seating at night in Ken Ton NY

Get a nighttime view of garden that packs many flowers in small space

“It’s like an extension of your house, an outdoor room,”  Russ Polvino said of his fabric gazebo. “I love to sit out here and listen to music.” I visited during the Saturday Night Lights portion of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour held July 21 and 22, and visitors could see his gardens during the  day as well. Polvino shares the home at 1237 Tonawanda St., Tonawanda, with Doug Dedman. The gazebo at the back of the house really does feel like an…

Goldthwait garden in Lancaster NY

Family has Certified Wildlife Habitat in their Lancaster yard

Feeding wildlife started with feeding her own family, explained Molly Goldthwait of 78 Woodlawn, Lancaster. She and her husband Leon used to buy organic produce, but that got too expensive to do when they had their children, Beatrice, 10, and Henry, 7. By creating organic gardens for their own food, they created a supportive environment for wildlife. The Goldthwait Family shared their yard during the Lancaster Garden Walk on July 21 and 22. To qualify for the Certified Wildlife Habitat…

sunny garden bed with bed frame in Hamburg NY

Too shady for grass, Hamburg yard is filled with gardens, paths & curios

by Connie Oswald Stofko An iron headboard and foot board give another meaning to the term “garden bed” in this yard at 224 East Prospect Ave., Hamburg, where Kathleen Winter shared her gardens during Buzz Around Hambug on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15. This part of Winter’s front yard is one of the few sunny spots on her property. Her side and back yards are under a canopy of tree branches, which is delightful during the hot weather…

grassless front yard in University area of Buffalo NY

Broken pipe prompts Buffalo gardeners to create grassless yard

Greg and JoAnne Hudecki of 108 University Ave., Buffalo, have a grassless front yard that started with a burst pipe. After the repair work was done in their yard, they could never get grass to grow. “So my husband kept saying, ‘I’ll just put a plant there, and I’ll just put a plant there,’” JoAnne said. By the time the trouble spots were covered, the front yard was one large garden bed. The Hudeckis shared their gardens during the Samuel…

South Buffalo garden walk 2012 front yard

South Buffalo gardener fills many gardens with plants that spread

Catherine Hetzler chooses plants that spread in order to keep her gardens full and to supply plants for the gardens at the Sisters of Mercy Convent and Mt. Mercy Academy. Hetzler, of Lorraine Avenue, shared her gardens during the South Buffalo Alive Annual Tour of Gardens on July 15. After becoming a Master Gardener, Hetzler began volunteering at the Sisters of Mercy Convent. Over the course of 11 years, she has developed 11 foundation beds. For two years she has…

overall view of front garden 81 Johnson Parkway in Buffalo NY

Clay-filled yard is nurtured into a colorful Buffalo garden

“I took a plot where even grass wasn’t growing because there was too much clay and turned it into this,” said Marilyn Rodgers of 81 Johnson Park, Buffalo. She shared her colorful garden during Garden Walk Buffalo last year. This year the event will be held July 28 and 29. Rodgers’ garden is another example of grassless front yards that are so charming. They seem to be turning into a symbol of Buffalo-style gardening. Her front yard was mostly clay,…