Annual Oak Grove spring garden tour Saturday
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Saturday is the annual Spring Garden Tour at Oak Grove Gardens and Plantation, located on U.S. 29 just north of Hwy. 154 in north Coweta.
Liz Tedder has spent more than 30 years creating the lavish gardens around her 1830s plantation home.
Admission to the garden tour is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Season passes are also available.
Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day relaxing and enjoying the sights and smells of the gardens. There are plenty of places to relax — Tedder estimates there are more than 60 seating areas.
Proceeds from the spring and fall tours go toward the restoration of the historic Arnold family cemetery on the property.
Tedder started the gardens from scratch shortly after she and her husband, George, moved to the property. She bought some plants, dug up others from different places, and got plenty of “pass along plants.”
Now, there are thousands. The garden has 373 rose bushes, in 70 varieties. There are several named gardens, including the French Garden, Italian Garden, Secret Garden, Patience Garden and the Kitchen Garden.
Garden designer Brooks Garcia recently visited Oak Grove and was full of praise for the gardens.
"To say that I was overwhelmed is an understatement. I was not prepared for the beauty I saw,” Garcia said. "I have seen many gardens in my travels, here and abroad, and Liz's garden is every bit as fine as many of those. The thought in the design, the exceptional color combinations, the horticultural astuteness and plant combinations make her garden a real treasure and a must-see,” he said.
“Her garden has a palatable feeling of soul that sometimes is lacking in gardens. Her garden is a labor of love and well worth the time to visit.”
Oak Grove is located at 4537 U.S. Hwy. 29 North. For more information, visit www.oakgrovega.com or call 770-463-3010.