Arbordale landscaping classes in Getzville, NY

Free landscape design classes & more items too good to miss

Free landscape classes set at Arbordale You can create outdoor living spaces, increase your property value and love your yard with help during free classes at Arbodale Nurseries and Landscaping, 480 Dodge Road, Getzville, NY. The 45-minute classes will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8 and 29. The experts on Arbodale’s staff experts will help you decide where plants go and how they are spaced. Listen to witty reasons to dig out those overgrown junipers. Bring photos and…

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…

formal beds in front yard in West Seneca NY

Couple expresses differing gardening styles in West Seneca

Carl and Doris Swan bought a house with three acres of land on Center Road in West Seneca as an investment property. After 43 years, they’re still there. “I figured we weren’t going to stay long,” Carl said, “but we did.” Over the last 10 or 15 years, areas that formerly were used by the children and grandchildren for playing ball are becoming gardens, and the Swans have developed different gardening styles. The Swans showed their gardens during the first…

tropical landscaping around pool in Amherst NY

Amherst garden was developed with a tropical theme

When Jim Hachick bought the house at 112 Autumnwood in Amherst 12 years ago, the yard was overgrown. But little by little, it has been transformed into a tranquil space that can also be used to entertain friends. Hachick showed visitors around during the Amherst Garden Walk on July 21. “The pool was already here,” Hachick said. “That is probably the only thing that hasn’t changed.” He even planted the trees, including a tall columnar oak  near the pool. At…

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…

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…

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…

Murray Brothers staff at Front Yard Garden Competition in Buffalo NY

Front Yard Contest is under way near Riverside Park in Buffalo

The National Garden Festival’s neighborhood-transforming Front Yard Contest kicked off yesterday on Crowley Avenue in Buffalo, bordering the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Riverside Park. Professional landscapers, Master Gardeners and teams from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy are donating their time and materials to give 15 homeowners free garden makeovers. This Front Yard Contest is part of third annual National Garden Festival. Organizers believe it is the only such civic-minded garden competition in the country. You can view the landscaping work in…

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…

riparian habitat Buffalo NY

6 ways you can benefit from maintaining your waterfront habitat

If you own land on a lake, creek, river or other body of water, you may know that using native plants in the landscape can benefit the environment. But it can benefit you, too. You can learn more on how to care for your waterfront property at a series of workshops scheduled by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The workshops will provide technical assistance on the topic of waterfront or riparian habitat restoration using native plant species. The first workshop will be…