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Cheryl Spulecki of Orchard Park sent this photo of her Thanksgiving cactus in full bloom. “My cactus has never bloomed in the many years I’ve had it,” she said. “I was shocked how beautiful it is!” 12/4/2018
Members of the Orchard Park Garden Club made more than 100 bows for wreaths to hang throughout the village. They are, from left, seated, Sally Zelasko, Lori Greene, Grace Krawczuk, Mary Ann King, Carol Slawienski, Kristine Wiesner and Wendy Zebahazy, and standing, Carol Jo Pope, Barbara Donsky, Barbara Clayton, Eileen Carrier, Darcy Krull, Donna Kraus and Elizabeth Bruno. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
This gazebo, a recent addition to the Rileys’ landscape, allows them to watch boats, walkers, runners and cyclists traveling along the Erie Canal. Photo courtesy Jeannette Riley
An old wine container displays flowers along the stone path in the garden of Jeannette Riley. A small trellis provides support for the vines. Photo courtesy Jeannette Riley
Jeannette Riley of Albion sent us some photos as we near the end of summer. This is a section of her large property that she calls her Stone Garden. Notice that the mimosa was still in bloom. Photo courtesy Jeannette Riley
Jeannette Riley’s stone walkway is lined with metal flowers they collected over the years. Photo courtesy Jeannette Riley
We did an article on the grand landscape of Jeannette Riley and her mother, Alma Riley, back in 2010. Jeannette has sent us some photos to show how the landscape has changed. “This is a panoramic view of our backyard from the deck,” Jeannette said. “When asked to try to describe various aspects of our garden, this view comes to mind because you are able to see a variety of plants and trees and structures (arbors and our barn). Photo courtesy Jeannette Riley
Another view of the Riley landscape shows a place for quiet and reflections with a stone bench and sitting Buddha. Photo courtesy Jeannette Riley
“This is a remake of our pine room,” said Jeannette Riley. “We had lost two of the three pines (from wind and the other died) and the arbor person advised us not to cut down the last tree because it was still healthy. So, we had my brother randomly lay flat stone to enlarge the sitting area and feature the pine tree. My mother thought the furniture should be red! We enjoy sitting in this garden room in the afternoon.” Photo courtesy Jeannette Riley
Lori Caso of Lewiston sent us this photo: “I repurposed a chandelier (that I found in my neighbor’s trash 😄) and took first place in the whimsy category of the Lewiston GardenFest Container Contest!”
The Orchard Park Garden Club planted flowers in front of the Orchard Park Fire Hall. Members from left are
Janet Speciale-Stoklosa, Darcy Krull, Carol Slawienski and Wendy Zebehazy, chair of this project. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Here is another photo of a frost flower from Stephen Vermette.
Stephen Vermette, who has written articles about Western New York weather for Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, sent us this photo. “I was in San Antonio, Texas during a period of recent freezing temperatures, and witnessed something I’ve never seen before – frost flowers,” he wrote. “They form when water extrudes from breaks in stems, during periods of freezing weather. There are a number of factors that make them somewhat rare. But, for a period of about two days, conditions were perfect. Just beautiful!” Jan. 7, 2018
Carmel Metzger of East Aurora sent me these two photos and said, “my nephew discovered this unusual old tree trunk in the woods behind my home. It looks like wagon wheel branches where the core is usually solid and round. Strange, don’t you think?”
The inside of this tree trunk looks like a wagon wheel. See the photo above. Photo from Carmel Metzger
Lori Caso, host of the cable show Lori & Friends, was awarded third place in the traditional category in the container garden contest of the 2017 Lewiston GardenFest. Her potted flowers were displayed on the furniture she painted, inspired by Mackenzie-Childs, known for their ceramics and handpainted furniture.
The Southtowns Gardener enjoyed a tour Dec. 9, 2016 by Mrs. Seymour Knox III of the Christmas tree and 18th century handmade creche figures that were displayed at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.
Orchard Park Garden Club Members spread their Christmas spirit through their community by decorating this year’s Christmas tree at the Orchard Park Library. From left are Sue Schaller, Gail Klanian, Roberta Severo, Judy O’Neil, Darcy Krull, Kathy Killelea (chairwoman), Linda Trotta, Dennis Stoklosa, Jan Speciale-Stoklosa, Gale Seereiter, Colleen Spalter and Wendy Zebehazy. Not pictured is Delight Carlson.
Orchard Park Garden Club Members spread their Christmas spirit through their community by decorating the outside of the Dr. Jolls Home in Orchard Park. The site is also home to the Orchard Park Historical Museum. Pictured are, from left, front row, Linda Trotta, Wendy Zebehazy, Gail Klanian and Gale Seereiter, and back row, Jan Speciale-Stoklosa, Darcy Krull and Sue Schaller. Not pictured are Delight Carson, Alice Holmes and Dennis Stoklosa. Dr. Willard Burton Jolls was one of the leading citizens of the community from the late 1890s, when he and his wife Ida moved in to this home, through the late 1950s when he practiced medicine, then until his death in the early 1960s. The building has been preserved with its 1900s charm, and the doctor’s office sits much like he left it. December 2016
Colleen Daley titled this “Hawaii in Buffalo.” She wrote: “Just wanted to share my fabulous magenta plumeria. I am so excited that it finally bloomed.” August 2016
Cindy Schaus of North Boston sent this and several other collages of her landscape. “We have been here 30 years come August,” she said, “and when we moved in, there were three shrubs out front, that’s it!” They live on almost an acre of land that is now filled with perennial gardens. Posted June 15, 2016
Orchard Park Garden Club member Sue Suchak was awarded first place for her parallel floral design “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” in the Design Division of “Rock and Roll in the Garden,” the flower show at Plantasia in March 2016. Her design was further recognized with the Design Excellence Award and the Designer’s Choice Award, both National Garden Club Top Exhibitor Awards. She also won two first place awards and one third place award in the Horticulture Division. Orchard Park Garden Club Members were awarded a total of 35 awards for their floral designs and horticulture exhibits. The most individual honors for an Orchard Park Garden Club member went to Wendy Zebehazy who received eight first-place, three second-place, four third-place and four honarable mention awards in the Horticulture Division. She also received a National Garden Club Top Exhibitor Award, the Growers Choice Award. Awards in the Design Division were one first place award, Karen Braun; two third-place awards, Mary Brummer and Eileen Carrier, and two honorable mentions, Mary Ann Schubert and Joan Sutton. Awards in the Horticulture Division were two first-place and two second-place awards each to Austin Park and Eileen Carrier. The flower show was presented by the Judges Council of Eighth District FGCNYS. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Once again this Spring, Orchard Park Garden Club members are out in full force fulfilling their civic beautification mission by first planting then maintaining the Orchard Park landscape. The club is participating in the Beautify Orchard Park Project which is funded by private donations. The garden club will be visiting and beautifying various spots throughout Orchard Park this Spring. They will plant over 100 hanging baskets that will be placed on light poles in the Village Business District. They will also plant the Village Garden and maintain it throughout the summer. Photo courtesy of the Orchard Park Garden Club.
Here are two photos taken by Susan Marie from Alden. This one photo is of her sunflowers that are grown from seed yearly on her balcony.
This second photo is a Monarch she caught while visiting the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm at Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center.
“Maybe we should replant?” joked Norma Mergenhagen of Holland. Yes, amaryllis likes to be rootbound, but when they’re busting out of their container, we think you can repot them!
“I love all my plants,” said Elaine Bialecki of Alden. In this February 2016 photo, she has daffodils growing inside along with lots of ivy, coleus growing in water and cut tulips.
Bev Walsh showed off her talent with this stunning “Shillelagh” centerpiece at the Orchard Park Garden Club March 2016 meeting. Walsh has been a member of the garden club since 1977 and has shared her talents to many members over the years in her basic and intermediate floral design workshops. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Marilyn Smith helped the Orchard Park Garden Club celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at their March 2016 meeting. Her spirited table setting was not only beautiful but went over the top with a few glasses of Ireland’s finest beorach (an Irish IPA). Table settings are a standard feature of Orchard Park Garden Club’s monthly meetings. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
The Orchard Park Garden Club held its installation luncheon Feb.11, at The Columns. The officers for 2016-2017 are from left, Mary Ann Schubert, recording secretary; Sharon Schiffhauer, treasurer; Ruth Ann Nowak, president; Mary Fran Lovelace, first vice president; Barb Clayton, fourth vice president; Ellie Foster, corresponding secretary; Sandra Patrick, third vice president; and Roberta Severo, second vice president. The Orchard Park Garden Club encourages civic beautification, environmental and conservation improvements, as well as promoting youth to study and understand the importance of gardening, conservation and environmental concerns. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Glenn Krisher of Youngstown shared this gorgeous photo he took of a bluebird on Jan. 19, 2016. at Fort Niagara State Park. Photo courtesy Glenn Krisher
Orchard Park Garden Club members spread their Christmas spirit through the community by decorating the outside of the Jolls House Museum, home to the Orchard Park Historical Museum. From left are, front row, Wendy Zebehazy, Dennis Stoklosa, Mary Ann Schubert; middle row, Gail Seereiter, Lori Greene, Sue Schaller, Linda Trotta, and back row, Jan Speciale-Stoklosa, Delight Carlson, Alice Holmes, Darcy Krull and Anna DeSantis. The building has been preserved with its 1900s charm, and the doctor’s office remains much like he left it back in the 1950s. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Imagine Community Gardens spent a Saturday afternoon this past October hosting Kid’s Pumpkin Day. The day was filled with eager volunteers who helped serve apple cider, donuts and apples. Along with helping the children as they carved their hand-selected pumpkins.
Orchard Park Garden Club planted the village’s flower garden and has a volunteer “DeadHead Crew” to maintain it every other week. They deadhead the flowers and weed the garden to ensure beauty for the garden and the village. The crew includes, from left, Darcy Krull, Barb Donsky, Gail Klanian, Mary Ann Agnello, Anna DeSantis, Ellie Foster, Roberta Severo and Wendy Zebehazy. Photo courtesy of Orchard Park Garden Club. Submitted on Sept. 30, 2015.
Here is one of the 17 bike racks that were installed in Niagara Falls on Sept. 8 as part of the Creating Healthy Places program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. Creating Healthy Places partnered with Mayor Dyster and the City of Niagara Falls Community Development Department in May 2015 to celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week. During bike month events, city residents identified areas where they wanted the new bicycle racks installed. Riding your bicycle for transportation keeps you active when you would otherwise be stationary. Now there are more safe places to secure your bicycle in Niagara Falls.
The Lancaster Garden Club has had a successful year at the 176th Erie County Fair. “Growing Strong through Song” was the theme of this year’s flower show. Each entry was based on a familiar song. In this photo Madeleine Friedman, chairperson, developed a landscape design using a variety of plant material depicting the western theme “Happy Trails.” Many club members grew plants and helped to construct a beautiful outdoor garden. The garden was awarded third place. Debbie Braun was awarded fourth place for her miniature designed titled “Tiny Bubbles.” Janet Heinemann was also awarded fourth place for her design titled “Reflections.” In the following photos are some of the other garden club members who also won awards.
Sandy Wiess of Lancaster Garden Club created a window garden “Strawberry Fields Forever”, with predominating trailing plants and a trailing strawberry. She was awarded fourth place.
Barb Bart of the Lancaster Garden Club was awarded third place for her small design “Small Town USA”.
Carol Ottaviani constructed a display of five different succulents titled “We Are Family”, she was awarded first place and the Collectors Showcase Award.
Betty Lamacchia of the Lancaster Garden Club received first place for her table arrangement of “Twistin’ The Night Away.”
In this photo are Orchard Park Garden Club members who awards at the Erie County Fair, from left, Wendy Zebehazy, Barb Clayton, Diane Melerski, Roberta Severo, Eileen Carrier, Mary Ann Schubert, Marianne Eimer, Joan Sutton, Mary Fran Lovelace. Orchard Park Garden Club members won several awards for floral design and horticulture at the 176th Erie County Fair, which was held Aug. 12 – 23 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The club took home the Sweepstakes Award for the most first and second places in horticulture. The most individual honors by an Orchard Park Garden Club member went to Wendy Zebehazy who received ten first, ten second, six third and five honorable mention awards in horticulture including the Elfin Award for the best in dwarf and miniature section for a miniature African violet. Other individual club winners were: one first prize- Eileen Carrier, two second prizes– Vera Monroe and Eileen Carrier, seven third prizes – Joan Sutton (2), Mary Ann Schubert, Mary Fran Lovelace, Roberta Severo, Diane Melerski, Barb Clayton, and two honorable mentions – Colleen Feth and Marianne Eimer. Photo courtesy Dennis Stoklosa
Orchard Park Garden Club Member Marianne Eimer was awarded honorable mention for her design. Photo courtesy Dennis Stoklosa
Orchard Park Garden Club Member Vera Monroe was awarded second place for her planter. Photo courtesy Dennis Stoklosa
Orchard Park Garden Club Member Roberta Severo was awarded third place for her entry. Photo courtesy Dennis Stoklosa
The Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker was dedicated July 29, 2015 in the Honor Garden at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. The marker honors all members of the armed forces, past and present. The marker was dedicated by the South Towns Gardeners and the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry. Below is a video of the bagpipe players at ehe ceremony. Photo and video courtesy South Towns Gardeners
Bob Snyder of Cheektowaga sent a couple photos of friendly visitors to his yard. “The cardinal was building her nest in a bush close to our bedroom window,” Snyder said. August 12, 2015.
Here is the other photo that Bob Snyder submitted. “The butterfly stopped by for a short visit,” he said.
Orchard Park Garden Club planted the village’s flower garden this past spring and has a volunteer “DeadHead Crew” to maintain it every other week. They deadhead the flowers and weed the garden to ensure beauty for the garden and the village. The crew includes, from left, Wendy Zebehazy, Barb Donsky, Darcy Krull, Mary Ann Agnello (and her assistant Andrew), Roberta Severo, Mary Ann Schubert and Sandy Offhaus. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club. Submitted June 29, 2015.
“Bees were out in force in my yard,” said Glenn Krisher of Youngstown. “I was able to get this picture before it flew away.” August 2015
“My three young blueberry bushes have finally been providing me with enough berries for my morning cereal,” writes Bonnie Bagwell of Sanborn. “They are only two to three feet tall. I kept sheer curtains over them as I was concerned that the birds might eat them. I took the curtains off last week and the berries did not disappear so I picked every other day. Recently I have seen wild turkeys strutting around the back yard. This morning they were in the front yard and as you can see by the pictures I now have quite a gathering. I went out at lunchtime to get some blueberries to have with my strawberries for dessert. Lo and behold I found out that turkeys like berries! There was not a ripe berry on any bush. So the curtains went back on to hopefully discourage them and maybe I will get more berries when they ripen. That’s called ‘live and learn.’” July 29, 2015
From left, Lorraine Lipiarz, Sandy Patrick and Evelyn Kosowski work on crafts at the Memory Care Neighborhood at Fox Run. Each month Patrick, Orchard Park Garden Club Garden Therapy chairwoman, along with other members of the Orchard Park Garden Club, spend time with the residents. Patrick takes fun, garden-related projects that help to improve concentration and coordination.
The Orchard Park Garden Club awarded Environmental Camp Scholarships to, from left, front row, Ethan Andruczyk, Donnie Brady and C.J. Sepull, and back row, Jacob Schmidt, Lauren Lightcap, Abby Vendura, Jaden Jeswald and Vera Angelina. They will attend Camp Rushford for a one-week educational experience integrating environmental awareness with traditional camp activities. Children ages 11-17 who live in the Orchard Park School District may apply for the club’s scholarships for the summer of 2016 by contacting Vera Monroe at 649-3760 after Oct. 1. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
The Peace Garden was installed on June 30, 2015, at Hope House, a homeless shelter for woman and children in Buffalo. It was made possible by volunteers and donors including PLANT WNY, Northern Breweries, Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm, Adam’s Nurseries, Lavocats, Bradley Tree Service, Aqua Systems of WNY, J&L Premier Landscaping, Restorff’s Landscape Service, Jacrist Gardening, Tracy Fitzery Rose and Bilingual School #33, and Jessica Fike.
Partipants in a recent class on floral design are, from left, Bev Walsh, Sue Suchak, Marilyn Smith, Ellie Foster, Anna DeSantis, Diana Szczepanski, Jan Speciale-Stoklosa, Kathie Laudisio, Roberta Severo. Not pictured is Dennis Stoklosa. The Orchard Park Garden Club members learned the basics of flower design from Bev Walsh, Master National Garden Club Flower Show Judge, and her two assistants, Sue Suchak and Karen Braun, Accredited NGC Flower Show Judges. Each week for three weeks the workshop participants learned a different design from Walsh and then created their own arrangement from flowers that they brought in. The following week, they brought in their homework—a new arrangement of the previous week’s design— and learned a new design. Each designed was critiqued according to flower show standards and suggestions passed along for improvement. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Bonnie Bagwell of Sanborn sent me this photo on June 9, 2015: “I had bluebirds nesting in my backyard this spring, thanks to my son who set up the houses,” she wrote. “The mom laid five eggs and they all hatched. I did not peek inside very often but did see them when they were tiny and again when the were about three times that size. I bought mealworms (at a pet store) for the parents to feed them. The next time I peeked inside (last week) the nest was empty. I missed the fledging! I then read that after the young birds leave the nest the parents take them somewhere safe, so I kept putting mealworms out and sure enough the parents came and stuffed their beaks with food and flew off to feed their young. That lasted about four days. I have not seen the parents or young birds since but will keep my eyes open for them. What a lovely experience.”
Gail Klanian, left, chair of the Orchard Park Garden Club’s annual perennial exchange, and member Mary Ann Schubert peek from behind some of the plants brought by members to the event held at the group’s June meeting. Numbers were assigned to each member and plants were distributed by a lucky drawing. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Hummingbirds enjoy the feeder in the backyard of Glenn Krisher in Youngstown. Four of them visit about six minutes apart. “It is great to sit on patio in the early morning with coffee and watch them,” he said. Photo by Glenn Krisher
Peter Kolodziejczak, center, the 2014 recipient of the Marion Wilhem Scholarship from the Orchard Park Garden Club, recently visited with club members at their monthly meeting. At left is Joan Sutton, club president, and right, Vera Monroe, scholarship chairwoman. Kolodziejczak updated the members on his first year at Paul Smith’s College, where he is studying natural resource management and is on the Dean’s List. His goal is to become a forest ranger. The Orchard Park Garden Club is dedicated to encouraging youth to study and understand the importance of gardening, conservation, and environmental concerns. Scholarship recipients are chosen from students in the Orchard Park School District who plan to study environmental science, conservation, horticulture, agriculture, landscaping, forestry or related fields. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
The Orchard Park Garden Club encourages civic beautification and community planting. With this goal in mind, 14 members planted a beautiful flower garden at the center of the village. From left are, front row, Mary Ann Schubert, Joan Sutton, Anna DeSantis, Sandra Patrick, Roberta Severo, Barb Clayton, Wendy Zebehazy; middle row, Janet Speciale-Stoklosa, Ellie Foster, Gail Klanian, Bev Walsh, and back row, Barb Donsky, Dennis Stoklosa and Gail Reddington. Members will be back every other week to maintain the garden in order to insure the beauty of Orchard Park is on display all summer. This garden is funded by Arthur’s. Wendy Zebehazy is the OPGC Chairwomen for this activity. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
A customer might have gone home with a bonus when a frog! (or a toad?) found its way into the box of plants she was purchasing June 5 at the sale held by the South Towns Gardeners at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center. The creature eventually hopped away into the Nature Center’s gardens. Photo Courtesy South Towns Gardeners.
The Orchard Park Department Of Public Works annually installs and maintains numerous landscape beds throughout the village and teams up with the Orchard Park Garden Club to plant, water and maintain the flower boxes and hanging baskets that beautify the streets of the village. This activity is part of the Beautify Orchard Park II project. Twenty Orchard Park Garden Club members were at the Highland Street Garage to plant more than 50 wooden planters. Mary Ann Schubert and Marianne Eimer were the chairwomen for the activity. The group was joined by members of the Orchard Park Department Of Public Works who loaded and distributed the planters throughout the village. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Orchard Park Garden Club members Anna DeSantis, Donna Kraus and Barbara Donsky planted the 2015 flower garden outside of the Orchard Park Fire Hall on May 21. The Orchard Park Garden Club is dedicated to the encouragement of civic beautification and community planting. This is one of their annual projects. The chairwoman for this activity is Wendy Zebehazy (not in picture). Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
While many people force amaryllis to bloom inside during they winter, they can be used outside in Western New York as well. “The first of the season,” wrote Norma Mergenhagen when she sent us this photo at the beginning of May 2015 blooming outside in Holland.
“This is the window box outside the kitchen window,” said Norma Mergenhagen of Holland. “I had the idea that it would be cool to be able to open the window and snip off herbs. But everything we planted in here last year died quickly.” It still looks charming! Photo by Norma Mergenhagen
The Smallwood Garden Club received the prestigious Curator’s Award for its decorations for the Victorian Christmas event at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.The Wilcox Mansion is where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office and became our 26th president in 1901. Posted April 2015
Gayle Kerns of the Smallwood Garden Club won a ribbon for her table setting in the flower show held by the Eighth District Garden Club at Plantasia 2015. Other Smallwood Garden Club winners were Kirsten Reitan and Lee Schreiner. Photo by Smallwood Garden Club
“Our iris is confused,” said Carrie Hoffman of Cheektowaga when she sent me this photo of the plant budding on Nov. 15, 2014. On Nov. 18, the snow in her yard was waist deep due to lake effect snow.
Jerry Powarski of West Seneca sent in some photos that show his garden in different years. Here are dragon wing begonias and below we see Wave petunias. Photo courtesy Jerry Powarski
The red hibiscus bush has large red flowers in September and October. Photo by Debbie Hageman
This view shows Wave petunias in the garden of Jerry Powarski of West Seneca.
The front border features fun Halloween decorations with mums. Corn stalks and pumpkins decorate the porch. Photo by Debbie Hageman
Here’s a series of photos from Debbie Hageman of Lancaster. “Our yard has embraced the fall Season and we enjoy walking out into our garden and taking in the roses, sunflowers, cosmos and mums. The joy of gardening extends into all seasons and we love seeing the changing faces of our garden.” This is a shot of purple Obedient flower and black-eyed Susans that bloom August through October.
Here’s a view of the Hagemans’ yard in September. An English bench provides seating while tiger lilies, blazing stars and day lilies surround the fountain. Photo courtesy Debbie Hageman
When you think of autumn, you don’t think of roses, but this is a reblooming pink rose. Photo courtesy Debbie Hageman
Rick Brightman of Norwich, NY, about four hours east of Buffalo, brought his daughter here to visit her college roommate and spent the Fourth of July weekend shooting photos in the area. He got about 500 shots that included architecture, fireworks and these three photos from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. He feels you can “find beauty from a mile away to millimeters away and everywhere in between, no matter where you look.” He was drawn to the symmetry of this leaf. “If you put a protractor on that leaf, the angles of the veins would all match,” Brightman said. “Amazing.”
The shape,color, detail and perfect symmetry appealed to Rick Brightman for this shot. “This is just an incredible profile shot showing nature’s beauty,” he said. Photo by Rick Brightman
Here’s the third photo from Rick Brightman. “I am always fascinated by patterns in nature; how perfect they can be,” he said. “Even though this was not a true ‘natural’ shot, as someone there grouped the plants, the fact remains that there are a half dozen plants one could pick that were perfectly compatible and go beautifully together.”
The African Violet Group of the Orchard Park Garden Club recently toured the Violet Barn in Naples. Members are Wendy Zebehazy, Barb Donsky, Ruth Ann Nowak, Vera Monroe and Gale Seereiter. Posted Oct. 1, 2014.
The Deadhead Crew of the Orchard Park Garden Club maintain the flowers in the Village of Orchard Park, deadheading the plants to help keep the village beautiful. They are Wendy Zebehazy, Sandy Offhaus, Barb Donsky, Mary Ann Schubert and Anna DeSantis. Photo courtesy Orchard Park Garden Club
Lolly Hassett of the Orchard Park Garden Club won several awards at the Erie County Fair. They include first place for “Fair Weather,” the Eugene Naddy Special Award, the Bev Walsh Award for Creativity, the Award of Design Excellence & Table Artistry. Other winners from the Orchard Park Garden Club include Diane Melerski, first place in “Agricultural Society Requests Your Presence;” Mary Fran Lovelace, third place for “Breakfast at the Fair” and two first place awards, one second place and one honorable mention in horticulture; Joan Sutton, fourth place in “The Daily Parade,” second place for “An Olde Tyme Fair,”and first place for “Tomorrow’s Fair;” Marianne Eimer, third place for “The Barnyard;” Mary Ann Schubert, second place for “A Tribute to Nik Wallenda;” Eileen Carrier, third place for “Picnic in Slade Park” and a first and second place in horticulture; Diane Aberte, second place for “Decorated Hat, Made for the Shade;” Wendy Zabehazy, 10 first place awards, 13 second place awards and two third place awards in horticulture, and Monica Hansen & Karen Braun, first place for the Judges Invitational Awards and the Judges Invitational Award of Appreciation. Photo from the Orchard Park Garden Club
Colleen Feth of the Orchard Park Garden Club won the TR Allen Memorial Award (from the District 8 Federated Garden Clubs), the Horticulture Excellence Award, the Growers Choice Award and a First Premium Award at the Erie County Fair. Photo from the Orchard Park Garden Club
Sharon Amos of Buffalo took this photo of her eight-foot sunchokes on Aug. 23, 2014. People are always asking her what they are. She got the bulbs from Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. “I planted the tubers in late October last year and I added some compost from my bin to the soil,” she said. In a few weeks, the plants will get small yellow flowers. After that, the bulbs can be harvested and eaten.
South Towns Gardeners landscaped and planted a garden around the flag pole at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. The site offers a splendid overlook of Western New York. Members clocked in 68 hours creating this low-maintenance garden just to the left of the casino. The garden is a result of a partnership between the Erie County Parks Department, Chestnut Ridge Conservancy and South Towns Gardeners. Photo Courtesy South Towns Gardeners.
A beautiful mural takes center stage in the yard of Mary O’Connor of Buffalo. “The mural was designed and painted by my cousin Colleen Bartz, an artist from Eden,” Mary said. “Colleen tried to incorporate my love of gardening, bonsai trees and my koi pond in the design, which covers the back wall of my garage. The stone lantern in the center of the mural was created around an existing glass block window which is lit up at night from inside the garage.”
Vicki and John Lang of Lancaster, NY, sent us this shot July 17 of the tranquil pond and rock garden they have in their back yard.
Martha Falsone of Williamsville sent this photo July 22, 2014, of her red dahlia. “I have been growing dahlias for many years,” she wrote. “I love to share tubers with my relatives and friends. This plant has other flowers and one Siamese twin in the center. I wish there was a way to preserve it.”
Trudy Stern’s yard in North Buffalo features an arched trellis and colorful flowers.
Trudy Stern captured a still life from her gardening gloves and tools.
Members of the Orchard Park Garden Club planted flowers in the planter boxes that are distributed
throughout the Village of Orchard Park. They planted 106 hanging baskets and 50 planter boxes. Photo posted May 29, 2014
From left, Carolyn Payton, Marge McCollum and Diana Newton prepare bird seed wreaths to be sold at the Youngstown Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale and garden market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Jaguar at the Bistro (formerly Bistro at the Old Fort Inn), 110 Main St., Youngstown, near the entrance to Fort Niagara State Park. The sale is being held in conjunction with the Lewiston Tour of Kitchens. Included in the sale will be perennials from Youngstown Garden Club member’s gardens, container gardens, annuals, hanging baskets and other garden related items. This garden market is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary for this sale.
Tracy A. Marciano, who lived in New York City for many years before returning to Buffalo, took this close-up of a pink orchid at the New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Show in April 2013. Posted March 6, 2014.
These water plants were photographed by Tracy A. Marciano in the rain forest area of the New York Botanical Gardens in April 2012. Posted March 6, 2014.
I just moved back to Buffalo last month after living in NYC for many years.
The images from the Buffalo Botanical Gardens Night bright were taken on Thursday, February 13, 2014 while I was there with my Mom.
Tracy A. Marciano captured this enigmatic image of a succulent during Night Lights at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in 2014. Posted March 9, 2014.
Even the outside of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens looked beautiful during Night Lights. Photo by Tracy A. Marciano. Posted March 9, 2014
Joan Sutton, right, new president of the Orchard Park Garden Club, is congratulated by Marcia Becker, a member of the club and first assistant director of the 8th District, Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. The installation of officers took place Feb. 6, 2014 at the Columns Banquet Facility.
Bev Walsh. left, out going president of the Orchard Park Garden Club, congratulations new president Joan Sutton. Posted Feb. 16, 2014
Garda O’Keefe made the frozen spheres we described in an article and enjoyed them even when a thaw created holes in them. “Mine froze, melted, froze to make delicate candle holders for the deck. Beautiful at night!” See the photo below to get the full effect.
What a spectacular sight! Garda O’Keefe of Youngstown arranged frozen ice spheres and pottery on her deck. When the spheres developed holes after a thaw, she inserted candles for this stunning look.
Maxine Osiewicz took advantage of the recent bitter cold temperatures to make an arrangement of frozen spheres for her garden. She snapped a quick photo before they started melting. Posted Jan. 11, 2014.
This amaryllis looked very different during Night Lights at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Photo is by Kathleen Struckle.
Here’s a second view of Patty’s amaryllis. Posted Jan. 10, 2014.
“My amaryllis was supposed to bloom just before Christmas according to the directions and when I planted the bulb,” said Patty of Getzville. “It came a little late, but seeing these beautiful blooms just after the January Storm proves it was worth the wait!”
Glenn Krisher of Youngstown had earlier sent us a photo of an owl that he spotted in a tree at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY. He took this photo on a sunnier day. “While snow shoeing at Fort Niagara, I checked his tree and there he was enjoying some sun. It was 10 (degrees Fahrenheit) out, but sun made it seem warmer.” Feb. 10, 2014
Look closely to see the owl tucked away in the round hollow located high up in this tree at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstownm NY. Glenn Krisher said, “I tried for some time to get a picture of this owl. Every time he saw me he went back into the tree. Finally I was able to snap this quick shot. Have been back several times but he seems to be gone now.” Posted Jan. 7, 2014.
Mary Fran Lovelace won first place in the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Holiday Door
Contest. Entries were judged on their use of fresh and/or dried plant material, taking various
aspects into consideration. The garden club says that there was a heavy snowstorm the night before the judging, so the pictures do not do justice to the entries
this year. Each winner will receive a gift certificate to the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Plant Sale which will be held on Saturday, May 17,
2014.The second- and third-place winners are below. Posted Jan. 2, 2014.
Audrey Ramage won second place in the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Holiday Door Contest.
Mary Ann Agnello won third place the Orchard Park Garden Club’s Holiday Door Contest.
Patty Brandel of Getzville sent in this great photo compilation, saying, “I thought you might like to see these beautiful roses that were frozen in time in my yard early this morning!” While that frost on the ground had many gardeners groaning over what they might have lost in the cold, Patty went outside with her camera and captured this spectacular sight. I’m glad she shared these icy images with us. Posted Nov. 4, 2013
“This milkweed plant has been between my patio bricks and the house for several years” said Ann Detzler. “This is the first time for these creatures!” She says they are the caterpillars of the Euchaetes egle moth.
A baby robin had been hanging around the front walkway of Lockwood’s Greenhouses in Hamburg, testing his wings. Fred Safford, who is in charge of trees and shrubs at Lockwood’s, was in one of the business’s golf carts when the bird decided to hop aboard. It then perched on Fred’s finger, as if awaiting instructions for further flight. Matthew Evans, a Lockwoods customer with quick reflexes, captured this amazing shot on July 13, 2013.
Members of the Orchard Park Garden Club decorated their hats with flowers for their picnic on July 11, 2013, at Chestnut Ridge Park. Those with the best decorated hats are, from left, Sue Schaller, Lolly Hassett and Joan Sutton, chair of the picnic. They were each awarded an African violet for their efforts.
Orchard Park Garden Club past presidents at picnic 2013
This gorgeous Tequila rose is one the many varieties of rose in the gardens of Chet Okonczak in Cheektowaga.
Chet Okonczak shared his garden with us in May, and there was lots to see. Here’s a shot three weeks later, taken June 15, 2013. The perennials beds are coming into their prime. His Cheektowaga garden is clustered with the Lancaster gardens on the Open Gardens of the National Garden Festival.
Lois Shriver, chairman of the Arboretum Committee and chairman of the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council, shared her photo of a snowflake magnolia tree that is just beginning to bloom in the Arboretum in Amherst State Park. This photo of the first blossom was taken Friday, April 26, 2013.
Naturalized daffodils cover a slope on April 26, 2013, at the Arboretum at Amherst State Park in Amherst. This photo is from Lois Shriver.
Members from the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club volunteered at Plantasia. This photo was sent in by Sue Dueker.
The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club has a new logo, seen here reproduced in stained glass.
Karen Synor sent me this photo of her amaryllis in bloom. “Snow is closing things down all around Buffalo-Niagara,” she said, but an inexpensive amaryllis “is lifting our spirits!”
We finally got some snow in Western New and Glenn Krisher captured its beauty in these photos at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY. This picture uses simple lines and shades of blue and gray.
The fluffy snow makes an appealing sight in this photo taken on Dec. 27 by Glenn Krisher in Youngstown, NY.
A squirrel is perched high in a tree in this photo by Glenn Krisher.
“Today is one of the gloomier days, but I took these photos of our Japanese Maples to lift my spirits up,” said Jamie Pabilonia of Youngstown. These three pictures were taken on Sunday, Oct. 28 as Hurricane Sandy was heading our way. Your garden can be interesting even on a rainy day in autumn if you choose the right plants.
What a view! These maples in the yard of Jamie Pabilonia in Youngstown radiate color and brightness on even the gloomiest day.
Some varieties of Japanese maples are bushes rather than trees. Doesn’t this add a great pop of color in a garden along the house? Jamie Pabilonia has ten varieties of Japanese maple in his garden.
Anne Gareis shares two photos taken in different years of the same garden bed. ”They are both my side garden,” she said. ”I love how the personality changes
from year to year and season to season.” See the other photo below.
Here is another view of Anne Gareis’s amazing backyard garden. This is just part of her garden on a fairly small city lot. She has a great grassless front yard, too.
Here are three photos of the pretty fall garden of Sharon and Dave Pulinski in West Seneca. The autumn clematis drapes along the fence, providing an elegant background to other flowers.
Here’s another view of the Pulinskis’ clematis in West Seneca.
Jester marigolds pop out of the foliage and add brightness to the garden of Sharon and Dave Pulinski in West Seneca.
Ann Detzler sent us these two photos of ivy that is doing something unusal— It’s flowering. The ivy is in the yard of her niece, Laurie Galasso, in Depew. Galasso said she bought the plant about 15 years and for 10 years did nothing extraordinary, but starting about five years ago, it has flowered every year. “I don’t know why and I don’t know how,” Galasso said. “I thought it was just an English ivy.” She adds that the bees love it.
Here’s another view of Laurie Galasso’s flowering ivy.
Kathi and Craig Schwab sent us pictures that they took of their garden during this year’s Ken-Ton Garden Tour in July. The first shows a view from their garden during the nighttime portion of the walk, and below is a view from during the day. “Once again, Ken-Ton’s garden tour was a success and we got such great feedback on the Saturday Night Lights,” Kathi said. “This was our second year for the night lights tour and we had 25 gardens registered for it. We had close to 70 gardens for the daytime tour.”
Here is a view of the Schwabs’ Kenmore garden taken during the day.
This photo was taken by Tina Schlau in Michelle Schmitt’s beautiful backyard on August 4.
Tina Schlau took this photo of a pond on Argus Street in Buffalo during the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on August 4.
Here is another view of the Argus Street backyard taken by Tina Schlau.
Mary Anne Bach sent us these four photos. “These are pictures of part of my backyard at 52 Tim Tam Terrace, West Seneca, NY 14224. I participated in the first annual West Seneca Garden Walk, and it was a big success. We hope to involve more gardens next year, but everyone that participated loved it. We shared gardening tips and ideas, and even a few plants. Can’t wait till next year!” She is also participating in the West Seneca in Bloom contest, sponsored by the Burchfield Nature & Art Center. “Last year I placed second,” she said, “This year my sites are set are first!” Winners will be announced Aug. 5. For more information, go to BurchfieldNAC.org.
Another view of Mary Anne Bach’s pond and home in West Seneca.
A curving path leads from shady to sunny areas in the yard of Mary Anne Bach of West Seneca.
A garden bed adds interest to the pool area in the yard of Mary Anne Bach of West Seneca.
Cathy Sauer of 84 Penwood Drive, Cheektowaga, NY, sent us these two photos of the clever way her family recycled an old pool filter into a strawberry pot. “I mildly suggested that my husband please put the old pool filter in the trash,” she wrote. “He suggested that I plant flowers in it. I think he meant in the opening in the top. Well, he and my son drilled 48 holes. Six weeks later the imaptiens swallowed the filter.” See the final product below.
Here the impatiens have filled in and make a lush display in the garden of Cathy Sauer in Cheektowaga.
I picked the lettuce and it was very good, some of it started to grow back already after a few weeks since being picked.
Chet Okonczak from Cheektowaga sent us this photo of his floribunda rose ‘Judy Garland’ showing the color transitions during the flower’s life span. Very cool!
Pat Kluczynski shared this shot of her garden beds on a half-acre lot. “It’s mostly a fun sun garden,” she said.
The Youngstown Garden Club came up with some creative ways to advertise their upcoming plant sale. This blooming cupboard is at the Village Center. They also use a kitchen sink as a container garden in a display on Main Street. Kitchens In Bloom,” a show of kitchen-related floral arrangements, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bistro Restaurant at the Old Fort Inn, 110 Main Street, Youngstown. There will also be a plant sale for the general public and botanical craft demonstrations by members of the Youngstown Garden Club. No ticket is required.
Rhonda Goldfuss of Lockport, a Master Gardener, shared two photos. “these are photos of gardens leading to my backyard. My husband had built me a copper arbor for which I have a Jackmanii clematis growing as well as a Henryii clematis. There is a Bloodgood Japanese Maple on the right and a gold and green thread cypress as well. The James McFarland lilac is in bloom and just beyond it is a Rose of Sharon and some heuchera and hosta. On the left side in the first photo, there are perennial Lady’s Mantel, Cranesbill Geranium, Cranberry Viburnum, Hosta, Azalea and a Dwarf Alberta Spruce which is more clearly seen the second photo.”
This is the second view of Rhonda Goldfuss’s gardens. You can visit her blog at offthegardenpath.com.
Maxine Osiewicz of Clarence sent us these photos. “Here’s the watering can decoration I made for the front door,” she wrote. “I got the idea from the Better Homes & Gardens web site. The twigs are live branches from a dappled willow and a japonica.”
Notice the dyed egg shells, which Maxine Osiewicz added for color.
“I took these pictures on Sunday at the Botanical Gardens orchid show,” said Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga. “What a great turn out. They had some very unusual orchids.” You can see more of her photos below. Posted Feb. 28.
Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY, photographed this orchid at the show that took place at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Feb. 25 and 26.
Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY, photographed this orchid in February 2012.
Orchid from Tina Schlau of Cheektowaga, NY.
Karen Pfahler writes: “For the last two years I have cut and brought in holly for the house arrangements and by the time we celebrated the Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7 they bloomed!” That’s such a delicate flower.