This is the garden of Joe & Scott (Joe’s the gardener). It’s one of the most voluptuous on Garden Walk Buffalo. Can a garden be voluptuous? And if it can, do you think this one is?
It’s on Sixteenth Street, just across the street from my first house, where my wife & I lived for ten years, though we didn’t know Joe & Scott well back then. Joe is on the Garden Walk Buffalo committee. He, with the help & support of the the block club (and most likely Scott’s help too), takes on one new front yard garden for a neighbor each year. Usually it’s a neighbor that either cannot afford, or is not physically able, to do the work a new front yard garden requires. Working with plant material mostly from his yard and others, the block gets one new garden a year. And that new garden is added to the Garden Walk.
When I lived on the street, there were two gardens on Garden Walk. Now there are 18. The block has changed in so many ways, it doesn’t seem like the same street at all. And the home values? I should have stayed a bit longer!
When we had the 70 garden bloggers from 23 states and Canada for a visit this summer, we brought them to this garden. They have plenty of photos of it too, many can be found at this link, under the heading of “Cottage District Gardens.” When they visited, it was under a “soft” rain and it photographed beautifully.
Oh, and did I mention? Joe is color blind.
|Yeah, that’s right. The working gate is planted.|
|I’ve always claimed this garden to be the bees favorite.
They’re so busy they ignore all the traffic this garden gets for Garden Walk
|He planted the damn table!|
|I think this narrow bit of garden between garage and fence wins for best use of a mirror in a garden.|
|Can you imagine having drinks out here every night of the summer?|