by Connie Oswald Stofko
Buy it from an artist. Commission something that fits in with the theme of your garden. Or make it yourself.
As you’re planning next year’s garden, consider integrating art into your landscape.
Buy garden art
Beth and Brian Kreutzer of Cheektowaga, who share their landscape on Open Gardens, happily display a metal sculpture by Mike O of Yartworks titled “Mousetrap.”
“I bought it at one of the first Buffalo Style Garden Art Sales,” Beth said.
They also have a second sculpture by Mike O called “Birds Flying Up,” which reminds them of airplanes.
“That’s appropriate since we live by the airport,” she said.
Order garden art
Jim Bardot of Amherst has seven gardens in his large front yard and most of the beds show the influence of the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
To tie into the Wright theme, Bardot ordered a welcome sign with his house number that is done in a font designed by Wright.
Make your own garden art
Jim Charlier of Buffalo took inspiration from the artist Louise Nevelson when he created this black, three-dimensional collage on his fence. It includes two water features, one at each end. Buffalo artist Bruce Marzahn created something similar several years ago.
See Charlier’s creativity in the most famous shed in the world.
Charlier, with Sally Cunningham, wrote the book Buffalo-Style Gardens.