Take a tour of some exceptional gardens and see the beauty that has been created by local homeowners.

The auxiliary to the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will host A Garden Walk July 20, and it will feature a tour of four gardens in the Westmont, Southmont and Upper Yoder Township areas.

Buses will depart at 10 and 11 a.m. from the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Garden owners are Dr. William F. and Carol Pruchnic, Francis and Judy Kelly and Raymond and Christine Jacob. The tour also will include the Tranquility Gardens.

Joan Moss, chairwoman of the auxiliary, said the event hasn’t been held in more than five years, and it is being brought back by popular demand.

“We did it for about 15 years before we stopped, and people had been asking about it because they enjoy it, so we decided to bring it back,” she said.

“We take buses to the various homes so that everyone gets the same kind of tour.”

Moss said when selecting gardens for the tour, the auxiliary looks for a variety – something that people can do in their own yards and others that are more challenging.

“Some are a lot of landscaping and others are very personal gardens,” she said.

One bus will go exclusively to Tranquility Gardens.

The gardens allow guests to connect with nature, oneself and find peace in a sanctuary that refreshes and nurtures the soul.

“People have been curious to see what it is like, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to showcase the gardens,” Moss said.

“We’re eager to go, and it’s a rather exotic and primitive area. It’s just a beautiful area.”

Another stop will be the Pruchnics’ garden, which was featured in one of the earliest garden tours.

“All the trees have matured, and they’ve redone quite a bit,” Moss said.

“They have put in a Japanese garden and second pond. Carol is very selective in the way she chooses her shrubs and landscaping.”

The garden is four seasons, and there is some type of vegetation flowering year-round.

Moss said the Kellys have been in their home for 50 years, and they have a total love affair with their garden.

“They have done everything themselves, including fountains and a pergola,” she said.

“They have a beautiful variety of flowers, and they’ve done some extra things with it, like a vegetable garden. Judy has a beautiful touch with very vibrant flowers and coordinating things.”

Moss said it is a comfortable, pleasant garden.

The Jacob garden is described as unique and whimsical.

“When you pass their house around the front of the yard, they always have something showcased for each season of the year,” Moss said.

“On all four corners of the garden, they have something special, including a green island in one corner. It’s very pleasant to go past.”

She said that the real treat is in the backyard, where they have a pond that turns into a stream with extensive landscaping and boulders throughout the property.

“There’s an entertaining area and an area that looks over the stream and special flowers,” Moss said.

“There are a lot of perennials that feature a variety of colors.”

Several members from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform while people make their way through the garden.

When guests arrive at each location, auxiliary members will greet them and homeowners will be on-site to talk about their gardens.

In addition, master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer gardening tips.

When guests return to the arts center, a catered lunch will be provided in the Ponas Doll Museum.

There also will be a raffle with four garden-themed baskets and a 50/50.

Proceeds will benefit the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. 

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the symphony office at 814-535-6738, from any auxiliary member or at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.