Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 Autumn Stroll - Sunday, September 18th

Franklin County Master Gardeners are featuring gardens in the Blue Ridge Summit and Waynesboro areas for the 2011 Garden Tour.  It takes place Sunday, September 18th from Noon to 5:00 PM.
“This year's tour takes participants on a journey through time and landscape design,” explains Tour Coordinator Georgena Ruth. “Participants will view modern landscapes in a trendy Waynesboro development, and then step back in time while they visit a cluster of Summit communities that historically served as summer retreats, and whose landscape designs are as unique as the historical residences they adorn.”

Tickets are available for purchase at the Franklin County Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg (717-263-9226) and at the following locations:



 Day-of-Tour Tickets: 

Eight private gardens, including three Master Gardener's are featured.  The host sites for 2011 are: 
Carl and Kathy Grove
11254 Brookdale Drive, Waynesboro

Doris and Robert Goldman
11632 Woodlea Drive, Waynesboro

Jim and Barbara Rock
11640 Woodlea Drive, Waynesboro

Ray Eckhart (MG) and Bob Parisien
Monte Vista Bed & Breakfast, Blue Ridge Summit

Karen (MG) and Earl Strimple
Rose Cottage, Blue Ridge Summit

Angela Weathers (MG)
25710 Military Road, Cascade, MD

Gerry Otremba and Stan Turesky
Wits End, Highfield, MD

Stan and Mary Beth Champlin
Craigsland, Highfield, MD

In addition, three public gardens at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, the Blue Ridge Summit Library, and the memorial garden at the Blue Ridge Summit Fire and Rescue Squad are available for viewing along the way.  The Church of the Transfiguration has graciously offered to allow public use of their restrooms, as well.  Refreshments will be available at Monte Vista Bed and Breakfast, which will also host the educational component on Invasive Plant Species and Wildlife-Friendly Alternatives to Lawn.  Watch out for the Guineas.

Visitors may view the gardens in any order, throughout the afternoon.

Rough and uneven landscaping may be encountered, and so comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes are recommended.  Tickets are $10.00 per person and include site directions, garden descriptions, and historical tidbits.

Tour proceeds will support the ongoing development of the Patrick Gass Garden, honoring a native son and his contributions on the Lewis and Clarke Expedition.

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