small waterfall in front yard in Buffalo NY

Eclectic garden changes throughout the seasons

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 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16. The walk will also feature a night tour called Capen by Night from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m….

organic garden in Cambria NY

Tour acres of gardens, get organic gardening tips during Lockport in Bloom

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 a ready supply of manure for the organic flower gardens and vegetable gardens and the remaining acreage. You can see these gardens in person on the…

gardens along fence in Hamburg Garden Walk

Double lot is filled with gardens; see it on 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 an offer. It was a whirlwind, she said, but her offer was accepted. Later she asked the owner of the house who owned the lot next…

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. That was a tip from Robert Then of 25 Greenfield St., Buffalo, who shared his gardens during the Parkside Garden Tour on June 26. His yard…

shrubs in garden in Lancaster NY

Shrubs & trees rescued from the trash find good homes in Lancaster

by Connie Oswald Stofko There’s something you wouldn’t guess when you look at the garden island in the backyard of Ron and Kathleen Krebs on South Irwinwood, Lancaster. All of those shrubs and trees, including the large arborvitae on one end and the red twig dogwood on the other, were picked out of the trash. And they’re not the only plants in the Krebs’ yards that were rescued. About 50 “orphaned” shrubs and trees that had been tossed to the…

Niagara-on-the-Lake Garden Tour 2015 view from inside

Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society to hold garden tour July 9

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 Virgil plus three special feature gardens. The Waterfront Trail and Turntable Garden reveals an old locomotive turntable dating to the 1830s. The entire Waterfront Trail stretches…

gazebo on Pulaski Gardening Friends garden tour

Garden tour set in Syracuse area

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. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9. You buy a ticket for $10 at the Pulaski Wesleyan Church, (across from…

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…