red door in garden

Garden decor of a single color creates cohesive look

by Connie Oswald Stofko Buffalo-style gardens are known for displaying quirky objects as garden art, such as a gumball machine or a giant bird cage. Put an elegant spin on that idea with a monochromatic theme. Choose one color for the decorations in a section of your landscape. Using objects of the same material, such as glass, can also make the space more cohesive. Here are some examples from this summer’s Open Gardens….

blue bottles, painted allium and other garden ornaments

Labor Day is approaching, but don’t give up on your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s September, a time when some gardeners give up on their gardens. But not Patti Zander and Bob Van Hise, who shared their gardens during the City of Tonawanda Garden Walk on Aug. 22. “Oh, I would never give up on my gardens!” Zander said. “We just live for summer. As long as things are alive, we’re out here watering and deadheading.” They have three rain barrels to help keep them supplied with water. No garden…

Arbor Day poster 2019

Artwork sought for two Arbor Day poster contests

Contests for artwork for two Arbor Day posters are being held by the Urban and Community Forestry program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). One contest is for all members of the public and the other is for fifth-grade students. Both contests aim to promote the value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers’ lives. Contest winners will have their artwork replicated as either the 2020 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster or…

poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk 2017

Artwork sought for Capen Garden Walk; deadline is Feb. 28

Artwork is being sought for a garden art competition that offers multiple opportunities for artists including publication in a book, feature on a garden walk poster, and an exhibition. The “Beauty in Our Backyard: 2018 Gardening Art Competition,” produced by the University Heights Arts Association (UHAA), will offer three cash prizes plus an exhibition of the top 25 finalists’ work. The first-place winner’s art will be used to create the official poster for the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. The cash prizes are, first place, $100;…

Shayne Dark's Tanglewood in Buffalo

Shayne Dark exhibit at Botanical Gardens depicts nature, shaped by humans

by Connie Oswald Stofko Shayne Dark doesn’t want you to be intimidated by his artwork. Dark took a break last week from installing Tanglewood, the blue artwork you can now see on the front lawn of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, to talk about  his art and how it connects with nature and gardens. His works are being showcased at the Botanical Gardens in a collaboration between the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative and the Botanical Gardens. Dark’s works…

one of Charles Burchfield's botanical images

Get insight into science & art at talk on Burchfield Botanicals

“Science and Art through ‘Burchfield Botanicals’”will be the topic of a Science Cafe to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Tullis Johnson, curator and manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, will give a  presentation intersecting science and art through the works of Charles E. Burchfield. The event includes light refreshments, beer and wine. A mini-tour of the Botanical Gardens follows…

sculpture garden Elmwood Ave. Buffalo

Buffalo sculptor shares tips on cheap gardening

Gardening doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. “I didn’t spend one cent on this garden,” said Dave Derner, who created a backyard retreat at 1088 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, where he lives above Half & Half Trading Co. He got plants that nurseries or co-ops were going to throw out. Friends gave him plants as well. Many of the plants flourished. “I just put things in and let them grow,” Derner said. “It’s amazing how things just want to grow.”…