Mt. Pleasant tour: Gardens viewed with birds in mind

MT. PLEASANT, Ohio – The tiny village of Mount Pleasant will host its annual tour of hometown gardens, homes, and historical sites Aug. 4-5, but with a twist.

This year’s tour will highlight birdhouses and bird baths. There will be 10 stops.

Tour hours are 1-7 p.m. both days. Tickets and maps may be purchased at the Burriss Store, located in the center of town on Union Street.

Other historical sites that will be open include the Mt. Pleasant Historical Center; the 1835 John Gill House, known as the Elizabeth House Mansion and Tea Room; P.L. Bone Store; and the Friends Yearly Meeting House State Memorial (open 2-5 p.m. only).

Tour includes. Sites included on the tour include:

* Orchard View gardens of Jim and Sandy Kovalski. This cottage style garden incorporate perennials, evergreens, rhododendron, azaleas, and annuals and has a special butterfly garden. There is also a new water garden addition.

* Mulberry Corner Gift Shop that now includes a garden shop. with “old” brick floors and windows salvaged from a church.

* Rose garden of Pete and Jean Petras, open to the public for the first time this year. Although established as a hobby, the garden now has over 200 roses including teas, floribundas, grand floras, climbers, shrubs, antique, modern, English, and minis.

* The home of Kim and Chuck Banaoo, featured on the Christmas Walk, but new to the summer event. The garden features innovative landscaping, including a goldfish pond with plantings and lighting.

* The Historical Center features a map of the Underground Railroad in the area and a civil war display.

* The 1870 home of Bruce and Bonnie Teater, that has been under historical restoration.

Walking tour. Visitors who chose to walk along the tour will be treated to additional garden styles and accessories.

Phil and Sherry Sawchuk’s 1895 Victorian painted lady has gardens featuring a gazebo, small pond, fountain, and a large shade garden with Victorian bench and birdbath. Birdhouses, bird cages, and birdbaths abound everywhere.

The Gardens at Sunnyside, home of Jim and Kathy Aspenwall, includes acres of specialty gardens from a fragrant herb garden to ornamental grasses to an extensive shade garden.

Blossoms Gift Shop is geared towards “the flower and garden enthusiast” and offers pottery, wreaths, and birdhouses.

Visitors to Mount Pleasant are always encouraged to enjoy the diverse architectural styles throughout the village, tour the historic sites, and wander through the gardens at their leisure.

Mt Pleasant is located on Rt. 150, 11 miles west of Bridgeport. For more information, call Sherry Sawchuk at 740-769-2893 or Kathy Aspenwall at 740-769-7675. Proceeds from the event fund the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for student. Age 5 and under is free.

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