The bus will leave from the Berkshire Mall at 8 AM. Parking will be available opposite the Sears Auto Center. We will be traveling to 5 private gardens, a Greenhouse, Daylily Farm, Organic Farm and an Antique shop all located in the Oley Valley and Boyertown Areas. Lunch will be provided by the Market Cafe of Topton at the Oley Fair Centre. Vendors will also be available for your shopping pleasure. THE BUS TOUR IS NOT HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE. While the walking on this tour is not difficult, some of the gardens are large. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring rain gear if the weather is threatening. We will return to the Berkshire Mall at about 5 PM. Our bus tour is always popular and this year’s garden visitation will continue the tradition of delight and inspiration.
Nancy and Jim built their home in 1958, a simple Pennsylvania stone farm house in an old apple orchard. As the trees fell over, they were replaced by a more formal setting around a swimming pool. They raised four children along with assorted horses, dogs, cats and a few sheep. Most of Nancy’s garden now consists of a multitude of gorgeous planters which are created at Frecon Farms in Boyertown. The highlight of her garden is the beautiful copper and iron gate created by sculptor Greg Leavitt of Boyertown. Nancy’s gate was on exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March of 2006 prior to being moved into her garden. Be sure to check out Greg’s website at www.gregleavitt.com to see a collection of his work.
Katherine and Norman DeLan
The DeLans live on a 106 acre farm built in the early 1700’s. The original stone on their home is named Mountain Mary. This stone came from their yard and the mountains surrounding the area. There are many French statues in the various garden rooms on this property. It almost feels as if you have stepped into France. Be sure to roam the sunken garden and to search out the numerous fountains surrounding their home. Katherine looks forward to sharing her view of this landscape with everyone on the tour.
Dr. David and Doreen Duncan
“Deerfield” is situated on 1 7 acres of beautiful countryside, among the scenic farms and fields of Berks County. When the Duncan’s purchased this property in 2001 it was simply a 10 acre empty field surrounded by 7 acres of woods. Today it consists of their dream home as well as a variety of gardens. The Duncans are members of the Delaware Valley Iris Society. You will find more than 70 tall bearded iris as well as many Siberian and Japanese iris. Not to be missed is the “Earth Oven” built over several months by their son Craig, an architect graduate of Cornell.
Gretchen and John Lea
This 22 acre farmette, restored in 1972, has been transformed into a lovely home with informal perennial gardens leading to outbuildings and pathways. What was once barren of ornamental trees and flowers now hosts a vast variety of hostas, spring bulbs, flowering fragrant trees, shrubs and a rose garden. A family vegetable and herb garden, and asparagus patch, as well as a pond edged with native water plants and floating islands, lead from one point of interest to another. Rocks, clay soil and steep hills did not stop the Leas from creating their own little paradise.
Joanne and Joseph Ruth
Joe and Joanne moved to their 75 acre 18th century farm “Friendly Acres” in 1986 with their two children. Since Joanne has enjoyed gardening for the past 40 years, this property with its numerous buildings and lots of space has allowed her imagination and talent to flourish. Perennials with annuals interspersed for constant color make up the various flower beds. An herb garden close to the kitchen and vegetable gardens dot the landscape of the farm. When the weather is favorable and she’s not at her job, Joanne can be seen outside maintaining all the gardens.
David Glick started Glick’s Greenhouse in 1973 as a part-time business consisting of one small greenhouse for growing bedding plants. Today the business has grown to include 14 greenhouses. His nephew, Joseph Glick, now partners with David to operate the growing business. Perhaps best known for its annual Poinsettia Show that started in 1979, this greenhouse also boasts a large selection of annuals, herbs, vegetable plants and 1 quart perennials at reasonable prices.
Manatawny Creek Farm
Tim and Michelle Glick’s farm is located across from Glick’s Greenhouse. Manatawny Creek Farm Daylilies grows and sells over 500 varieties of hybrid daylilies. Come and stroll through their paths which showcase this vast variety. They are the exclusive sellers of new daylily introductions by local hybridizers, Ron and Megan Skinner. They also have many heirloom varieties by renowned hybridizer, Arlow Stout. Each of their daylilies is pictured on their website, manatawnycreekfarm.com.
Oley Valley Organics
Oley Valley Organics is a 13 acre family farm established in 2007 by Mike and Barb Dietrich. Six acres are currently under production with crops such as asparagus, strawberries, red raspberries, garlic and seasonal produce. OVO’s high tunnels allow for growing produce all year long. The Dietrichs enjoy sharing their farm and educating people on their healthy growing practices. Another highlight of their farm is the 130 year old bake oven which will be in operation for this garden tour.
Pikeville Antiques was established in 1977 by Karin and George Rodenbough. The business is housed in the former Pikeville Hotel established around 1780. They have country antiques, accessories, vintage items and unusual finds for the home and garden. They also feature folk art carvings of birds.
1665 State Hill Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Parking will be available at the Sears end of the mall, opposite the Sears Auto Center.
From Lancaster and South: Rt. 30 East or West to Rt. 222 N. Continue onto US 422 E, take Paper Mill Rd exit. Make Left onto Crossing Dr. Turn Left onto Woodland Rd., following Woodland Rd. to 1st entrance into Berkshire Mall. (Sear’s Entrance) From Philadelphia and Southeast: PA Turnpike West to Morgantown exit. Take Rt. 1 76 N to Reading. Follow Rt. 422 W, exit onto Paper Mill Rd. Turn Left onto Woodland Rd. Make 1st entrance into Berkshire Mall (Sear’s Entrance).
From Allentown and Northeast: Rt. 222 S, exit onto US 222 S/US 422 W towards Lancaster/ Lebanon. Exit onto Paper Mill Rd. Turn Left onto Woodland Rd. Make 1st entrance into Berkshire Mall (Sear’s Entrance).
From Harrisburg and West: Rt. 422 E, take Paper Mill Rd. exit. Make left onto Crossing Dr. Turn left onto Woodland Rd., following Woodland Rd. to 1st entrance into Berkshire Mall (Sear’s Entrance).