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Beyond their garden gates

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 11:53 a.m.

The Greenridge Garden Club invites all to step out of the ordinary world and enter magical lands filled with gifts from Mother Nature and tended by some of the area's most well-versed gardeners.

The Greenridge Garden Club's first annual garden and pond tour is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, said Doris Carlson, publicity chairwoman of the event. Nine exquisite gardens from throughout the Irwin, North Huntingdon and Herminie areas will be showcased.

'This year, our gardens are exceptional,' Carlson said. 'And because ponds are so popular, we decided to do the tour to show off some of the area garden ponds.'

The tour, 'Beyond the Garden Gate,' has been in the making for the past five months. Club members selected the gardens because of their uniqueness and beauty, Carlson said.

'Our members, who have wonderful gardens, know of other beautiful gardens in the area,' she added. 'It was through word of mouth that we found these nine gardens featured on our tour.'

Other gardeners participating in the Greenridge Garden Tour are Lois and Dick Bennett of Irwin, K.C. Grapes and Bob Michaud of Irwin, Robin and Rich Henry of North Huntingdon, Barbara and Dennis Gyory of Herminie, Susan and Dave Guerrieri of Herminie, Janet and Bob Bentz of Irwin and Alice and David Francisco of Irwin.

Tickets for the garden tour will be sold 9 a.m.-noon today for $10 each in front of the Herminie Stone Bank, Wendel Road.

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