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Autumn Landscape Tour planned at Grey Towers


October 16, 2013

MILFORD, PA — Brilliant red, yellow and orange leaves will be ablaze for the annual autumn landscape tour of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Tpk., on Saturday, October 19, at 1:30 p.m., if the government lapse in funding ends and Grey Towers re-opens to the public. Call or check the website for updated information.

“Evolution of the Grey Towers Landscape: Autumn in Cornelia’s Gardens,” will feature the foliage displays of the native shrubs, the Japanese maple, and the European copper beeches planted by Gov. Gifford Pinchot, among other favorites.

New this year is the addition of the Trees of Grey Towers trail through the landscape. Visitors can request a brochure or use the identifying signs, which include QR codes that can be scanned with mobile devices, for more information on each tree.

Grey Towers Horticulturist Elizabeth Hawke will provide an inside look at how some of the landscape plants, trees and buildings were incorporated into the design of the 1886-French Chateauesque mansion estate by the Pinchot family. Grey Towers, donated to the public in 1963, currently is administered by the USDA Forest Service as a museum, conservation education and conference center.

This program differs from regular public tours because the entire program will be focused on the exterior grounds of the estate.

Group size is limited and pre-registration is suggested. Regular tour fees apply. Participants can tour the mansion for half price following the landscape tour with a special tour package price.

Participants should meet in the visitor pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

For more information or to pre-register, call 570/296-9630 or send an email to greytowers@fs.fed.us.