Posts Tagged ‘ Grassless front yards ’

Feel transported across the world in backyard tea garden in Lancaster

July 14, 2015
tea house in Lancaster NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Everyone comes to see the back,” said Rich Groblewski as he gave me a tour last week of his landscape at 14 Lombardy St., Lancaster. It seems like a nice suburban yard with a new arbor (the old one was crushed under seven feet of snow in the Snowvember storm),...
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Tips for planting an unused space: the ‘hellstrip’ between street & sidewalk

April 7, 2015
hellstrip with flowers in Buffalo NY view from sidewalk

by Connie Oswald Stofko People call it the “hellstrip.” It’s that section between the sidewalk and street where people generally grow nothing but grass. It’s where the plows deposit the heavy, salty snow from the street. Garbage cans get tossed there. Dogs do their business there. What in the world could you grow there?...
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There’s a 9-foot cactus in a bathtub– & that’s just the beginning

July 23, 2013
There’s a 9-foot cactus in a bathtub– & that’s just the beginning

A double-tub wringer washer, a bucket for a milking machine and a pan from a salad bar are some of the items that have been found new uses in the garden of Terry and Debbie Calway on Hampton Parkway in Tonawanda. The Calways’ garden was among the more than 50 gardens open to visitors...
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Serenity of a forest found in City of Buffalo backyard

May 14, 2013
Serenity of a forest found in City of Buffalo backyard

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many people struggle with shady yards, wishing they could grow the plants they see in sunnier gardens. Jeff Lokken is different. He embraces his canopy of trees. The result is a forest-like retreat from the noise of the city. We visited Lokken last year during Garden Walk Buffalo at the...
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4 big tips for creating a garden with year-round interest

October 23, 2012
front view Guerico garden in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko In the Buffalo area, when we talk about creating year-round garden interest, what we really mean is: How do I make my garden look good in autumn and winter? From May to August, it’s easy to have beautiful landscaping, flowers and lots of color. All the garden walks are scheduled during...
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Get a nighttime view of garden that packs many flowers in small space

August 14, 2012
seating at night in Ken Ton NY

“It’s like an extension of your house, an outdoor room,”  Russ Polvino said of his fabric gazebo. “I love to sit out here and listen to music.” I visited during the Saturday Night Lights portion of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour held July 21 and 22, and visitors could see his gardens during the  day as...
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Family has Certified Wildlife Habitat in their Lancaster yard

July 24, 2012
Goldthwait garden in Lancaster NY

Feeding wildlife started with feeding her own family, explained Molly Goldthwait of 78 Woodlawn, Lancaster. She and her husband Leon used to buy organic produce, but that got too expensive to do when they had their children, Beatrice, 10, and Henry, 7. By creating organic gardens for their own food, they created a supportive...
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Too shady for grass, Hamburg yard is filled with gardens, paths & curios

July 17, 2012
sunny garden bed with bed frame in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko An iron headboard and foot board give another meaning to the term “garden bed” in this yard at 224 East Prospect Ave., Hamburg, where Kathleen Winter shared her gardens during Buzz Around Hambug on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15. This part of Winter’s front yard is one of...
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South Buffalo gardener fills many gardens with plants that spread

July 17, 2012
South Buffalo garden walk 2012 front yard

Catherine Hetzler chooses plants that spread in order to keep her gardens full and to supply plants for the gardens at the Sisters of Mercy Convent and Mt. Mercy Academy. Hetzler, of Lorraine Avenue, shared her gardens during the South Buffalo Alive Annual Tour of Gardens on July 15. After becoming a Master Gardener,...
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Lewiston resident loves her shady gardens and grassless yards

June 26, 2012
grassless front yard in Lewiston NY

“I hate lawns,” said Gina Camodeca of Lewiston. “They’re unnatural. They can’t look good without the help of pesticides. You have to mow it, so it’s labor- and resource-intensive.” Camodeca has created grassless yards in both the front and back of her home at 360 N. 4th St., which she shared on the garden...
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