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June 21. 2013 10:21AM

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The “Tour of Back Mountain Gardens” presented by the Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club on Saturday, June 29 will include workshops and demonstrations by some of the region’s most recognized master gardeners, professional landscapers and arborists.

Six private Back Mountain homes, four in Dallas and two at Harveys Lake as well as the award-winning Shakespeare Garden at Misericordia University, are welcoming the public to walk through their gardens and enjoy breath-taking views, gorgeous and abundant flowers, shrubbery and trees. In addition, Wyoming Valley Art League members will paint on site and have a gallery display at one of the homes.

Renata Reffeck, of Naturals by Renata, will demonstrate flower arranging while Bev Turner, of Perennial Point, will have plants on display and for sale as well as offer plant advice. Wild Birds Unlimited’s topic is “Bring Nature into your Back Yard” while Master Gardener Roberta Troy will give a workshop on “Trees Tame Stormwater.”

Fran Waldo will present two dog agility demonstrations. Creekside Gardens will tell you about “Container Butterfly Gardening” and will have two butterfly releases during the day. Barbara Soyka will answer questions about the plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays in the Shakespeare knot garden and surroundings at Misericordia while other Master Gardeners will give advice throughout the tour.

Floral Designs florists will display “Picnic Table Designs” and Back Mountain Bloomer Garden Club members will have table designs at various homes. The Bonsai Club of Wyoming Valley and Deb Shoval of Fertile Gounds, an organic community supported agricultural farm, will offer displays and information.

Tickets are $25 with proceeds to benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association and the Back Mountain Trail. For more information, contact Julie McMonagle at (570) 696-5082 or by email

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