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Regent Square Garden tour includes brunch, art contest

Shirley McMarlin
| Thursday, June 9, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
Silvia Speyer's Asian-inspired garden is on the WSCC Regent Square Garden Tour on June 12.
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Silvia Speyer's Asian-inspired garden is on the WSCC Regent Square Garden Tour on June 12.
Silvia Speyer's garden has a pond surrounded by hinoki and Leyland cypress and a 50-year-old weeping Norway spruce.
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Silvia Speyer's garden has a pond surrounded by hinoki and Leyland cypress and a 50-year-old weeping Norway spruce.
The entrance to Silvia Speyer's garden on Briar Cliff Road
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The entrance to Silvia Speyer's garden on Briar Cliff Road

Visitors to the June 12 WSCC Regent Square Garden Tour will be treated to more than just a view of 12 beautiful gardens.

Participants will be offered a light brunch and a mimosa when they pick up tickets and brochures in the Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave., Swissvale.

They will view artists at work in each garden as part of the Plein Air Art Contest, which was added to the event in 2015.

Running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the tour will include several sustainable gardens, one with a waterfall, one with beehives and another with hand-built walls.

At her Briar Cliff Road residence, Silvia Speyer has created what she calls “garden rooms, to better display the various plants in a habitat in which they look right.”

In an Asian-inspired area, tourgoers will find a pond surrounded by hinoki and Leyland cypress and a 50-year-old weeping Norway spruce.

Taking pride of place in Speyer's butterfly and herb garden are two 60-year-old rhubarb plants. Through an arbor is the “blue garden” area, with three blue atlas cedars, Japanese maples, three tree hydrangeas and two more small ponds.

“My garden is mature,” Speyer says. “Many plants have seeded themselves to create unexpected surprises.”

Artists participating in the contest will paint at their designated sites and return the completed works to the community center, where judging for cash prizes will take place at 2:30 p.m.

The tour is walkable, says community center director Patricia Doody, although those preferring to drive should be able to find street parking.

Tickets are $20. Proceeds go to building and grounds maintenance at the community center.

Details: 412-244-8458 or wsccpgh.org

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750 or smcmarlin@tribweb.com.

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