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11 Annual Shaler Garden Tour

Personal expression, creativity and the challenges of Pittsburgh topography come together with beautiful results in this year's Shaler Great Gardens Tour.

Tickets are on sale now at the Shaler North Hills Library. The tour is sponsored by the Shaler Garden Club for the benefit of the library. Five spectacular gardens have been selected to inspire and delight.

Unexpected twists through many garden "rooms" best describe Elaine Lowe's garden,the second place winner in the Shaler Great Local Gardens Contest last year. There is something interesting at every turn in this well-designed garden with plenty of variety and texture. 

Karen Lampman, a member of Greybrooke Garden Club, has created a showcase of specimens to surround her beautiful new home, including Hinoki Pom tree, espaliered magnolia trees, Weeping Atlas cedar, Crimson Queen Japanese maple, Pumla Dwarf Spruce, and Oakleaf hydrangea. A water feature is framed by elderberry, boxwood and cypress, along with a colorful variety of perennials, annuals and whimsical frog statues.

As a teenager, John Fries earned extra money by helping neighbors get their yards into shape. In doing so,the young man discovered a natural talent and found his calling. He now operates his own landscaping business. In his mother Elaine's yard, he has created a modern,low-maintenance garden punctuated with impressive boulders and functional entertainment area. What a great gift to his mother!

Marieanne Altenbaugh, a member of Shaler Garden Club, has spent decades transforming a yard filled with rocks and little top soil into her dream garden, but she is not complaining. She and her family have built red brick pathways, gravel paths, a boulder wall, raised beds and a bi-level deck to frame a variety of specimen trees, shrubs and perennials. 

Charles and Pat Shuker transformed a pie-shaped plot with an impossibly steep backyard into a paradise with soothing sounds of water. An S-shaped wall holds a terrace blooming with lilacs, azaleas, hydrangea, lilies, speedwell and Japonica, along with three waterfalls which empty into a koi pond. The side yard boasts a water feature with a cascading brook. 

Date & Time

June 24, 2018

11:00AM - 3:00PM

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$12 in advance, $15 day of tour

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