by Connie Oswald Stofko
Your front yard doesn’t have to be the fanciest one on the block to be recognized by Buffalo in Bloom.
“If it’s weeded and tended and makes the city look good” it can be recognized, said Linda Garwol, a volunteer with Buffalo in Bloom. Even front porches with potted plants can be recognized.
If you are recognized, you’ll receive a discount card to many of the area’s best nurseries as well as a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Byron Brown.
Gardeners now nominate their own garden by using the online form here. You submit a photo of your garden there as well.
The deadline is Aug. 1.
If your garden meets the criteria, within two weeks after the deadline, volunteers will give you a sign to display in your front yard so that everyone knows you have been “bloomed.”
The aim of Buffalo in Bloom is to recognize gardeners who are making their neighborhood within the City of Buffalo better. They are looking for well maintained gardens that you can see from the street.
There is research that suggests when people garden, it brings up property values, Garwol said.
“It makes a difference when people care,” she said.
Before 2016, volunteers used to try to canvass the entire city to recognize gardens, but there were never enough volunteers, Garwol said. Having gardeners submit their own photos streamlines the process.
Buffalo in Bloom has been run by volunteers since 1995.
Buffalo in Bloom volunteers also plant and maintain the gardens in City Hall’s front yard in Niagara Square. Those volunteers meet at 5 p.m. Mondays during the gardening season (May – September, weather permitting) and are always looking for extra help. For more information, email Volunteer@buffaloinbloom.com.