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This delightful fountain surrounded by beautiful landscaping and expansive vistas will be one of six private gardens featured during the Back Mountain Bloomers Tour of Back Mountain Gardens on Saturday, June 29.
This delightful fountain surrounded by beautiful landscaping and expansive vistas will be one of six private gardens featured during the Back Mountain Bloomers Tour of Back Mountain Gardens on Saturday, June 29.
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The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club announces the Sixth Biannual Tour of Back Mountain Gardens will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Six private gardens, four in Dallas and two in Harveys Lake, plus the Shakespeare Garden at Misericordia University are included on this tour.


The selected gardens display a diversity of landscape designs, styles and themes. From the small individually tended garden to an extensive expanse of gardens to the award-winning themed knot garden at Misericordia, all offer a feast for your eyes and wonderment at the beauty of landscaping.


Flowers in beds, garden swaths and pots decorating decks and extensive manicured walkways featuring a fountain, a pond and a pool with pool house, a gazebo, eclectic garden sculptures, a lovely open paddock for horses and gorgeous views of Harveys Lake await those who participate in the one-day tour of gardens in the Back Mountain.


Garden, nature and landscaping workshops will be offered by some of the area’s most recognized master gardeners, professional landscapers and arborists. Members of the Wyoming Valley Art League will paint en plein air in the gardens.


All proceeds from the day’s events will benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association (ASTA), an organization developing and maintaining the Back Mountain Trail, a former railroad bed that has been transformed into a recreational trail for hiking and biking from Luzerne Borough in the Wyoming Valley to eventually reach Ricketts Glen State Park.


To date, the Bloomers’ Garden Tours in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 attracted more than 2,300 people and raised over $38,000 for ASTA.


Tickets for the Tour of Back Mountain Gardens are $20 per person if purchased on or before June 22. Ticket price after June 22 is $25.


To request a Garden Tour brochure and registration form, contact Julie McMonagle at 696-5082 or e-mail jjmcmon@frontiernet.net.


The completed registration form and payment should then be mailed to Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, P.O. Box 212, Dallas, PA 18612.

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