For Toronto garden lovers, the biggest open garden tour in North America is only a two-hour drive (and a wee wait at the border) away. In 2010, that means the chance to see more than 350 open gardens in one weekend. And admission is completely free!
It’s Garden Walk Buffalo, always held on the last weekend in July – which falls on July 24-25, 2010. Garden Walk culminates a five-week long National Buffalo Garden Festival, with more open gardens and other garden events. Who knew that Buffalonians were so serious about gardening?
They’re serious all right. The city’s residents have seen that gardening can transform run-down, frayed urban neighbourhoods into vibrant, desirable communities. It’s catching, too. A single homeowner will create a garden and, before you know it, entire streets are getting into the gardening act opening their homes and gardens to the open garden tours. Property values go up. But, even more, than that; the sense of community and civic pride skyrockets. It’s grassroots gardening as effective urban renewal.
Judging by the gardens Sarah and I have seen during the Buffa10 Garden Bloggers preview, these truly are real gardens by real people. Really great gardens by really generous people. We’ve been blown away by Buffalo. We think you will, too.
Have a look at these gardens in the Cottage District alone. And there’s plenty more where these came from.