Posts Tagged ‘ Landscape design ’

Creative garden retaining wall is made of books; see other examples of walls

April 21, 2015
garden retaining wall made of books in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Now is a good time to install hardscapes in your yard—things like paths, trellises and retaining walls for raised beds and slopes. Here’s a creative idea for a retaining wall that I saw at Plantasia in March. It’s made out of old books. While this wall was in place for...
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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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Fascinating green roof project under way in Springville; you can help

March 31, 2015
Image courtesy Springville Center for the Arts

by Connie Oswald Stofko The Springville Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to start seedlings for its green roof project. You’ll get seeds that you are asked to start in containers and nurture until they’re ready to be transplanted onto the green roof. You don’t have to live in Springville to participate. In...
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A natural slope adds interest to colorful shade garden in Hamburg; garden walks are coming!

February 17, 2015
steps in Whittemore garden in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A natural slope combined with raised beds add interest to the Hamburg yard of Barb and Dave Whittemore. “There are seven steps to the top deck,” Dave pointed out. “We really have vistas with this. The elevations make a world of difference. That’s one thing I really enjoy.” A screened-in...
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I want that: How to apply what you see on garden walks to your own yard

February 10, 2015
red windows and trellis at DiMino in Lockport

by Connie Oswald Stofko What is this garden showing me? That’s what gardening expert Sally Cunningham will help you learn in one of four talks she will present during the WNY Home & Garden Expo at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The expo will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb...
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Database helps you find trees, shrubs that work for your garden in WNY

January 27, 2015
Database helps you find trees, shrubs that work for your garden in WNY

  by Connie Oswald Stofko When we’re planning our gardens, so many of us forget about what should make up the backbone of our gardens: trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs are larger than most other plants in your garden, so you want to plan around them. Once you plant them, they should stay...
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Got clay? Don’t want to dig? Want a new bed over lawn? Try lasagna gardening in autumn

October 14, 2014
Got clay? Don’t want to dig? Want a new bed over lawn? Try lasagna gardening in autumn

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s autumn, and here’s an outside project you can do today: create a lasagna garden. Lasagna gardening is a method where you apply material to your garden bed in layers, like in a lasagna. Lasagna gardening has several advantages: You don’t have to till or dig your garden bed. The...
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Early 20th century innovations include lawns, foundation plantings; learn more at talk

September 30, 2014
Foundation planting in Illinois 1925 from Laura Burchfield

by Connie Oswald Stofko We don’t live the way people did at the turn of the last century, and that’s reflected in our landscapes, said Laura L. S. Burchfield, co-author of American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles. Back then, people had outhouses. They needed a space for livestock. An...
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Get tips from history to deal with a combination of dry and wet conditions in your garden

September 23, 2014
herb garden at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

by Connie Oswald Stofko A combination of gardening problems faces Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, the 35-acre historical interpretive center in Amherst that showcases 19th century buildings set up like a village. Much of the landscape is boggy, so gardens can be wet early in the season. In addition, there’s no irrigation system, and hoses...
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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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