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Master Gardeners to host Tour

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Members of the Henry County Master Gardeners organization are hard at work, planning a tour, June 5.

"It's just a way for people to look at gardens and get different ideas," said Judy Coker, co-chair of the Henry County Master Gardeners Publicity Committee. "It's kind of an educational thing as well as a pleasure experience, to see someone else's manicured garden."

Coker said the garden tour, which will feature five different gardens in Henry County.

The Garden Tour is Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and it will feature different types of gardens.

Kathy Henderson's garden will demonstrate what can be done in an "Historic Homestead Garden" at her Locust Grove home, on Leguin Mill Road. On Old Jackson Road, Jeff Duncan's Locust Grove garden will be an example of "A Showcase Water Garden."

Members of the McDonough Presbyterian Church created a "Resurrection Garden" within the church's courtyard on McGarity Road.

June Schafer's 2.5-acre McDonough garden on Royal Street, represents what gardeners call "A Surprising Garden Oasis." Tucked away on Bayview Drive, Jonesboro resident Praveen Rastogi's collaborative creation, with Rhett Shearer of A.A.R.T. Landscape, is being called the "Collector's Garden at Lake Spivey."

The gardens tour also serves as a fund-raiser.

"We raise money for the Master Gardeners programs, which allows us to do different things in the community," she said.

Coker said tickets to this year's Garden Tour will cost $10 per person for admission to five different gardens in Henry County.

Tickets will be available the day of the tour at each garden site, as well as at the Henry County Extension Office, 97 Lake Dow Road, McDonough; Gary's Garden Center, 1341 Linger Longer Road, Greensboro, Ga.; Duncan Landscape, 9280 Turner Road, Jonesboro; Wilson Brothers Nursery, 1759 McGarity Road, McDonough; Eagle's Landing Pharmacy, 1090 Eagle's Landing Parkway, Stockbridge; and at all Moye's Pharmacy locations in Henry County.

Proceeds from the Garden Tour will go to help fund the creation of a garden at the Nolan House in Henry County's Heritage Park. The garden will be used as an educational tool, according to Henry County Master Gardeners Publicity Committee Chair Carla Haight.

Haight said the 60-member organization plans to use the Nolan House as a central location to conduct gardening classes, and provide residents with garden-related information.

"We want to recreate the gardens that existed in the 1840s [19th Century], the period of the Nolan House," Haight said. "We will occupy the house and have information for people, when they come in ... it will be used for educational purposes."

The Buffalo, N.Y., native, has been a master gardener for three years, and said she continues to learn details surrounding gardens in various climates.

"As a new master gardener, I have found that it has helped me learn more about gardening in Georgia," she said. "It is good to be able to know what to grow, and where to grow it."

Haight said she plans to be among the many master gardeners working the tour, and will be helping inform tourist about things they can do in their own gardens.

"It's going to [offer] great ideas on how to handle things in their own garden," Haight said. "People can take away from this, how to deal with things that can be unsightly and make them beautiful."

For more information about the Garden Tour, e-mail HCMasterGardenerTicketSales@charter.net or call (770) 288-8421, or visit http://bit.ly/HenryCountyMasterGardener.