Containers decorated by gardener add charm to Lockport yard

wooden box holds annuals in Lockport
Pat Arnold paints castoff items and uses them as containers for annuals in her garden. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

The gardens of Pat Arnold are filled with many flowers, including 30 rose bushes, but if you pause to look more closely, you’ll notice other elements that add to the gardens’ beauty.

You might call it Buffalo-style garden art, or you might dub it upcycling.

“It’s artwork I do from odds and ends I pick up,” she said. “I just look for things that people put out at the curb, or things at Salvation Army or Goodwill.”

She paints them and adds her special touches that make containers that are as interesting as the flowers that fill them.

Arnold’s yard at 7071 Academy Lane, Lockport, was shared on Lockport in Bloom on July 11 and 12. Lockport is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Coming up this weekend is Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest garden walk in the nation. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26.

Let’s take a look at some the objects that add interest to Arnold’s garden.

A hanging basket doesn't have to be made of plastic. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
A hanging basket doesn’t have to be made of plastic. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
wooden cart holds annual in Lockport by Stofko
A wooden cart is parked in a flower bed. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

 

metal wagon wheels as garden art Lockport
Metal wagon wheels tucked behind plants in the front bed are a quirky surprise. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
chair with pink annuals as garden art in Lockport NY
Displaying flowers on a chair makes them more noticeable. The vibrant color of the chair adds to the appeal.
yellow bike as garden art in Lockport NY
A bicycle painted yellow adds a pop of color to a shady area. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
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