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

Asian garden in Williamsville NY
Sun rays slant through the Asian garden which features Asian art as well as one of Linda Klubek’s original pieces made from old glassware. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

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, home to many playful statues of frogs; the shoe garden, which contains a collection of shoe-shaped planters, and the grotto, a quiet and secluded spot for prayer.

You can see all of these gardens on the Williamsville Garden Walk to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

trellis recycled from a garden hose holder in Williamsville NY
An old garden hose holder finds a new purpose as a trellis. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

You can pick up maps at Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.

Don’t miss the fabulous sidewalk sales, plus a farmers market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with fresh local fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, plants and flowers.

There are also several public gardens to see, including the Heritage Garden of 1812 at Main and Evans that was the site of a huge hospital encampment of American soldiers during the War of 1812.

If you want some ideas for repurposing items for your garden, visit the Klubeks’ garden.

“Everything we have we try to find a second use for,” Linda said.

Planters have been made out of old fire pits, grills and bird baths.

At left you can see a beautiful metal trellis in the front yard. It been designed to hold a hose. When it outlived its usefulness, Linda was ready to throw it out, but realized she could repurpose it.

Linda uses old glassware that she picks up at thrift shops to make colorful, multi-tiered creations that are especially pretty glinting in the sunlight. You can see them in the art garden, below, and throughout the yard.

art garden in Williamsville NY
An old wine rack shaped like an old fashioned bicycle was painted purple and green and now is an attraction in the bed dubbed the art garden. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

I gave you instructions recently on how to make a glass mushroom decoration. You can start with those guidelines and get inspiration from Linda for your own creations.

shoe garden in Williamsville NY
Many visitor remember the shoe garden. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko


Evergreens are an important part of the Klubeks’ landscape, which is only seven years old.

“I wanted to keep the yard green all year around,” Jaime said. “I don’t want a feeling of abandonment.”

They have Austrian pines, mugo pines, hemlocks and junipers. Below is a row of arborvitae that provide privacy as well as shield the yard from the wind and sun. The shrubs can be taller than the highest fence allowed in the village, they look nicer than a fence and are cheaper, too.

Many people who visit during the garden walk like to take photos of themselves against the arborvitae, and it provided a backdrop for the wedding of their son Wesley to his bride Erin. They also used the grotto in their yard.

The grotto is dedicated to Our Lady of Victory. The Klubeks  are praying for the sainthood of Father Nelson Baker, who founded Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna as well a hospital, an orphanage, boys home and many other community services that continue through Baker Victory Services.

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These arborvitae were three feet tall when they were purchased about four years ago. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko


The Klubeks have a nice lawn, but it can get boggy. Here’s how they dealt with the problem. They dug a trench two or three inches deep and filled it with #2 gravel, which is a size generally used for drainage. The trench circles the yard and goes to a sump pump. As needed, they pump the water out. They simply let the grass grow over the trench so you can’t see it.

The project was much cheaper than installing drainage tiles, Jaime said.

The Klubeks enjoy entertaining. Expect to be offered some lovely refreshments during the garden walk. Music and lights are also important to the couple.

They find that visitors to their garden tend to linger.

“It’s our oasis,” Linda said.

Linda and Jaime Klubek in Williamsville NY
Linda and Jaime Klubek of Williamsville enjoy entertaining in their garden. At center is another one of their repurposed items. An old fire pit is now a planter with an area for guests to set their drinks. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Other articles from the Williamsville Garden Walk

2013: Williamsville gardener rescues plants from demolition sites

2012: Williamsville yard that has sun & shade makes good use of containers

2011: Williamsville house came with natural water feature: Glen Falls

2010: Foliage garden displayed at Williamsville Garden Walk

Upcoming Garden Walks

Amherst Garden Walk 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 12

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday July 12

Buzz Around Hamburg,  10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13

Lockport in Bloom Garden Tour 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, with an evening garden walk 6:30 – 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 13

Ken-Ton Garden Tour daytime walk from  10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, July 19 & 20 and night lights tour from 8:30-11 p.m.  Friday & Saturday, July 18 & 19

Lancaster Garden Walk  night lights from 8:45 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 18 and daytime walk 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20

Williamsville Garden Walk 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19

West Seneca Tour of Gardens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20

South Buffalo Alive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 20

Garden Walk Buffalo 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the daytime walk and  8-10 p.m. for the Starry Night Garden Tour










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