The best way to learn to garden and how to design your garden, is to visit other gardens. Luckily, we have a couple recent developments in the US that duplicate the success of the UK's Open Garden Days and their National Garden Scheme. One is the Garden Conservancy Open Days, and the other is the multitude of local garden walks. Ann Arbor's garden walk is slightly older than Buffalo, New York's. Buffalo's is definitely bigger--over a 1,000 gardens in their metro area in New York and Canada. That's probably why the authors lay claim to this gardening trend, one that makes paint, whimsy, and found objects, almost as important as the plants. This book just makes me smile: the generous illustrations make it the next best thing to being in Buffalo at THEIR best time of the year. For a list of garden walks in Southeast Michigan, go to Michigangardener.com.
Buffalo-Style Gardens is a one-of-a-kind, offbeat garden design book that showcases the wildly inventive gardens and gardeners of Buffalo - and offers readers "the best of the best" ideas to use in their own small-space gardens.Who knew? Buffalo, New York, is the new Ground Zero for free-spirited garden innovation? Learn from the stories of everyday, non-professional gardeners who have unintentionally transformed Buffalo's urban neighborhoods into a 21st century garden design laboratory. It's all about seeing your space with new eyes and not letting existing limitations on the ground stop you from being out-of-the-box creative. Each July, over 400 private gardens open to the public to show off their fresh, often quirky, take on outdoor living. There's nothing quite like "Garden Walk Buffalo," the largest garden tour in North America.
With hundreds of design, planting and DIY tips, authors and show-garden experts Sally Cunningham and Jim Charlier reveal how fences and furnishings, trees and shrubs, art and whimsy - and the element of surprise - work together to change an ordinary space into something uniquely yours: your own unforgettable Buffalo-style garden.
About the Author
Sally Cunningham is a horticulture professional, garden consultant, and head of the Great Garden Travel division of AAA of Western and Central New York. She conducts tours in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and speaks nationally on horticultural topics. She writes a weekly garden column for The Buffalo News and a monthly column for Buffalo Spree magazine. Cunningham and co-author Jim Charlier are leading figures in Buffalo's "urban garden renaissance" and the much-lauded Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest private garden tour in America, averaging 65,000-plus visitors each year. Jim Charlier is an award-winning marketing and design professional. An avid gardener, garden photographer, and garden tourism advocate, he consults with gardening organizations across the U.S. He is co-founder and vice president of Gardens Buffalo Niagara, coordinating 20 community garden tours and 75 regional Open Gardens - including the centerpiece event, Garden Walk Buffalo. In total, these garden events attract upwards of 100,000 visitors each summer. His own highly original Buffalo garden has appeared in many books, magazines, tours and on television.