Mt. Lebanon Public Library Annual Garden Tour and Garden Party
Courtyard Party: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Garden Tour: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain or shine)
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 day of the tour
For more information: contact Cindy Richey at 412-531-1912
Tickets for both events are available at the Library circulation desk
In a gardener’s mind, all gardens are enchanting no matter what the style, theme, or
design. The July 13th Library Garden Tour offers six gardens all made enchanted by the
gardeners who enjoy their outdoor surroundings.
The 24th Annual Tour has shady rests and sunny slopes with thousands of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs of all sizes
and shapes offering creative ideas to the new gardener and seasoned professional
All the gardens are in Mt. Lebanon and all the product of Mt. Lebanon resident
gardeners willing to share their experiences in order to support Mt. Lebanon Public
The gardeners include Helene and Regis McQuaide. This property
has a compelling story of rebirth after their home was destroyed by fire in 2011. The
resulting outdoor space has extended the living area with a charming landscaped hillside
slope and raised vegetable garden.
Bob and Marina Lauver transformed their sloped backyard after taking a landscape course focusing on their desire
for garden rooms and water features with limited maintenance requirements. Susan
Gove and John Davis purchased their home based almost entirely on
the potential of the outdoor space. Michele Bamburak shares her enchanted garden
with walkers who give her inspiration, confirming her conclusion
that the reason she gardens is to bring delight to others as well as her. What to do with
those Mt. Lebanon steep terraces has been addressed by the Flanegin’s garden.
Stacey and Andy Rhodes’ garden surrounds and complements the architecture of their stone home. All the gardens featured this year will help the
tour-goers feel the enchantment that only the joys of gardening in your own space can
Tour-goers are also invited to visit the Library Gardeners’ Courtyard Garden at the
rear of the library. This space is a certified wildlife habitat but more than that, it is
a peaceful extension of the library where patrons can read, study or just appreciate
the beauty that a well-planned and maintained garden provides. The winning garden
in the 2012 Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Contest for Medium Size
Gardens, this garden showcases native shrubs and trees, grown using only organic
Another popular feature of the tour is the Annual Plant Sale featuring a wide
selection of perennials at deeply discounted prices. The Library’s bookshop, The Book
Cellar, will be open and all tour ticket holders will receive a $5 coupon good on any
media purchase that day only. This is a great way to stock up for summer time reading.
To get in the enchantment mood, plan on attending the Library Courtyard Garden Party
the evening before the tour from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Proceeds from both the tour and
party go directly to the support of Mt. Lebanon Public Library.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”....Audrey Hepburn