wagon and bed container gardens in Buffalo NY

Buffalo gardener gets apples and peaches from potted plants

“You can put anything in containers and you can put containers anywhere,” said Walter Kozlowski, who grows even apple and peach trees in pots– and harvests fruit! Kozlowski shared his unusual container plantings, vegetable gardens and flower beds during the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on August 4. The event also featured a Starry Night Garden Tour in the evening. Kozlowski grows colonnade apple trees, a type that grows straight up and stays short. You can see them…

Mischler's container garden won second place

How we know it’s been hot & other items too good to miss

Mischler’s receives two awards in container design competition Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses was honored with two second-place awards in the ninth annual Kathy Pufahl Memorial Container Design Competition, held July 24 during the Floriculture Field Day at Cornell’s Bluegrass Lane Horticultural Research Facility in Ithaca. More than 130 floriculture professionals attended. In the open division, Mischler’s was honored for its “Perennial Memory Basket.” The large wicker basket is filled with containers of potted perennials of various sizes and trimmed with…

Lockwoods entry in Front Yards Contest in Buffalo NY 2012

From boring to wow! Take a tour of front yard makeover

“I’ve always had the best flowers and best hanging baskets on the street,” said Melissa, the tenant at 75 Crowley St., Buffalo. But after the staff from Lockwood’s Greenhouses finished the makeover of the front yard, she was happy to see that they had outdone her. The Front Yard Contest is part of the National Garden Festival in Buffalo. A block facing the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Riverside Park was chosen, and professional landscapers, Master Gardeners and teams from the Buffalo…

log home in Grand Island NY

Gardens surround hand-built log home in Grand Island

In German, “garten” means “garden.” “It’s fate, I guess,” said Evelyn Garten. “I married a garden.” Her gardens surround a log home she and her husband built themselves, log by log, 54 years ago. She shared her gardens with the public  during the Grand Island Garden Tour on July 14. The event benefitted the preservation of Historic Trinity Church. She and her husband were renting a place in Buffalo 54 years ago when he was downtown and saw a small…

Perennial garden in Amherst NY

Objects picked from trash add beauty to Amherst garden

Suzi Redino estimates that only 5 to 10 percent of the furniture and decorations in her yard were purchased. The rest were picked out of the garbage. Literally. Suzi specializes in trash to treasure in her interior design business, Cherry Tree Design. Her husband Rick’s family business is a junk yard, R & R Salvage. Almost every day he brings something home to her, and many of the items find their way into her yard. “That’s from the junkyard,” she…

New garden walk debuts in West Seneca, watering tips & more

Brand new garden walk begins this year in West Seneca The West Seneca Garden Walk will take place for the first time from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. Get the map right here, and maps will also be available on the Burchfield Nature & Art Center website. You can pick up paper maps at Ebenezer Greenhouse, 1347 Union Rd., West Seneca. The West Seneca Garden Walk is being organized by Sharon and Dave…

garden around patio in Williamsville NY

Williamsville yard that has sun & shade makes good use of containers

Container plantings add color to the garden surrounding the backyard patio of Mary Murrett, who shared her gardens at 178 Hirschfield, Williamsville, during the Village of Williamsville Garden Walk on June 30. She has fun designing her containers as she goes along. “I go nuts at the nursery,” Murrett said. “I take one of these, and one of these and one of these.” When she gets all her plants home, she sets a piece of plywood across a carpenter’s trestle…

garden by pool in Parkside area of Buffalo NY

100-year-old house features large perennial border in long side yard

The weather was seasonably warm on Sunday, and that made the cool, blue pool below look even more appealing. Michael and Claudette Rivera of 268 Crescent, Buffalo, shared their lovely landscape during the 15th annual Parkside Garden Tour on June 24. Their home was built in 1913 by the Kelly family that established Hens and Kelly, a local upscale chain of department stores that operated from 1892 to 1982. Mike likes to use plants that go with the time period…

completed memory garden in Williamsville NY

Memory garden of perennials makes a lasting gift

A memory garden is an arrangement of perennials– still in their pots– that later can be transplanted into a corner of a garden. The flowers come back year after year and become a living memorial to the deceased person. This idea comes to us from Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The staff at Mischler’s creates these as arrangements that can be sent to the funeral home or directly to the home…

artist gardens in Buffalo NY

You can enter a hosta show, tour artists’ gardens & more!

There are so many fun and educational gardening events happening at this time of year, and we wanted to highlight just a few. Be sure to check our Upcoming Events Page often so you don’t miss anything. __________ Visit artists’ gardens on motorcoach tour The first in a series of motorcoach garden tours sponsored by the National Garden Festival will be a tour of artists’ gardens on Saturday, June 23. Found art, folk art, abstract art, architectural remnants, anything goes…