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I did not see all 430-plus Garden Walk Buffalo gardens last weekend – nobody could – nor every garden on the Open Gardens weekday tours or the weekend tours across the Buffalo Niagara region this summer. But, like about 100,000 garden tourists, I saw lots of gardens and heard questions from locals and out-of-town visitors. “What did the people ask you?” I asked the gard…

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This weekend marks the 25th year for Garden Walk Buffalo – an annual event that has blossomed from 29 gardens in 1995 to more than 430 this year. It's the largest residential garden tour in North America, and an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 visitors are expected to visit from across the country, Canada and possibly beyond. This year, Garden Walk has expanded to include ab…

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Robert J. Kochanski, a retired Buffalo English teacher and guidance counselor, lives in a condo at 800 West Ferry that was once part of Darwin R. Martin’s two-floor penthouse. Darwin R. Martin, the son of Darwin D. Martin, grew up in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway. (You can view a timeline of the Jewett Parkway property and its restoration on the …

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The Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy is presenting the Lovejoy Iron Island Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to noon July 20. The tour features about 40 gardens including previous winners of Lovejoy's Iron Island in Bloom contest. Maps will be available at the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St. Donations accepted. The 16th annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk …

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The 18th annual Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 in the University District (South Campus) neighborhoods, with a Capen by Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Maps will be available at UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, and UHAA-St. Andrew Sculpture Garden, 3107 Main St. Free event. The Buzz Around Hamburg Village Garden Walk will be hel…

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It’s the worry of many a third-grader turning in a project, as well as gardeners who have visitors on the way. Or bus tours. Or photographers. And the answer is: Neatness counts – sometimes, sort of, and depending. What’s your garden style? I know people who can’t stand to see plants touching each other. That sounds extreme, and possibly I’m rolling my eyes a little.…

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Your plans for the Fourth of July weekend can include a garden tour.  Here are four that are scheduled: Amherst Garden Walk:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6. Maps are available at most Amherst garden centers (the Amherst Garden Walk Facebook page lists the garden centers; a map is also posted there). Maps also can be picked up at 111 Campus Drive West, Snyder, or viewed on th…

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Pollinators – bees, butterflies, wasps, some flies and other insects – need us to grow certain plants. Growing them should be no burden for gardeners. Most are pretty and serve us many ways. Deciding which ones to choose, and finding them, isn’t always easy. Let’s try. Why bother? The reason to make an effort is bigger than our personal pleasure in watching the dance of…

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Do you have a nice bird bath in your yard? One where all the cool birds hang out? Then our latest Reader Challenge is for you. As you know, bird baths come in all shapes, sizes, materials and designs. Some hang from trees; others are low to the ground or placed on pedestals. Some are decorative, even whimsical. Others are plain and simple but still beloved by backyar…

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June is for perennials. It’s a promotional slogan for the plant industry, but it also makes sense: Now you can see your own perennials have emerged and you still have time to divide, thin and move them around. Now you can find most perennials out on the tables in garden centers, and many are flowering. And now our gardens have dried out – mostly – and we can finish prep…

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The above photo received more than 55% of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. We asked people to send in photos of watering cans. Apparently, one calico cat thought the challenge should be watering can and cat. Or, more precisely, cat and watering can. The photo was the No. 1 pick after readers voted. "My kitty loves flowers as much as I do," said Marcia Don…

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Ken and Kathy Cathers have lived in their 100-year-old home in the Town of Lockport for 25 years and have made many improvements to the house and property, including to the old barn. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Here is how Ken Cathers, who retired from Ivoclar Vivadent, an Amherst dental manufacturer, described their place in an email for our H…

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If anyone knows gardens – and Buffalo Niagara gardens in particular – it’s Sally Cunningham and Jim Charlier. The two collaborated on a book published earlier this year – “Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs” (St. Lynn’s Press, $24.95). The key word here is “quirky” – as many Western New York gardeners – and …

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When planning your weekend outings to the self-guided, mostly free garden walks and tours throughout the region, keep in mind that some are walkable, others drivable. Some are held one day; others will take place an entire weekend with evening hours as well. The best part? This is your chance to go into neighborhoods, towns or villages you’re not familiar with and meet …

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Gardeners have been eager to get outside, and some of them were happy to submit photos for our latest Reader Challenge – watering cans! Thank you to those who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week there are four options from which to choose. We ask for your email address to avoid multiple submissions ... not that our readers would e…