Bellefonte garden tour ready to bloom

For the CDTJune 29, 2013 

The Bellefonte Garden Tour on Sunday will offer six diverse gardens this year, ranging from those evoking the town’s Victorian period to those of a rural bed and breakfast.

The event is from 1 to 6 p.m.

“Come and see for yourself the beauty, serenity and color of these six gardens,” said B. Harader, of the Bellefonte Garden Club.

Below are the locations and Harader’s descriptions:

•  Centre Crest: Quality of Life, 502 E. Howard St.

At Kline Way Garden, the idea initially was to give residents an outdoor space to visit with families. It has grown into so much more. A weekly garden club offers residents an opportunity to work with volunteer master gardeners to plant and harvest vegetables and herbs and to pick berries from the American elderberry bush. The residents work surrounded by birdsong, blooms and the soothing sound of a water fountain. It also provides a quiet break area for employees.

Don’t miss the garden inside Stanton Court and have refreshments at the Kline Way Garden. You will discover a lawn and garden sale also.

•  The Inn at Walnut Acres, 699 Weaver Hill Road

Here you will find 10 acres of gardens that include a rose-surrounded swimming pool, a Victorian garden with gazebo, woodland gardens, a fountain surrounded by marble statues, annuals and perennials, a children’s garden with koi ponds and a train. The four seasons garden is named for the statues of the four seasons that adorn that garden. The gardens are situated along a long cool lane. The first floor of the inn will be open for touring. Refreshments will be available and wine tasting will take place in the garden.

•  A Plant Collector’s Garden, 221 Limestone Drive

Stroll around this plant collector’s garden to see some unusual plants. Penn State master gardener Steve Wheeler began his garden with a collection of more than 200 varieties of rhododendron. Over the years, he has added rock gardens, dwarf conifers, Japanese maples, perennials and shrubs. There is even a plant propagation nursery.

•  A Family Garden, 105 Crestview Drive

The Sampsel family has spent many years combining the elements of wood, stone, fire and water to create a cozy area for outdoor living. They have used trees, shrubs and flowers — including many day lilies — to provide a private hideaway with multiple patios. A swimming pool and fire pit add to the enjoyment of their garden space.

•  A Victorian Stroll, 299 W. Linn St.

The Burkes’ 1869 three-story Victorian is situated on an acre in the Bellefonte Historic District. There you can meander along the brick and stone paths, through the little “cemetery” up to the fountain terrace with urns of colorful annuals, and then on to the classic rose garden. You will find specimen trees, perennials, panoramic views and period statuary. Refreshments will be served in the garden.

•  The Catalpa House B&B, Morning Glory Farm, 2152 S. Eagle Valley Road

Named for its huge catalpa tree, this property’s 10 acres offer gardens as well as farm animals. Peach, pear and apple trees, forsythia, and at least a dozen lilacs are the mainstays. On the shady side are hosta, bleeding heart and astilbe gardens. Hydrangeas, knock-out roses and assorted perennials line the fences and day lilies surround the catalpa tree. With vegetable gardens, herb gardens, dahlias and annuals in a bed by the morning glory covered shed — this garden is well worth the drive

The Lawn and Garden Yard Sale at Centre Crest the day of the tour will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the side lawn.

Tickets cost $10 (children younger than 6 are free) and will be available at the Visitors Center in the Bellefonte Train Station and at the garden sites the day of the tour.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Bellefonte Garden Club and the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden. For information go to www.visitbellefonte.com.

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