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Garden Club Plans Biennial Tour Of Back Mountain Gardens

February 15, 2019
Garden Club Plans Biennial Tour Of Back Mountain Gardens

The ninth biennial Tour of Back Mountain Gardens, hosted by the Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, featuring six private gardens, all located in the Back Mountain. This year’s featured gardens range from a garden designed for outdoor living to a historic structure renovated into a comfortable living space with surrounding gardens, and an elegant garden that includes a fountain and gazebo. The Back Mountain Bloomers also will host a horticulture design exhibit with the theme “Fit for a Wedding” at one of the gardens. Visitors can explore the new Mile Seven of the Back Mountain Trail, the most recently developed section also known as the Judy and David Rimple Loop, accessed via Lt. Michael Cleary Drive in Dallas Twp. The Back Mountain Trail is a 14-mile former railroad bed that is under development and being transformed into a hiking and biking trail from Luzerne Borough to Ricketts Glen State Park. Current development is focused in Dallas Twp. on a new section named “Mile Seven.” Co-chairs for the 2019 garden tour are Evelyn Smith of Dallas and Marianne Matysczak of Wyoming. Also featured are a variety of garden, nature, container and landscaping presentations by a number of presenters, including Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, Brown Hill Tree Company, Edward’s Garden Center, Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society, Master Gardeners of Penn State Extension, NEPA Bonsai Society, Perennial Point Garden Center, National Butterfly Association, Wild Birds Unlimited and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. A representative from the Pennsylvania Lyme Resource Network will provide information on Lyme disease prevention. Plein Aire artists of the Wyoming Valley Art League will paint and draw at different gardens throughout the day. Their collective works will go on display at a date to be announced later in the year. Proceeds from the Bloomers Garden Tour will benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association (ASTA), the organization which develops and maintains the Back Mountain Trail. The trail is a 14-mile former railroad bed that is under development and being transformed into a hiking and biking trail from Luzerne Borough to Ricketts Glen State Park. Current development is focused in Dallas Twp. on a new section named “Mile Seven.” Day-of-tour registration and ticket pick-up will be held at the Dallas Twp. Municipal Building, 2919 state Route 309, off Dorchester Drive in Dallas Twp. Tickets for the ‘Tour of Back Mountain Gardens’ are $20 per person if purchased on or before June 22, and $25 after June 22. Tour information is available online at www.backmountainbloomers.org. For information or to request a brochure with registration form, contact Angela Vitkoski by email at avitkoski@pecpa.org, or call 570-718-6507. The completed registration form and payment should be mailed to Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, P.O. Box 212, Dallas, PA 18612. SUBMITTED PHOTO This garden in Dallas Twp. is fit for a wedding, complete with a picturesque fountain and gazebo. It is one of six properties that will be featured during the Back Mountain Bloomers 2019 ‘Tour of Back Mountain Gardens’ on June 29. Registration and ticket information are available by calling 570-718-6507.