Marietta Community House
The Marietta Garden Tour will feature gardens at eight Marietta homes, as well as a plant and food sale at the Marietta Community House, 264 W. Market St., Mariettta. The community house will also host a gardening seminar on lavender at 1 and 2 p.m. (Marietta Community House)

Springtime is a busy time for gardeners - there are flowers to plant, grass to cut, mulch to spread and an endless war to wage against a procession of weeds.

Gardening enthusiast Lauralee Baker is even busier than usual, preparing her gardens for the Marietta Garden Tour.

"When you have something like this, you get the job done," Baker said. "There's no excuses."

Baker is also serving as chairwoman for the tour, an annual fundraiser for the Marietta Community House in Marietta.

The nonprofit community house serves a wide variety of purposes, Baker said, from public meetings, weddings and parties to serving as a Red Cross shelter during past flooding in Lancaster County.

The historic building was donated to the town around 1919 by the Hiestand family in honor of their son, Lt. Benjamin Hiestand, who was killed during World War I.

"It really is a gift for the people of Marietta," Baker said.

The Marietta Garden Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at eight homes throughout Marietta. All of the homes on the tour have a historical aspect to them, Baker said, broadening the appeal of the event. One of the homes, she said, was built in 1873 and features a burning bush that was planted as part of the original landscaping of the property. Baker said the tour is a unique mix of newly planted beds and centuries-old landscaping.

"It's a nice day for everyone," she said. "Gardeners enjoy it, but it's also nice to see the old homes and architecture. It's a lovely, quaint town."

Now in its third year, the tour has grown in attendance from approximately 100 attendees to nearly 300 last year, according to Baker.

"We always hear from people (who attend) that they'll be back next year," Baker said. "There's just so much to see, and each year we do something a little different."

Participants provide their own transportation and travel from house to house on foot and by car. Baker said plenty of parking will be available.

The day will also feature a plant and food sale at the Marietta Community House, located at 264 W. Market St., Marietta, where guests can purchase a variety of gardening items as well as refreshments.

There will also be an educational gardening seminar about lavender held at 1 and 2 p.m., Baker said.

Tickets are available in advance for $10, and can be purchased at the following locations: Bron's Deli, 34 W. Market St., Marietta; Floral Designs, 102 E. Main St., Mount Joy; and The Susquehanna Chamber and Visitors Center, 445 Linden St., Columbia.

Tickets can also be purchased for $12 the day of the tour at the Marietta Community House. Children 10 and under are free. Information is available by calling (717) 426-4317.

The tour will be held rain or shine.

"Gardeners don't care if it rains," Baker said. "It's a beautiful day to walk and tour the gardens throughout the town."

- Reach Amy Peiffer at apeiffer@yorkdispatch.com.

If you go

The third annual Marietta Garden Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

Tickets are available in advance for $10, and can be purchased at the following locations: Bron's Deli, 34 W. Market St., Marietta; Floral Designs, 102 E. Main St., Mount Joy; and The Susquehanna Chamber and Visitors Center, 445 Linden St., Columbia.

Tickets can also be purchased for $12 the day of the tour at the Marietta Community House. Children 10 and under are free. Information is available by calling (717) 426-4317.

Garden Tour sites include:

  • Home of Larry and Margie Peiffer, 240 W. Front St., Marietta
  • Home of Bruce and Angie Gross, 14 E. Front St., Marietta
  • Home of Roger and Kelly Renteria, 18 E. Front St., Marietta
  • Home of Phillip and Jenna Carroll, 426 E. Front St., Marietta
  • Home of Lillian Hill, 462 E. Front St., Marietta
  • Musselman/Vesta Furnace, 26 Donegal Place at Furnace Road, Marietta
  • Home of Joseph and Elizabeth Garner, 111 W. Fairview Ave., Marietta
  • Home of Lauralee Baker, 55 W. Fairview Ave., Marietta