Master Gardeners offer autumn tour

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Franklin County Master Gardeners announce their fall garden tour, "An Autumn Stroll", on Sunday, Sept. 19 from noon until 5 p.m. The tour will feature 10 gardens in six neighborhoods within Chambersburg, with a variety of sizes and styles.  Four Master Gardeners’ properties are among the gardens included, which can be visited in any order along the 15.5 mile tour route.  Rough and uneven landscaping may be encountered, so comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes are recommended.

 “This year's offerings represent a well-rounded display of visually appealing gardens that showcase varying aspects of gardening and landscape design,” explained tour coordinator Georgena Ruth.  “You’ll see sun and shade gardens as well as simple and complex landscape structures.  Watch for new insights into companion planting, turf management, and garden accenting.  There's plenty to see.”

Tickets for "An Autumn Stroll" are $10 each, with proceeds to go toward the educational programs presented by the Master Gardeners. People are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at the following locations: in Chambersburg, Franklin County Cooperative Extension, 191 Franklin Farm Lane; Snavely's Garden Corner, 2106 Lincoln Way E.; and Plasterer's Florist and Greenhouse, 990 Lincoln Way East; in Greencastle, Phillips' Seeds and Garden Center, 410 S. Antrim Way; in Waynesboro, Paul’s Country Market, 6374 Nunnery Rd; and Green Arbor Flower and Shrubbery Center, 11401 Buchanan Trail E.; and in Shippensburg, East Meets West Emporium, 29 E. King St.

 Host Gardens are listed below.  Day-of-Tour tickets will be available in limited quantities at one site, noted by asterisk, in each participating neighborhood: The Redington Garden*, 347 Leedy Way E., The Gindlesperger Garden*, 165 Highfield Lane N.; The Stenger Garden, 99 Limekiln Drive;  The Gray Garden, 95 Limekiln Drive;

The Stout Garden*, 220 Woodvale Drive; The Berger Garden, 244 Woodvale Drive; The Forsythe Garden*, 1331 Edgar Ave.; The Asbury Garden*, 1948 Bell Ave.; The Miller Garden*, 1391 Cove Drive; and The Lucas Garden, 1431 Moosic Drive.

To purchase tickets, or for more information concerning the Master Gardeners’ “Autumn Stroll”, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension office at 717-263-9226.