BIGLER – The Walker Gardens in Bigler will display graceful statues surrounded by beautiful flowers when it reopens to the public on Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 15 and 16. Proceeds from the opening benefit the Bigler area charities.
The opening of the garden gates will offer another opportunity to see 10 acres of fall flowers blooming amid waterfalls, historic sites and an old English garden. A new feature this year is the secret garden, a garden hidden within the gardens. Hours for the public to visit are from noon to 5 p.m. each day.
Musical entertainment will be provided on Sunday and Sept. 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. by the 14th Street Jazz Band. The Daisy Baton Twirling group will also perform during the opening. A popular attraction, The Garden of Eden display, complete with Eve and apples, will again be back. Among the many blooming flowers are hundreds of thousands of chrysanthemums, white swans, graceful pathways to secluded settings and even an old log cabin.
Visitors will enjoy the rose garden, as well as a display of the evolution of the fence, beginning with an old stump fence and moving through to wrought iron.
Homemade bean soup will again be prepared and sold by the cooks from the Bigler United Methodist Charge. This charge includes churches in Bigler, Shiloh and Dale, and the charge is one of the members of the Bigler area charities. Other foods available include hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as soft drinks, coffee and desserts.
Other members of Bigler area charities, which all benefit from the garden opening, are the Bigler YMCA, a branch of the Clearfield YMCA since 1988 and offering community programs and events for youth and adults, Boy Scout Troop 20, Cub Scout Pack 20 and Girl Scout troops in Bigler.
As in the past, admission to the garden is $3 for those 18 years of age and over, $2 for those 12 to 18 years of age and $1 for those 11 years of age and under.
Members of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops of Bigler will sell hardy chrysanthemums. The mums of different colors will be sold in 8-inch pots.
Free parking is available adjacent to the gardens. Bigler Boy Scout troop members will assist with parking, and the BJW Fire Police will be on hand to assist with traffic flow.
To get to the Walker Gardens, take U.S. Route 322 west seven miles from Philipsburg or east eight miles from Clearfield to the Bigler traffic light and intersection. At the intersection, Walker Gardens signs will provide directions.