This week is the last opportunity for gardeners to have their addresses listed in the Garden Walk brochure for the July 21 third citywide Dunkirk Delights free Garden Walk.
The committee encourages everyone who has invested time and resources in gardening to take this opportunity to share your garden, large or small, so others may enjoy the beauty and variety nature and sweat equity have brought to the city. Register at the Dunkirk Development Office before the end of July 5.
An application can be found at www.visitdunkirk.com or information can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Garden Walk is one day this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps will be available at City Hall, the Development office, Dunkirk Public library and selected other public venues.
In the meantime volunteer scouts select two yards weekly in each ward that stand out for special recognition. This week's selections are:
Ward One - The asiatic lilies at 362 Lake Shore Drive East are absolutely beautiful. The home of Jennifer Montes has a mixture of colors on very tall stalks. A small stone retaining wall holds a well thought out garden. Lilies don't last a long time so she has roses and hydrangea planted in the mix. When the lilies are spent the other flowers take over. Great white Hydrangea holds down one corner of the porch. It is stunning. Josh Jones of 17 Armadillo St. has a neat symmetrical layout covered with stones hauled from a creek. Roses are the centerpiece with large clumps of zebra grass at each end. A good mixture of perennials including hostas and mums enhance the gardens beauty.
Ward Two - Gary and Elizabeth Worosz at 96 West Fourth St. nurture their trim 19-year-old garden featuring a lighted flowering crabtree surrounded by blue rug juniper, stell dora and stargazer and tiger lilies, two spectacular yuccas in full bloom. Also nominated is the relatively new garden at 36 Perry St. featuring yellow lilies, a bleeding heart and some flashy red hot pokers.
Ward Three - 119 Greco Lane, the garden of Diane and Fred Stern has an explosion of day lilies, Shasta daisies, and several varieties of hydrangeas. The backyard is highlighted by a stone pond surrounded by astilbe and a pleasant seating area. Honorable mention goes to 29 Fairview Ave., home of Rick and Mari Corsi whose expansive back yard features several pocket gardens amid shade trees. The front of the home has several varieties of Hosta, sedum and baskets of geraniums.
Ward Four - Honors go to Donna and Chuck Howlett of 267 King St. Their home has a lovely front porch with hanging baskets of petunias. The landscape includes hostas, dwarf junipers, and wine-rose shrubs, which are surrounded by a border of creek stone. The beds are covered with crushed white stone, which highlights the textures of the plants. A small rock garden with a split rail fence adds a nice touch to the front of the house. Marin Gonzalez of 620 Main St. is a master of coordinated warm tropical colors and the lovely home stands out amid beautiful pink and red roses. A native plant from Puerto Rico known as ruda has also been used in the landscape. This plant has yellow flowers and is known to have medicinal purposes. Shasta daisies and black-eyed susans also add a splash of color.
Sam Mancuso's landscaper tip of the week: To keep weeds down in your beds you should use a landscaping fabric. The fabric lets water in and the plants roots are kept shaded and moist. To landscape on the cheap, you can use newspaper and cardboard as a weed barrier. These work the same as a weed fabric. They will eventually decompose and add nutrients to the soil. You can repeat the process year after year and it's a good way to recycle.