The not-so secret gardens: Tour will benefit Master Gardeners
by Sally Litchfield
May 04, 2014 12:22 AM | 3090 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dorte and Stefan Schmieta work together in their fruit and vegetable garden, checking the progress of their strawberries and onion plants. Their garden will be among five others featured in the Master Gardeners tour. <br> Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Dorte and Stefan Schmieta work together in their fruit and vegetable garden, checking the progress of their strawberries and onion plants. Their garden will be among five others featured in the Master Gardeners tour.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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 Cheryl Lenker stands in front of her waterfalls.
Cheryl Lenker stands in front of her waterfalls.
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Gloria Ward in her front yard.
Gloria Ward in her front yard.
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Grady and Lynn McWhorter spend some quality time enjoying their backyard pond, which is home to water lilies and bullfrogs and a working water wheel.
Grady and Lynn McWhorter spend some quality time enjoying their backyard pond, which is home to water lilies and bullfrogs and a working water wheel.
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Do you love diggin’ in the dirt? Then don’t miss the 12th annual Through the Garden Gate tour presented by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rain or shine garden tour features five residential gardens and one public garden that is a Master Gardener project.

The tour is a major fundraiser of the nonprofit. The Master Gardener program was established in 1980 by the Cobb Extension Service and sponsored by UGA Cooperative Extension Service. All Master Gardeners participate in a rigorous UGA research based training to become a Master Gardener. There are about 230 Master Gardeners active in Cobb County.

The garden tour is one avenue of carrying out the Master Gardener’s mission to provide horticultural education to the public and membership.

“Our main goal is education of the public for anything related to growing plants, food from a horticulture prospective to plants. The idea is to show the public, what you can do personally — what you can grow in your yard, what works, and what doesn’t work,” said Master Gardener Grady McWhorter, chair of the 2014 Garden Tour and Plant Sale.

A variety of gardens are showcased, each featuring different circumstances such as shade, sunlight, rainfall, creeks, and low spots.

“You can take your situation and learn what kind of things you can grow in your yard in circumstances like that,” said McWhorter, an east Cobb resident.

Advanced tickets are $15 and day-of-the-tour tickets are $20 and available at any tour garden. Tickets are non-refundable and required for anyone attending who is older than 10. Gardens are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Some have multiple stairs or levels. Attendees should wear appropriate shoes.

Tickets are available at cobbmastergardeners.com or by calling (770) 528-4070.

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