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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.


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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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The 15th annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 and 23. The annual Night Lights evening tour is planned for 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 21 and 22. Gardens are located in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Tour day headquarters is at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Town of Tonawanda. The event is free. The West Se…

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Summer is in full swing and so are the garden walks and tours. There are self-guided weekend walks, including some in the evening. There’s the Open Gardens event in which residents welcome visitors to their gardens during certain hours on Thursdays and Fridays in July. And there are guided bus tours. The Buffalo Beyond Flowers: Sustainability in Action tour on Aug. 5 …

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It’s been a busy summer in our suburban abode, but I’ve recently noticed an increase in a habit that baffles me: People leaving drawers and cabinet doors open. I can’t blame the dog. “What’s with this?” I’ll say with an exasperated sigh, shutting the door to the cabinet next to the sink where we keep the glasses. Someone needed a pen, I’ll mumble t…

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The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk of 36 gardens is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15. A Night Lights tour of 15 gardens will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. July 14. The event is sponsored by the City of Tonawanda Board of Visual & Performing Arts in conjunction with the Garden Club of the Tonawandas. Maps are available in city hall, the police department, the publi…