Garden Gate Magazine spread on a Buffalo garden

Buffalo snags another spread in a national gardening magazine!

The December 2008 issue of Garden Gate magazine features a two-page spread entitled, “Small-Space Secrets” featuring the garden of Alec (at his parents’ home) at 72 Lancaster Avenue here in Buffalo. Just down the street from me. I walk by this garden every other day or so. It’s been great to see it through different seasons & pay attention to the care & attention Alec gives it. He’s much more diligent about deadheading than I am. Or most of our neighbors. Or most humans.

The article highlights five tips to make a garden terrific. You’ll have to buy the magazine to get the tips. You can find the plans & plant list for this flower bed at Garden Gate’s Web Extras.

Garden Gate doesn’t credit the gardener, nor even mention where this garden is. It is unfortunate to not recognize Alec’s hard work and for Buffalo’s “growing” reputation for its urban garden culture. But hey – you know that all now!

This garden was also featured on a past Garden Gate cover, you can see my post about that here. It also appeared also on the cover of People Places Plants in the spring of 2007.

Garden Gate magazine has a circulation of just over 400,000. The magazine, published by August Home Publishing, is based in Des Moines, IA. The photographer is Garden Gate magazine staff photographer, David McClure.

People Places Plants, published by Paul Tukey, a gardening magazine for the Northeastern U.S. is based in New Gloucester, ME. The photographer for this cover was Buffalo’s own Don Zinteck, the Garden Walk “staff” photographer, and photographer of the Garden Walk Buffalo book. Available at a retailer near you (provided you’re in Western New York state).

More of Don’s garden photos can be found at the Garden Walk Photo Gallery. It’s like garden porn.

I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

9 comments on “Garden Gate Magazine spread on a Buffalo garden

  1. An even better sign that Garden Walk is big time is that you made Paradis Express, my favorite French blog: http://paradisexpress.blogspot.com/2008/10/gardenwalkbuffalo.html


  2. Craig,That was the SECOND time Delphine picked up Garden Walk Buffalo images from my blog. The other is here: http://paradisexpress.blogspot.com/2008/07/garden-walk-buffalo.htmlHer site, Paradise Express (http://paradisexpress.blogspot.com/), is the greatest repository of fantastic garden images I’ve seen. There are thousands of great garden ideas hidden throughout the massive amount of photos. When I’ve got time on my hands I browse her site for inspiration.When I’m not perusing yours, that is.


  3. I subscribe to almost every gardening magazine except for this one. I haven’t looked at it in a long time. I need to check it out again.


  4. Thanks to you, i discover Phillip’s blog ! waouuu.


  5. Very nice. Congrats on the continuing good publicity for Buffalo gardens.


  6. I just found your blog via Judy at The Christian Science Monitor. I’m linking to your fantastic blog! I just love what I’m seeing/reading here. Fantastic! Cameron


  7. Phillip,I subscribe to it because its got lots of great info for every level of gardener, beginner to experienced. And I’ve dealt with one of the editors and photographers there, and they are incredibly nice and accommodating professionals.delphine,I read Phillip’s blog regularly. Glad to make the introduction!pam/digging.Thanks. I try.DefiningYourHome,I think we have matching interests with our blogs- gardening and travel! Just got back from the Bahamas – we’ve you been?


  8. Jim, I popped over to thank you for the visit and comment way back on my Bloom Day post in Sept. Sorry to take so long! And I found this! Yesterday I was browsing through my Garden Gate magazine (yes, it’s a great one!) and this photo jogged a memory. I saw it in Apple’s post on the Garden Walk and read your comment. No mention of the owner or location in the mag, as you say (which is a shame), but that beautiful house is unforgettable. I’m so glad to see your post about the garden! It’s so beautifully chock-a-block full!Isn’t it neat when a local garden ends up in a national mag?


  9. kerri,You have a good memory if you remember it from Apple’s post! It’s funny – this garden is planned to peak at 12:52 on the Saturday of Garden Walk (last weekend of July each year). THAT’S how committed some of our gardeners are!


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