Front Yard Garden Competition Brings Garden Makeover to South Buffalo Street

July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 1:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Front Yard Garden Competition Brings Garden Makeover to South Buffalo Street

July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 1:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A block in South Buffalo is receiving an inspiring garden makeover.

Starting Monday, 13 front yards along Newman Place, which borders Frederick Law Olmsted’s Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo, are being transformed by professional landscapers, who are donating their time and materials and competing to create the most impressive yards.

This Front Yard Garden Competition is part of the 2nd annual National Garden Festival and festival organizers believe it is the only such civic-minded garden competition in the country. The competition received national attention earlier this year, when it was featured in a two-page spread in the early spring issue of Country Gardens magazine.

“After a tremendously successful debut last year on North Parade Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side, we’re thrilled to bring the National Garden Festival’s Front Yard Garden Competition to Newman Place in South Buffalo,” said Sally Cunningham, executive director of the National Garden Festival. “We will transform 13 front yards—as if by magic. But we can do this only because these wonderful individual certified nursery and landscape professionals — CNLPs we call them —a re donating their time, talents and materials. Many thanks to the Western New York Nursery & Landscape Association and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Now watch what great landscapers can do.”

“The Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association and the Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals are delighted to again showcase our talents and capabilities in the National Garden Festival’s Front Yard Garden Competition,” said Neil Stern, director of the Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. “These professional landscapers, who make their livelihoods beautifying Buffalo and Western New York, are proud to donate their time and materials to help transform this historic Olmsted community.”

The public can view the landscaping work in progress from July 11 to July 16 and then vote for their favorite yard from the evening of July 16 through July 22. Physical ballots will be available outside each home along Newman Place and online voting will take place at The website will also feature a blog, where the public can track the progress of the gardens and read profiles of the landscapers and homeowners.

In addition to the public voting, a team of gardening experts will review the gardens and bestow awards in several technical categories to the landscapers.

The Front Yard Garden Competition is being coordinated by the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, the New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Visit Buffalo Niagara, and the National Garden Festival organizing committee.

The following landscapers are participating in the competition:

• Beaver Landscaping, Inc.
• Beyond the Basics Property Services, Inc.
• Chevalier Outdoor Living
• Dore Landscape Associates
• Elbers Landscape Service, Inc.
• The English Gardener, Ltd
• Murray Brothers Nurseries, Inc.
• T. O'Donnell Landscaping
• Restorff's Landscape Service

The competition receives additional support from a continually expanding list of local businesses and organizations, including, but not limited to: Akron Tree Farms, Belgarde Hardscapes, Bradley Tree & Landscaping, Cooper Ridge Gardens, Felber’s Building Supplies, Great Lakes Concrete Products, Lakeside Sod, Lilac Creek, Lockwood’s Greenhouses, Gilson Gardens, International Society of Arboriculture, Russell's Tree & Shrub Farm, Scranton's Thruway Builder's Supplies, Shrub Coat, Unilock and Waterman's Greenhouse.

After the competition is complete, the Newman Place residents can take free training on how to maintain their new landscaping.

The National Garden Festival began on June 24 and runs through July 31. With 14 garden walks, workshops, nationally-recognized speakers, open gardens, and a series of bus tours, this five-week-long festival has something for anyone with or without a green thumb.

A full calendar of events and additional information is available at