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A trip through Titusville’s gardens

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Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019 5:00 am

In the spirit of summer, area residents were able to experience floral displays in their neighbor’s backyards as part of a garden tour organized by the Titusville Area Garden Club on Sunday. Docents at each of the five stops greeted guests from 1 to 5 p.m. before touring the gardens recognized for their excellence by the club.

Member Ann Hulse said the garden tour is an event the club puts on every other year in an effort to promote gardening in Titusville and the surrounding area.

“This year is a bit unusual because we have three of our member’s gardens in the show,” Hulse said. “Typically, we have more homes from non-members so we can show off all their hard work.”

Sheri Gordon, a member of the garden club, and her husband, Roger, had their home featured for the first time since they moved in nearly four years ago. Their Oak Street residence was one of two gardens in town on the tour.

“I’ve always loved gardening, ever since I was a child,” Gordon said. “People ask a lot about the work that goes into maintaining everything, but I tell them that it’s really no trouble. It’s not work because gardening has always been a big hobby of mine.”

Roger Gordon said his wife works on the garden a lot, and that she deserves the credit for why it looks so good.

“It was really nice for us to be recognized this year, my wife really cares about keeping a good garden,” he said.

Lance Hummer’s garden was another stop on the tour. Hummer said his property is located on his family’s original homestead, having settled there in 1834. His garden is filled with antiques pieces of local history, including an old bell from a one-room schoolhouse that used to stand nearby.

“I’m happy that people get to see all of this because I’m a little off the beaten path, so to speak,” Hummer said. “I just love sharing this all. When the garden club approached me, it was a resounding ‘Yes’ on my part.”

Hummer said he has worked for 30 years to build and cultivate his garden. He was asked during the tour by a member of Clarion County’s garden club if there was a method or style that he was trying to convey.

“Some of the stuff I know, and other stuff I put in just because I like how it looks,” Hummer said. “I do it all myself, so it’s sort of a labor of love for me. People tell me that there aren’t enough hours in the day to maintain something like this, but I always make time for my garden.”

The remaining gardens were located on 1st Street in Titusville, Mageetown Road in Centerville and Wright Road, also in Centerville. Both homeowners and docents said they were pleased with the turnout and the sunny weather on Sunday. Sheri Gordon said she estimated that between 50 to 75 visitors stopped by just her property alone.

Brad Lundberg and his wife, Judy, are not members of the garden club, but were honored to have been approached by members to include their home in the area tour. They have lived in Centerville for 35 years, and said they’ve always wanted to show their garden to more people.

“We have a really beautiful collection of perennials that come up each year and really thrive,” Brad said. “A lot of work goes into this, so this really means a lot to my wife and I. We’re happy that others get to see all that we’ve done with it.”

Zook can be reached, by email, at news@titusvillherald.com.

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