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Every time I tell someone I am going to a garden blogger's meet-up in Buffalo they ask why. I can't tell you how many people I've referred to the Garden Walk Buffalo website. "Short season" seems to be the overwhelming response. Like we have a really long one in CT!

Don't worry, E. No one who's seen the gardens of Buffalo - or your gardening spirit! - would ever tire of hearing about your Walk, now morphed into a 5-week event. You guys are awesome.

Can't wait for the big Buffa10 event coming up in less than 3 weeks.

And I keep referring the baby West Asheville Garden Stroll (WAGS) folks to GWB for food for thought.

I don't get that short season in Buffalo bit. I'm here. The season is basically the same as the rest of the northeast. Being on Lake Erie, our temperatures are tempered by the lake further into the fall than other cities (we're a cold zone 6 -- I've a couple zone 7 plants that overwinter). Our growing season is not different from Cleveland's Pittsburgh's or Rochester's. We're not in the remote tundra, we're an hour-and-a-half SOUTH of Toronto for god's sake! And Toronto and Southern Ontario have spectacular gardens.

Hey, I never get tired or hearing about gardens or gardening; It has seemed to me for some time that the US is prime for/already entering a period where our gardening sophistication will/is increasing significantly. It feels, here in DC, as though the Pacific northwest and some nebulous area around Philadelphia are the centers from which US garden culture is radiating...still North Carolina, California, Buffalo?, DC, et alia seem to be gaining in sophistication and that can only be a good thing.

I attended my first Buffalo Garden Walk last summer and was astounded, amazed and positively gleeful!. I'm not sure if I'm going again this year because of time issues, but I really want to. For me, one of the best things about this event is that the gardens are small backyard and frontyard areas. What these marvelous gardeners are doing with their spaces is something that IS attainable by anyone who is willing to put in the time. You don't have to live on a couple acres and have a professional gardener with a full staff to achieve what these Buffalo gardeners have done. The gardeners, and the people responsible for organizing all of this, are inspirations for us all.

Why thank you. I will share this with the Garden Walk Buffalo committee when next we meet!

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