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JAPANESE, GRASSROOTS GARDENS TAKE BUFFALO IN BLOOM HONORS

A garden without one impatiens -- the flower of choice for the majority of the 500 gardens vying for Buffalo in Bloom awards -- won the 1997 Landscape Award.

John Crawford and Scott Washburn, who created a Japanese garden with a touch of America in the front of their home at 587 Breckinridge Ave., received a 1997 U.S. Botanical Garden Commemorative Coin from the U.S. Mint.

A new award for the citywide flower garden competition, it was one of several, totaling $7,000, presented Saturday when Buffalo in Bloom held its third award ceremony in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum.

Two other special award winners were the Mayor's Award to Ann Hausey of 323 South Division St. and City-Wide winning garden to Brian Przybyl of 301 Weimar St. Each received $500.

The strong beauty of the strategically placed 13 tons of rock Washburn said the pair "dragged up from creeks throughout the area" is bordered with caladiums, ornamental grasses, black-eyed Susans and purple cone flowers.

A landscaper by profession, Przybyl took a first place in council district competition in 1996.

Ms. Hausey works as hard in her neighbors' gardens as she does her own garden where blue, purple and white flowers are the background for an art gallery of statues, bird baths and windmills.

The three top Community Garden winners were originally started by Grassroots Gardens, a community gardening program in Western New York that focuses its efforts on the inner city.

J. Milton Zeckhauser, who organized the successful venture encouraging community block clubs to transform empty, trash-filled city lots into flower and vegetable gardens, recently received a $5,000 Prudential Foundation Community Service Award.

"Of course, the money will go right to Grassroots to help create more neighborhood gardens," Zeckhauser said.

The three winning community gardens were: first prize, planted at Northampton Street/Wohlers Avenue by the Community Action Information Center; second, 50-52 Zenner St. by WZKL Park Gardens; and third, Tracy/Carolina streets by the Tracy Street Block Club. The prizes were $500, $250 and $100 in the non-residential competition.

Other top winners were:

Institutional -- Harvest House, 1782 Seneca St.; St. Martin of Tours Church, 1140 Abbott Road; and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library at Lafayette Square.

Public Space -- Albright-Knox fountain; Niagara Square southeast corner; and the quadrant at Genesee and East Parade streets.

Retail/Commercial, small -- Designs, 23 North St.; Billy Ogden's, William/Ogden streets; Ganci's Food Market, 319 Massachusetts Ave.

Retail/Commercial, large -- Lawley Service, 120 Delaware Ave.; Lucas Varity, Delaware/North Street; and American Axle, 1001 Delavan Ave.

Residential Block -- Rabin Terrace, 600-612 Richmond Ave., and Weimar Street between Clinton and Griswold streets.

The residential category had winners in each of the city's nine Council districts:

Delaware -- Martin Adduci, 417 Linwood Ave.; Patricia Klenk, 293 Linwood Ave.; and Jennifer Owen, 755 W. Delavan Ave.

Ellicott -- Earl Bovanizer, 9 Rabin Terrace; Michael Banks, 16 Rabin Terrace; and David Sokol, 61 Sweeney St.

Filllmore -- Martha Heidinger, 168 Mackinaw St.; Molly and Bud Saylor, 72 Sidway St.; and Rick and Karen Galluzzo, 16 Kent St.

Lovejoy -- Geraldine DeBose, 190 Texas St.; Eugene Brudz, 159 Barnard St.; and Linda Cavalleri, 69 Moreland St.

Masten -- Gustan Thompson, 29 Brooklyn St.; Allen Jackson, 725 Northampton Ave.; and David Worthy, 110 Durham Ave.

Niagara -- Sylvia Nadler and Jim Zubricky, 600 Richmond Ave.; Arlan Peters, 20 Norwood Ave.; and William Mahr and Luis Camacho, 168 College St.

North -- Lydia Castro, 36 Progressive Ave.; Flo Kessler, 157 Grote St.; and Dr. Stephen Evans and Georgia Kells, 22 and 32 Dana Road.

South -- Carol Belleville, 38 Dundee St.; Peter Clancy, 39 Edgewood Ave.; and Pat Conwall, 144 Dundee.

University -- Michael Dunphy, 468 Hewitt Ave.; Dan and Jayne Miller, 72 W. Winspear Ave.; and Pernell Carson, 237 Minnesota Ave.

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