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Skaggs: Garden tour highlights private yards
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In Our Own Back Yards
What: Garden walk featuring the homes of Hall County Master Gardeners
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13
How much: $10 in advance, $15 day-of

If you're looking for a little gardening inspiration, don't miss the In Our Own Back Yards garden walk presented by the Hall County Master Gardeners on June 13.

The 2009 walk showcases the private gardens of five Master Gardeners as well as one of our community projects, Gardens on Green.

Gardens on Green

Hall County Master Gardeners and the Hall County school system have collaborated to develop this series of demonstration gardens located at the Hall County Board of Education Central Office.

The purpose is to provide pleasurable education, improve the environment and beautify the community. The first garden was installed in Spring 2008 and is named the Winners Garden.

It consists of many Georgia Gold Medal winners as well as other award-winning specimens. A native plant garden was installed last fall and has examples of our North Georgia plants.

Helen Hyatt

When visiting this creative garden, take your time or you're likely to miss something interesting and inventive. Described as a flowering-shrub garden, it would be difficult to truly characterize such an eclectic and diverse group of plants and showpieces, which form a beautiful outdoor living area.

Marguerite Jones

This serene woodland garden offers water features in the front and back, along with a variety of hydrangeas, azaleas, hostas, ferns, knockout roses, gardenias and numerous groundcovers. A fountain, bird feeding area and landscaped pool area are among the many features in this half-acre lot.

Pam Keene

Nestled in a woodland setting, this garden stop is rich in diversity, color and texture. More than 100 azaleas, plus daylilies, gardenias, evergreens, hydrangeas, perennials and annuals rest on a carpet of zoysia. Other highlights include hybrid tea and knockout roses, a vegetable garden, herb garden and fruit trees.

Dave Rusk

This country manor garden is a real charmer. Enter through an arbor and walk down a path lined with daylilies, calla lilies, dahlias, iris, gladioli, butterfly bushes, lantana and a host of other perennials and annuals. A raised vegetable garden and herb garden are also among the offerings at Mulberry Manor.

Fran Henry

Having been certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and a pollinator garden/way station by Monarchs Across Georgia, this garden is definitely "for the birds" - and the butterflies, pollinating insects and other wildlife. This sanctuary includes an array of nectar-producing plants, including coneflowers, butterfly bushes, salvia, viburnum and blanket flowers.

Each garden will offer some unique extras, including educational information, refreshments, pass-along plants and even music.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Hall County Extension office and at various retail garden centers around Hall County.

Billy Skaggs is an agricultural agent and Hall County extension coordinator. Phone: 770-531-6988. Fax: 770-531-3994.