by Connie Oswald Stofko
Buffalo in Bloom, the project that recognizes City of Buffalo residents who maintain their properties with gardens in their front yard, is back after a hiatus of several years.
In past years, the idea was for teams of volunteers to cover the entire city, block by block, and recognize residents who put effort into their front yards. Unfortunately, it was too difficult to get enough volunteers for such a massive undertaking, said Linda Garwol, chairperson of Buffalo in Bloom.
This year, Buffalo residents are asked to submit a photo of their front yard themselves. Hurry; the deadline is Aug. 1.
Email your photo, along with your full name and address as you would like it to appear on the certificate from the mayor, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can go to the homepage of the Buffalo in Bloom website and scroll down to the green button on the left side. (As I wrote this, much of the rest of the website was still under construction, but the organizers are working on bringing you more.)
After the photos are submitted, “bloom-worthy” gardens will receive a garden sign to proudly display in their yards. A discount card to use at local garden centers and a certificate of appreciation, signed by Mayor Byron Brown, will be delivered in the mail.
Volunteers will be needed to go out to homes to post the signs in the front yards. If you would like to help, submit your name using the green button on the Buffalo in Bloom website or email email@example.com.
Buffalo in Bloom is a nonprofit group of volunteers supported by the Green Fund.