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Designed for Nature Garden Tour


More than 400 guests and volunteers enjoyed five Doylestown-area residential gardens featuring native plants and creative water management on June 18.

The 6th annual Designed for Nature Garden Tour was sponsored by the Bucks County Branch of the Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association (WNF&GA) in partnership with Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (Preserve).

Volunteers from the Preserve and from Penn State’s Master Gardener and Master Watershed Steward programs assisted as educational guides in the gardens, along with representatives from Bird Town Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Audubon Society, and the New Britain Borough Bird Town Committee.

Garden hosts Marcello and Priya Mangano, recipients of the Preserve’s Landscaping in Transition Plant Grant in 2021, installed a front-yard meadow. The four other garden hosts were Kelly and Bryan Joslin, Beverley Rhinesmith and Paul Patent, Anne Boyer and Steve Auslander, and Marie Carota.

Bucks Beautiful and the Doylestown and Lahaska Bookshops assisted with publicity and ticket sales. Proceeds fund scholarships and internships for students aspiring to help create sustainable environments for all living things.