2018, January: From the Garden Shed
by Kathy Steel
Another holiday season is behind us. Decorations are packed away and most of the glitter has been vacuumed up. The final remaining task is to pay for it all. Despite the persistent tightening of purse strings, holiday spending seems to creep upward year over year.
Now's the time when we start budgeting the coming year's spending. It seems more and more difficult to get good value for our dollars. Even things that are free are seldom worth the effort.
But there are still some gems to be had at no cost. Hamilton's Open Garden Week is one of those gems. For one week in the summer, creative and generous gardeners open their private sanctuaries for public viewing. You can spend days strolling through magnificent landscapes, each with a personality of its own, with no cash outlay.
This delightful Hamilton event is a somewhat smaller version of the free, self-guided Garden Walk in Buffalo, New York, offering more than 400 gardens for public perusal. It appears that Buffalo is more than just industry and mountains of snow. There are many beautiful properties worth crossing the bridge to enjoy.
You'll witness the implementation of good landscape design principles, be inspired by imaginative sheds, pergolas, and gazebos, reflect on ponds, waterfalls, and fountains, appreciate art, architecture, and history.
Following several successful ventures to Buffalo's esteemed event, garden writer Rob Howard was inspired to organize the annual Open Garden Week in Hamilton.
Take a break from the frigid winter and join us at the next meeting of the Flamborough Horticultural Society on Wednesday, January 17 at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 715 Centre Road, Waterdown. Rob will warm us with vibrant pictures of The Buffalo You Don't Know, a colourful and inspiring presentation on the Buffalo Garden Walk. Guests are encouraged to join us for refreshments and friendly conversation at 7:00 p.m., meeting at 7:30.
Kathy Steel is Communications Copywriter for the Flamborough Horticultural Society, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month. For details, visit our website at http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/flamborough, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (2018-02-23)
or call 905 689-6722.