Garden Walks

Noisy West Seneca yard becomes private paradise

August 23, 2016
gardens around water feature in West Seneca NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You could see– and hear–  the nearby convenience store from the backyard. But not anymore. Bernie Grosser and Jim Jankowski now have a private backyard paradise at their home on Tudor Place in West Seneca. I visited them during the fifth annual West Seneca Tour of Gardens held July 23...
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Gardener brings plants from her family to husband’s fourth-generation home

July 19, 2016
gardens along fence in City of Tonawanda

by Connie Oswald Stofko Peter Kurtzworth is the fourth generation of his family to live in the home at 491 Morgan St., City of Tonawanda. When he married Judy four years ago, she brought pieces of her heritage to his homestead: plants from her former home, from her aunt’s cottage and from her mother’s...
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Eclectic garden changes throughout the seasons

July 12, 2016
small waterfall in front yard in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “It’s not meant to look perfect or manicured,” Dr. Kenton Bruce Anderson said of his front yard at 44 Montrose Ave., Buffalo. “It’s meant to be carefree, but look as if somebody takes care of it.” You can see this fun garden on the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk from...
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Tour acres of gardens, get organic gardening tips during Lockport in Bloom

July 5, 2016
organic garden in Cambria NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko When some people go on a garden walk, they want to visit only the gardens that are clustered closely together. If you do that on Lockport in Bloom, you’ll miss this treasure. Jan and Craig Powley have seven acres of land– Three acres are horse pasture, and the horses provide...
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Double lot is filled with gardens; see it on Hamburg Garden Walk

July 5, 2016
gardens along fence in Hamburg Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko When Julie Anderhalt was looking for a house in 1989, it was a seller’s market. A house would go on the market and it would be bought in an hour. So when she found a house she liked and realized someone else was interested in it, she quickly put in...
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Create an illusion of depth in a narrow yard

June 28, 2016
Create an illusion of depth in a narrow yard

by Connie Oswald Stofko In a narrow yard, you can create an illusion of more depth in your gardens. Instead of planting flowers right up against a fence, pull your gardens away from the fence and add shrubs in the back. The darkness at the back of the garden makes the gardens appear deeper....
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society to hold garden tour July 9

June 21, 2016
Niagara-on-the-Lake Garden Tour 2015 view from inside

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society will hold its 25th annual garden tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 9 in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the town of Virgil, Ontario. The self-guided walking garden tour will take place rain or shine. It will showcase 12 distinctive and impressive residential gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the town of...
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Garden tour set in Syracuse area

June 19, 2016
gazebo on Pulaski Gardening Friends garden tour

The idea of garden walks is spreading across the state. If you’re going to be out near Syracuse, check out the garden tour that will be hosted by the Pulaski Gardening Friends Club in Pulaski, 40 miles north of Syracuse. This event is a fundraiser with the proceeds donated to charities in that area....
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Submit your artwork for a chance at a $100 prize for the Capen Garden Walk 2016

December 6, 2015
2015 poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk

Submissions of original artwork for use on posters for the 2016 Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk are being sought. The poster art contest is being held by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), which will jury the competition. It is free to enter your artwork and a prize of $100 will be awarded for...
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Vertical garden made from old gutters draws attention on last garden walk of year

August 11, 2015
red tire container garden in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We just really like recycling,” said Carrie Madigan, who gardens with her mother Patty Connors at 180 Crowley Ave., Buffalo. “I don’t want to buy something super expensive if I can make it.” Visitors saw many examples of her creative gardening on a budget during the 11th annual Black Rock...
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