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April 16, 2013

OACA prepares for community garden tour

MILLEDGEVILLE — An upcoming garden tour aims to highlight the unique interests of area horticultural lovers and benefit an area nonprofit organization assisting adults with developmental disabilities.

Organizers with Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy (OACA) are in the process of putting the finishing touches on its second annual “Not Your Mama's Garden Tour.” This year's tour is set just in time for Mother's Day weekend. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The gardens featured on the tour range in size and quantity, each one reflecting the owners' love of horticulture. According to a press release on the event, tour-goers will take in five exquisite garden sites around downtown Eatonton ranging from the formal and pristine, to the do-it-yourself, lived in garden. 

“The tour allows us to showcase a few of the community's unique gardens,” said Brittany Curry, coordinator at OACA.

Last year's garden tour began in downtown Milledgeville, but this year's tour will begin in downtown Eatonton, featuring five gardens and unique vintage garden ornaments. 

All proceeds from the Garden Tour will support the work of Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy, a nonprofit organization established in 1983 in Milledgeville, whose main objective is to provide protection and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities through personal relationships. 

Tickets for the tour are now available. They can be purchased for $15 by calling Curry at (478) 452-6968. The Citizen Advocacy office is located at 118 North Wayne St. (in downtown Milledgeville across from ACE Hardware). Tickets will also be available at each site the day of the tour. For a map of the garden locations and for more information, visit www.oconeeareacitizenadvocacy.org.

“We know the weather can be unpredictable but come rain or shine the tour will go on,” said Curry. 

Gardens featured on this year's tour include: the home of Ernest Rogers, 203 Church St., the home of Bob Holland, 206 N. Madison Ave., the home of Susan Hitchcock and Jim Garner, 107 Hudson Road, the home of Joye Hancock, 310 E. Magnolia St., and the home of Keith Rowell and Shelagh Fagan, 300 N. Madison Ave.

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