2023 HPS/MAG Members' Garden Tour – 

Great Gardens of the Malvern and West Chester Area 

Saturday, June 24, 2023, 12:00 P M– 6:00 PM 

Garden Tours – 12 PM to 4 PM

followed by 

Reception – 4:30 PM to 6 PM at 

Meadowcroft Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA

Thank you to the Garden Owners for sharing their gardens this year and to all the volunteers that made this a successful Members' Garden Tour.  See you next year, location and date TBD!

The is a rain or shine event. Members only. The tour is free, but registration is required. Guests are welcome but are required to join HPS/MAG at the first house that they visit. We will be prepared at each house to sign up your guests. Dues are $35.00 for one year and $60.00 for two years. Important: Exact cash payment or payment by check is required the day of the tour. Registration is closed.

Volunteers are needed for this event, click here to volunteer.  Volunteers must also register for this event.

Here are some of the highlights of the wonderful gardens you will be touring.  Enjoy!

Gardens of Carla Zambelli-Mudry – Layers of landscape evolution…

Carla’s layered garden design draws on the many fabulous gardens, gardeners, writers, and artists that have inspired and influenced her Garden of Carla Zambell-Mudrystyle such as Monty Don, Jenny Rose Carey and David Culp. The landscape’s evolution is heavily influenced by mature trees in the woodlands; the many oaks and Japanese maples convey the inherited character of the landscape while more recently established garden beds flow seamlessly to the wood’s edge, which she is working on reforesting. A four-season garden flanks four sides of the home, and Carla sees her garden as an artist’s canvas - playing with texture, color, and the plants she loves like old roses, hydrangeas, old daffodils, and the woodlands. Sculptural elements such as vintage garden benches, statuary and bird baths, and two amazing carved tree sculptures created by artist and carver Marty Long invite you to sit a spell and enjoy the natural flow of the garden.

Gardens of Nima Marsh – A cultivated ornamental collection …

Located in the rolling countryside of Chester County, the landscape here has evolved from 44 years of collecting ornamental trees, Garden of Nina Marshshrubs, conifers, grasses and perennials. Expect to enjoy a “borrowed vista” of the Kirkwood Bird Preserve across the street. The driveway entrance beds contain a canopy of River Birch, Dogwoods, Corkscrew Willow, and a Willow Oak underplanted with flowering shrubs and shade loving perennials. In front of the house, a hillside garden is anchored by a Paperbark Maple, Stewartia, Cotinus, Sinocalycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’, and Redbud ‘Forest Pansy’. A center island of conifers, crab apples and a Japanese maple is dissected by a stone path flanked by Rhodea japonica and shade perennials to give the illusion of a miniature forest. 

Descending the flagstone steps in the back leads one to the pool garden that contains summer blooming perennials and annuals that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Next to the back of the house is a covered patio that overlooks a koi pond and a small strolling garden that hosts dwarf maples, Crape Myrtle ‘Natchez’ and Robinia ‘Lace Lady’. Beyond, the garden shed echoes the English Tudor style of the main house. A collection of fragrant and flowering trees and shrubs and an assortment of white hydrangeas are along the south side of the house. 

Gardens of Lee and Bill Drinkwater – Four seasons on a southern slope…

The Drinkwater family’s garden showcases a rolling south facing slope that has been transformed over the last 37 years from an open Garden of Lee and Bill Drinkwaterfarm field into many garden areas, from a small forest area to perennial beds accented with flowering trees, koi pond, a vegetable garden with fig trees and even a separate permaculture vegetable garden. Many types of flowering trees, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and maples along with a variety of evergreens provide a shield from the neighborhood. The gardens come alive in early spring with an abundance of hellebores, bulbs, and early flowering shrubs, followed by the many trees that come into bloom and push out new leaves in beautiful hues of spring green. The peonies and iris set the stage for summer's abundance of vegetables and annuals and as fall approaches the many maples, sweet gum, metasequoias, and sourwood are stunning with vivid autumnal colors. Winter gives the amazing bark of the crepe myrtles, coral bark maples, chocolate maple and the white dappled sycamore, alongside the many varieties of holly berries, winterberries, purple and white beautyberries, and chokeberry.

Gardens of Cathy Lane – “Inspired by my grandchildren” …

Cathy has been gardening in her current home since 1992 on a half-acre facing east-west. Meander down secret paths through the Garden of Cathy Lanehydrangea garden, designed with adventurous grandchildren in mind, and make your way through layered garden rooms! A 65’ long swing sends children giggling and swirling through the garden, and a koi pond with a natural rock waterfall are sure to capture the imagination of children of all ages. Something is always in bloom from spring to fall - a favorite is the 40-year-old tree peony at the side of the house which blooms every year before Mother’s Day, as well as a weeping blue atlas cedar and a paperbark maple. Keep an eye out for lovely collections of Japanese maples and hostas as well. Pass beyond a clematis-covered metal archway to visit a shady garden with a golden euonymus, Japanese snowbell, ‘Emerald Lace’ Japanese maple, and Cathy’s favorite Coral Bark Japanese maple at the pond-side brick patio.