One of the real dilem­mas for me as a gar­dener is that I want to travel and visit gar­dens dur­ing the summer—but I also want to be home work­ing in my own gar­den.  So unless work car­ries me to a place where I can visit gar­dens in my down time, I’m on an offi­cial vaca­tion or a gar­den is fairly close by, it’s hard to pry me away from home to go gar­den hopping.

But the Gar­den Blog­gers Buffa10 was an event I wouldn’t miss. This is the third year that gar­den blog­gers have staged a meet-up, orga­nized and hosted by vol­un­teer gar­den blog­gers. The Austin, Texas, gar­den­ers kicked off the idea and spread out a won­der­ful wel­come mat. Gar­den­ers in Chicago hosted last year. This year Eliz­a­beth Licata (Gar­den­ing While Intox­i­cated and Gar­den Rant) and Jim Char­lier (Art of Gar­den­ing) put together four days of fab­u­lous­ness in Buf­falo. I had heard from Eliz­a­beth about the hotbed of gar­den­ing activ­ity in Buf­falo, but I had no idea Buf­falo was such a charm­ing city.

As you can see, we were able to wan­der into the pri­vate sanc­tu­ar­ies of Buf­falo home­own­ers, many of whom had gussied up their yards in prepa­ra­tion for Gar­den Walk Buf­falo.  Most of the gar­dens we vis­ited are small, lush gar­dens in cozy neighborhoods.

Frankly, I found myself drool­ing over the tidy homes, well-maintained gar­dens and the idea that it was all so com­pact and bountiful.

These gar­den­ers have invested some time and love in cre­at­ing their out­door havens.

These were not just show houses though. It was clear that peo­ple lived in and enjoyed these gar­dens. There were pets, areas for din­ing, tools and whim­si­cal artwork.

If you’re a gar­den blogger—or are look­ing for another rea­son to become one—this event should con­vince you that there are some def­i­nite perks to shar­ing your gar­den sto­ries. What you don’t see here, but can see from many of my fel­low blog­gers’ blogs, is the great group of peo­ple who came together for the event. Many of us are old friends from pre­vi­ous years. We were happy to add new friends to our crowd. It was a beau­ti­ful and boun­ti­ful event on many levels.

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