Confession: I interned as a low level juvenile delinquent (hey, I went to an honors school!) during my teenage years on the West Side, and as a result learned about the existence of the secret and frankly magical gardens that dot that area jumping fences and legging it away from __________ before the Buffalo Garden Walk kicked off however many years ago it kicked off and opened them up to the public. People, I don't know squat about gardening and I have no green thumb, but I can tell you that there is art in them backyards, and as discerning Buffalonians (and citizens of WNY and beyond) it behooves you to get out this weekend (10 - 4 Saturday before the buffaBLOG Broadway Market Rooftop Extravaganza preferably, and Sunday) to check it out. Here's a playlist for your enjoyment, and to get you in the mood to hit up the Buffalo Garden Walk (be sure to print a map or pick one up from one of the three headquarters locations). Good times in Buffalo people. Good times...
"Nothing But Flowers," Talking Heads.
"Gardening At Night," R.E.M.
"Gordon's Garden Party," The Cardigans.
"The Seed," The Roots with Cody Chestnutt.
"The Birds In Your Garden," Pulp.
"The Sun Was High (And So Was I)," Best Coast.
"Rain," The Beatles.
"Bugs," The Flaming Lips.
"Deadbeat Summer," Neon Indian.
"Zen Garden," Tangerine Dream.
"Ooh La La," Goldfrapp.
"A Good Year For The Roses," Elvis Costello.
"Let Your Love Grow Tall," Passion Pit.
Bloom, Beach House. Yeah, the whole album.
And to give you a taste of what the Garden Walk is all about and the wonders that await you, here's a Buffalo For Real video featuring local musician, raconteur, and man about town Nelson Starr.