Buffalo Garden

A garden exquisite in every way

Barbara gives as much planning and care to the plants between path stones as she does with anything else.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara (GBN) holds a garden tour entitled Tours of Open Gardens, and it’s a tour of 75+ gardens throughout the Buffalo Niagara region on Thursdays and Fridays in July each year.

It’s tough to get out and see them all, as my garden is one of them and I’m tied up here on Thursdays. There are a few I’ve been trying to get to for years, and this is one of them.

I’ve known Barbara as an acquaintance for a few years. She’s a master gardener and attends many garden-oriented events GBN hosts, as well as volunteers for many more. But I’d never gotten to her garden for Open Gardens. What a mistake that was!

The only word that comes to mind is “exquisite.”

She has many collections of plants – most notably dwarf conifers and clematis. I was there in August, the profusion of clematis was past, but many were still in bloom. There were dozens and dozens of different varieties.

A ceramic totem looks over a large part of the garden.

It was exquisite in every way – by its collections, obvious care, record-keeping, and on top of all that, it is a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Bird-Friendly Habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation.

If you do go next July, don’t let the neighborhood fool you. It looks like a cozy suburban neighborhood with typical suburban plantings – pleasant beds of shrubs and perennials hugging houses and surrounding the occasional island bed. The Evans garden is a delightful surprise.


And here is their very clever fountain involving a buried tub, small grate, water pump and a hole drilled through a rock. Good way to have a water feature without standing water.

4 comments on “A garden exquisite in every way

  1. Thanks for visiting this exquisite garden and taking us along!! Wow, I want to see it in person!! I’m hoping to be able to come to America’s largest garden tour in July. It’s been on my bucket list for years. Hope 2019 is THE year! Thanks for all your garden posts, and I want your book!


    • Thanks Karen. The garden took me by surprise only because I would bet there are no other gardens like it in their neighborhood. Actually, there are only a handful that are this “exquisite” in the region!


  2. Love that found object sculpture AND the garden! Good things can be found in the ‘burbs if you know where to look … Barbara and I are kindred spirits in that respect!


  3. Thanks for displaying such a verdant garden! It is clearly designed by someone who loves plants.
    By the way, though I’m from VA, I know Nick Yarmoshuk, president of the Niagara Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Have you met him? A good guy!


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