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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…

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A group of Norwood Avenue neighbors started Garden Walk Buffalo in 1995 with a fishbowl of dollars and the dream of a better neighborhood. Volunteers met on porches. The 29 gardens on display attracted ... visitors. This weekend's Garden Walk is expected to draw 65,000 visitors to 400 gardens scattered through neighborhoods stretching from Forest Avenue west to the Niag…

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The last weekend in July is always reserved for Garden Walk Buffalo; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28-29. The free two-day event, now in its 24th year, is self-guided and includes more than 360 gardens. No tickets are required. Free maps can be downloaded online. Maps and merchandise can be found at two main headquarters during the hours of the walk: Evergreen Health…

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Thousands of people have been looking at other people’s gardens this month. During at least 15 Buffalo Niagara region garden walks, the Open Gardens event, and now all around the big one – Garden Walk Buffalo July 28-29 – we hear the question: “What is that?” Some of the plants are commonly known to gardeners – hostas, daylilies and coneflowers for instance. But not all…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of unique garden art in your yard – that animal figurine, offbeat sculpture or other decorative item that stands out and makes people smile. We received a bunch but we needed to narrow down the options. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge. Now it’s readers’ turn to vote. This week you have four …

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The backyard at Julia and Tony Favorito’s Linwood Avenue home has paths that take you through a formal garden. A side section that takes you into a potager (kitchen garden). And a hand-built sphere that takes you back to geometry class. Triangles. Hexagons. Pentagons. When you study the round structure or, better still, step inside it – and, yes, you can do that – that’…

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Readers voted on their top choice for our last Reader Challenge: outdoor pillows. Now we are working on a new one. This week is your chance to show off a single piece of unique garden art in your yard – that one animal figurine, offbeat sculpture or other decorative item that stands out and makes people smile. Nothing too serious or ordinary, please. Email your ph…

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Caroline Lockhart has found some interesting ways to personalize the one-story rental she shares with her husband, John, in a Town of Hamburg complex. First, consider Maxine the mannequin, a birthday gift from her daughter, Kelly Kooken, that is displayed in a corner of the living room. Then there are the small dollhouses she designed and furnished herself that now serv…

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The Lancaster Garden Walk throughout the Village of Lancaster and Town of Lancaster is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 21 and 22. An evening tour is scheduled for 8:45 to 11 p.m. July 20. Tour-day headquarters include: Two Chicks and a Rooster, 732 Aurora St., Petals to Please, 5870 Broadway and Simply Italiano, 85 Central Ave. The 15th annual Village of Willia…

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The pillows on the front porch of Pamela Langowski 's home in the Town of Elma earned the No. 1 spot among readers. The photo received 79.5 percent of the votes. Langowski, who moved into her house just shy of two years ago, said that her mix of colorful pillows is her attempt at curb appeal  – to create a visual treat for walkers-by. “I love being outside and part o…

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There’s a new garden walk in town. On Saturday, 42 gardens on Buffalo’s East Side will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and self-guided, the walk includes both residential and community gardens. Brochures with maps are available now at GardensBuffaloNiagara.com and at the Central Library and eight other city public libraries. How did it evolve? Mast…