Individuality emphasized on platinum garden tour
Luscious greenery, fragrant flowers and shrubs, birdbaths and birdhouses, decorative decorations and relaxing seating areas awaited visitors attending the Parkland Garden Club’s 20th annual garden tour.
“A Variety of Gardens Showing Unique Individual Style” featured eight gardens, a creative demonstration by Dave Shimp, greenhouse manager with Phoebe Floral and Home Decor, Allentown, and a silent auction.
Visitors touring the gardens were also treated to snacks and beverages.
“We asked each gardener to think about what makes their garden a “gardener’s garden,” says Barbara Campbell, co-chairman of the tour.
Visitors saw native plants, perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees at Edge of the Woods, Orefield.
A ying and yang concept was incorporated in the landscape at the home of Joe and Ellen Kalinosky, South Whitehall Township.
Visitors were able to enjoy the charm and character of a traditional garden flanked by a saucer of magnolia tree and Japanese maple tree with boxwood hedges and a small dogwood at the West End Allentown home of Nikki and Geoff Gutgold.
Visitors on the tour were able to see how large rocks and species of leather leaf viburnum and American hornbeam were used to create an oriental feel to the property of Jeff Hauck and Nancy Moffett in South Whitehall Township.
The property of Don and Joann Stagge in Wescosville, started with no landscaping. Now digitalis, ferns, ligularis, lilies, anemones, and hostas abound.
At the home of Kurt and Kathy Zwerko in Emmaus, a 35-foot by 90-foot garden railroad with eight trains, 30 miniature bonsai shrubs and trees, mixed perennials and annuals awaited visitors on the garden tour.
The 1.3-acre property of Tom Faust, Allentown, embraced visitors with its surroundings of tall timbers, natural boulders and several water features.
Crane bills, purple May Knight salvia, and ‘Husker Red’ Penstemon grace a 40-foot perennial bed at the home of Millie and Ray Mosella, Upper Macungie Township.
Millie Mosella said her garden started with the perennial garden in 1998.
“I began gardening back in the 1970s,” she said. “It was a stress reliever and I enjoy plants and being in the outdoors.”
“We enjoy it every day and take it in,” she added.
“It takes a lot of tender loving care,” Ray Mosella stated.
Millie Mosella said she has included about 20 different plants and flowers in her garden oasis. She said some of the plants and flowers in her gardens include amsonia hubrichtii, plum pudding heuchera, black scallop ajuga, Rozanne and biokova geraniums, and August moon hosta.