Ideas for seating areas–add enjoyment to your Buffalo-area garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko

We walk around our gardens watering and weeding, but sometimes we actually take time to sit down and relax! When planning your landscape, remember to include one or more seating areas.

Get some ideas from these gardens in Western New York.

chairs in yard with gardens
Comfy, padded Adirondack chairs create a conversation area in the large yard of Nancy and Charles Bachman in North Tonawanda. Bonus tip: The shrubs soften and obscure the metal side of the above-ground pool. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
patio and chairs
In the back of the Bachmans’ yard is a brick patio with metal ice cream parlor chairs. Flower beds surround the patio and a trellis softens the view of the pool from this angle. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
pink wicker seat and table
Linda Monaco of Lackawanna likes using pink, red and white in her gardens. This area has pink furniture and pink flowers. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
butterfly chair
Rest with the wings of a butterfly around you in this quirky metal chair. You can see it in the Elma landscape of Jerry and Karen Dwigun. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
stone bench by garden
A simple stone bench stands in another area of the Dwigun yard. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
chairs in yard
Jeannette Riley of Albion, whom I visited in 2011, had some great tips. She uses mulch to create the floor of a seating area because it’s quicker than doing brickwork and helps keep the bugs down, she said. The lights on the door behind the loveseat illuminate the seating area. (The door can be opened to allow you to walk down the path–or you can just walk around the door.) Rather than bring all the chair cushions into the house when it rains, Riley keeps trash bags near the chairs. When it rains, she just pops the cushions into the bags and leaves them in place. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
garden room with tree trunk in wall
This garden room in the Rileys’ landscape really brings the outdoors inside. Look inside. The back wall incorporates the trunk of a live tree. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

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