Homes, gardens on arrangement in Greensburg, Ligonier Valley – Tribune

June 23, 2015 - garden totes

A span of self-guided tours Jun 27 in Westmoreland County will offer glimpses into singular area homes and gardens.

Academy Hill Garden Tour

A fender stand of gardens will be open Jun 27 for a giveaway self-guided Academy Hill Garden Tour in and around a ancestral Greensburg neighborhood. Seventeen gardens will showcase all from flowers and vegetables to enclosure plantings and a angel garden.

Christine Baur, boss of a Academy Hill Historic District, says gardeners in a area have found inventive ways to make a many of their tiny city lots.

“They unequivocally get artistic and build adult or repurpose equipment to use a space as well as possible,� she says.

Resident Amie Gillingham has artfully packaged a accumulation of themed areas into her North Pennsylvania Avenue landscape.

“It’s a tiny though really full tract that’s really English-cottage,â€� she says. Distinct areas embody a shade garden, a French potager garden, lifted unfeeling beds and a square garden with enclosure plantings, among others.

Tour participants will conclude a accumulation of gardens in Greensburg.

“I consider it’s smashing to see how many we can do with civic spaces, and how different a gardens are from any other,â€� Gillingham says.

At any site, a homeowners or a Penn State master gardener will be on palm to plead a garden and answer questions. The debate pamphlet will give sum and descriptions of any garden.

The debate will start during a front porch of a YWCA on North Main Street, where map booklets will be available. Because a debate is giveaway and self-guided, participants can simply dump in any time before 2 p.m. to collect adult a map.

Commemorative break bags will be offering during a YWCA for $5. The reusable receptacle bags are printed with a debate logo. Each contains a bottle of water, a granola bar and an apple.

Parking will be accessible during a YWCA and a schools on North Main Street.

Academy Hill Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jun 27, Greensburg. Free. Details: 724-837-1851 or

Inside Ligonier Valley — A Home Tour

Beautiful homes, sensuous gardens and towering views will be featured Jun 27 on a 11th annual Inside Ligonier Valley home tour.

The self-guided pushing debate will revisit 5 homes, including a French cottage-style home, a renovated Colonial, a record home with fantastic views, a complicated Cape Cod and a newly built condo in town.

Just north of city is a French-style mortar home owned by Carol and Dave Painter. The three-story residence was built in 1911. The Painters bought it in 2011 after it had been empty for 10 years.

“It’s been a labor of adore to redo a house,â€� Carol Painter says.

Among a home’s many important facilities are a strange first-floor windows, any of that has 24 panes of antique glass.

“The initial time we gathering adult there and saw it, it was lonesome with wisteria and there were trees flourishing really tighten to a house,â€� Painter says. “When we got tighten adequate that we could see a windows, we said, ‘This is enchanting.’ â€�

The residence faces a Laurel Mountains and has a vast porch with a strange cedar floor. The interior was tastefully redone with new plaster, chandeliers and a marble fireplace. “I wanted a classy, classic, kind-of-traditional look,� Painter says.

Those purebred for a debate can start any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a Citizens Bank on a Ligonier Diamond. Admission tickets, a map pamphlet and booties will be distributed there.

Inside Ligonier Valley — A Home Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jun 27. $25 by Jun 21, $30 Jun 22-27; allege reservations required. Details: 724-879-4241 or

Cynthia Bombach Helzel is a contributing author for Trib Total Media.

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