Six gardens open for Allison-Antrim Museum fundraiser

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
This waterfall will be part of the garden tour.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Greencastle, will be sponsoring its fifth annual Spring Garden Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31. The rain date is June 7.

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

Six area gardens, throughout Greencastle-Antrim, will be featured on the tour. Some of the highlights include: stone walls, terraces, and tables created by the homeowner from local limestone; a specimen garden with unique plants throughout, along with resting areas and garden rooms; a backyard summer escape with outdoor living space; a patio with a millstone fountain and cedar pergola trellis with Clematis; rock gardens, shade gardens, and a landscape screen of Yellow Grove Bamboo; and natural landscape blending into woods of native trees and shrubs, with a gentle pond-less waterfall feature.

There are five gardens in Antrim Township, with Roger and Linda Martin’s home (10816 Washington Court), being just east of the Borough of Greencastle, in a small development off Grindstone Hill Road and Buchanan Trail East.  The Bruners, Gary and Karen, in the Kauffman Station area at 7262 Ruritan Drive, Chambersburg 17201, welcome visitors to their garden — a 35-year labor of love. West of town, off Buchanan Trail West, are the gardens of Mike and Kelly Cooper (4066 Fletcher Drive), with a long sweeping front yard and a welcoming walkway entry to the garden, and Ken and Bonnie Shockey’s  (8964 Rabbit Rd N) terraced, natural landscape which blends into the adjoining woods. Kurt and Mellissa Gipe’s garden, with hillside features and multi-level retaining walls with both evergreen and deciduous trees, is in the southeast quadrant of Antrim, at 2201 Hoffman Road, just off the Williamsport Pike.The sixth garden is nestled, just three blocks north of the square, in the heart of the borough, at 262 N. Carlisle St.  This cottage-style specimen garden offers its owners, Bryon and Nancy Smith, a private retreat at the end of the day. 

The ticket includes a map for the driver’s convenience and full addresses are given for use with GPS software.

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 fifth annual Spring Garden Tour.

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