TAMAQUA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) At first glance – the secluded garden looks like it belongs in a story book.
Blossoming trees… Streams… Even a waterfall.
But this Schuylkill County oasis wasn’t always this way.
In 1966, it was farmland. Without a tree in sight.
“I had a friend lived basically in the same block in Tamaqua and we were both into gardening.” said Russell Keich
So Keich and that friend planted the first trees 50 years ago in a labor of love.
After years of care – the garden has blossomed into a peaceful sanctuary.
“It kind of escapes your watch i guess because suddenly you become aware of what you’ve done and fortunately it comes out well. said Keich
The gardens – free and open to the public as a nonprofit attracts artists musicians and those looking for a escape.
Many call Stonehedge a hidden gem in the area.
Artist Donna Haney came to paint in the spring sunshine, with some friends.
“As soon as I got out of the car everywhere my eyes looked I saw something I wanted to paint.
She says she appreciates the generosity of the founders.
And Russell says – one artist helping another – is what its all about.
Stonehedge Gardens are open every day – free to the public from noon until dusk.
Ironically, the owner says he gets more tourists from the Lehigh Valley than from the local community – and he plans to write a book, with pictures detailing its history.
Learn more about Stonehedge Gardens