Fall arrived last week and with it comes the opportunity to participate in local gardening activities.
The Augusta Council of Garden Clubs is hosting its annual Peek-a-Boo Fall Tour of Gardens on Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There are seven stops on this year’s tour including the gardens of Betty and Roger Davis in the Wexford Subdivision in Evans. Other stops include Crystal and George Eskola’s garden in National Hills; Patti Barrett and Bonnie Thurmond’s gardens in the Rockbrook subdivision; Faye and Tom Sherrill’s gardens in Sugar Mill; and Rita and Jack Hamilton and Helen Kanavage’s gardens in the Mayo subdivision.
According to Norma Patterson, a tour organizer, the gardens offer something for everyone. She calls the Eskola gardens a “horticultural jewel with a surprise around every corner” and said the Sherrill gardens are a “perfect mixture of formal and whimsy.” The Davis garden is a “contemporary cottage garden.”
Tickets for the tour are just $10 and can be purchased by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Ann Leonard at (706) 860-8584.
In conjunction with the Peek-a-Boo tour, the Landscape Design Consultants of the Garden Club of Georgia will offer a Tri-Refresher program. The areas of emphasis are landscape design, gardening study and environmental studies.
Presentations and tours will be offered Oct. 4-5.
“Consultants must complete a school, pass tests and periodically update their certification by attending more classes,” said Augusta Council of Garden Clubs President Judy Kirkland.
“However, the session is open to anyone. It does not require participants to be consultants or members of a garden club.”
Participation in the Tri-Refresher course costs $65 and includes the tour of the gardens on the Peek-a-Boo list. Speakers for the Tri-Refresher course include Jenks Farmer Patti Barrett, who is also a nursery owner, author and garden curator. Savannah RiverKeeper Tonya Bonitatibus and Keep Columbia County Beautiful Green Program Manager Jenny Hinton will also make presentations.
A guided Petersburg Boat Tour of the Augusta Canal and a visit to the Augusta Museum of History are also part of the program.
“Barrett and Bonitatibus will present at the Jameson Suites,” said Kirkland. “The others will be on site at the Columbia County Recycling location and on the canal and in the museum.”
For more information about the Tri-Refresher course, contact Kirkland at email@example.com.