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Susan Martin

Susan Martin is Home & Style Editor at The Buffalo News. She is a native of Western New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University.


Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Community Center, Hamburg. Bonnie Bullivant will present “Easy to Grow Houseplants.” Business meeting to follow. Call Nancy Kalieta, 826-7462. Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in St. Johns Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville. At 10 a.m. Lois Shriver, chairwoman of the Amhe…

There are styles one can always count on seeing on the red carpets, and Sunday’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were no exception. Low-plunging necklines? Check. A few colorful tuxes? Check. Black, red and white glamorous gowns? Check. Check. Check. Fashion-watchers had more to take in, however, as the stars arrived for the big night. A few not-to-b…

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. Nancy Kalieta, former volunteer coordinator at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and president of Hamburg House and Garden Club, will present "The Victorian Language of Flowers." The Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Sep…

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will host three fall gardening classes in September: Making Hypertufa Containers (10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in Hamlin Park, East Aurora); Making Kokedamas: Japanese Moss Balls (7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the CCE office, 21 S. Grove St., East Aurora); and Overwintering, Propagation and Making Cuttings (7 to…

Something unusual happened to me over the long Labor Day weekend. I was home alone; well, the dog and I were home alone. Our daughter was off to her freshman year of college. My husband was out of town visiting relatives. The house was quiet except when the dog barked at a walker or kid riding by on a bike. I sipped my morning coffee on the front porch. I walked the …

One recent morning while walking across the parking lot into work, I felt the need to stop and rummage through my large tote bag. The laptop was there. So was the wallet. But where was my phone? My phone! Back to my car I went. Perhaps it had dropped out of my tote onto the floor. No phone. I looked through my tote again. No phone. I looked through the tote again…

The impression one gathers while sitting with Annette Nuding on her wraparound porch one recent morning is that she knows everyone and everyone knows her. This is the type of porch that creates a friendly environment where she waves to passers-by and they wave back. Large and L-shaped, it’s furnished with white, all-weather wicker, floral cushions, an area rug, potted…

Chunky turtlenecks and puffer coats may not be on your mind, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the fall fashion season. We picked five trends that are showing up in women’s clothing that is available now or will be in the coming weeks and months. These trends were also spotted on runways last February when designers unveiled their Fall/Winter 2017-18 collection…

As the packing process continues leading up to the big college send-off, I notice how a few things have changed since preparing for my own freshman year. One of them: the options for making up a dorm bed. As I recall, I brought along a mattress pad, two sets of sheets, two pillows, a blanket and a comforter for the twin bed in my dorm room. Sure, everything was co…

East Aurora Garden Club will hold its annual picnic and auction at noon Aug. 14 in Elma Town Park (Shelter No. 1), 3011 Bowen Road, Elma. In case of rain, picnic will be at the St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Cheektowaga Garden Club will hold its club picnic at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in member Sally…

We recently hosted a sizable gathering and, for the first time ever, I used a large glass drink dispenser with a spigot at the bottom for one of the beverages we served. I have seen those dispensers for years at places like Pottery Barn, Bed Bath & Beyond and, well, just about everywhere. For our party, I considered buying one but quickly dismissed the idea. Thos…

The public is invited to a Meet the Authors gardening event from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. More than 25 garden book authors are expected to participate. No ticket required. The event is free to attend and coincides with the GWA/Association of Garden Communicators Annual Conference taking place in Buffalo. The 13th annu…

Visitors to Garden Walk Buffalo are likely familiar with the spectacular garden of Arlan Peters and Dom DeFillippo. It’s been on every walk except the first one in 1995, and it’s open to visitors again July 29 and 30 during this year's Garden Walk. From the handcrafted gate and charming shed to the salvaged fountains and moss garden dotted with a miniature village,…

The 23rd annual Garden Walk Buffalo featuring about 400 gardens is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 and 30. The tour is free and self-guided. Maps with garden addresses and descriptions can be picked up during the hours of Garden Walk Buffalo at two headquarters: Richmond-Summer Senior Center, Richmond Avenue and Summer Street, and Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Park…

I like our yard. I like the shade garden in the back corner with a path leading to a bench. I like the patio with the white wicker furniture and the green awning that we can lower on one side when it rains. I love the magnificent Sargent crabapple and the red maple that we planted years ago in memory of the family dog, the late, great Rascal. The tree has grown so sp…