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Buffalo gardens in "Easy Weekend Gardening" magazine


Left: 75 Lancaster is on page 10, across the street, 72 Lancaster is on page 31.

Two Buffalo gardens are represented in this month’s issue of Garden Gate‘s Easy Weekend Gardening magazine. Whereas the owners of the gardens might take issue with the “easy” part, I’m sure they’re delighted to be featured again in a Garden Gate publication.

One garden, is on page 10, under the title of “A balancing act.” With some great hints about how to keep a garden casual with plant choices, yet formal in its structure. It shows the front porch of 75 Lancaster Avenue. If you click here, the front porch staircase in the garden can be seen in their little slide show as the first “place-holder” image. This garden was also featured in Better Homes & Garden‘s Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living. Past posts about this garden in magazines can be found here, here, and here.

The other garden is on page 31, under the title of “Growing a fabulous fence.” It has some good suggestions on how to take advantage of a fence with plantings and to promote privacy. This garden is at 72 Lancaster Avenue. The OUTSIDE of this fence has been featured on the covers of both Garden Gate magazine and People, Places, Plants, and has appeared, in bits, in other publications by Garden Gate. This is the first a photo of the INSIDE of this garden has been published. Past posts about this garden in magazines can be found here, here, and here

And the wild thing about these two gardens? They are directly across the street from each other. On the page 31 photo, if you look through the gate, you can see the white fence of the garden on page 10. The view across the street for these two gardens are each other. Both are popular garden stops during Garden Walk Buffalo. In full disclosure, this is also my street. I live at the other end. The street is only one (long) block long. We jokingly refer to their end of the street as “Upper” Lancaster.

Again, as is Garden Gate‘s editorial policy, the gardens are not attributed–no gardener credit, no city mention and not even zone information. The tips shared are great, there are usually plants lists, but seems that at least mentioning the climate zone would be useful. These are not gardens to be replicated in much warmer than our zone 6 designation. The ideas behind the design still do, but the plants won’t necessarily.

We’re very proud of the magazine-worthy gardens on our street. Well, until the city catches on that it’s a very desirable street–then our assessments will go up. More.

How many magazine worthy gardens are on your street?

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.

0 comments on “Buffalo gardens in "Easy Weekend Gardening" magazine

  1. jim, interesting post… i had a local friend take pics of me in my garden today that she wants to shop around locally along a 'victory garden' theme. i'm not interested in publicity, either! i'm surprised they didn't consider your garden!

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  2. em,These photos were taken more than two years ago when Garden Gate was here and shot about seven gardens. Even these gardens don't look like they do in the pictures anymore. Different magazines & scouts, I've learned, look for different things in gardens. I should do a post from the perspective of a garden magazine scout. Maybe even interview a few I know now.

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  3. Anonymous

    They're really nice. On my street there isn't one garden worthy of being in print. During CSF I was thinking I'd skip BSF and go to the garden walk from the way you all talked about it. Maybe I'll see you again.

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  4. There aren't any magazine-worthy gardens on my street… mine would be the closest one and that's not saying much — while my garden has potential and will look truly gorgeous someday, it's not there just yet. 🙂 I am looking forward to GardenWalk this year — it will be my first!

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  5. mrbrownthumb,Thanks for your comment on the previous post. We'd take a visit from you whenever you came!Amy,Gardeners can appreciate gardens with potential. Bad design is different! You've not been on Garden Walk before? Where have you been? Please stop by my place, I'd love to meet you in person. Did you hear Mike Beam (and wife)had a baby girl?

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  6. No magazine worthy gardens in the whole neighborhood! Can't even hardly find a garden club. People just are not really interested in gardening here…..except for ME:-)Michelle (AZ Gardener)

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  7. I get where the mag is coming from, but I do think they need to give geographical location. Gardening is hyperlocal; you need zone, exposure, weather info, and soil type.

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