by Connie Oswald Stofko
“During this Covid pandemic, gardening has been our therapy,” said Marie Wysocki of Hamburg. She and her husband Jerry shared their landscape during Open Gardens. “Weeding is very therapeutic for us. I’m usually a calm person, but if I didn’t have this…”
Many gardeners echoed that sentiment this year, and I feel the same way.
We were able to get plants, thanks to the folks at our local garden centers who scrambled to create new systems almost overnight. Suddenly we were making appointments, ordering online, using curbside pickup and happily taking home our new plants.
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens moved horticulture classes and even hands-on workshops online so we could continue to learn at home. And with e-tickets and a limited number of people, we have been able to visit in person.
I am grateful that we had a hot summer. Sure, there was a lot of watering to do, but that was one more excuse to get out into the garden. And after a cold and gloomy April and snow in May, I welcomed the sunshine!
I appreciate all the people who organized garden walks and Open Gardens, as well as the people who shared their gardens. It was marvelous to visit beautiful gardens and breathe in that beauty. Thank you for your hard work.
Some folks had to cancel their garden walks this year, and I’m grateful to them, too. What a difficult decision that must have been! There was so much uncertainty and so many factors involved. Some garden walks had vendors to consider, others have tiny yards where people would have been squeezed together, and I’m sure there were other considerations as well. Thank you for making the hard decisions.
There were new things to do this summer as well, such as the videos created by Gardens Buffalo Niagara.
Gardening has helped us in so many ways this year. It added brightness to our lives.
But even in the best of times, we gardeners sometimes focus on the weeds. We forget to look at all the beautiful things in our landscapes.
This Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to focus on the good things, however small, that we have in our lives.