They acquired the property behind them in the late 1980s and sliced off part of the backyard. They replaced the overgrown shrubs and trees with blooming perennials. And they added a water feature, patio and a whole array of colorful flowers.
Today it's a sublime urban oasis on display as part of the annual Parkside Tour of Gardens, which continues until 4 p.m.
"We read out here until we can't see any longer," said Szydlowski.
Szydlowski describes the garden:
The self-guided tour begins in the Church of the Good Shepherd on the corner of Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue, directly across from the Darwin Martin House.
Information and maps are available. More than 50 gardens are on display. Donations of $5 to the Parkside Community Association are accepted.
Szydlowski's advice to novice gardeners: