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Fairy Gardens signal the arrival of the Garden Walk

There are certain telltale signs that the Garden Walk is upon us. One of my favorites is a relatively new phenomenon that has been popping up along Garden Walk streets over the last couple of years. I’m referring to the fairy gardens or gnome gardens that staged around the trunks of trees. Home owners find great delight in creating these fantasy worlds, in hopes of treating passersby with a bit of wonderment.


Sometimes these tiny settings are very complex, while other times they consist of a simple door. Either way, these imaginary gardens are telltale signs that homeowners are welcoming, and delighted to have visitors on their streets. Obviously, there is also an element of trust that we see here. Displaying all of these curios curbside says a lot about the people who put them out, and the people who pass them by without disturbing them. Let alone respectful dog owners who must direct their pooches around the trees!


The newest addition to the Garden Fairy craze is solar lighting. A number of gardens are now lit up at night, ensuring that visitors catch the show around the clock.

The other day I passed by one of the gardens, and the proud owner was sitting on her porch observing my reaction. I complimented her on the show, as she beamed back with delight. In her own way, she’s contributing to the neighborhood, while having a grand old time in the process.

If you’re thinking about starting your own miniature garden, the best place to find props is at Urban Roots, located at 428 Rhode Island Street. Stop by during the Garden Walk next weekend. 


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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