Organizers are gearing up for the annual Sacred Heart Garden Festival. The festival is a highlight for area gardeners, as they are able to tour local gardens, attend various lectures and visit with floral and landscape exhibitors.
This year’s show will kick off on Thursday, April 24 with a Garden Festival Preview Party at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. It will feature food, music and the first viewing of gardens and floral exhibits. Tickets for this event are $65 per person.
The festival gears up at 9 a.m. April 25 with exhibits, speakers and the Garden Market shop open until 5 p.m. Tours of gardens will be held from noon to 5 p.m.
The festival and garden tours will run throughout the weekend. Saturday festival hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and garden tours will be given from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday’s festival hours are noon until 5 p.m., with tours running at the same time.
Tickets for the annual event can be purchased in a variety of ways. Guests can enjoy the festival, the tours or both. Tickets cost $10 for a one-day pass to the exhibits, Garden Market and lectures. A $25 three-day pass includes the garden tours, as well as the Garden Market, lectures and exhibits.
Speakers at this year’s festival include Matt Nichols, Dee Nash, Vince Smith, Todd Schafer, Tracy Middlebrooks, Ted Stephens, Connie Head and Maria Novajosky. Among speaker topics are rare and exceptional Japanese maples, growing a vegetable garden, flowers made easy, cooking from the garden and an introduction to beekeeping.
Vendors to the Garden Market include garage organization, birdhouses, pottery, outdoor lighting, garden accessories and plants, garden tools, and vintage linens.
Tickets to the festival and tours can be purchased at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, by phone at (706) 826-4700 or online at www.sacredheartgardenfestival.com. The online link will provide a complete schedule of speaker times, as well as additional festival information.
Proceeds support the legacy of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, a former Catholic Church built in the late 1800s that currently serves as a venue for local choral concerts, art exhibits and holiday events.