Spring garden tour benefits Allison-Antrim Museum

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Ted and Anne Larew, 2140 Castlegreen Drive, have created a garden full with flowering trees and shrubbery, brick bed edging and a selection of perennials and ground covers. The garden is one of the properties featured in the Allison-Antrim Museum’s third annual Spring Garden Tour fundraiser on Sunday, June 2.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Greencastle, will host its third annual Spring Garden Tour as a fundraiser on Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. The rain date is June 9, 1 to 5 p.m.

Five Greencastle-Antrim area homes will be featured on the tour. They are: Ron and Lois Baer, 61 Carowinds Drive; Ted and Anne Larew, 2140 Castlegreen Drive ; Richard Powell and Shawn Wagner, 7781 Talhelm Road; Bryon and Nancy Smith, 262 N. Carlisle St; and Rodger and Lynn Yarnall, 156 S. Carlisle St.

The gardens

Sighted on a sloping lot at an intersecting corner, Ron and Lois Baer’s home and garden at 61 Carowinds Drive, offer passersby a multi-level view. The lower garden features crape myrtles, burning bushes, and winter blooming heather. Separating the levels in elevation is a long, sweeping tumbled-block wall, which adds graceful elegance to the front yard.  Atop the wall, soft pink shrub roses bloom spring through autumn and the pair of blue atlas cedars stand tall for stately winter interest.  The large footprint of this house allows for the use of many flowering, evergreen, and unique plants.  A privacy hedge supports one, rear side of the yard, while curly willow and evergreens flank the other.  Well kept lawn areas, power-edged beds, and a lovely courtyard patio setting complete the landscape.

The plant selections are right when the robins are feeding from the pear trees in January, the bluebirds enjoy berries from the burning bushes in fall, the butterflies and hummingbirds are sipping nectar in summer, and year-round resident species are found bathing in the bird bath. Ted and Anne Larew, 2140 Castlegreen Drive, have created a lovely garden, full with flowering trees and shrubbery, brick bed edging, and a wonderful selection of perennials and ground covers.  A very unique pathway leads to the oversized steps of the front porch.  The Chippendale railing is featured here and again in the backyard.  Ample patio space behind the house gives a great place to rest and soak up a view of the original first fairway and for miles beyond.

The property at 7781 Talhelm Road, established in 1997, represents the opportunities of shade gardening.  Meandering paths dabbled with sunlight are prime conditions for hostas, astilbes, mountain laurels, and many other specimens. Visit the “girls” — a collection of fancy chickens nestled in the corner of Richard Powell’s and Shawn Wagner’s property, in their humble home.  Venture toward the deck and enjoy the tranquil sound of water trickling into the pond, home of 21 “named” Koi fish.  The property has been referred to as “the most structured, unstructured property they have ever seen,” enhanced with many metal and glass whimsical art features and concrete and bronze statues. 

 Packed full of plants, this cottage-style specimen garden offers its owners a private retreat, setting in the heart of the borough. Color, texture, cutting material, nature habitats, privacy, and year-round interests are just a few of the design elements that were considered when creating Bryon and Nancy Smith’s ever-changing landscape at 262 N. Carlisle St. Flag stone pathways separate the unique garden rooms that spring up around each corner. Cascading water disappears into the ground, and birds, butterflies, and chipmunks abound.  Flowers, bulbs, and grasses are tucked into all available space. Seating areas are provided to relax and enjoy, study the nature, or contemplate the future evolution of the garden experience..

The front yard at 156 S. Carlisle St, offers a classic approach to landscaping.  Twin Japanese maples shade the wrap-around porch and ground-cover English ivy blankets the entire front yard, while wrought iron fencing punctuates the property border.  Limestone steps and vintage birch walkways lead visitors to the shady entry of the backyard.  A kidney shaped pool, with paver decking, takes center stage in Rodger and Lynn Yarnall’s backyard, while a fish pond, stately evergreens, and choice plantings grace the yard’s edge.  There are many nooks to sit and visit or just relax and hear the sound of the bubbling rocks.  Tucked into the back of the garden is what appears to be a life-sized doll house, complete with its own little window boxes. The full-sized side door reveals its “real purpose,” a pool-side changing house, just inside.


Tickets are $15 per person, in advance, and can be purchased at Allison-Antrim Museum, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Philips’ Seeds and Garden Center, Carl’s Drug Store and Sweet Myrtle in Greencastle; the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Chambersburg; Snavley’s in Fayetteville; Green Arbor in Rouzerville; and Snavley’s Garden Center in Hagerstown, Md. Tickets will be available the day of the event, at each of the homes, for the price of $18.  Checks should be made payable to Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.  For more information, call 717-375-4628 or 717-372-2848, visit www.greencastlemueum.org, or on Twitter @greencastlemuzm