fairy garden at Williamsville Garden Walk

Anyone can enter container garden contest, part of Williamsville Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko While only residents of the Village of Williamsville can share their gardens during the Williamsville Garden Walk, anyone can enter the container garden contest that is part of the event on Saturday, July 16. See details below. If you do live in the village, there is still time to sign up to share your garden. Please complete the form here and return it to the Village Hall by July 1. Some people think they live in…

sculpture garden Elmwood Ave. Buffalo

Sign up by May 15 to show your garden on Garden Walk Buffalo

Garden Walk Buffalo invites gardeners from the Peace Bridge to Main Street and from Canalside to the Scajaquada to be part of the 2016 Garden Walk Buffalo. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest free garden tour in the country with more than 60,000 visitors coming from all over the United States, Canada and abroad. It has an estimated economic impact of $4.5…

Lewiston GardenFest

Vendors & gardeners sought for Lewiston GardenFest; applications due May 1

You can show your garden or participate as a vendor at the 11th annual Lewiston GardenFest to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 along Center Street in Lewiston. Businesses and vendors who sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists, builders, and others are encouraged to apply. Vendor applications are due by May 1. The application fee varies from $125 – $225 based on the size…

2015 image for Black Rock Riverside Tour of Gardens

Black Rock & Riverside Tour seeks art; prize is $200

The Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens committee is holding a contest for artwork to be used on the cover of this year’s 12-page color map guide, as well as on posters and other promotional materials, including T-shirts. The winning artist will receive a $200 cash prize. The application deadline is Friday, April 29. The contest is open to all individuals, all ages and all skill levels. Official rules and an application are available online or by calling Councilmember…

2015 poster for Samuel Capen Garden Walk

Submit your artwork for a chance at a $100 prize for the Capen Garden Walk 2016

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 first place. Additional prizes will be awarded to the second and third place winners. Anyone may enter. The theme for this year’s competition is “The Beauty in…

red tire container garden in Buffalo NY

Vertical garden made from old gutters draws attention on last garden walk of year

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 & Riverside Tour of Gardens held Aug. 1. The Starry Night Garden Tour was held during the evening. It was the last garden walk of the…

guests on front steps looking at garden

Owners add personal touches to established perennial garden in Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko The established perennial garden in the front yard of 166 York St., Buffalo, was an added incentive for Nick and Marideth Heim to buy the home three years ago. That garden was one of more than 400 landscapes that were shared on Garden Walk Buffalo on July 25 and 26. Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden walk in the nation. Many of the streets were crowded with visitors, and free shuttles drove tourists among the…

front garden on South Buffao Alive

Gardens bounced back from Snowvember Storm in time for South Buffalo Alive

by Connie Oswald Stofko I heard something on South Buffalo Alive that I’ve never heard from a gardener on a garden walk before. “Right now everything is just about perfect,” Peter Clancy said as he surveyed his yard at 39 Edgewood, Buffalo, on July 19. Often gardeners will tell me about the spectacular flowers that finished blooming the week before, or they will tell me how much better the garden will look in a few days when a different flower…

side garden on Ken-Ton night

Lighting gives yards ambiance during Night Lights in Ken-Ton

by Connie Oswald Stofko Jim Aichinger and Tim Kuntz’s gardens are lovely during the day. “But when the lights come on, oh, it’s wonderful back here,” said Kuntz. They shared their Cornwall Avenue landscape during the Night Lights portion of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. The daytime portion was held Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. The front as well as the back is lit 365 days a year, Aichinger said, with…

wooden box holds annuals in Lockport

Containers decorated by gardener add charm to Lockport yard

by Connie Oswald Stofko The gardens of Pat Arnold are filled with many flowers, including 30 rose bushes, but if you pause to look more closely, you’ll notice other elements that add to the gardens’ beauty. You might call it Buffalo-style garden art, or you might dub it upcycling. “It’s artwork I do from odds and ends I pick up,” she said. “I just look for things that people put out at the curb, or things at Salvation Army or…