Posts Tagged ‘ Garden Walks ’

Miss the National Garden Festival? See the beautiful trial gardens at Erie Basin Marina

August 12, 2014
woman walking by test gardens at Erie Basin Marina

by Connie Oswald Stofko We gardeners in Western New York are spoiled. During the height of the National Garden Festival, we can visit beautiful gardens– many, many beautiful gardens– four days a week. It’s been less than two weeks since the last event of the National Garden Festival ended, but many of us miss...
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Create a no-bending, no-kneeling garden like this one in Buffalo

August 5, 2014
Create a no-bending, no-kneeling garden like this one in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko JoAnn Yager has a small garden along the fence in her backyard, but the plants there struggle. “They never grew,” she said, “and it was too hard bending and weeding.” This year she tried something new. Her reward is that she is surrounded by flowers and herbs and vegetables, plus...
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A lot of garden is packed into small Buffalo yard– ponds, falls, hot tub & many plants

July 29, 2014
A lot of garden is packed into small Buffalo yard– ponds, falls, hot tub & many plants

by Connie Oswald Stofko The description of this yard on the Garden Walk Buffalo map summed it up perfectly: A lot of garden crammed into a tiny space. Bruce and Renée Adams of 533 Auburn, Buffalo, have a backyard that is about 36 feet wide but only 20 feet deep, yet they manage to...
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Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

July 22, 2014
Slow-growing shrubs create low-maintenance garden; backyard is full of perennials

by Connie Oswald Stofko Barb Ciesla and her husband Henry had a front yard with a line of yew bushes straight across the front. She wanted something more interesting and decided to redo the entire front. “I’m 60 years old and I don’t want to do it all again,” Ciesla said. “I don’t want...
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West Seneca gardener creates a getaway in her own backyard

July 15, 2014
West Seneca gardener creates a getaway in her own backyard

by Connie Oswald Stofko “It’s serene,” said Mary Anne Bach as she gazed around her backyard. “I love coming here.” Sometimes if friends ask her if she wants to go out, her real answer is no. She’d rather spend her time off in her garden. You’ll be able to see why she enjoys her...
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Clay, tree roots & shade: Get tips in this video

July 14, 2014
Clay, tree roots & shade: Get tips in this video

by Connie Oswald Stofko I love Western New York gardeners. I tried waiting out the rain Sunday, but it just kept getting worse, so around 1 p.m. I made my way out to the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, a garden walk that covers parts of Amherst and Cheektowaga. I stopped at the home of Terrie...
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Gardeners take advantage of sloped backyard; see it on Amherst Garden Walk

July 8, 2014
Gardeners take advantage of sloped backyard; see it on Amherst Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko A natural slope creates a terraced effect in the backyard of Darryl Moden and Chuck Hidy, and they take advantage of it with features including a Medina stone wall and steps leading up to a pergola that serves as a gateway to the top tier. This is one of about...
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Upcycled items add interest to 7-year-old garden; see it on Williamsville Garden Walk

July 1, 2014
Upcycled items add interest to 7-year-old garden; see it on Williamsville Garden Walk

By Connie Oswald Stofko Linda and Jaime Klubek of 48 Cadman Dr., Williamsville, have so many gardens they have named them. There’s the Asian garden featuring decorations influenced by that part of the world; the art garden, which features original glass creations made by Linda as well as statues and recycled items; the frog garden,...
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Niagara Escarpment makes unique backdrop for Lockport gardens

July 1, 2014
Niagara Escarpment makes unique backdrop for Lockport gardens

by Connie Oswald Stofko The backyard of Barbara and Anthony DiMino of Lockport  has one feature I’ve never seen in any other garden landscape. Because they’re situated on the Niagara Escarpment, their property ends at the top of a steep incline that shoots up three or four stories high at the back of the...
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Make it look like a garden & not just a collection of plants, plus how to avoid digging new beds

July 1, 2014
Make it look like a garden & not just a collection of plants, plus how to avoid digging new beds

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Before, it just looked like a collection of plants,” said Elaine Clutterbuck of 728 Crescent Ave., Buffalo. “Now it looks like a garden.” What did the trick? Pathways. “I think the pathways are what made the garden,” she said, looking around her attractive backyard. “Before, it didn’t look like it...
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