Garden Tours

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 The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club is a community-based organization dedicated to advancing garden interests and knowledge among its members to include participating in community beautification projects and other activities that promote the preservation of nature and natural resources.


Proceeds from this biennial event benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association (ASTA) and the Back Mountain Trail. We wish to thank Judy Rimple, founder of the trail and fellow Bloomer, who had the vision over two decades ago to convert abandoned railroad beds in the Back Mountain to recreational pathways for the enjoyment of the community for generations to come.

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2019 Tour of the Back Mountain Gardens

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  During the 9th biennial Tour of Back Mountain Gardens, six amazing private gardens were featured along with the Judith and David Rimple Loop Trail and Back Mountain Bloomers Trailhead located behind the Dallas Township Municipal Building on Lt. Michael Cleary Drive in Dallas Township. Nearly 400 visitors attended the event. Many thanks to our sponsors for their most generous support in helping make this event an overwhelming success. Also, many thanks to the presenters at each garden for their time and expertise in providing valuable information. And to our numerous volunteers who without their time and effort this Garden Tour would not take place, words cannot express the immense gratitude that is felt.  


 The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club presented a check for $15,000 to ASTA (Anthracite Scenic Trails Association), an organization dedicated to developing and maintaining the Back Mountain Trail. To date, the Bloomers have raised over $105,000 from the garden tours to support the efforts of ASTA. Shown from left to right: Diana Berry & Jean Kolojejchick, Sponsor Co-chairs; Sean Robbins, ASTA President; Dick Cochrane, ASTA Treasure; Judy Rimple, Bloomer and Founder of ASTA; Marianne Matysczak & Evelyn Smith, 2019 Garden Tour Co-chairs; Carol Sorber, Club President 

2017 Tour of the Back Mountain Gardens

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 The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club held its eighth biennial Tour of Back Mountain Gardens and raised close to $20,000 for the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association (ASTA), an organization dedicated to developing and maintaining the Back Mountain Trail. The Trailhead at the new ‘Mile 7’ area off Dorchester Drive, Dallas, will be dedicated to the Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club, and a bench to honor them will be placed at the Trailhead to acknowledge approximately $90,000 the Bloomers have raised from the eight garden tours.  ‘Mile 7’ will be called the Judith and David Rimple Loop Trail in honor of their founding of ASTA and longtime membership in the Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club.

Shown from left are: Bobbie Shurnicki, In Memory Chair; Jean Kolojejchick and Diana Berry, Sponsor Co-chairs; Carol Sorber, Club President; Mary Lou Grant, 2017 Garden Tour Co-chair; Sean Robbins, ASTA President; and Dick Cochrane, ASTA Treasurer. Not in photo, Marianne Matysczak, 2017 Garden Tour Co-chair. 

Future Garden Tours

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 If you know of a great garden for our next tour, please contact us at info@backmountainbloomers.org or at P. O. Box 210, Dallas PA 18612.