Meet Me at the CAM - The Art of Gardening: Buffalo Backyards to the World’s Greatest Gardens

  • Date:  April 4, 2017
  • Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm

Free for museum members, NU students, faculty and staff/$5 others. Light refreshments served.

Jim Charlier will present an overview of horticultural tourism from the back yards of Buffalo Niagara to the great public and private gardens he’s visited in his travels throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Holland, Greece, Belgium, and more.

From 2006 to 2012, Jim was president of Garden Walk Buffalo, America’s largest garden tour – with more than 400 open gardens throughout Buffalo, NY.  He is Vice President (and a co-founder) of its parent organization, Gardens Buffalo Niagara, which coordinates horticultural experiences including 20 community garden tours, garden-themed bus tours, a garden art sale, tours of Open Gardens throughout Western New York, and regional beautification efforts.

He was a recipient of the 2012 Promotion Award from the biennial International Garden Tourism Conference held in Toronto, Canada. He has been a speaker at the conference twice.

He has given talks about garden tourism and has consulted with gardening organizations from around the country to help start, or further develop, their own garden tourism marketing.

His own art-filled garden has appeared in the books The Garden Bible, Garden Up!, Cultivating Garden Style, and the magazines Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Gate, People Places Plants, Real Gardens, Great Backyards, Buffalo Spree HOME, among others, and will appear in a summer 2017 issue of This Old House magazine. His garden has also appeared in local and regional magazines, newspapers, blogs, and television.

Jim has written on garden tourism for national and regional newspapers and magazines and also wrote a back cover book endorsement for the book Garden Tourism (CABI, 2013).

Jim’s garden photography has appeared in the books Edible Spots & Pots (Rodale Books, 2014), The Garden Bible (Images Publishing Dist Ac., 2016), Garden Up! (Cool Springs Press, 2011), Cultivating Garden Style (Timber Press 2014), and the magazines Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Real Gardens, People Places Plants, Great Backyards, Backyard Solutions, Buffalo Spree Magazine, and more.

Jim is an advertising design and marketing consultant, having started his own firm, JCharlier Communication Design, in 2000. He has done graphic design work for the Castellani Art Museum for the last 15 years.

He has a gardening blog you can visit at

 Contact Susan Clements at 716-286-8201 to register.