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Wylde Center hosting Garden Tour on May 14


Wylde Center hosting Garden Tour on May 14

Photo provided by the Wylde Center.
Photo provided by the Wylde Center.

Photo provided by the Wylde Center.

Public and private gardens will be on display May 14 for Into the Wylde: A Tour of Gardens and Greenspaces, hosted by the Wylde Center.

The tour will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Wylde Center members, $20 for non-members in advance and $25 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at http://wyldecenter.org/into-the-wylde/, Intown Ace Hardware on Scott Boulevard in Decatur and at the Oakhurst Garden, according to the Wylde Center. The event is free for children age 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Wylde Center.

The event is rain or shine.

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“The tour, Into the Wylde: A Tour of Gardens and Greenspaces, will feature both private gardens and public gardens and parks, including the Decatur garden of internationally-known garden designer and author Ryan Gainey, the Wylde Center’s Oakhurst Garden, Decatur Cemetery, Scott Park and Woodlands Garden,” a press release from the Wylde Center says.

“We are excited to open up some very lovely private gardens to the public, including the ever-evolving home garden of Ryan Gainey,” Aditi Bhardwaj, chairman of the tour, is quoted as saying in the press release. “The tour is self-guided, so attendees can spend as much time as they wish at each stop and plan their own route, and volunteers will be stationed at the gardens to answer questions. Among the features attendees will see are: a pergola surrounded by blooming shrubs and fountains, a pollinator-friendly cottage garden, a shade garden underneath a flowering Yoshino cherry tree, a collection of heirloom roses, a variety of garden ‘rooms’ and a backyard campfire ring with seating. One of the private gardens on the tour is an Atlanta Audubon and National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat.

“We also hope the one-day tour will encourage the community to visit public greenspaces they may be familiar with, but perhaps haven’t explored. The Decatur Cemetery is the oldest municipal cemetery in the metro Atlanta region and comprises 58 beautiful acres. Woodlands Gardens was gifted to the City of Decatur by the Morse family, who began cultivating the seven woodland acres when Dr. and Mrs. Chester Morse moved to the site in 1946. Scott Park is an organic community garden located behind the Decatur Recreation Center and adjacent to the Decatur Public Library, and includes community garden plots.  Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at Scott Park at 11 a.m. the day of the tour. Oakhurst Garden is the Wylde Center’s original garden and serves as the organization’s headquarters.  It includes community garden plots, a chicken coop with chickens, bee hive, Cobb Adobe House, pond, and growing area.”


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