First of all, Buffalo was surprising. It isn't fair to say I was expecting anything, really. Buffalo was just this city I'd always heard about but never seen, like Topeka, or Fargo, or Sioux City. You know what I mean? It's just there, in the dim, bland brain wasteland of I-know-you-exist-but-I-really-have-no-reason-to-be-noticing-you. Kind of like LBB, when you think about it.
Well, no, that last bit is not quite right. It is not "kind of like LBB," because the truth is I'd never invite 72 dedicated garden bloggers from all over the United States and Canada to tour the gardens of my home city. I mean, what is there to see? We haven't got a lot of exciting public gardens (OK, none, unless you count the South Plains Food Bank farm, which I do, though probably not for aesthetic reasons), and while the private ones can be amazing, they are truthfully pretty few and far between. And there is no way I'd show them my scraggly patch of land...
Y'all know I love LBB--you know I do--but it is not much to look at.
So all right, I guess on some level I was expecting something, since Elizabeth Licata (Garden Rant and Gardening While Intoxicated) and Jim Charlier (Art of Gardening) had both stepped up and volunteered to show off their hometown. And we did see gardens. In fact, we saw a LOT of gardens, most of which looked as spectacular as this one:
And this one:
And this one:
In fact, it seemed like everyone in the city of Buffalo was gardening con brio, and that, brothers and sisters, is the big, surprising story of the trip.
OK, perhaps it's a bit of an exaggeration to say that everyone in Buffalo is gardening, but you get my drift. There were entire neighborhood blocks on which many if not most of the houses were sprouting buckets of blooms and adorable foliage. It's truly a community affair.
And so I have to ask, "What's up with that?" Or, more to the point, "How can I get me some of it here in LBB?"
There is value in pulling together as a community--we all know this. But it seems as if the only time we come together as one is when there's a major disaster of some sort, or one of our sports teams wins something BIG. What about pulling together once in awhile for the simple reason of making our neighborhoods nice environments in which to live?
I'm going to be thinking about this...
More on the Buffa10 meet-up in future posts. There's simply too much to try to fit it all in this one.