At a glance
The tour runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 or $5 for just the Cumming Elementary School garden. They can be bought online at http://fcmg.sharepoint.com or at Cumming Elementary School on the day of. For more information, call (770) 887-2418. A rain cancellation date has been set for June 14.
CUMMING — The Forsyth County Master Gardeners are opening their fences for their biennial garden tour on Saturday.
Throughout the county, one public and six private gardens will be open to guests, each with a different theme and variety of plants.
Forsyth Master Gardener and tour chairwoman Heidi Skillman said members “like a mix of different gardens and we select a garden if it solves a specific need or specific issue so we can educate the public.”
“We have a deer resistant garden that’s on the tour ... that’s a problem for several residents in Forsyth County so they can see what a deer-resistant garden would be,” she said. “We also have a certified wildlife garden, which I never knew existed until I went to her garden.”
Gardens are selected for the tour by a special committee, said Master Gardener Karen Cox.
“We have master gardeners who have spent years in their gardens improving upon them,” she said. “It’s a lot of work and it’s a lot of preparation ... but they enjoy it. They have a great passion for it and it’s very much a teaching tool as well for all those who come to visit.”
In addition to the tour, several master gardeners will be on hand at each site to offer tips and answer questions about gardening.
The educational component is an important part of the tour, according to Skillman.
That’s why the gardeners expanded on it this year by adding to the tour a public garden at Cumming Elementary School. She said the garden “showcases the work we do in the community with the children.”
It’s also going to be an interactive event open for all children.
“It’s going to be fun and educational event for kids,” Skillman said. “We’re going to teach them how to plant seeds, teach them where food comes from and teach them about chickens and bees and how they integrate into the whole food chain.”
The community garden at Cumming Elementary is the starting point for the tour. It can be viewed as part of the $20 tour, or as a single-location ticket for $5.