Here are the top yards in Dunkirk:
Garden of the Week was earned by Tom and Carol Gregoreski of 157 Margay St. The front of the house has a mixture of shrubs, perennials and annuals. Many different roses decorate corners and the front walk. A top grafted globe blue spruce adds color and texture to the garden. The back yard is comprised of mostly shade with a corner garden that features many varieties of hostas and other shade-loving plants. Rose-colored ajuga provides an outstanding ground cover. A rose garden boasts stunning teacup roses as well as regular roses, creating a rainbow of colors. So as not to waste space, a vegetable garden sits on the sunny side of their garage.
The nominee of the week was Mark and Bonita Gilsinger, 129 South Serval St. Stone walls hold an exceptional front porch garden. Alberta Spruce and hostas make a great combination. Brightly colored petunias adorn the side of their home. The backyard is graced by more stone walls accentuated with shrubs and annuals. Tasteful containers around the house complete a beckoning landscape.
The yard at 157 Margay St. in Dunkirk is owned by Tom and Carol Gregoreski.
In Ward Two, residents of Dunkirk show gratitude to Robert and Theresa McAdoo at 869 Central Ave. for their bright and sassy yard, welcoming visitors and residents into the city on one of the main entrances. This spacious yard begs for attention with its snazzy bright pink petunias interspersed among immaculate white and green hostas. Mixed shrubs are smartly organized around the house and perennials accent the driveway on the Bataan Street side.
Special recognition also is deserved for 32 W. Green St., home to the Carrus family, with neatly trimmed shrubs in front framed by red impatiens. Potted multicolored petunias on the porches and in front of the garage frame the entrance beautifully.
The garden of Grace Bucca is a hidden jewel at 6 Howard Ave. and is the outstanding garden for the third ward this week. Large wooden barrels sit in the front garden, bursting at the seams with vibrant impatiens anchoring the coral bells, hostas, purple coneflowers, peace roses and black-eyed Susans. Mingling in between the blooms are basil, rosemary and a potted fig tree. The back yard has an abundance of tomatoes and basil, creating very efficient use of every fertile space.
Honorable mention is given to the front yard of Marion and Lorraine Truczenski at 131 E. Green St. Large flowering begonias highlight the border, which is awash with dahlias, canna lilies, oriental lilies and a rose of Sharon tree. All of the eye-popping color highlights a neatly trimmed lawn dotted with white statuary.
Fourth ward top honors go to Renaldo Reyes and Iris Mercado of 723 Grant Ave. for their very creative use of fencing and tire urns. The front porch has wire fencing with a lovely mix of annuals and perennials and neatly spaced sunflowers. A large arbor is brimming with grapes and sided by a quaint vegetable garden. The yard is centered with a serene water fountain and surrounded by an apple, a peach and two pear trees. Hanging baskets and banana trees round out the yard, along with several tasteful lawn ornaments.
Honorable mention goes to Frank and Shannon Solares of 744 Grant Ave. for their well-maintained ornamental bushes, blending of annuals and perennials, and solar lights surrounding the house. The front yard features a large boulder fitted with a wooden windmill, which is surrounded by annuals. The back yard is spotlighted with landscaped trees and a deck. Roses and hanging baskets stylize the garage.
The Yard of the Week program would like to thank James Tingue for his dedication, diligence, and devotion to the program.
Sam's tip of the week: at this time of the year and with hot dry weather, plants take a beating. Mature trees are losing their leaves, flower gardens are not peaking, and shrubs don't have much new growth. Watering deeply will help flowers and shrubs. Trees are somewhat stressed because of the lack of moisture. Mother Nature often challenges us as we try to garden. Sometime cultivars need to be fed. There are many chemical fertilizers that can be used as well as many organic fertilizers. Water your plants and loosen the soil around them. There is not much more we can do. The rain last week really will help, and now you will be able to mow a green lawn.