An image-enhancing event

Another great mention in the Buffalo News this year was in columnist Donn Esmonde’s article after Garden Walk weekend. The best quote was the opening line. I felt a though he was talking directly to me and the Garden Walk committee and gardeners:

“Stop whatever you are doing and pat yourself on the back. Yes, you. You are leading the community. You are shaping the present and the future. Not the politicians or the power brokers. You.”

He goes further to say, “The 1995 brainstorm of Marvin Lunenfeld and Gail McCarthy is a tribute to the communal spirit of folks in a city with a four-month growing season. It has blossomed (heh heh) into an image-enhancing event that — unlike pro sports or cultural attractions — actually brings suburbanites into city neighborhoods. The first-hand look cannot help but dissolve crime-and-grime stereotypes of the city. Some things you cannot put a price on.”

Read the whole article here.

Photo up top is of the West Utica Street Community Garden.

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 “An image-enhancing event

  1. A well-earned congratulations to you. Let's hope your idea spreads across the nation. Projects like this strengthen communities–and that's the only kind of strength that will get us through these hard times. Well done!


  2. Anonymous

    Nice! You should be proud! Hope to make it there one day.


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