This past summer I went on the Parkside Garden Tour. The Parkside area of Buffalo was laid out by Frederic Law Olmsted and includes every style of house you can imagine, from simple four-squares to grand Victoriains to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House (the house he considered his “opus”).
My favorite garden, of the few that I managed to see, included this pretty little alley between two garages. The space between detached garages, in urban settings, is usually a dead space, used more often for storing junk – scrap wood, piles of bricks, old tires and garbage cans. And the areas are notorious for having little light, lots of weeds and harbor for insects & rodents.
Not here. The least-used space on this property was made one of the prettiest – mostly with extra stuff garages collect over the course of time — used brick, old wooden pillars, scrap lumber, buckets for planters, and odds and ends. Those and a good dash of creativity and color.
|The featured piece is this painted metal bench. Dark ivy backdrop makes the bench scream.|
|In addition to being on the Parkside Garden tour, these gardeners participated in the National Buffalo
Garden Festival’s Open Gardens – open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays for five weeks.
|Old shutters, found objects as artwork, and color. lots of color.|
|Makes me wish I had a throw-away space like this to surprise visitors and flex some creative muscle.|