Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour slated July 25 and 26
● By J. Chambless
By Richard L. Gaw
For two days this month, the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour will give visitors an up-close look at the most beautiful residential ponds in Chester County, without getting wet.
Now in its 12th year, the self-guided tour – scheduled July 25 and 26 and sponsored by Turpin Pond Source in Coatesville – will spotlight 41 homes throughout the county that have waterscape designs. Guests will visit self-contained ponds with streams, waterfalls and patios, outdoor kitchens and landscapes of colorful flowers, as well as fish ponds of all shapes and sizes. The open-ended nature of the tour's itinerary allows visitors to tailor their schedule to their personal preferences.
Following the July 25 tour, Turpin Pond Source will hold a country barbecue at its location on 287 Martins Corner Road in Coatesville. In addition to food, the barbecue will have live music, silent and live auctions, and raffles.
In 2009, Sen. Andy Dinniman suggested that the tour direct its efforts to supporting the Chester County Food Bank, which helps provide food to the community. Since then, proceeds have raised $63,800 for the Food Bank, including $15,500 from last year's tour.
On Sept. 26, Turpin Pond Source will hold its annual Night Tour, a bus excursion that will take visitors to several properties in Chester County that feature waterscapes illuminated by landscape lighting. The tour will also include dinner and refreshments.
The Water Garden Tour will be held on uly 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The barbecue will be held on July 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 ($50 for a bus tour, which includes a bag lunch). For more information and tickets, visit www.BrandywinePondTour.com. For more information about Turpin Pond Source, visit www.turpinlandscaping.com.
To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.