Tour to feature seven gardens in support of Allison-Antrim Museum

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Shown in this early-spring photograph, is the curving, 50 foot pond with koi fish, located in the countryside setting of Roy Plank and Keith Dorsey, 128 Shinham Road.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Greencastle, will be sponsor its fourth annual Spring Garden Tour as a fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1. The rain date is Sunday, June 8.

Tickets are $15 per person, in advance, and can be purchased at Allison-Antrim Museum, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Carl’s Drug Store and Sweet Myrtle in Greencastle; or at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, 37 S. Main St., Chambersburg; Snavely’s Garden Corner, Fayetteville; Green Arbor in Rouzerville, and Snavley’s Garden Corner,  Hagerstown, Md. Tickets will be available the day of the event at each of the homes, for the price of $18.

Seven area gardens throughout Greencastle-Antrim will be featured on the tour. Some of the highlights include: a living fence; gardens inter-planted with edibles; scenic views; Muddy Run, two pools and two ponds; a spring house; a shade garden; two specimens of the fastest growing conifer, the Dawn Redwood; kid and pet friendly planting beds; Leucothoe shrubs (rarely used in Franklin County); patio and rock gardens; 50 varieties of hosta; and Globe Spruce and Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, each on standard.

The three lovely, in-town gardens include that of John and Lois Easton and the side-by-side gardens of Dr. Steve and Lori Facchina and their neighbors, Bill and Ann Schnabel. In the south part of Antrim Township, on the Mason Dixon Road, are the gardens of Mark and Colette Barnett, which surround their historic, ca. 1860 home.  In the northeast quadrant of Antrim Township, off the Grindstone Hill Road, are two gardens, not too far from each other.  These two gardens are cared for by Julie Statler and Jeffrey and Dawn Hayzlett. On Shinham Road, in the northwest part of Antrim Township, are the gardens of Roy Plank and Keith Dorsey. Please be aware of the fact that due to poor line-of-sight and the narrowness of the road, Shinham Road will be one way, going west. Please approach Shinham Road from U.S. 11. Parking attendants will be present. In the ticket full addresses are given for use with GPS software and a map for the driver’s convenience.

All proceeds from the sale of tickets benefit Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.  AAMI wishes to thank all of the gardeners who graciously consented to put their gardens on this year’s tour.

For more information, call 717-352-0082 or 717-372-2848, or visit www.greencastlemueum.org, on Facebook, or on Twitter @greencastlemuzm