Why hide your gardens? Amherst gardener has seven in front yard
by Connie Oswald Stofko
Jim Bardot used to relegate gardening to his backyard until he realized: “I’m the only one who sees it. What’s the fun of that?”
Now his gardens—seven of them—are displayed in his large front yard for the world to enjoy.
“Why hide it?” said Bardot, who lives on busy French Road in Amherst. “It’s a thrill when somebody stops because they see me out there. One person said, ‘Thank you. For years I’ve been watching it grow and grow. I always slow down to look at your gardens.'”
There is a lot to see, and visitors got a closer look at Bardot’s gardens during the Amherst Garden Walk in 2021. I will show you more of Bardot’s gardens in future articles.
Bardot built the gardens over 16 years. When he moved into the home, all that was in the front yard was a group of 20-foot tall pine trees. The trees blocked the sun and the entire area underneath the trees was bare. He removed the trees and started his first garden in that spot.
You might think Bardot came to gardening early because his father had a commercial greenhouse. While Bardot did help out with with the family business, he recalled that it wasn’t fun doing chores such as transplanting flats of teeny weeny marigolds.