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Nellie Gardner, horticulturist at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex on Jewett Parkway, is featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Country Gardens magazine (Meredith, $4.99). The topic is the botanical wreaths she makes from flowers she grows at Flower Fields, her specialty cut flower farm. She dries the flowers herself, along with seed pods, berries, grasses, …

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Last fall, Judy and Alan Duchan moved into Canterbury Woods Gates Circle, after selling their home of 43 years in the Parkside neighborhood. This is how Judy Duchan, a retired University at Buffalo professor, and Alan Duchan, a retired economist at Canisius College, described their new apartment at Canterbury Woods, a continuing care retirement community: "Our 2,000-…

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It is exciting for seasoned gardeners to help new ones. As baby boomers move over for millennials and those that follow, many of us are happy to share tools, plants, and most of all knowledge. It is also gratifying that you younger folks have strength and energy to haul, dig, and build when it starts to look daunting for us. (Mind you, that’s just some of us, some of the t…

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This summer we launched a feature called Outdoor Spaces that ran online weekly at BuffaloNews.com and also in the Sunday Home & Style print edition. We saw lovely porches, decks and patios at homes throughout Western New York – along with many glorious gardens. You can see some of the highlights in our photo gallery. We're not done yet. Even though summer is draw…

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Courtney Gorman said she fell in love with her home the moment she saw it. Since buying it nearly six years ago, she has furnished and accessorized it with meaningful family pieces. She also has made several updates and, inspired by her late mother, developed a love for gardening. Here is how she described her background, her home and the style in which she has decorate…

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With three daughters ages 16 to 21 getting set for the new fall semester, chickens running around the backyard and rain threatening a long-planned photo shoot one afternoon in mid-August, Arno and Susan Tapani talked calmly about the home they have owned for 17 years. This is a home they have renovated, enlarged and continue to redecorate – and one that has been a gathe…

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Outsiders, who have the usual image of wintry Buffalo, often ask, “Isn’t it a very short growing season?” They just don’t know about our comfortable, temperate climate and the extended gardening season we have in early fall. The trouble is: Many people here also act as if gardening is over when it’s time for the Erie County Fair. Let’s not be those people. Let’s not giv…

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Like other seasoned gardeners, Donat Sadkowski knows how to plant a garden that offers endless color – from the yellow daffodils in spring to the pink plumes of Filipendula rubra in early July to the white climbing Clematis paniculata that blooms in September. “It looks like snow,” Sadkowski said. Different varieties of coleus change color as the season progresses. L…

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Tom Harty and Mary Jewett Harty have lived in their Snyder home for nearly three decades. For our Home of the Week online feature, Tom Harty submitted photos of the exterior of their home in four seasons, as well as some interiors. Here is how he described their home in an email: "You know you live in a good Western New York house when your grown children look forwar…

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Nick and Beth Buscaglia said they are so busy preparing their garden in the spring that they sometimes pull a car onto the lawn, turn on the headlights and illuminate the front garden so they can work after the sun goes down. “We work in the garden nonstop in May and June – day and night, as they say,” said Beth Buscaglia, an architect. July is a particularly busy mo…

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This weekend's tour of residential gardens has a new name, new activities and new neighborhoods to visit. The former Black Rock-Riverside Garden Tour has grown into the Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens. “It now includes some of North Buffalo, so we’re really excited," said Mary Ann Kedron, president of the Black Rock-Riverside Alliance and committee member of the Bl…

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The frog statue above, stretched out on its belly near the hostas, received 44.7 percent of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. This was the chance for readers to submit photos of their favorite garden decor. After we narrowed it down to four finalists, readers voted. Pam Lojacono, of Getzville, submitted the photo at the encouragement of her daughter, Victoria. S…

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Most gardeners talk about plants and flowers. Dick and Jeanne Phillips talk about the thousands of rocks and minerals displayed in their yard: albite, fluorrichterite, blue calcite, amazonite and pyrite – known as fool’s gold. Oh, there are plenty of flowers in their beautiful gardens – coneflowers, daisies, black-eyed Susans, dahlias – but the Phillipses said they plac…

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. So far we have featured a lake house, a cabin, urban homes, rural homes, townhouses and an apartment. The Buffalo News continues to look for homes to feature and the stories behind them and their décor. Here's what you need to do if you’re int…