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The showy flowers and berries of September remind me of ladies at a cotillion in Scarlett O’Hara’s time – the full skirts and puffed sleeve dresses, all ruffles and flounces, adorned with huge hats and jewels. Our gardens are the ballrooms, and nothing is subtle about this end-of-summer dance. Even the plants know it’s their last chance for full-out performances. These …

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Tom and Louise Yots live in the Mattress Factory Lofts on Florida Street in Buffalo's Hamlin Park Historic District. The downsizers have lived there since May and are especially pleased with how the unit is ideal for displaying their artwork. Tom Yots, who taught chemistry for 31 years at Lewiston-Porter High School, served as the city historian of Niagara Falls and cha…

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Name: Dawn Martin Berry-Walker, 66. Who she is: Chief executive of the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective, which produces events including the Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival and, in collaboration with the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the John Coltrane Birthday Celebration – Sept. 20-22 this year. (She is the daughter of the late jazz icon/band leader James “…

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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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Name: Olivia Cinquino, 17. Who she is: Daughter of Joy Testa Cinquino and David Cinquino. Senior at Amherst Central High School. Co-captain of the girls’ varsity field hockey team. Member of the Photography Club and Ski Club. Restaurant hostess. What she is wearing: Thrifted St. John’s Bay lightweight jacket purchased for $6 and American Eagle black jeans purchased f…

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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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Name: Robert P. Reeder, 72. Who he is: An interior designer for 40-some years working in different parts of the field with both architects and other residential designers, including the late Florence Cooper. A Cheektowaga native, he and his wife, Rebecca, are Amherst residents with one grown daughter, Alexandra. He is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design…

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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…