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Decatur Garden Tour Sneak Peek

by Rebecca Lynn Aulph

For those who need to schedule a time and place to smell the roses, pencil the 2012 Decatur Garden Tour into your planner. Decatur, Georgia is coming up roses this weekend, which means many of the 13 gardens and public places on display will feature the perennial. Start touring where the event sprouted, at the Wylde Center (pictured below), formerly known as the Oakhurst Community Garden Project.

Renamed to honor the late Sally Wylde, founder of the community garden, the regional nonprofit organization serves as a community gathering space and has 34 plots, beehives and a demonstration vegetable garden, while also heading up the Decatur Farm to School initiative. Volunteer opportunities exist to monitor the chicken coop and weed the garden, but the Decatur Garden Tour allows one to enjoy the toil of others without getting dirty, only inspired. The center will be holding its annual spring plant sale during the tour, with vegetables, fruit trees and herbs available for purchase.

After the Wylde Center, there are 10 private gardens on the tour, before reaching the historic Decatur Cemetery and Woodlands Garden, the final destination. I caught Daiga Dunis watering her garden, the second stop on tour advertised for its hydrangeas, woodland garden and pond. She invited me into her back yard for a sneak peak and said the plants look best around five o’clock, so keep that in mind.

Gardens on the tour will be open Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, from noon-5 p.m., with a special evening tour on Saturday from 7-9 to showcase Rose Hill (pictured at the top), an antebellum-style home with a variety of roses and a greenhouse full of orchids on Pinetree Drive.

Advance tickets for the weekend are $20, and admission is $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit decaturgardentour.com. Proceeds benefit the Wylde Center.

Rebecca Lynn Aulph is Deep South’s newest intern. She fell in love with Decatur upon moving there after graduating from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and lives downtown. Find out more about her in our Contributors section

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