In Elizabeth’s and Jim’s gardens at Buffa10


A week ago today Garden Bloggers Buffa10 was wrapping up with a self-guided tour of the incredible Lancaster Avenue gardens (more pics tomorrow). Before we hit Lancaster, however, my travel partner Diana and I opted to stop by co-host Elizabeth Licata’s Allentown garden for a second, less-crowded visit than on opening day of Buffa10.

We found Elizabeth in her garden, surrounded by lilies.


I knew from reading her blog, Gardening While Intoxicated, that her garden was small. Tight quarters don’t keep Buffalo gardeners down, however, and Elizabeth has made the most of her tiny digs, fitting in a pond, seating, raised beds, curving paths, and even a large-scale sculpture.


This piece stands more than 6 feet tall, and yet its catty-corner placement against the tall house puts it in the proper scale for this small garden.


The inviting entry to Elizabeth’s rear garden is marked by a stunning pink hydrangea. (Picture taken at Thursday’s happy hour; you can see there’s a crowd.)


Out front, in the shadow and root zone of tall street trees, low-growing hostas and other shade lovers are a textural composition in cool greens and cream.


Next we headed over to Lancaster Avenue, and tomorrow I’ll have more pictures of the gardens we saw there. We ended our tour at co-host Jim Charlier‘s gorgeous house, where the late-stayers met for lunch.


A friend of Jim’s had placed a funny for-sale sign in his garden. By this time, the sun was high and hot, and the pictures I took of his garden didn’t turn out, which is too bad because I’d love to be able to show you his flowery front beds, Harry Potter garden complete with ‘Venomous Tentacula,’ and espaliered fruit trees in back, not to mention the delicious spread he and his wife laid out for about 25 or 30 of us, who happily noshed on their back deck for an hour or so.


The contented smiles of bloggers Pat (Commonweeder), Michele (Garden Rant), and Jean (Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog) will have to tell the tale instead. Thanks again, Jim and Elizabeth!

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6 Responses

  1. It’s fun to visit all the blogs and get the “news” from Buffa10.

  2. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Pam, I’m still kicking myself for not having made another trip over to Elizabeth’s garden. I really wanted to see it sans crowds … your pictures help ease the pain a bit! One of the things I loved most about Buffalo is how creative the gardeners become in tight spaces, and Elizabeth’s is a case in point.

  3. Gail says:

    I am so sorry I had to miss both the quiet visit to Elizabeth’s and seeing Jim’s garden. I am still amazed at what Buffalo gardeners have been able to fit into their smaller spaces…Perhaps the forced choice of limited space actually makes it easier~I’m still musing on that possibility and my own garden. gail

  4. All these photos from Buffalo, give me real ‘hosta envy’. Such beautiful foliage.
    Can’t wait for more.

  5. I’m still so envious of everyone who made it to Buffa10… but especially when I hear and see about all of the lovely things being done in these small gardens. Oh, the IDEAS I could have been getting last weekend! (Thanks again for sharing all of these photos and recaps, though. I’m loving them all. :-)

  6. It sure was fun to see these posts, Pam – garden of Eliz would have been #1 on my list! And as wonderful as it is when we Austin gardenbloggers garden hop here, driving in traffic is a price we must pay. Imagine just walking down the street and finding house after house of like-minded people! The mind boggles.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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