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Ed Healy
V.P. of Marketing
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Front Yard Garden Competition Awards Announced

Nearly 700 votes received for the People’s Choice Award

BUFFALO, NY, July 28, 2011-- Yesterday, organizers of the National Garden Festival announced the Front Yard Garden Competition award recipients.

From July 11 to July 16, 13 front yards along Newman Place bordering Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo were transformed by professional landscapers, who donated their time and materials and competed to create the most impressive yards. From July 16 to July 22, the public had the opportunity to vote for their favorite yard, either in person or online at www.nationalgardenfestival.com.

The public submitted nearly 700 votes. People’s Choice awards were given in two categories:

People’s Choice Award, Online Voting:

  • 1st Place: 87 Newman Place (Murray Brothers Nurseries)
  • 2nd Place: 67 Newman Place (Beyond the Basics Property Services)

People’s Choice Award, In Person Voting:

  • 1st Place: 53 Newman Place (The English Gardener)
  • 2nd Place: 87 Newman Place (Murray Brothers Nurseries)

In addition to the public voting, a team of gardening experts reviewed the gardens and bestowed several technical and special awards:

Frederick Law Olmsted Award for Design Excellence:

  • 43 Newman Place (Elber's Landscape Service)

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Award for Garden Design:

  • 87 Newman Place (Murray Brothers Nursery)

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Award for Plant Selection:

  • 83 Newman Place (T. O'Donnell Landscaping)

Buffalo Green Fund/Buffalo in Bloom Award:

  • Elbers Landscape Service, Inc., 80 N. Parade Ave.

Buffalo in Bloom Low Maintenance Award:

  • 79 Newman Place (Restorff's Landscape Service)

The Front Yard Garden Competition was 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 participated 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 received additional support from 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.

Now that 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 (including Garden Walk Buffalo – the largest event of its kind in the country), 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 www.nationalgardenfestival.com.

The National Garden Festival is a collaboration between the garden and landscape organizations of the Buffalo Niagara region. The festival is presented by Visit Buffalo Niagara, District 8 Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Garden Walk Buffalo, the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, the New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and Forest Lawn Cemetery. Funding is provided by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the Western New York Foundation, the Buffalo Green Fund, Catholic Health Systems, and Mercy Hospital. Additional support has been provided by the Western New York Hosta Society, the Buffalo Area Daylily Society, the Peace Garden Project, Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Buffalo in Bloom, the Iris Society of Western New York and Elizabeth Licata. The Buffalo News and LocalEdge are media sponsors. 

Visit Buffalo Niagara sells and markets our assets and attractions to visitors outside of the Buffalo Niagara region as a convention, tourism and leisure destination for the economic benefit of the community.

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