Over the weekend, a number of volunteers came together to plant a whopping 1000 Japanese irides along Mirror Lake at the site of The Japanese Garden.
These gardens are so unusual not solely because of the relationship that Buffalo has with Kanazawa Japan, but because many different groups come together here in the city to make sure that the gardens are maintained and enhanced from year to year. “It was a fabulous cool day, perfect for planting over 1000 Japanese Iris,” said Trudy Stern, Friends of the Japanese Garden of Buffalo. “Thanks to the great volunteers! Thanks to corporate volunteers from Harpoon Brewery. Thanks to the Olmsted Conservancy staff. Biggest most heartfelt thank you to Garden Walk Buffalo who paid for the plants. Thanks to Serene Gardens. And thank Mother Nature for the cool day and rain that started after the plants were in the ground!”
While Mother Nature certainly played a role in the successful plating, local individuals and organizations are the real heroes in this case. We are extremely lucky to have The Japanese Garden in our midst. We are just as fortunate to have so many people here that care about them… when the irides bloom in the spring, and the flower petals of the cherry blossoms take flight (think Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams), this parkland will become a vibrant oasis for all Buffalonians to visit.
To learn more about The Japanese Garden, visit this Facebook page.