|The front garden/entrance to back yard.|
This Hamburg garden in the Boston Hills of Buffalo’s Southtowns is a treat. Nearly across the street from the Kathy and Mike Shadrack’s Smug Creek Garden, it’s one of the National Garden Festival‘s Open Gardens each summer – when about 80 Buffalo Niagara gardens are open to the public for certain hours on Thursdays and Fridays, for five-six weeks.
The gardener, Barbara Sylvester, is a hosta collector and has a one-acre plot intensely cultivated both in front of the house and in the back. The front is a sun garden, the back is mostly shade, owing to the large garden-defining tree in the back yard. She has about 150 varieties of host in the back yard – from mammoth to miniature.
Troughs and containers hold the miniature hostas and other alpines. Many have fairy gardens – miniature arbors, doorways, furniture, small garden tools, and more – that kids seem to like (and many of the adults).
|Fairy gardens, while not my thing, are intriguing.|
|A raised bed of mini-hostas is probably easier to keep leaf munchers at bay.|
|Hostas come in great hues – and Barbara is very adroit at placing them well. I could learn from her.|
|Looks like a salad of hosta!|
|Even out behind the shed is another garden with herbs and more.|
|A double waterfall merges into one creek.|
|Pretty little sitting area. I wonder how much time gets spent here though.
I’ve always thought these metal bistro table sets look terrific, but also I find them extremely uncomfortable.
|Nice touches are all over the place with garden art.|
|A hosta fanatic would have to give me the names of these.
I don’t know my hosta.
|Many of the miniature hosta were labeled though.|
|I liked this perennial planter of hosta and huechera. I’ll do this next year.|
|A photo of the gardener in a garden is the only way to make a garden photo prettier.|
|Someone left their tools out.|
|The front garden fence.|