Weather provides pleasant backdrop for fall garden tour

September 20, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Despite Friday's heavy rains and Saturday's blustery conditions, the weather cooperated beautifully for "An Autumn Stroll."

Under a cloudless sky and ample shade provided by trees that were, in some cases, older than Chambersburg itself, the Franklin County Master Gardeners' fall garden tour took flower aficionados through 10 gardens, a number of them in the borough's Kenwood section.

"We were working our heads off yesterday between the leaf vac and picking up acorns," said Michael Lebo of 220 Kenwood Road as visitors walked through the Victorian-inspired garden he and his wife, Brenda, have created during the four years they have lived here.

Just down the street, Tim and Anne-Marie McCoy of Hagerstown admired the day lilies, hydrangeas and other flora at the home of Diane and Dave Halleen of 260 Kenwood Road. Tim McCoy said the house reminded him of a Thomas Kinkaid painting.


"It's very nice that these people invite you into their private gardens to see what they have done," Tim McCoy said.

"Twenty years ago, people weren't interested in things like this. We've become real homebodies," Bridgetta Buhan of Chambersburg, a master gardener, said as she walked through the garden of Peggy Bosma and Ron LaMascus at 120 Kenwood Road. Fountains and water features were integrated into the garden to create an intimate setting.

Next to a bed of Queen Charlotte and Richard Ahrends anemones, Cindy Stead of 135 Riddle Road said she and her husband, Bill, had to prop some plants up after the storm and pick up a lot of sugar maple leaves.

Bill Stead said that part of town once was known as Ken's Wood and was the woodlot for a farm now long gone. He noted the nearby home of Ted and Karen Wingerd, at 801 Edgar Ave., has trees more than 350 years old.

At the Wingerd home, a cat took advantage of the shade of pepper plants to watch strangers walk through the vegetable garden. Visitors also could pick up a sample of Garden of Eden Compost, produced by area farmers Clifford and Maggie Hawbaker.

"They're all just beautiful and a lot of work," said Marge Palmer of Chambersburg.

Anne Finucane of the Master Gardeners said money from the tour will be used to put on educational programs. Those include fall gardening workshops that began this month with the Penn State Cooperative Extension and Principles of Landscape Design, a series of classes that the gardeners and extension service will offer beginning in October.

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