Buffalo Garden DIY

Gardeners should be behind bars

Does your garden lack a place to serve beverages?

Of the many garden features, garden bars are not common. Every garden needs a gathering place, quite often it’s where the furniture is – a fire pit, patio, or deck. I was going through my collection of garden photos and found that I am drawn to bars.

Here’s some visual bar-hopping to inspire you to add a bar to your own garden.

Other collections I’ve done include:

Found in a garden on the Lockport, NY garden tour.
An Austin, TX, area bar.
Found on the KenTon garden tour.


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Another bar cut into a garage wall. This one in Williamsville, NY.
A simple block bar in Lewiston, NY. You could get pretty stoned at this one.
This is a part-time bar, part-time garden alter. This is the Austin, Texas Garden of Lucinda Hutson. She’s a Mexican Day of the Dead “enthusiast” and author of many books, including  ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures. So I assume there’s been some tequila drinks served in, or around, this bar at times.
Another Austin, Texas area garden – this one includes a wood-fired grill.
This was the bar I grew up around – this (was) at my parents cottage outside Binghamton, NY, where I grew up. It had any iterations throughout the years my parents owned it. It was sold a few years back. We gathered around this bar with friends and family for nearly 40 years. You can see why I have affinity to garden bars – I grew up with one!

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.

1 comment on “Gardeners should be behind bars

  1. Your pictures are great, Jim! You have a real eye for color. Keep posting!


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