated drainage system and out of our lake and river waters.

More than anything else, these types of initiatives show that there is a caring community close at hand. There is no garbage at this corner, and no signs of tampering. These are small advancements that draw people to visit neighborhoods and ultimately live in them. It’s quality of life. It’s aesthetically pleasing. It’s just plain common sense.


The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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