by Connie Oswald Stofko
The pond in the photo the may look overgrown, but all that foliage serves a purpose: It stops herons from eating fish in the pond.
In this article, you can also find details on the last garden walk for 2019: the Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk in Niagara Falls.
Stop herons from eating your fish
Marcia Panzarella shared her Camden Ave. landscape last week during the Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens.
She has a pond, and to give me a peek at her fish, she sprinkled a bit of fish food on the the small section of open water. As soon as they were finished eating, the fish skedaddled back under the large lily pads.
The fish want protection from two herons that have visited the pond in the past. Although the pond may look overgrown, the fish love all that foliage. The lily pads help to provide the cover the fish need.
Several years ago Panzarella started with 20 fish. She hasn’t added any new fish over the years and now has about a dozen. Even though the herons caught some, the fish have bred, too, which has helped to keep the numbers up.
Other gardeners run string or fishing line around the perimeter of their pond to prevent heron from landing.
Check out the other photos here to learn more about Panzarella’s garden.
Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk
The Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Memorial Park Neighborhood of Niagara Falls.
Maps can be picked up at 550 12th St., Niagara Falls, on tour day. This is a free, self-guided tour. See more here.
The event wants to show that older neighborhoods in Niagara Falls matter and are worth saving.