The Awesome Amherst Garden Award for August has been awarded to George and Veronica Ozbardakci.
The Ozbardakcis began gardening more than 30 years ago as his way of unwinding after busy days at his Cleveland Clinic ear, nose, and throat practice.
The doctor chuckled when he said he “didn’t know much about about gardening when he began so he started with growing tomatoes.” As the small plants began to show fruit, he soon realized he had planted all cherry tomatoes rather than the regular size he had anticipated.
The garden has expanded greatly from that first growing season and now includes many varieties of vegetables as well unusual flowering plants and a large assortment of herbs. The couple especially likes plants with fragrance.
Early in the growing season, the Ozbardakcis spend most evenings and weekends cleaning, rearranging plants, and planting new varieties. harvests and dries many of the assorted herbs from the garden. Gourds grown from seeds are often dried and made into wren houses.
Courtesy photo George Ozbadocki is pictured in his garden, which won the Amherst Garden Club’s award for August.