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Ligonier art museum plans summer garden tour

| Thursday, June 5, 2014, 1:27 p.m.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will play host to a bountiful bout with botany on June 28, holding the Summer Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The afternoon will include a tour around the gardens, a question and answer session, floral arrangement demonstrations and information on garden sculpture installations. Lunch is also included.

Aside from the assemblage of artwork, the museum avows, the gardens at SAMA have also proved to be an element of interest for drivers-by and museum visitors who often stop to ask about the genus of the plants.

“People stop to see, complimenting the flowers and asking questions,” said head gardener and green guru Anne Clark, who has been cultivating the grounds for 15 years. “It's a big draw for the museum.”

Zinnias, ageratums, weeping Japanese maples and pink dogwoods are just a few that adorn the museum's lawn, and, just as the small seeds she plants realize a vision, Clark's own ambitions began as a little sprout.

“As a tiny child, I was constantly catching bugs and butterflies in my neighbor's garden, snapping the heads off the flowers. She was like a grandmother. he never yelled at me,” Clark laughed.

Clark will be in attendance to answer guests' inquiries and to provide insight into planting conditions, soil types, peak blooming periods and names of the plants.

The cost for the floral event is $25 per person and reservations are requested to be made by June 20. A rain date is scheduled for July 26.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art of Ligonier is located at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South. The facility is handicapped-accessible and admission is always free. More information is available by phoning the museum at 724-238-6015.

Rebecca Ridinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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