It was back in 2007 (photo) when I first covered Buffalo in Bloom (B in B). It was after walking out of City Hall when I stumbled upon a group of B in B volunteers who were busy transforming Niagara Square into a colorful garden-scape. It was no small undertaking, but considering the group behind the effort, it was most likely just another day of getting good deeds done. How many times have you walked past an urban garden and noticed the B in B logo planted on a stake? Too many times to count I would imagine. Once you stop to think about it, it is partially due to organizations such as B in B that we can rely on our city being filled with so many private and public gardens. Between The Garden Walk, The National Garden Festival, Grassroots Gardens, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, ReTree and Buffalo in Bloom, our city is in pretty flowerful hands.
On Saturday May 19, 2012 at 10:30 am, Buffalo in Bloom will host the 8th Annual Kick-off Celebration in the lobby of Buffalo’s City Hall. “Our group of dedicated B in B volunteers plant and maintain all the gardens surrounding Niagara Square,” Helen Brady (Steering Committee) wrote to me. “We also then have teams of volunteer “scouts” that canvas every street in the city of Buffalo and recognize and award a Bloom sign to beautiful front gardens. This is a huge undertaking and we are in need of more volunteer Buffalo in Bloom scouts this summer. We “bloom” gardens in July.”
If you are interested in being a scout or would like to help to ‘bloom’ Buffalo, please consider visiting the organization’s website.