Tonawanda News

July 12, 2011

Tonawanda Garden Walk features, art, flowers, ponds

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

— — The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk, a free and self-guided walk tour of more than 15 gardens in the city, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The goal of the event is to inspire and unite the community, energize neighborhoods and develop creativity.

The gardens are at the following locations:

• 208 Adam St. Mr. and Mrs. Bogar, front and backyard with old and new flowers annuals and perennials along with many antiques in the garden along with a water feature, rock garden, organic, garden art, bird garden and native plants. Wheelchair and stroller access.

• 215 Adam St. Mickey Sheldon, front and back featuring a lot of pink in honor of being a breast cancer survivor. Planted by daughter Susan and granddaughter Devon Gawley. Adirondack porch with hanging baskets, rock garden with Japanese garden and mix of annuals and perennials. Lemonade and cookies will be served.

• 332 Adam St.  Bob and Susan Gregg, front garden featuring a mature mixture of plants and pots. Wheelchair and stroller access.

• 248 Broad St. Mike and Sharon Moore,  front, side and back featuring sculptured shrubs, floral and vegetable mix, annuals and perennials. More than 300-foot frontage of gardens including garden accents and stone borders. Wheelchair and stroller access.

• 27 Colonial Drive. Susan Brown, front and back featuring art work, perennials, rocks, shade and in the back, organic veggies, and lilies, garden art, shade garden.

• 28 Colonial Drive. Linda Darling, front, side and back featuring a down home cottage garden filled with perennials, annuals and vegetables arbors, pergolas and a bird garden. Sit, watch birds and see hidden figures and teacups.

•100 Elm St. Michelle Hatala-Christopher, front and side. A local artist, the hand painted designs pop up in unusual ways with bits of whimsy featuring garden art.

• 40 Enterprise Ave. Candice Collignon, front yard features small paved patio with stone bench. Backyard features many plants passed down for two generations including perennials, garden art, arbors, pergolas, structures and a fountain.

• 68 Erie St., corner of Klinger. Debbie A. Pringle, front, side and back with wildflowers and lilies accenting the 140-foot white fence. Two raised perennial gardens and hidden animal statuary for whimsy plus more mini-garden areas with native plants.

• 75 Erie St. (Erie Heights Apartments.) Debbie Jaeger, back pond started in 1995, waterfall, 40 goldfish, water lilies, water irises, hostas, perennials and annuals and patio planters. Wheelchair and stroller access.

• 15 Fremont St. JoAnn Mierzwa, small backyard garden that mixes perennials, annuals, herbs and grape arbor to create a peaceful oasis. Feature include a rock garden, arbors and pergolas.

• 98 Mitchell Drive. Rose Ortwein, back garden with colorful perennial garden that includes water feature, pond, bonsai tree and sun to shade walkway. Wheelchair and stroller access.

• 362 Morgan St. Cathy Cribbs, front, back and side, 1890 Victorian house with grapevines in back. Features include mix of annuals and perennials, shade garden.

• 73 Steiner Ave. Judy Lilac, front, side and back. Corner lot with well-established perennials, vines, annuals and herbs. Includes garden art, arbors and a “secret garden.” Wheelchair and stroller access.

• 35 Taylor Drive. Ron  and Joyce Barrett, front, side and back featuring perennials, shrubs, bushes, annuals, potted plants and garden art, a small rock garden and a small vegetable garden.

• 333 Utica St. Mark and Kate Scarpena, front and back, a mix of fruits, vegetables, annuals and perennials, a small pond and waterfall. Garden designed to attract birds and butterflies. Wheelchair and stroller access.

• 56 Walter Ave. Jody and Randy Ferris, Back garden consists of a variety of perennials, annuals and butterfly bushes with a waterfall babbling into the pond.

• 5 Westbourne Drive. Millie Moeller, front garden featuring  a filled strawberry pot, brightly colored begonias cascading from tipped whiskey barrel are in contrast color to Japanese lace maple tree along with a mix of annuals and perennials.

The event is sponsored by the Tonawanda Board of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the Garden Club of the Tonawandas.

Maps are available by calling Susan Gregg at 957-4177.