Garden seating: Get inspiration on Open Gardens, garden walks

metal garden chairs facing in different directions
The trees, tall plants and curving paths in Connie Krueger’s yard create a variety of views. In this seating area, you get a different view depending on which chair you choose. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Garden seating makes your yard appealing in so many ways. It invites you and your visitors to gather and relax. It can provide you with a warm spot in the sun or a cool refuge in the shade. And a seating area can be the place where you enjoy the wonderful vista you have created.

In this article, we’ll look at garden seating in the Amherst landscape of Connie Krueger, which you can visit during Open Gardens. Get more ideas for yourself this weekend by visiting Open Gardens and garden walks.

swing hanging from arbor
This peaceful seating area includes a swing hanging from an arbor. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Garden seating areas

You can’t see all of Connie Krueger’s landscape from any single spot. Paths wind through her Amherst backyard, which she filled with trees, shrubs and tall plants. You never know what you’ll see around the next bend.

“I decided on where I would place sitting spots as I weeded,” said Krueger said. As she worked, she would notice a view and realize, “Oh, this is a nice place to see that.”

When people visit her on Open Gardens, she encourages them not to hurry through, but to sit down in all the seating area and see something new in each spot. There is always something interesting to look at.

These photos were taken in September. Get ideas on how to make your garden look great in autumn here.

seats on patio with mandalas
Traditional garden chairs are arranged on a patio. Connie Krueger makes the mandalas displayed on the fence. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Gardens to visit

Open Gardens

garden seating from rock slab on cinder blocks
A rock slab forms the top of this garden seat, adding a rustic feel to this shady spot. The base is simply cinder blocks. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Open Gardens will be held on Thursdays and Fridays starting this Friday, July 5, and running through Friday, July 26.

In order to see the locations of the gardens as well as the times and dates that each garden is open, you need the booklet with the map and schedules. The booklet is available for a $10 donation at many local garden centers– see the list here

There will be about 70 exceptional gardens to visit in 12 areas: Southtowns Bouquet; Delaware District ; Elmwood Village & Allentown; Parkside; Northtowns East; Northtowns West; Lancaster; South Buffalo, West Seneca & Lackawanna; Niagara Trail; East Aurora & Holland; Cottage & Kleinhans, and Lakeshore.

Garden walks this weekend

See more great gardening events on our Events page.

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