Library Gar­den Tour All Abuzz with Beauty and Ed­u­ca­tion

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS - From Diane Pawl­ing

The 2018 Gar­den Tour spon­sored by the Friends of Mif­flin Com­mu­nity Library will take place on Satur­day, June 23, rain or shine, from 10 am to 3 pm at six lo­ca­tions in and near the Mif­flin area. Pro­ceeds from this fundraiser ben­e­fit the Mif­flin Com­mu­nity Library. Fea­tured this year, along with the va­ri­ety of gar­dens, will be ed­u­ca­tional talks on in­sects – help­ful and de­struc­tive ones.

Pol­li­na­tors will be the fo­cus at the Berks Na­ture tour stop. Lo­cated in its new home at An­gel­ica Park, Berks Na­ture is a county trea­sure. Walk the through the pol­li­na­tor and rain gar­dens, along the trails of wet­lands and visit their soon-to-be LEED Cer­ti­fied green ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter. At “The Na­ture Place” view an in­door hon­ey­bee ob­ser­va­tion hive. Learn how bees and other pol­li­na­tors are vi­tal to the en­vi­ron­ment and how to at­tract them to your gar­den at talks by lo­cal ex­perts in the Pond class­room at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. A nearby gar­den in Ken­horst, another stop on the tour, is a Master Gar­dener Cer­ti­fied Pol­li­na­tor Friendly Gar­den that show­cases the cre­ativ­ity and va­ri­ety that can be achieved in a small sub­ur­ban set­ting.

The de­struc­tion of in­va­sive pests is the other side of in­sect ed­u­ca­tion at a third gar­den on the tour. This prop­erty has been hard hit by the Emer­ald Ash Borer, killing more than 50 ash trees that were re­moved this win­ter. Ar­borists from Wolf Run Land­scapes will be on hand at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to talk about this in­sect and the dam­age it has caused to Penn­syl­va­nia’s ash trees and forests as well as the con­tin­ued ravage of the Spot­ted Lantern Fly on trees and crops. Though this site has abruptly tran­si­tioned from shaded wood­land to a sun­drenched gar­den, there are lots of na­tive plants, a new herb bor­der and fairy gar­den to en­joy here.

The di­ver­sity of the gar­dens is a high­light of the MCL tour again this year in­clud­ing a re­stored 1800’s school house sur­rounded by mas­sive sycamores, dawn red­woods, Queen Anne cherry trees, ma­ture peren­nial gar­dens and his­toric stone carv­ings by Clin­ton Shilling. Other tour stops in­clude an in­ti­mate town­house gar­den with a dis­tinc­tively unique rock-ac­cented de­sign of an­nu­als, peren­ni­als, river birch and foun­tains that create an invit­ing oa­sis and a pre-1830 farm­stead with an his­toric barn, an ex­ten­sive koi pond, a large pond with a foun­tain and swans and lovely paths bor­dered by peren­ni­als and shaded by Hi­malayan pines.

In ad­di­tion to the self­guided tour of six gar­dens, plan to spend time to en­joy the live mu­sic and peruse a se­lec­tion of hand-made gar­den or­na­ments, hand­wo­ven bas­kets, needle­crafts, low-cost plants, jew­elry, and used gar­den/na­ture books for sale. There are also door prizes to be won, a spot for lunch as well as an op­por­tu­nity to try your hand at quoits, cro­quet or bocce.

Tick­ets for the tour are on sale now at Mif­flin Com­mu­nity Library, Stein’s Flow­ers, Berks Na­ture and at eventbrite.com through June 22 and at both MCL and Berks Na­ture on tour day.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, con­tact friend­sofmcl@ya­hoo.com via email, Diane Pawl­ing at 484-336-8356 or Elaine Bon­fitto at 610-781-9216.

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The 2018 Gar­den Tour spon­sored by the Friends of Mif­flin Com­mu­nity Library will take place on Satur­day, June 23.

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