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Join the Back Mountain Bloomers for their tour of area gardens

This garden in Shavertown will be one of the five gardens featured during the Back Mountain Bloomers 2015 ‘Tour of Back Mountain Gardens’ on Saturday, June 27. Get tickets at Back Mountain Harvest Assemble Friday or Saturday. Photo credit: pahomepage.com

This garden in Shavertown will be one of the five gardens featured during the Back Mountain Bloomers 2015 ‘Tour of Back Mountain Gardens’ on Saturday, June 27. Get tickets at Back Mountain Harvest Assemble Friday or Saturday. Photo credit: pahomepage.com

You may have seen the Back Mountain Bloomers around the Garden Center promoting their Tour of the Back Mountain Gardens. They were at our Open House a few weeks ago selling tickets and we just wanted to remind anyone who missed them that tickets are still available!

According to the Back Mountain Bloomers Facebook page, tickets will be available Friday, June 26th from 2-6pm and Saturday, June 27th from 8am-2pm at the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville. Cash or checks made out to ASTA- no credit cards. $25, with all proceeds benefitting Anthracite Scenic Trails Association / The Back Mountain Trail.

The tour this weekend will lead garden lovers through some of the most beautiful and unique gardens in Shavertown and Trucksville.

Six Back Mountain residents will be welcoming visitors to their gardens for the semi-annual event. The day promises fun for those who like to stop and smell the roses. And the peonies. And the honeysuckle.

Over the years the tour has featured many different types of gardens like cottage gardens, themed gardens, large gardens and tiny gardens. This year will once again be a fun mix of garden styles.

According to the Times Leader, “The gardens include a variety of styles and themes, including a beautifully landscaped, home owner-maintained property focused around a picturesque pool and outdoor kitchen; a newly designed landscape that enhances the dramatic view of a nearby lake and a show-stopper featuring sweeping walks and impressive pottery that enhance a hillside property.”

The Bloomers will offer table designs at each garden, as well as a large display of miniature floral designs at one location. Also, a full slate of garden, nature, container and landscaping presentations by professional from across the region is planned.

The presenting organizations include Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, Edward’s Garden Center, Fetching Fido Fotography, Master Gardeners of Penn State Extension, Table and Miniature Flower Designs by the Back Mountain Bloomers, NEPA Bonsai Society, Perennial Point Garden Center, Wild Birds Unlimited and Wyoming Valley Art League. Members of the Wyoming Valley Art League will paint and draw at different gardens throughout the day. 

Over the past six tours, the Bloomers have raised a total of more than $50,000 for ASTA and hope once again this year to be able to support the cause in a big way.

Please come out and support the Back Mountain Bloomers Tour of the Back Mountain Gardens! If you or your family has any interest in gardens, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Get your tickets tomorrow or Saturday at the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly on Carverton Rd.

Information for this post came from The Times Leader, The Dallas Post, PA Home Page and of course the Back Mountain Bloomers.

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Top east coast gardens to visit on your summer vacation

School will soon be out and summer time weather is officially here. That must mean it’s time to plan the family vacation. If your family is full of garden and flower lovers like you, why not take a road trip to a near by garden? There are many within driving distance of the Wyoming Valley and you are sure to come home with some inspired ideas for your own garden.

Pennsylvania Gardens

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Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA. Photo credit: http://www.chanticleergarden.org/inbloom.html

Chanticleer – Wayne
This amazing garden is just a short drive from Philadelphia. It’s rich beauty and history are a draw for gardeners and history buffs alike. It was built in the early 20th century by the Rosengartens and has been in the family ever since. Adolph, Jr., left the entire property for the enjoyment and education of the public following his death in 1990. A nine member Board of Directors, six of whom are Rosengarten relatives, oversees The Chanticleer Foundation.

With ten diversely themed gardens, Chanticleer is home to thousands of trees, plants and flowers. Many of the groundskeepers have their own unique sections of the garden to show off their artistry.

Hours for the grounds are: Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Guided tours of the house are offered Wednesday through Friday by reservation only. Admission to the grounds is $10. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit: www.chanticleergarden.org/index.html.

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Longwood Garden in Kennett Square, PA.

Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square
A massive 1,077 acres, this garden offers everything you could imagine. It is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as take part in educational lectures, courses, and workshops.

Dating back to the time of William Penn, the land became a park/garden after a fellow Quaker family began planting exotic trees on the land. It has been open to the public almost consistently since that time. By 1850, the park had amassed one of the finest collections of trees in the nation.

Hours for the grounds are 9 am to 6 pm daily. For admission prices, visit their website: www.longwoodgardens.org/visit/hours

New York Gardens

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Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden inside the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY. Photo credit: http://www.nybg.org

New York Botanical Garden – Bronx
Spanning 25o acres in the Bronx Park, the New York Botanical Garden is a national landmark. The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections. Sightseers can easily spend a day admiring the serene cascade waterfall, wetlands, trees, flowers and greenhouses. The Gardens are a place for the whole family to enjoy, with a special children’s adventure garden available.

The Gardens are also home to the Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory. The laboratory’s research emphasis is on plant genomics, the study of how genes function in plant development.

Garden hours are: 10 am to 6 pm and admission to the grounds is free. Guided tours of the buildings are available for a fee. For more information visit their website: www.nybg.org.

Virginia Gardens

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Winding Border Gardens at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Charlottesville
Monticello was the main home of Thomas Jefferson, who began the plantation with roughly 5,000 acres. Though Monticello is known for being rich in American history, not many people know about it gorgeous grounds that Jefferson himself had a hand in designing.

The winding flower border is one of the more beautiful gardens when it is in season. It has many varieties of flowers and bushes. The oval flower beds that Jefferson sketched as early as 1807 are also known for their beauty.

Besides flowers, Monticello has acres of tree gardens, vegetable gardens and picturesque grounds. Hours for the grounds are: 8:30 am to 6 pm. For ticket prices, visit their website: www.monticello.org/site/visit/tickets-tours