Master Gardeners to showcase unique gardens

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Greg Emerson, one of Coweta County’s Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, cuts roses in his garden. Emerson’s garden will be one of the stops on the May 31 spring tour of gardens in north Coweta. 


The Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers will be showcasing unique gardens of north Coweta County on their annual spring tour May 31.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature, and take home inspiration and knowledge.

Tickets are now on sale for the spring garden tour, which takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

The Unique Gardens of North Coweta County tour features four unusual gardens, including plantation gardens that have been reclaimed and restored by their current owners. The gardens include:

• Emerson Garden – Greg and Susan Emerson have created a whimsical garden where dragons and other mystical creatures lurk along with rare plants and old favorites. A waterfall spills over rocks into a stream that leads to a koi pond where, if they’re lucky, visitors will glimpse a 30-pound albino catfish. 

• Farmer Garden – Pat and David Farmer’s terraced gardens overlook the headwaters of Lake Redwine. Their shady garden, reminiscent of the North Georgia mountains, feature granite retaining walls and brick pathways. A new feature is edible landscaping, where strawberries and blueberries share a flower bed.

• Hutcheson-Redwine Plantation – Keith Robinson has created an English garden in the Georgia countryside. Loose mixtures of perennials and flowering shrubs are bordered by evergreens. Mature trees more than 150 years old shade the property.

• Oak Grove Plantation – Liz and George Tedder’s 1830 Federal-style home is surrounded by 26 gardens that they have created. Each garden has its own style, and lush plantings of colorful perennials delight the eye. Don’t miss the herb garden.

Although plants are the main attraction of the tour, members of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association will provide an added feature. Six artists will be demonstrating plein air painting to capture the beauty of the gardens: Suzanne Caldwell - Emerson Garden; Rusty Sharp and Pat Sewell - Farmer Gardens; Cecelia Smith - Hutcheson-Redwine Plantation; Dot Cook and Bette Schumann - Oak Grove Plantation.

Each garden will be staffed by Master Gardener Extension Volunteers to answer visitors’ questions.

Proceeds from this event will be used to fund Coweta County Extension Service educational programs such as 4-H, youth gardening programs, and college scholarships.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour and are available at Coweta County Extension, 255 Pine Rd., Newnan. Tickets also may be purchased in advance at Corner Arts, Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center and Southern Roots Nursery, all in Newnan; Bedazzled Flower Shop, Sharpsburg; Casablanca Cafe, Palmetto; Senoia Garden Center, Senoia; and Wild Birds Unlimited, Peachtree City.

For more information, contact the Coweta County Extension Service office, 255 Pine Road, Newnan 30263, at uge2077@uga.edu or 770-254-2620.

Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are graduates of the Master Gardener program. This statewide volunteer training program trains home gardeners who then assist University of Georgia Extension staff in providing researched-based gardening education to the public in five areas: environmental stewardship, home food production, gardening with youth, the value of landscapes and the health benefits of gardening.

MGEVs benefit from the training and the opportunity to serve their communities.

For more information on Master Gardener training, contact UGA Extension-Coweta County, 770-254-2620 or visit www.ugaextension.com/coweta, or your local UGA Extension office.



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