2017 Members' Garden Tour

Tour: Noon – 4:00 pm, Sunday, June 25.
Reception at the garden of Inta Krombolz:

4:30 – 6:00 pm

On Sunday, June 25, we will be touring the West Chester, Pennsylvania, area to visit some wonderful gardens. There will be a raffle of unique items at the reception so bring your check book or cash. We cannot accept credit cards.

This is a Members Only Event.  Each membership includes two people at the same address.  If you wish to bring a guest, they can join HPS at the first garden visited.  The cost of membership is $35.00 for one year and $60.00 for two years, cash or check only. 

The deadline to register is June 15. For questions, or to cancel your registration,contact HPS Vice President, Sandy Vernick, vicepresident@hardyplant.org.  Directions, a map, and more information were sent to registrants upon registration.

Below are some highlights of the featured gardens.  All of the gardens are open Noon to 4:00pm.

GARDEN OF INTA KROMBOLZ, WEST CHESTER

Inta has been developing this extraordinary three acre garden for over thirty years from a lot so overgrown it was barely possible to pass through, into a skillfully designed and executed place of beauty filled with mature trees and unusual plants with an emphasis on color and texture. In addition, Inta, a welder, creates metal sculptures from agricultural machine parts and has placed these throughout the garden. She also artfully incorporates found items. The whole is a fascinating experience.

GARDEN OF CONNY and JIM PARSONS, GLEN MILLS

This two and a half acre garden features a center lawn bordered by trees underplanted with beds and borders. The Parsons have planted over a hundred small trees with either flowers, interesting bark or colorful foliage. There is a two tiered pond designed to maintain a natural balance. They have a rock and trough garden, a creatively landscaped swimming pool and a small private garden at the back of the property. Conny has been very active in the American Hosta Society and has a very large collection of hostas.

 

GARDEN OF GWYNNE ORMSBY, BOROUGH OF WEST CHESTER

Gwynne’s garden began with her interest in organic vegetable gardening and she loves to incorporate vegetables as part of ornamental gardens. She grows many of her plants from seed and among other seed grown plants she has a beautiful twenty year old Umbrella Pine. Gwynne is interested in miniatures, an interest inspired by her father who raised miniature animals, and there are many alpine treasures growing in troughs and rock gardens. Gwynne developed the gardens and designed the programs we will see and hear about at Barclay Friends.

GARDEN OF JANICE THOMAS, BOROUGH OF WEST CHESTER

Janice has only been living at this house since 2015, but has already developed her property into a small, quaint refuge in an urban setting.  She has installed a number of sculptural elements, including gargoyles, to provide structure and whimsy to the plantings and would like to add a water feature that may already be installed when we arrive in June. This garden will show us what can be accomplished in a small space in the center of town.

 
GARDEN OF BARBARA MERCER, BOROUGH OF WEST CHESTER

This 125 year old Victorian twin is new to Barbara and Tom Mercer who moved in in 2015 and have revived both house and garden. Water runoff is directed from downspouts to a cascading, pondless waterfall. A rain garden was added to help with the overflow from the waterfall. There are huge old trees and thoughtfully added new trees, shrubs and perennials. The plantings and water features bring hummingbirds, song birds, butterflies and dragonflies creating an oasis in the heart of West Chester.

 

 

 
FRIENDS SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY, BOROUGH OF WEST CHESTER

The Horticulture Program at Barclay Friends is nationally recognized. Residents, families, friends and staff enjoy six outdoor gardens that we will see: Worth, an intergenerational, child friendly garden; an employees’ vegetable garden; Helen’s Grove, planted with trees for viewing from residents’ windows; Anne’s, designed to enable people with disabilities to work in and enjoy the outdoors in a secure environment. This area has a peaceful koi pond and plantings that are familiar to residents, perhaps from their childhood; Sydney’s, a cutting garden for creating arrangements for the tables; Cottom, where residents maintain their own raised beds. There is also a native plant butterfly area we will see as well. The whole is very thoughtfully planned and can help us all learn how to keep on gardening as we grow old.

DON’T MISS THIS VARIED, BEAUTIFUL GROUP OF GARDENS AND THEN STOP BY TO RELAX AT THE RECEPTION AFTER THE TOUR.