Even though it was as hot (and yes, even as humid) as Florida upon arrival, after one refreshing day of rain, New York has cooled down to its average summer temps and become exactly what I was hoping for in the midst of summer. A respite from the heat. And with cool breezes in the shade it is just delightful to be tromping around outdoors.
Perfect for sensory overload.
Each day has been scheduled with group activities including visits to:
The Cottage District
The Delaware Park Japanese Garden
Erie Basin Marina Test Gardens
Urban Roots Community Garden Center
The Buffalo Botanical Gardens
Front Yard Garden Competition
Wonderful Restaurants and Food
The Shadrack's hosta garden
What's left on the agenda?
... the Lancaster Avenue gardens and a visit to Jim Charlier's garden for lunch Sunday.
The one recurring phrase I've heard all weekend from the host gardeners and businesses at each turn is that they'd like everyone to know Buffalo has much more to offer than snow in winter! This is certainly something I can attest to after this visit.
Among other things it is home to the nation's largest Garden Tour in Garden Walk Buffalo which features more than 350 gardens to visit each summer where 50,000 folks will walk through 17 area garden tours.
The architectural structures throughout the city have kept me in awe. The majority of historic buildings and homes built in the early 1800's are fascinatingly intrinsic to the appeal of the city.
Add a gorgeous garden to them and this blogger is so glad to have made the trip north for the festivities of the Bloggers Meet-Up Buffa10. Which, by the way, has gathered together over 70 garden writers and bloggers from 23 states and Canada.
While every destination has been wonderful, no question, my favorite outing (so far) was Saturday when the loaded tour buses drove us all out of the city proper to the gardens of Mike and Kathy Shadrack, hosta and daylily specialist.
Their beautiful gardens and home were simply breathtaking in the natural setting of shady trees with a broad open deck overlooking a creek that ran under their house.
More to come on all of the destinations we had the privilege to explore this weekend.
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