If anyone knows gardens – and Buffalo Niagara gardens in particular – it’s Sally Cunningham and Jim Charlier.
The two collaborated on a book published earlier this year – “Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs” (St. Lynn’s Press, $24.95).
The key word here is “quirky” – as many Western New York gardeners – and the thousands of people who visit the gardens – know.
“No cookie cutter landscapes here. Every garden was built and tended by the gardeners themselves. These are approachable, livable environments that bring a smile and warm the heart,” the authors write.
Furthermore, many of those gardens have been – and will be – on the walks and tours throughout the Buffalo Niagara region starting in June. (There's a link to our local guide below.)
In addition to showcasing memorable gardens from Buffalo but also from Amherst, Lockport, Hamburg and other areas, the book does more.
Included are discussions on basic principles of garden design; assessing your yard (and your true gardening self); how gardens change after weather events; color in the garden; design features that matter; budget-saving tips, and other ideas for creating an outdoor space that reflects you and your family.
Cunningham, the longtime writer of the Great Gardening column in The Buffalo News – is a professional gardener, teacher, consultant, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) and recipient of many professional honors. She leads garden tours in WNY and throughout the United States, Canada and Europe as part of her Great Garden Travel program with AAA of Western and Central New York.
Charlier runs JCharlier Communication Design and has photographed gardens all over the world. He’s co-founder of Gardens Buffalo Niagara and former president (2006-2013) of Garden Walk Buffalo – the largest private-garden tour in North America this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. A garden tourism promoter determined to make Buffalo “recognized nationally as one of the great gardening destinations,” he also gardens and writes a blog, ArtofGardening.org.
Here is the story on walks and tours in the Buffalo Niagara region published in The Buffalo News: