Smyrna Garden Tour Is May 17

Smyrna yard_2013 arborAre you thinking about what you might want to do with your yard this year? Want to learn the secrets of some of Smyrna’s best gardeners? Looking ahead for a great Mother’s Day gift?

The sixth annual Keep Smyrna Beautiful Garden Tour will be May 17, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For only $10 ($15 the day of the event) you can tour four unique home gardens, the rose gardens at Delmar Gardens, and enjoy great food and music at the Tea Room.  As an added bonus, local artists will be painting throughout the day at selected gardens.   This year’s gardens include an elegant downsized garden with creative use of containers, the home garden of a Master Gardener plant expert and plant collector, the lush urban vegetable and flower garden of a delightful historic home renovation, and a beautiful do-it-yourself urban retreat. Owners of our 2014 featured gardens will be available to share stories of their successes and lessons learned.

Tour patrons can relax, sample great food, listen to music, and browse the sponsor tables and plant sale for sweet deals at the Taylor-Brawner House Tea Room. The Taylor-Brawner House, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, has been expertly restored and is a treat on its own.  Live music provided by the Campbell High School String Quartet and local pianist Barbara Kinkaid will make this a special experience of Smyrna’s local talents and heritage.

Keep Smyrna Beautiful is honored to have the Charyn Darby Foundation as the tour’s presenting sponsor for the second year in a row. Charyn Darby was a prominent Smyrna businesswoman, owning North Georgia Trophy and Engraving for many years. She was active in numerous community organizations and a big supporter of Keep Smyrna Beautiful. When Ms. Darby passed away in 2009, her estate plans included the creation of the Charyn Darby Foundation to continue her legacy of community support.

A map is provided with each ticket. Owners and trained volunteers will be on hand at each garden to guide you, answer your questions and share their resources. These gardens have examples of how to cleverly solve a variety of gardening problems and make the most of your very own slice of Smyrna. Come out for a day of fun, food, art, music, and learning! All proceeds go to Smyrna community projects such as tree plantings at Brawner Park and to shade Smyrna’s new walking trails.  Tickets are on sale at the Smyrna Community Center, the Smyrna Recycling Center, Vickery Hardware, Backyard Feed and Seed, and Love Street Gifts.  Tickets will only be sold at the Taylor –Brawner House on the day of the event. Call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863 for more information.

From the May 2014 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.