Saturday, June 10, 2017
10 AM - 4 PM
Local gardens beckon you to this ticketed tour coordinated by the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. Share the pride shown in the design and care of this year's hidden oases. The tour includes different gardens around Columbia. Each garden will have a short description below. Ticket holders may visit the tour sites in the sequence of their choice and are invited to linger at each destination to fully enjoy the handiwork of tour garden hosts. Tickets which include a map of the tour gardens will be available at the SVCC Visitors Center (445 Linden Street) or by calling 684-5249 after May 1. Tickets will cost $10 in advance or $12 on the tour day. Please note that ticket sales will end at 2:00 on tour day. Proceeds will benefit the Visitors Center, a non-profit organization which represents the communities of Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville to over 13,000 guests to the region annually. This event will be held rain or shine. Below are the gardens featured on this year's tour.
|The 2017 Garden Tour List|
|Garden of Denise & Gray Brubaker -
The Brubaker’s back yard is a secluded family oasis. It is casual enough for family pool parties or serene enough for an adult get-together or for just reading a book. A stone wall borders the raised area which features a cherry tree as the focal point and continues around the pool. Family plays a large role in the garden themes. Look for red, white, and blue flowers in the front yard which honors their son’s service to our country. Their grandchildren’s handprints which have been set in cement occupy a small portion of the side yard.
|Garden of Jean & Tom Menard -
Once their children outgrew their swing set and swimming pool the flower beds began. The Menard’s yard has a rather large slope which made grass cutting difficult. After seeing a yard of grass paths in a gardening magazine, an idea was born. A creek flows at the back of the property and offers a great place for picnics and family gatherings. After losing several trees over the years, what once was a shady retreat has become a sunny spot, but it remains tranquil and serene. The flower beds boast more than two dozen hydrangeas and rose bushes. These gardens that have become the Menard’s pride and joy have been 20 years in the making. Their grandchildren call it a "fairyland" complete with their own secret garden!
|Garden of Karen & Ron Sahd -
The Sahd’s garden consists of both perennial and annual flowers. The beds near the wrought iron fence in the back of the property change throughout the spring, summer and autumn seasons with a profusion of color and texture. Lush greens and ground cover complement the hardscape. This year the Sahd’s gardens have extended to the side yard with additional plantings next to their home and a new patio and fire pit.
|Garden of Rebecca & Kelly Murphy -
The Murphy’s gardens have been designed in the Victorian style to complement the home's interior. Multiple planting areas allow for both sun and shade varieties, including many varieties of hostas and perennials which are reinforced by annual plantings, shade trees, and accompanying seating areas. There are also numerous water fountains and other feeders for the birds and other friends of nature the Murphys accommodate as part of maintaining a National Wildlife Service certified natural habitat. There is also an English-style four square herb garden surrounded by wrought iron fencing and gate, with separate areas for herbs focused on biblical, medicinal, culinary, and fragrant selections, as well as many herbal tea varieties. Additions since the 2015 tour include a large memorial fountain and a stoned seating
|Garden of Patti & Dan Hinkle -
With having a small yard in town, the Hinkles wanted something easy to maintain. Their love of the beach inspired the design of their backyard. Patti & Dan enjoy sitting by their pond listening to the waterfall and watching the fish. They also enjoy sitting on the deck under the gazebo, which is the perfect spot for small intimate gatherings. The crepe myrtle was brought back from Florida many years ago as a small cutting. The remainder of the plants in their yard are perennials, which are easy to maintain. There are 2 raised beds that provide space for fresh fruit and vegetables. Many of the treasures in their yard have been collected from vacations over the past years and hold special memories.
|Garden of Janette & Jerry Musser
- The Musser garden is inspired by the English Cottage style and design. This small garden makes use of the square footage by planting within borders that create walking paths. A blend of colors creates an inviting display that contrasts perennials with shrubs in these dense border plantings. This quiet, sun-loving garden sports an artistic flair. Look for unique topiary forms from shrubbery that include a large rabbit, bird, and swans atop a privet hedge. Plants include native Pennsylvania flowers, culinary herbs, perennials, and shrubs. Look for daylilies, hosta, and Bishop’s Weed among the many varieties included in the garden. Small terrariums and unique art objects complete the design of this hidden oasis.
|Garden of Madeline & Jamie Hess
- The garden encompasses a tri-yard area featuring three large flower beds comprised of a large variety of perennials with a few annuals scattered throughout the garden. It is likely that some of the perennials, bushes and trees have existed in the yards for over 100 years. In addition to three large flower beds, there is also a separate bed that is home to a variety of ornamental grasses. The space features several arborvitae, a large fire bush, two Rose of Sharon bushes, an eight foot orange blossom shrub, a Japanese red maple tree and two large pine trees. Several neighboring homeowners have elected to forego fences which has created a rather large area not anticipated in a city-scape yard. The flower beds are irregularly shaped with large and small rocks, bricks, and pavers creating unique borders and points of focal interest. Scattered throughout the gardens and patio areas are architectural pieces, clay urns, interesting planters and fresh herb boxes.
|Gardens at Wright’s Ferry Mansion -
Wright's Ferry Mansion was built in 1738 for Susanna Wright, an English Quaker, poet and business woman. She was one of the first people in Pennsylvania to successfully raise silkworms for the production of silk. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic stone house with a gable roof and pent eave has both English and Germanic architectural elements. Furnished to the period 1738 to1750, the house is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May through October. (Only a tour of the garden is included with the Garden Tour Pass; however, a special reduced admission to the house, $3.00 instead of $5.00, will be given to anyone who presents a Garden Tour Pass for the day of the Garden Tour and continuing for one month thereafter.) A guide will tell about the garden with its Franklinia and pawpaw trees, Susanna Wright's horticultural interests and the archaeobotanical study which revealed what was growing here over 600 years ago.
|Ticket holders are encouraged to stop by the Columbia Historic Market House (15 South Third Street) as part of the tour. Stop here to purchase lunch and to visit the Garden Tour stand. Cuttings from select tour gardens will be available for purchase. This location will be featured from 10 am to 2 pm only.|