St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, a fixture in Merion Village for more than 100 years, will be on this year's garden tour slated for Sunday, July 8.

Generations of people in the neighborhood have gone to the church and school, and over the years some in the community have donated money and stained glass to St. Paul's, 322 E. Stewart Ave.

"I can't wait to see the stained glass at St. Paul's up close," said Allison Willford, president of the Merion Village Association. "It's a great addition to the tour."

The 19th annual tour, featuring seven gardens, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Those seeking more information can visit

Free water and ice cream will be distributed from noon to 3 p.m. in the church parking lot.

Free pedicab rides will be given from garden to garden. Merion Village Association officials will set up a booth in Moeller Park.

"We are so excited for this year's garden tour," Willford said. "It's such a great day to celebrate community and admire the gardens of our neighbors."

Volunteer Sherry Rea, who attended kindergarten at St. Paul's, said the church is a welcome addition to the tour.

Many of the gardens were designed and planted by the residents and certainly worth a view, she said.

"Really a lot of it is because Merion Villagers do the work themselves," she said. "Most or all of these people have not hired out landscapers to do this."