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Master Gardeners Present "Waynesboro's Inspired Gardens" Tour

The "Waynesboro's Inspired Gardens" tour will include these gardens on Welty Road in Waynesboro. The stream runs between the properties of Barbara and Dick McCracken and Bonnie and Frank Damzo.

Master Gardeners Present "Waynesboro's Inspired Gardens" Tour

CHAMBERSBURG, PA - Franklin County Master Gardeners will present their annual garden tour, "Waynesboro's Inspired Gardens", on Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon-5 p.m. Eight gardens will be featured this year, with a wide variety of sizes and styles. Rough and uneven landscaping may be encountered, and so comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes are recommended. Tickets are $10 per person and include site directions and garden descriptions. Tickets will be available for purchase mid-August at the Franklin County Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg (717-263-9226) and other locations throughout Franklin County, as listed below.
"Our eight tour gardens offer inspiration and ideas for visitors of all ages who have varying levels of gardening expertise," explains Master Gardener and Garden Tour Chair Angela Weathers. "And we'll have Master Gardeners available in each garden to direct visitors' attention to unique plant material, hardscape and garden art."
"Franklin County Garden Treasures" 2013 ticket sale sites:
Penn State Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg
Plasterer's Florist & Greenhouses, 990 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg
Snavely's Garden Corner, 2106 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg
Paul's Market, 6374 Nunnery Rd, Waynesboro
Green Arbor Flowers & Shrubbery Center, 11401 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro
Phillips' Seeds & Garden Center, 410 S. Antrim Way (Route 11 South), Greencastle
Advanced purchase is recommended, but tickets will also be available at the gardens on the day of the tour.
Three of the "Waynesboro's Inspired Gardens" 2013 host sites are in the tree-lined Clayton Avenue neighborhood of Waynesboro:
Judith and Fred White, 230 Clayton Avenue
Stately old trees surround this Georgian English Cottage, which was built in 1914. Highlights include large swaths of perennials that bloom throughout the seasons, huge potted agave plants which bloom only once per century and are farmed to make tequila, an original century-old sunken birdbath, and a crescent bed featuring Voodoo lilies which look like 5 foot tall Jack in the Pulpits.
Kathryn Zeimetz and Bruce Greenshields, 201 Clayton Avenue
Built in 1910 and designed by Thomas C. Kennedy, the house has a magnificent sweeping view of the gardens and trees. Highlights include a tall slender pagoda carved from the remains of a beautiful old oak, a circular fountain with successive rings of planting to honor the root remains of a giant beech, and evergreen borders that encompass large perennial beds with bursts of color throughout the season.
Jill and Harry Morningstar, 205 Clayton Avenue (refreshments will be served here)
The large original trees on this property include a 100-year-old Tulip Poplar, as well as spruce, magnolia and dogwoods. The family keeps three ponds, all with Koi and goldfish. A stone carriage house that is converted into a garage and office has a private patio that was built with cut stone brought from a century old barn in Chambersburg. Two large topiary deer in the field behind the house were created by the owner.
A second trio are located on Welty Road, just east of downtown Waynesboro:
Barbara and Dick McCracken, 13028 Welty Road
A stream runs through this lovely old stone house built in 1772. Highlights include a beautiful pond at the foot of the yard, terraced beds with a fountain and waterfall, many antiques woven throughout the mixed annual and perennial flowerbeds, butchering kettles used as unique containers for cascading flowers and 5 grinding wheels that are imbedded in the stonework surrounding the house. The lower level of the house will be open for visitors to see a variety of furnishings and utensils from a bygone era.
Bonnie and Frank Damzo, 12952 Welty Road
Side by side with the McCracken home is the tenant house called "The Get Away", one of many outbuildings that were on the original 78-acre farm which is now part of Wayne Heights. The house is built near the rising of the spring, which feeds the stream and remains 55 degrees year round. Highlights include the period style barn built by the Flaud Builders of Newburg, PA and constructed entirely by mortise and tenon, using no nails; a stone work bridge crossing the stream with small bog gardens on both sides, and feather grass scattered throughout the property to visually tie the flower beds together and the 4-square garden at Renfrew Park, 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro
The 66x66 foot picket fence at the Renfrew Institute's four-square garden holds 300 plants that would have been grown by Pennsylvania Germans in the 1800's, many of which were used for food and medicinal purposes that the native peoples shared with the first Quaker and Mennonite settlers. The garden is a teaching tool for Renfrew Institute; the vegetables are planted by visiting area school children.
Completing the tour are two more gardens located on the east side of Waynesboro:
Judith Mclean, 1114 Red Victoria Court
The site of this garden is an old apple orchard on the side of South Mountain, with a spectacular view overlooking the valleys of MD and PA. A haven for birds and bees, the garden is 99% organic and free of pesticides and herbicides, with organic processes including compost from a rolling compostor, composted leaves from the woods behind the house, a worm factory and water from five rain barrels. The owners credit eight classes through the Franklin County Extension Service, for learning how to landscape, grow, and preserve a nature haven._
Bob and Shelly Benchoff, 360 Strickler Avenue (refreshments also served here)
The back yard of this typical Wayne Heights home has been transformed by imaginative landscaping, with structures built by the owners that include a rose-covered pergola with swings for adults and children, a large pond with lily pads and koi which was constructed of rocks legally collected from Michaux forest, and a working potting shed complete with old Victorian stain glass windows and carefully chosen antiques.
With a variety of garden sizes and styles, "Waynesboro's Inspired Gardens" will serve as inspiration for area gardeners planning their next year's gardens. Visitors may view the gardens in any order, throughout the afternoon. To purchase tickets, or for more information concerning the Master Gardeners' "Waynesboro's Inspired Gardens", call the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at 717-263-9226.

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