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Blooms & Blossoms: Touring the Gardens of the Pocono Mountains

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Rimrock Gardens, a landscape of 500 varieties of hostas and unique cement sculptures, will be a highlight of the June 21 Garden Club Tour, to benefit the Monroe County Historical Association

Create a special day for yourself! The Monroe County Historical Association invites all those who enjoy nature’s splendor to attend the 2014 MCHA Garden Tour. Ten beautiful and unique gardens in South Stroudsburg and the Stroudsburg’s historic district are on the tour. Homeowners will be joined by volunteers who will share from personal experiences the do’s and don’ts of gardening. The garden owners are delighted to share their thoughts on gardening’s positive impact while you peruse their pride and joy.

Weber’s Rimrock Gardens will be a highlight of the tour. Known as “Snydersville’s best kept secret,” Rimrock Gardens prides itself in growing rare and unique plants, flowers, and trees. Owners Shirley and Todd Weber design and cultivate two acres of land into enchanted gardens and continually seek atypical plantings and garden accessories to add to their landscape presentations.

Rimrock Gardens showcases five hundred types of hosta and fifty Japanese maple and other unusual trees, including ginkgo biloba and umbrella pines. The knowledgeable Webers enjoy answering questions about their myriad plants. They belong to many garden societies, including America Hosta, Hardy Plants, and American Conifer.

Weber’s Rimrock Gardens not only offers a picturesque walk, but also allows visitors to see ways to put plants, colors, and textures together to make an aesthetic statement. The plants in the gardens are sold on the grounds, and many are propagated on site. The Webers like to think of it as an “inspiration center, rather than a garden center!” They love teaching potential gardeners about the plants and trees in their two-acre paradise. Shirley happily exclaims, “The garden is your playground… have fun with it!” Those who visit Weber’s Rimrock Gardens will leave knowing; “He who plants a garden plants happiness.

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5 Plus 1 Membership Initiative

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Fred Waring

Anyone (member or new member) who signs up five (5) new members for the Monroe County Historical Association (MCHA) will receive his or her renewal or new membership for free (initiative in effect through December 31, 2014).  To receive credit for the new memberships just add “sponsored by” with your name to the membership application. Enjoy special events such as the Fred Waring exhibition, which runs through Saturday, December 20, 2014.  Membership applications are available online at www.monroehistorical.org

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Garden Club Tour
June 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tickets: $15 in advance at Monroe County Historical Association, 900 Main St., Stroudsburg 570-421-7703  with pick up at Bryant Park on June 21. Or $20 at Bryant Park (Corner of Park Avenue and Bryant Street in South Stroudsburg) on day of tour, June 21. Proceeds benefit the MCHA. Pre-registration with payment must be completed by Tuesday, June 17. Visit monroehistorical.org

By Susan Crowley

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