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Danville Heritage Festival Garden Tour is Coming

Jul 11, 2016 02:24PM ● By Erica Shames
Danville Heritage Festival Garden Tour takes place Saturday, July 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. 

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Montour County offer a garden workshop from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Harriett and Carlos Perez’s vegetable garden, 109 Skyward Drive, Danville.

On-site practical gardening tips, including these topics: “Raised Bed Gardening”, “Oh Dear, the Deer” and “Hay! No Weeds!” This garden closes at noon.

Gardens on the Tour – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

#1. - Stephanie and Michael Fullmer - 1301 Avenue F, Riverside Visit this beautiful garden designed to attract various types of wildlife. The small-scale gardens include: hummingbird and butterfly gardens, grassland and wild area, a shade garden, a vegetable and herb garden and a small pond. The Fullmer’s love being surprised by the wildlife that shows up in their garden areas. Their yard has been certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

#2. - Sabrina and Michael Smith - 6 Fifteenth Street, Riverside Perennial garden and vegetables all in one location! A blending of new and old invite you to visit this garden. A new perennial garden was added last year to attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. As you make your way to the back yard, a new strawberry patch and redesigned vegetable garden come into view. Square foot gardening allows for more food to be grown in a small space. Sabrina will be on hand to answer questions on how to start a vegetable garden.

 #3. - Maighread and Oliver Kelly - 801 Mill Street, Riverside (use Danville for GPS) – the house with the red roof Old meets new in this lovely garden. A 50 year old, huge chestnut tree and a large pond center the garden. Blueberry bushes over 30 years old provide a bountiful harvest every summer. The rich soil that has been naturally amended for decades provides high yielding vegetable gardens. Gorgeous large stone steps and stonewalls and a Pennsylvania blue stone patio has been recently added. Old meets new with fifteen new trees wrapping the garden’s old privet hedge. Native shrubbery. Natural techniques are mostly used to control pests and diseases in this garden.

#4. - River Front Park at the entrance to Danville by the Susquehanna River Bridge River Front Park sits on Danville Borough land and was resurrected back to life in 2006/2007 with funds obtained by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Montour County through local grants. Currently the volunteer group, Friends of River Front Park, helps maintain the landscape at the park. In 2013, a replica of the original three-tiered fountain was installed thanks to the Danville Fountain Committee and Villager Realty who teamed together to raise the funds for the fountain. The park is a lovely place to view the river and enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables. Friends of River Front Park is a community group open to all and is looking for more people to volunteer. Any individual or group that would like to help garden at the park, please contact Jamie Shrawder at 570-275-3091 or
#5. - Zamboni Park (across the street from River Front Park) Mr. Bill Zamboni and his neighbors on Market Street established Zamboni Park ten years ago. Bill Zamboni meticulously maintains the park almost on a daily basis. Many different varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals are displayed with flowing shapes, beautiful colors, and textures. Prom goers and bridal parties are often seen having their photos taken among these plantings. Enjoy a rest on the benches to take in this beautiful park.

#6. - Bob and Sue Umbriac - 402 Chamber Street, Danville This large garden has a landscape that provides multiple terraces and flat areas for varied interest. Some of the features include a stream, fish ponds and a covered bridge, waterfalls, large picnic pavilion, root cellar and a large grape arbor. There are many white gravel paths that meander through different levels of blooming shrubs and a wide assortment of perennials and annuals. While passing the river stone hardscape, note that the stream is lined with tiger lilies on both sides. The passive solar sunroom, which provides heat to the home in the winter, will be open for viewing. This is a one of a kind garden in Danville

#7. - Ewing Healing Garden and Butz Terrace - Geisinger Medical Center between the parking deck and Laboratory Medicine building This beautiful new healing garden includes a labyrinth, fountains, natural stone elements, graceful plantings and a remembrance alcove with an eternal flame. The garden contains parts of the original pillars from the George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital founded in 1915. Do not miss strolling through the two-tiered Butz terrace that sits above the healing garden. This area provides a beautiful peaceful space for outdoor dining and meditation. 

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