Nobody’s asking, but nonetheless I’m here to report that our first glimpse of the Garden Walk Buffalo publication was a great success. Sure, there are some minor glitches (Jim, I found the typo and a couple other very small ouches in the text), but overall it looks great. The photography is very nearly perfect, and I think the choices show off neighborhoods, architecture, and Olmsted as well as gardens.
So, anyway, we started out with champagne then kind of devolved into whatever bottles were open or could be opened. The most enjoyable part of the evening for me was the DVD, which I had not seen in its final form. They lucked into some gypsy-jazz musicians playing in a restaurant patio during the Walk and were able to use this for the DVD soundtrack. And there are so many cool quotes. I wish I had an excerpt I could show here—hopefully, soon.
The interviews have a great casual feel—my friend Deb chatting to the interviewer in her doorway, kid noises from within; me, face hidden by huge shades, mumbling about god-knows-what; Tom, lounging by his pool, pronouncing that, without soil amendment, “it’s not gonna happen, people!” They used the music and the moving feet of the walkers very effectively as transitions.
Well, you’d have to be there. Maybe I can grab some stills.