German Village Gazette

Haus und Garten Tour

Featured garden is bounding with color

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Tom Snowberger relaxes in the garden he and his wife, Kim, will share with the public for the 2014 German Village Haus und Garten Tour June 29.

When Kim and Tom Snowberger moved into their German Village house less than two years ago, the landscaping was in disarray.

"We started from nothing," Mrs. Snowberger said. "The entire front yard was a mess."

The back wasn't much better.

"This was all gross," she said, pointing to the patio. "It was brick. It was odd."

But they committed to making the landscaping bold yet balanced, a well-appointed mix of trees, flowers, bushes, decorative grasses and other foliage.

The Snowbergers' garden is one of two featured on this year's Haus und Garten Tour. There also are 10 houses on the tour, slated for June 29.

Highlights of the Snowbergers' front yard include two vibrant flower boxes, plus zinnias, cone flowers, hydrangeas, holly and boxwoods bordering a manicured patch of thick grass.

The Snowbergers added 700 square feet to the house.

They reconfigured the narrow walkway to the east of the house, repurposing the brick from the patio and creating a walkway.

They accentuated the corridor by lining it with boxwoods, impatiens, azaleas, service berry trees and European hornbeams.

The patio, meanwhile, is modern, with new furniture and planters provided by Frontgate, the presenting sponsor of the tour, plus bluestone pavers and an attention-grabbing electric waterfall.

Tour-goers get a dash of more color as they exit the property onto Sixth Street.

Tickets for the 55th annual tour, titled Living History: German Village, are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour.

They are available at the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. They also are available at; or at Giant Eagle, where they are $18 each.

The event will be preceded by the PreTour, to be held from 5 to 11:30 p.m. June 28.

Tickets are $150 for Society members and $175 for non-members. For those who only attend the Party on the Platz, designed for young professionals 35 years old and younger, tickets are $125.

All proceeds benefit the German Village Society.

Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society, said Villagers are known for the attention they place on their landscaping.

"The surprising way German Village residents use their modest outdoor spaces to create truly jaw-dropping gardens has always been a special surprise to Haus und Garten visitors, and it's why these stops are so special to the event," she said.