Gardening delights for all to enjoy

Written by: Phyllis Gricus

Gardeners love to share. Not only do they like sharing practical gardening tips, but they also like to share the pleasures of savoring a garden.

Sensory pleasures abound behind every garden gate. The scent of blossoms fills the air. A gurgle of water beckons. Light dances from the foliage of trees. When you can experience all these delights in one day it can only mean one thing—it’s garden tour day!

Every year for the past seventeen, volunteers for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale have organized the opportunity for the public to visit private gardens right here in the Pittsburgh area. Called The Town and Country Tour, it gives visitors access to numerous large, estate-like gardens in the surrounding suburbs of Pittsburgh as well as small, welcoming gardens in city neighborhoods.

This year’s tour on Sunday, June 28th will showcase fourteen appealing gardens for you to delight in and learn from—after all, gleaning ideas is another pleasure of garden touring. This year’s gardens were selected for their inventive solutions for creating outdoor rooms that enhance the homeowners’ enjoyment of their yards.

To whet your appetite, let’s take a look back at a few of the outstanding gardens that were open to the public last year. 


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