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Name: Nellie Gardner, 60. Who she is: Horticulturist at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex, where she manages the landscape, assists in programming, and educates and coordinates “an amazing group of volunteers.” She is spearheading the landscape restoration at Graycliff, the Wright-designed Martins’ former lakeshore summer home. A gardening consultant, lec…

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In recent days 39 readers voted online for their favorite colorful front door. Callie Banko’s pink door was the top choice. It received 48.7 percent of the votes. The color: Coral Odyssey, by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. Banko, who works in marketing, had this to say about the door on her Colonial-style home in West Seneca: “We have lived there only about a year…

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Summertime means party time for Michael and Sandy Starks of Snyder. With a 12-by-22-foot patio and additional garden space to spread out, outside gatherings come easy – day or night. “We love entertaining in the summer,” said Sandy, the longtime director of interpretive programming at Forest Lawn who retired last year. “We can seat 40 people or more,” added Michael, …

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Here are two reasons to put off doing yard work this weekend. One is the Lewiston GardenFest, which includes among the happenings a self-guided tour of beautiful gardens. The other is the Buffalo LIVING Tour, which takes you inside lofts and apartments in some very cool buildings downtown.  Admission to both events is free. Tempting, isn’t it? Some details: 1. The 13…

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Morty the corpse flower has become Morty the unpredictable. After blooming around 10 p.m. Sunday, the flower was expected to open up on Monday to reveal a deep burgundy color and emit a hold-your-nose smell resembling a rotting corpse. The flower – its actual name is Amorphophallus titanum – got off to a good start at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens ear…

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Linda Gellman’s garden in the Elmwood Village has been on Garden Walk Buffalo since 2010 – back when the garden was new and the plants small. But, like other properties on walks and tours, Gellman’s backyard today features much more than shrubs, herbs, trees and flowers. It’s the entire environment she has created. Peaceful, comfortable and, as she describes it, spiritu…

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I first spoke with Maria Tarapacki in February when we selected the Elmwood Village home she shares with her husband, Tom, as a Home of the Week. She mentioned that she was refinishing and repurposing a very old piano into a desk. Yes, you read that right. On Monday, I received an email from her. She was “finally finished” with this gargantuan project. Refinishing th…

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From the mural she painted in the dining room to the festive lighting display in the backyard, it comes as no surprise that Karen Culligan is an artist. Fun, creative and colorful are words that best describe the suburban home – inside and out. Here is how she described the place for our online Home of the Week feature for the Home & Style section: “My house was …

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Something is missing in many garden lessons. The instructor or writer addresses “right plant, right place” and goes on about site analysis: Know your sun or shade, soil, wind, and drainage etc. and choose plants that suit that location. What’s missing: how the plant behaves over time, as it grows. Does the plant stay compact? Does it get tall and floppy? Does it form a …

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Attorney Sally J. Broad and her husband, Ed, a retired Mercy Flight pilot, moved to North Buffalo 20 years after raising two sons in the suburbs. They have enjoyed maintaining the integrity of their old house while updating it for the 21st century. Here is how Sally Broad described their place for our Home of the Week feature: “Amazingly, it has been 20 years sin…

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As Western New Yorkers head outside to spruce up their landscapes, many of them also prepare to open their gardens to visitors during walks and tours scheduled all summer long. Below is a lineup. These weekend garden walks and tours throughout the Buffalo Niagara region are self-guided and held rain or shine. Many are free. This is an early list, so keep an eye on Buffa…

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Spring came late to Western New York and then, whoosh, everything leaped from the soil. Bulbs were glorious, but all too briefly. Sudden warm spells made some of them open too far and finish too soon. Perennials have stretched so quickly that many gardeners didn’t have time to divide or thin the clusters. The grass turned green, sending homeowners to stores looking for …

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If you have ever gone on the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View tour, you have likely visited ‑ and still recall ‑ the gorgeous gardens at the home of Craig Coyne and Gary DiNezza. They are longtime participants in the annual tour, which this year is scheduled for July 8. It’s sponsored by the Harlem-Kensington-Cleveland Community Association. Now is the chance to check out t…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed May 6 to 12 to be Compost Awareness Week. The proclamation (an edited version here) reads: “Whereas, the Empire State supports environmentally-friendly initiatives … such as composting … through more than 190 regulated facilities in New York State that process more than 700,000 tons of organic material; and “Whereas, organic materials mak…

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It sometimes feels as if it happens overnight: Forsythia, flowering pears, tulips, daffodils and more burst into bloom after a long winter and a cold, rainy spring. Yes, crocuses could be seen sprinkled with snow in April, but it really wasn’t until early May that the big blossom party began. Spring. Finally spring. Buffalo News photographers recently captured so…