Buffalo Garden garden art

Gardeners make great swingers

Do you have a swing in your garden?

At some point in time, when I’m wealthy, I will replace the concrete block that is my front porch with what might have been the original front porch to our 1987 Dutch Colonial home. And it will have a swing.

In the meantime, I am collecting photos of swings I’ve found in gardens. And I’m sharing what I have (so far) with you here.

Are there any garden features I can find for you?

Whatever it is, I may have it in my 65,000+ photos! Let me know- leave a message below. One commenter suggested photos of boxwoods in front yard gardens. I have to scour my photos to find some. Here are other garden features I’ve assembled from my collection.

This woodsy swing was in a private garden in Austin. Probably the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it got much use, but it sure is nice to look at. A close up of the swing is the lead photo. You can see why you might not sit there long, it is lichen-covered and damp-looking.
Connie’s (right) garden swing is on an arbor, in a hidden section at the back of the yard. Here she enjoys it with Buffalo News garden columnist Sally Cunningham (left). You can visit Connie’s garden during Open Gardens on Thursdays and Fridays in July. Visit OpenGardensWNY.com for more.
This is the back side of the Mucciaccio Garden in South Buffalo on our tours of Open Gardens In July. What a great place to sit and enjoy a hard day’s work.
This colorful swing was found in the Natural Gardener, a garden center in Austin, Texas.
If there ever was a swinger, it is Sally Cunningham. Here is her swing in East Aurora, outside Buffalo. She’s the Buffalo News garden columnist and co-author (with me!) of Buffalo Style Gardens, Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs.
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This is the (former) swing of friends Roger & Lynette. Their garden, before they sold it, and the house, was on Potomac Avenue in Buffalo – and on Garden Walk Buffalo. I like that it is an all-in-one structure with the pergola, dining area and wall of climbing hydrangea. I’ve had a lot of drinks sitting on that swing. The more you drink, the more it seems like it swings.
This beauty is in a Garden Walk Buffalo garden on North Street. Nice, eh? I took this the year it was built. I need to get back to see how it’s “matured”.


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Single swinger. Found on the Ken-Ton Garden Tour, outside Buffalo (if I remember correctly).
This is the porch we built at our previous house on Sixteenth Street in Buffalo. We sold it in 2001. We built-in the swing there on the right. Even though it pinched quite a few fingers because the uprights are way too close to the sides of the swing, but we loved it.


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.

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