Don’t miss the last garden walk of 2020 this weekend in City of Tonawanda

seating area under tree in driveway
There’s something unusual about the tree in this photo. If you can’t figure out what’s odd, see the photo below. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

You can visit gardens– in person!– during the City of Tonawanda Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Friday Night Lights will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.

Pick up maps at City of Tonawanda Hall, 200 Niagara St., or at the City of Tonawanda Library, 333 Main St., City of Tonawanda.

See more information here or call (716) 957-4177.

A garden walk has never been held so late in the season before in Western New York, so this is a great opportunity to see what plants other gardeners have in their landscapes as we head into the end of summer.

You never know what you are going to learn or what you’re going to see when you talk to the gardeners on garden walks.

One example is the landscape of Sally and Paul Tucker, which I saw during South Buffalo Alive in 2019. I admired the lovely seating area under the tree, which you can see in the first photo. I didn’t notice there was anything odd about the tree until they pointed it out.

The tree was growing in the middle of the concrete driveway.

“I love this tree,” Sally Tucker said. “It provides shade in the perfect place. It’s the perfect place to sit.”

They have a lovely landscape and you do get a beautiful view from there. (See more images of their landscape here.) But what if the driveway starts to crack?

“The concrete is already broken,” she said. “I’d rather have the tree.”

tree growing in driveway
The odd thing about the tree in the first photo is that it is growing in the middle of the concrete driveway. It apparently was a volunteer, and even though it is cracking the driveway, the gardeners are keeping the tree for the shade it provides. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

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