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Decatur Garden Tour welcomes 15 stops
by Bridgette Bonner
bbonner@neighbornewspapers.com
April 24, 2013 11:10 AM | 1276 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Private and public gardeners will show their green thumbs this weekend at the 25th annual Decatur Garden Tour, featuring 15 gardens. The theme, “Gardens of Eating,” highlights gardeners with edible, sustainable products.

The tour is a fundraiser for the Wylde Center’s gardens, and programs will coincide with the plant sale festival at Oakhurst Garden.

Joey Zeigler, of north Decatur, fits right in with the “Gardens of Eating” theme. He has been growing cabbage, broccoli, kale, lettuce, sweet potatoes, okra, beans and cucumbers for nearly a decade on his small, city lot. With only one-tenth of an acre to work with, Zeigler does not have space to grow the volume of food it would take to sell his products, but he is happy to show others how to grow their groceries.

“I’ve got to experiment in my own back yard if I’m going to help others,” he said, of his consulting job teaching the art of gardening. “The goal is to share with folks the different styles of food production and land use, and how to interact with nature in your yard.”

Ryan Gainey’s Gardens and the Woodland Gardens, with vegetables, fruit and flowers, will be open for visitors during tour hours. The event will also include Sugar Creek, a food garden of the Wylde Center, and three private gardens in Oakhurst with vegetables, fruit and plants.

“The gardeners have tried to stay within the theme and incorporate food and plants together,” event chair Sandy Rice said. “The private gardens have fruiting trees, strawberry plants, blueberry plants and vegetables.”

The tour highlights the works of students as young as kindergarten and the nature center at Winnona Park Elementary School. Students painted pots to add to the garden for the tours, Rice said.

All gardens will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and Rose Hill on Pinetree Drive will be open for music and refreshments Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Most of the stops on the tour are for spectators, but the Rose Hill stop includes a sale.

Weekend tickets are available online at www.decaturgardentour.com or at the event. Visitors may also purchase tickets at the Wylde Center’s Oakhurst Garden on Oakview Road, Ace Hardware or Seventeen Steps. Advance tickets are $20 and tickets are $25 at the door.

Rice needs volunteers for two-and-a-half hour shifts. Volunteers will not need tickets, and can sign up at gardentourvolunteers@gmail.com.

If you go:
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: The Wylde Center, 435 Oakview Road in Decatur
Tickets: Online $20 until Friday, $25 at the door
Information: (678) 613-5574.

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