Garden Walk garden in Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living magazine

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Another Buffalo garden hits the national stage in the Spring 2009 issue of Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living, a Better Homes & Gardens special interest publication. The 8-page story, titled In-Town Seclusion, explains how gardener Mike Banks made his wedge-shape yard more beautiful, private and useful with good garden planning. His secret to success? Dividing the yard into individual spaces, which flow together naturally.

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The article features an interview with Mike, a "before & after" photo of the wedge-shaped, 700 sq. ft. garden, an illustrated map of how he designed & planted the space, soil tips especially important for city-dwellers), a "How to plant this bed" list of plants, and a side for bar rules of great garden design. Also, in the resources section in the back of the magazine, there is a plug for Garden Walk Buffalo.

Mike Banks is a former organizer of Garden Walk Buffalo and is a great fan & supporter of the tour, now the largest garden tour in the country.

The photos are by Toronto photographer Andreas Trauttmansdorff. The BH&G producer (and scout and stylist) for the story was Donna Talley. The writer was Julie A. Martens.

Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living, which traces its history back to 1940, is the oldest special-interest gardening publication in America. This Spring 2009 issue is available on newsstands now.

Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living editor, Luke Miller, is a Rochester, NY native. He's also got a vegetable gardening blog, Smart Gardening. It's brand new - please visit and leave him a comment. Tell him you want to see more Buffalo gardens featured in Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living because you can't get enough of them!