Tour features six Bellefonte gardens, raises funds for Historic Bellefonte Inc.

Steve Wheeler has his hands in the dirt at his home garden every day — sometimes spending the whole day in his earthen sanctuary.

Sunday, he got to show it off.

Wheeler’s garden, 221 Limestone Drive, was one of six stops on the annual Bellefonte Garden Club Garden Tour. A $10 ticket allowed visitors to see all the gardens on the list with the proceeds going to Historic Bellefonte Inc.

For Wheeler, a Penn State master gardener, it was a chance to let other people see what he’s cultivated and also check out some other gardens on a Friday pre-tour for the hosts.

“I got to see gardens I wouldn’t normally have seen and meet people I wouldn’t normally meet,” he said. “It was a great time.”

Wheeler’s garden was a combination of many different kinds of plants. He couldn’t even guess how many he has.

Over on Linn Street, Kevin Burke’s garden provided a different sort of uniqueness.

Sculptures and various types of flowers and trees surrounded the large Victorian house for all to see.

Many hours of work go into upkeep on the lawn and garden each week so Burke was excited to allow people to see the beauty.

Burke jumped at the chance to be a host on the tour because he likes to participate in events that focus on positive aspects of the town and bring people together.

“It puts Bellefonte in a good light,” he said, adding that he would consider being a host again in the future.

And it wasn’t just an event for Bellefonte residents.

Pat Schoffstall made the short drive from Pleasant Gap to check out all six gardens both to enjoy the aesthetics and get new ideas for her yard.

She’s not a big gardener herself, but Schoffstall is always looking for ideas to implement.

“It’s just neat to know what you can plant where or how to group things together,” she said.

Schoffstall has attended some garden tours in the past and also had seen some of the houses already during a Christmas-time tour.

She enjoyed seeing the transition from snow to well-manicured lawns and plants.

“It’s just an awesome change from the dead of winter to the heat of summer,” she said.

Other gardens on the tour were Centre Crest: Quality of Life, 502. E. Howard St.; The Inn at Walnut Acres, 699 Weaver Hill Road; A Family Garden, 105 Crestview Drive; and The Catalpa House B & B — Morning Glory Farm, 2152 S. Eagle Valley Road.