Posts tagged ‘National Garden Festival’

August 10, 2011

A Peek Over the Garden Gate: Buffalo

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I escaped the heat and went to hockey camp in Canada.  Spending time in Canada playing hockey with friends during the hottest months of the summer is the best way I know how to cool off and have some fun.  Instead of flying, we drove, and so on our way home we stopped in my husband’s hometown, Buffalo, NY. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the area was wrapping up its annual five-week National Garden Festival, giving us the opportunity to go on the popular Garden Walk Buffalo.  Imagine my luck to have two of my favorite things collide so fortuitously on one trip!

Garden Walk Buffalo is composed of many neighborhoods throughout the downtown area where residents graciously open their garden gates to allow the public a glimpse into the havens they’ve created in their front, side and back gardens.  The walk is self-guided and free, but we were limited in our time, so we decided on one neighborhood to tour, the Cottage District, a neighborhood with Victorian homes and cottages built during the late 1800s and early 1900s.  There were maps available, but we didn’t have one so we just drove through the general vicinity until we saw the first colorful cottages and groups of people strolling along the street.  We parked on the street and made our way down the block, visiting the cottage gardens that were marked by a tour sign in the front yard.  I was overwhelmed not only by the gorgeous gardens we visited but the number of participating gardens.  There were so many gardens on the walk, I know we didn’t get to see them all.  What can be said about the Cottage District in Buffalo is that it is beyond charming; it is enchanting.  Take a look for yourself; I made a meager attempt to capture some of the spectacular gardens we visited:

Garden Walk Buffalo

With long winters, there is little wonder why most people think only of snow and ice when they think of Buffalo.  However, it is exactly because of the long winters that I think the people of Buffalo really know how to celebrate summer.  From my view over the garden gate, I can see Buffalonians take full advantage of milder summer temperatures and embrace all that the warmer months have to offer, and do so with such creativity and heart.  Who knew a hockey town like Buffalo is also a warm, friendly, colorful garden town as well?  I can’t wait to go back…

Let’s go Buffalo!

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