“Busy” is the word Patricia Lang uses to describe the Victorian style of gardening.
“They overdid everything back then,” she explained.
That elaborate decorating style is displayed in Lang’s gardens at 145 Crescent, which were part of the 13th annual Parkside Garden Tour held Sunday, June 27 in Buffalo.
She started out preferring simpler designs, but “bloom where you are planted,” she said with a shrug. Her 1896 home is ornate, so she created her gardens to match.
The busy style is also reflected in the plantings of a Victorian garden. You’ll see many different varieties of plants used together, Lang explained. Some traditional Victorian plants are bleeding hearts (a flower that was done blooming by the time of the garden tour), roses, vines and hydrangeas.
Instead of a simple patch of grass, the front yard features masses of decorative plants, as well as a trellis that graces the walkway leading to the front porch. More small gardens line the driveway, and they generally feature a statue, bird bath or other hardware.
In the backyard, a gazebo takes center stage. Paths break the area into small gardens, which include a small pond and a tree-house-like play area.
The Parkside Garden Tour is sponsored by the Parkside Community Association.
The Parkside neighborhood, adjacent to the Buffalo Zoo and Delaware Park, was designed by famed architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The neighborhood features well maintained turn-of-the-century Victorian and Arts and Crafts homes. Parkside is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.