WEST CHESTER (July 15) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently joined volunteers from the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour to announce that this year’s tour will take place on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27.

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Senator Dinniman and officials from the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour announce the kickoff of this summer’s tour, which benefits the Chester County Food Bank, at the home Larry and Janet Sternson in Berwyn. Picture (from left to right) Top row: Larry and Janet Sternson; and Jason Turpin of Turpin Landscaping. Bottom row: Rich Coster of the Water Garden Tour Committee; and Senator Dinniman.

“Last year, the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour raised $14,000 for the Chester County Food Bank. This year we know we can build on that success,” Dinniman said. “The tour is a great event that supports a great cause. I want to thank all of the volunteers and residents who open up their homes to share with us their picturesque ponds, winding streams and lush gardens.”

Now in its eleventh year, the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour offers an opportunity to visit the homes of local residents and neighbors who have created beautiful waterscapes in their backyards. The tour benefits the Chester County Food Bank and Growing Program, which supports local food banks and provides fresh, healthy foodstuffs to those in need.

The two-day, self-guided tour has grown significantly over the years to include more than 35 water features and gardens throughout Chester County. Ticket purchase includes a map with a listing of locations so participants can plan their own routes. In addition, a bus tour is being offered including 8-10 stops, a bag lunch and the barbecue, for $50.

With the purchase of a ticket, participants are also welcome to attend the opening night barbecue featuring live entertainment, a silent auction and raffle at Turpin Landscaping in Wagontown on the evening of July 27. All of the proceeds from the tour and barbecue go to the Chester County Food Bank.

Dinniman, who helped establish the Chester County Food Bank (then the Chester County Gleaning Program) 18 years ago, said he was impressed by the amount volunteers who have gotten involved in the highly successful community partnership.

“The people of Chester County continue to step forward to answer the call of their neighbors in need and to find new and unique ways to address the problem of hunger,” Dinniman said. “The pond tour is a great example of this. It has really caught on as an annual summer event in our region. Some of these homeowners have transferred their backyards into aquatic paradises. When you see them, it is hard to believe you are still right here in Chester County.”

“I want to thank Turpin Landscaping for all of its hard work on behalf of the Chester County Food Bank,” he added.

Jason Turpin, of Turpin Landscaping, said that the organization looks forward to putting together the annual pond tour and takes pride in supporting such a worthy cause.

“For us at Turpin Landscaping Inc, the Water Garden Tour is a creative method of giving back to our community. We feel good knowing that our donation is going the Chester County Food Bank, which is an incredible organization that uses the donation to the fullest in helping to put food on the tables of Chester County residents,” he said.

Tickets are $25 for self-guided tour or $50 for the bus tour and are available online at www.BrandywinePondTour.com. In addition, tickets can be bought in person at the following locations:

 

Brandywine Patio

1345 Wilmington Pike

West Chester, PA

(610) 399-3606

 

Eagle Hardware

Route 100 at Byers Rd

Chester Springs, PA

(610) 458-0961

 

Ludwigs Corner Hardware

1230 Pottstown Pike

Glenmoore PA

(610) 458-5859

 

Pickering Valley Feed and Farm

305 Gordon Drive

Exton, PA

(610) 696-6169

 

The Spirit of Yoga

721 E. Lancaster Ave

Downingtown, PA

525 E. Gay Street

West Chester, PA

(610) 429-0920

 

Turpin Pond Source

287 Martins Corner Rd

Coatesville, PA

(610) 380-1119

 

Village Hardware of Guthriesville

1155 Horseshoe Pike

Downingtown, PA

(610) 269-4200

 

Weaver Mulch

3186 Strasburg Road

Coatesville, PA

(610) 383-6818

 

West Chester Agway

956 S. Matlack Street

West Chester, PA

(610) 696-1700

 

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