The Hamburg Community Wildlife Habitat Committee of the Our Town Foundation hosted its annual Garden Tour on June 25.
The Committee hopes the tour gives the 48 participants ideas for their own gardens and encourages more gardens to become certified wildlife habitats through the National Wildlife Federation.
Hamburg was the first Certified Wildlife Habitat Community in Pennsylvania. To maintain that certification by the National Wildlife Federation, one of the requirements is to have an educational element each year. The Garden Tour fulfills that requirement by showcasing gardens in the Hamburg area that feature requirements to become certified, that being food (native plants, feeders), water (birdbaths, dishes, ponds, fountains), cover (rock walls, native trees and shrubs, meadows), places to raise their young (bird houses, native shrubs, tree trunks) and sustainable practices.
In addition, the Committee also provides informational material on various subjects. This year participants were given informational material regarding Lantern Flies, Mason Bees, and Organic Raised Beds.
Seven gardens were showcased on the tour. There were a variety of gardens