Had the opportunity to visit Kathy Guest and Michael Shadrack’s garden, named Smug Creek Garden, last night. It was fine. Kathy’s collection of daylilies are at peak. Mike’s collection of hostas? And Kathy’s mini hostas? Well, they look good no matter the season, no matter the weather.
Mike and Kathy are a driving force within Buffalo’s gardening community–whether it be the National Garden Festival, Western New York Hosta Society, Buffalo Area Daylily Society, the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, or the Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale – the reason for my visit to their garden–it was our wrap up meeting for the event.
Mike is the co-author on three books on hostas, including The New Encyclopedia of Hostas, Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas, and with Kathy Guest Shadrack, The Book of Little Hostas. If you’re interested in purchasing any of their books – please visit their garden to do it! Books are for sale, you’ll get it signed and they’d love to show off their garden to you.
Kathy and Mike live in Hamburg/Boston Hills in a house that sits on top of a creek. Their garden is open for the National Garden Festival’s Open Gardens (the idea of which was Mike’s!). There’s only today (Friday) and next Thursday and Friday to visit their gardens while they’re open. If you’re into hostas, daylilies–or gardening at all–or just wandering through a beautiful space, it is worth the trip.
|Garden art purchased at this year’s Buffalo-style garden Art Sale.|
|Purchased at last year’s Buffalo-style garden Art Sale.|
|The garden of just mini-hosta.|
|The view out their office window.|
|Table purchased at this year’s Buffalo-style garden Art Sale.|