Buffalo Garden garden art

Cranking up the garden charm

Garden intrigue of the highest order

JLC_0596Anything you photograph from a public right of way (sidewalk, street, etc.) is legal and ethically acceptable. Always better if you ask, of course (see comments from a real live lawyer, at bottom of post).

So I took photos. I didn’t ask.

If you saw this garden, don’t tell me you wouldn’t do the same.

If a front yard garden is a gift to the neighborhood, what a delightful gift! I’m dying to get in. The front fence and custom little gate and arbor, is enticing enough – but it has a tree house – with a circular staircase, stained glass – and a thatched roof!

JLC_0598This is a garden in East Aurora, NY, just south of Buffalo, I stumbled across while visiting other gardens in the area during Gardens Buffalo Niagara‘s July Open Gardens on Thursdays and Fridays. This one was not on the tour – but I soooo want it to be. Mike Shadrack, an organizer of the Open Gardens event did approach them a few years ago to see if they’d be interested, but for some reason or another (bad timing, not home during the day, I forget why) they opted to decline.

But that fence! Mackenzie-Childs‘ colors and design, ball finials with little birds on top, stacked stone end caps with gold-painted plant urns, surrounded by small hostas.

JLC_0600And the gate, did I mention the gate? Not only does it have a built in bell, and lots of other smaller bells in it, but it has a little figure on a swing. How frickin’ precious is that, I ask?

Now I’m re-thinking the border of my front yard. A low decorative fence like this would up the seductive quotient of my front yard exponentially. Now I have something to dream about over the winter. Gotta’ crank up that garden charm.

A SIDE NOTE: In advance of the pitching of the book I’ve co-written with Sally Cunningham, Buffalo-Style Gardens, I did contact a lawyer (a benefit of being a member of the GWA|The Association of Garden Communicators) about using photographs from other people’s gardens. Here’s the scoop on that: If you take the photos yourself then you can use them to your heart’s content. No need to ask permission provided you are not using a garden owner’s own property – i.e., a trademark, copyright or patent. Gardens are not copyrightable works because they are not “fixed” in a tangible medium of expression (one of the basic requirements for copyright protection). Gardens are not patentable, though they may contain seeds and plants that are the subject of patents. In your garden travels, you may have purchased a ticket to take a tour of a particular garden. A ticket is a license allowing you to, for example, go onto someone’s property for a limited purpose. Some tickets state clearly that photographs are not allowed during the tour. If your photos include those taken on a tour where photography was prohibited.

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.

9 comments on “Cranking up the garden charm

  1. Useful information, Jim. Agree wholeheartedly. I love visiting private gardens for inspiration.


  2. If the images labeled “My Garden” are of your garden, you’ve already cranked up the garden charm – big time!


  3. Wow! What a georgeous garden entrance! I want to see the rest of this garden, please. I have next years garden tour on my bucket list! Hope I can make it come true! Love your posts Jim!


  4. Joyce Rosselli

    Jim; Thank you for adding your link onto the Facebook group – Art in the Garden. I appreciate the advice you are sharing. I do live in South Florida but love to look at gardens from all over and have family in CT with wonderful gardens in probably the same zone as Buffalo. Want to know about your book when it is published. Joyce

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  5. Lisa at Greenbow

    I am with you about that garden gate. I have seen the gate on pinterest many times. It is nice to see it has a garden attached just as charming.

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  6. Siobhan

    A short decorative fence would add some additional curb appeal- icing on your fab 🧁. A good winter project!

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