|Purchase one of three.|
I purchased three things at the second annual National Garden Festival‘s Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale on this past Sunday. I’ve been a busy boy of late and I helped organize the sale, so I figure I could treat myself to a few garden goodies.
Above is the rough-hewn steel sculpture I bought from a sculptress from Webster, near Rochester, by the name of Kathleen Kosel. Here’s her website. I intend to add a light behind it somehow, as the green glass is a cut-out to let light through. I watch a similar piece all day long that had blue glass in it, and this was left at the end of the day, so it was intended by the garden gods that it should be mine. It was just under $100. Don’t tell my wife.
|Two of three|
I also bought, for the amazingly low price of $40, this large wire leaf. I found the perfect place for it in the garden, but wish I had two more to alternate with three redbud trees. I will get two more next year. I may have to spray paint them with a little color, as where I want them is both in the shade and against a dull gray/brown wooden fence and they don’t “pop” enough for me (sort of like it doesn’t “pop” well against my garage door in this photo. Maybe a little gold will brighten them up a bit. I’ll wait until I have all three in place to do that though.
My last purchase was this iron hanging humming bird ($15). It’s for hanging a potted basket. I may just let it hang on its own. Both the humming bird and large leaf were made by wire sculptor Mark Witol.
|Three of three.|
There were lots of tempting items. There was everything from large-scale contemporary sculpture to small concrete mushrooms. I went knowing how much I was willing to spend, and as I got close, I just stopped. Having help vendors set up, and walking around helping out all day, I was able to do a lot of window shopping throughout the seven hours of the sale.
Some went not expecting sales, but a total of $60 gets them in front of a lot of garden fans, and that was worth doing for that alone.
We also have a team of volunteers to help vendors set up. Vendors can also set up the day before – the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy was kind enough to hire a guard overnight for us! They also let us use the space at no charge.
In addition, we had coffee and donuts for vendors and volunteers, and bottles of water throughout the day. We also gave vendors two free lunch vouchers for the restaurant there on the site. The vouchers were only for $4, but we had the restaurant create a $4 meal for the vendors (two hot dogs, bag o’ chips and a cookie!). Or, it could be used as $4 toward anything they sold. Most other art shows do not do this.
|Loved the colors on this. It was gone by the first time I walked by this booth on the day of the sale.|
|I was attracted to this, but ultimately thought it looked too much like a baseball!|
|I’m not into Fairy Gardening, but if I was, I would want my fairies to have a nice cottage like this.|
|Cool stuff. Higher price points. He may have sold one piece though, which would make it worth the day for him.|
|Back for a second year, Heather’s stuff is great eye candy.|
|Made to show for the sale, but not yet finished is this solid maple “throne” anyone could sit in.
Buffalo Tree House only does custom work – tree houses, pergolas, arbors and more.
|A lot of these walked out of the sale…|
|Back for a second year Copper Doodads. Last year they had to make more
items for their other shows because they sold so much here!
|There were two or three of these guys that were sold.|
|By the sculptor I purchased my totem from. Kathy Shadrack bought that table.
Don’t tell Mike, I don’t think he knows.
|There were three rows of vendors and one side of one row was all area plant societies selling plants and dispensing information.|
|Concrete Peach supplied three hours of cover tunes by Clapton, Beatles, and more
that had people bopping and singing along. And the Delaware Park hydrangeas were a show-stopper too.
|Three different dogs all barked at and had to sniff out this concrete pig. They all thought he was real.|