The third annual Garden Blogger Meet allowed for the renewing of friendships begun in Austin, thanks to Pam of Digging.
(Her sign says I Dig Gardening. We all got a little sign like this, thanks to Cindy of My Corner Of Katy, mine said Pray For Rain)
The Buffalo Botanical Garden conservatory was glamorous, inside and out.
(According to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens website:
The tri-domed glass, wood and steel building was designed by the premier conservatory designers of the time: Lord & Burnham, Co. from New York’s Hudson Valley. The construction methods were based upon the famous Crystal Palace and Kew Gardens Palm House in England. When it was built in 1897-1899, it was one of the largest public greenhouses in the country (at a cost of $130,000). Today there are less than a dozen large Victorian conservatories in America and this is one of two with the tri-dome design (us & NYBG in the Bronx.)
This is the vision we would like to see in the Fairegarden of the native Veronicastrum virginicum, as seen in the outer gardens of the Botanical site.
(Not shown in the photo is the fencing holding up the floppy plants)
Some things in Buffalo were ahead of our Tennessee spot, some were behind us.
(These daylilies were so full of buds and promise. Ours at home were nearly finished. The name had pirate in it, does anyone know the rest?)
Inside the glasshouse, an over zealous photographer stumbled upon this happy couple inside an ivy covered pergola.
(Heather of Heather’s Garden and her husband, Lee look so sweet together)
Perusing the plant offerings was painful since we had traveled by air to Buffalo from Tennessee, with a change over in Charlotte.
(Small plants can be packed into a suitcase and checked at the airport. But the selection was a four foot tall Astible chinensis ‘Purpurkenze’ that we had been searching for a source online after seeing it used in the Piet Oudolf designed gardens, with no luck. It simply had to come home with us as a carry on. We are happy to announce that it made the trip intact, without the flower stalk being cut or broken. It is now growing in the black garden next to Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, as suggested in the Piet book.)
This new friend is responsible for persuading me that the Astilbe had to make the journey with me, Joseph of Greensparrow Gardens.
(Joseph’s new favorite plant that went home with him, by car, to Michigan is Vernonia lettermannii)
…lively architecture and fine dining sum up the experience of Buffa10. It will be a hard act to follow.
My other posts about Buffa10: