A tour fertile with ideas

The 29th Annual Piedmont Gardeners Garden Tour

The Piedmont Gardeners Tour of Athens returns on April 16 featuring a wide array of garden styles, including:

  • A 10,000+ square foot demonstration garden designed to educate, inspire and enjoy
  • An in-town garden with intertwined water features and unusual plants
  • A formal garden that mixes historic plantings, modern hardscapes and an 1835 home
  • An artist’s garden that delights in pleasing the eye and in pleasing native pollinators

“In 29 years, we’ve only had to interrupt the Garden Tour three times,” says Susie Haggard, Garden Selection Committee Chair. A year of severe drought, the 1996 Olympics, and the coronavirus outbreak have been the only deterrents. “We’ve held the tour in rain or shine, whether it was 80 degrees or 40 degrees. It’s a wonderful Athens tradition, a labor of love for the host gardeners, and all for a good cause,” she says.

Proceeds are used to fund scholarships for UGA Horticulture or Landscape Architecture students.

Advance purchase tickets are $15 at: Athens Feed & Seed, Athens Interior Market, Appointments at 5, Cofer’s Home & Garden Showplace, Farm 441 @ Thomas Orchards, Gift Shop at the State Botanical Garden and Wild Birds Unlimited. Tickets are $20 at the gardens on tour day or at piedmontgardeners.org. See website for tour details and advisories.

>> See related story: Cofer’s: Growing with Athens for 100 Years

Beth Warner
Beth Warner
Beth Warner is a shepherdess, gardener and writer who delights in sharing glimpses of life from her home at Sheepcote Farm.

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