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Buffalo Style Gardens: An American Phenomenon

I guess I never really thought about it, but did you know that Buffalo has its own unique style when it comes to gardens? Garden Walker Jim Charlier has passed along a link to The Garden Guru (Allan Becker in Montreal) that he felt deserved some attention. While Jim often sends around links to online garden journals, he felt that this particular article did a nice job in summing up not just how beautiful Buffalo’s gardens are, but how incredibly unique they are due to our architectural heritage and our climate. In Jim’s own words, “A spectacular write-up about Buffalo’s gardens by a garden writer in Montreal, that reinforces that what we’re doing is changing Buffalo’s image and establishing a “Buffalo-style” of gardening. To look at our gardens is to tell a story of our city and its people, and that is a treasure worth talking about. 

Take a moment to read the blog entry. Then think about all of the front yard gardens that have sprung up around the city. While often we picture the typical American home having manicured lawns that look more like putting greens, the iconic Buffalo garden is one that spurred the following sentiment:
“Once, the city of Buffalo was considered the grungy rust belt of America. Now, a community of avid, amateur gardeners is transforming it into what Martha Stewart Living suggests might become the epicenter of American Horticulture.” – The Garden Guru

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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