by Connie Oswald Stofko
Today I want to share some photos from the landscape of Sally and Paul Tucker of South Buffalo to give you inspiration for your own gardens. I visited them last July during South Buffalo Alive.
Before we talk about the Tuckers’ yard, I know you are wondering what is happening with garden walks this year. My understanding is that two of the garden walks that take place early in the season, Lewiston GardenFest and Springville Garden Walk, have been canceled. We have our fingers crossed that other garden walks and activities of Gardens Buffalo Niagara will be held in 2020.
For now, let’s enjoy these views from last year.
A highlight of the backyard is what the Tuckers call Sally’s sanctuary. It’s a deck at the rear of the yard that is hidden by plantings.
“You would never know it was back here,” Sally said. She loves to read in this secluded place.
When the Tuckers moved in 12 years ago, they encountered a grassless front yard that was messy and overgrown. While many people enjoy the look of grassless front yards, the Tuckers decided it was too difficult for them to maintain. They decided instead to have small garden beds in front and to restore the lawn.
Their feeling is that they don’t want gardening to be such a huge chore that it takes the pleasure out of it.
The backyard was also overgrown. Weeds grew not only around the plants but into the roots of the plants. They were able to save some lilies and hostas.
They created new beds. When they install plants, they leave some space in between so the plants don’t grow into each other. You’ll notice they use mulch to help keep weeds down, too.