Posts Tagged ‘ Landscape design ’

Trellises, arbors & pergolas add support & pizzazz to your garden

February 28, 2017
path through garden in Buffalo NY

  by Connie Oswald Stofko Trellises, arbors & pergolas can be practical— they provide support for a plant— but they can do so much more. They can become focal points and gateways, and they can give you something pleasing to look at when the plants they hold have gone dormant. So what is the...
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6 tips for working with landscapers– #1: Get on list quick for spring work

November 22, 2016
patio with walkway from A Growing Business

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Don’t wait until April to call a landscaper if you’re hoping to have your landscape done in May,” said said Claire Brown, CNLP, president and designer at A Growing Business, 11554 Wyandale Rd., Springville. That’s her first tip on what a gardener should do when working with a landscaper. The...
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Building a path or patio: Is this a project for you?

September 13, 2016
patio with a view

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last month, we talked about a project most home gardeners can do, building a garden wall, and we discussed the advantages of using natural stone instead of concrete. A reader asked if we would do something about building flat areas. To recap: In the previous article, we talked about building...
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Cool ideas from a garden on Niagara Falls garden walk include keyhole garden

September 6, 2016
shed flowers vegetable garden in Niagara Falls

by Connie Oswald Stofko “We want people to come back downtown,” said Ruth Cooper of 12th St., Niagara Falls. “It’s safe here.” That was the message of the Black Squirrel Garden Walk, held July 23 as part of Garden Walk of Niagara Falls, USA. (The Black Squirrel Garden Walk is named that for the...
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Noisy West Seneca yard becomes private paradise

August 23, 2016
gardens around water feature in West Seneca NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You could see– and hear–  the nearby convenience store from the backyard. But not anymore. Bernie Grosser and Jim Jankowski now have a private backyard paradise at their home on Tudor Place in West Seneca. I visited them during the fifth annual West Seneca Tour of Gardens held July 23...
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Natural stone or concrete for garden wall? Two reasons why stone is easier

August 16, 2016
building garden wall at Waterman's in Concord NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Natural stone not only adds charm to your landscape, it can be easier to work with than concrete, said Ethan Waterman, manager of Waterman’s Greenhouse, 12317 Vaughn St. (Route 240), East Concord (Springville). The first reason that it’s easier using natural stone for a garden wall is that a piece...
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You can take horticulture classes at discount price at NCCC

August 8, 2016
looking at mint plant in Amherst NY

You can take college horticulture classes without being a full-time student or earning a degree, and the tuition is less. Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is opening a limited number of seats in horticulture classes through its community education department. “We were constantly getting requests from folks who want to be able to take...
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Groundcovers are important in grassless front & backyards

August 2, 2016
grassless front yard

by Connie Oswald Stofko Valerie and Anthony Hotchkiss of 42 15th St., Buffalo, have shared their gardens on Garden Walk Buffalo for eight years, but if you haven’t seen them in awhile, it’s worth going back. The couple got help from a landscaper, and what you see is all new in the last three...
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‘Lazy gardener’ shares tips on how he created Irish pub in backyard

July 26, 2016
gardens and Irish flag at front of house in Tonawanda

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s an Irish pub. It’s an outdoor living room. And it has gardens. That’s what you encounter when you visit Michael Ryan’s backyard on Englewood Ave., Tonawanda. It’s the party place for his family and friends. Visitors are amazed and assume he must spend lots of time maintaining his landscape,...
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Hill becomes focal point in South Buffalo garden

July 19, 2016
garden on steep hill in South Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko A steep hill that some people might see as an obstacle has become the focal point of Paul Sabato’s backyard. He shared his garden on South Buffalo Alive, a garden walk that took place Sunday, July 17. When he moved in 23 years ago, the staircase to the right was...
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