It’s not always the grand garden design that makes a garden memorable. Sometimes it’s the little things that stick with a visitor.
Those little things always make a garden more personal. Whether it’s an inside family joke, or something for someone else to discover on their own, these are things not normally found in public gardens, or grand “checkbook” gardens.
Sometimes purchased, sometimes homemade these details, though small in the grand scheme of your garden, make for the most memorable, especially if it’s something that has to be brain-processed, like a riddle, a clever twist, unexpected place, or juxtaposed with its surroundings.
Do you have anything in your garden that’s purposely placed to add a smile to a visitor’s face?
There are many more small design “touches” in my book with Buffalo News Columnist Sally Cunningham, Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs – large and small, quirky and quack-y.
Here’s a few I’ve collected over the years – including these Sasquatch footprints in a set of stairs in the Skierczynski Garden in West Seneca, NY, one of the gardens on Gardens Buffalo Niagara‘s Tours of Open Gardens on Thursdays and Fridays in July.
Below is a wind-activated kinetic bird sculpture in the garden of a serious birder in the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo.