2012 Garden Tour Information


2012 Garden Tour & Plant Sale

Gwinnett County Master Gardeners

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the garden tour and plant sale benefit the community projects of the Gwinnett Master Gardeners.  Master Gardeners will be available at each site to answer your questions and handle ticket.  Plants will be available for purchase at one of the gardens.  The location will be announced closer to tour day. Please check our website for the location.

General Information:

  • Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at any of the three private gardens.   Tickets purchased on tour day are $20. Tickets will not be available at Harvest Farm or Parsons Elementary School.
  • Please check our website before you begin the tour for any new garden tour information or possible changes.
  • No strollers in the gardens.  Parents must hold their children’s hands.
  • No pets are allowed in the gardens.
  • The garden tour will be held rain or shine.
  • Gardens are not wheelchair accessible.


Iris’ in the Bad Lands

By Kay M. Phiel, Gwinnett County Master Gardener
In early May, 2011,  a friend and I took a Road Scholar/Elderhostle program to the Black Hills, Bad Lands, and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  We were surprised to see a Prairie Homestead out in the very desolate-looking Bad Lands area of western South Dakota.  It was raining fairly heavily that day so we didn’t explore as much as we might have.  I picked up a brochure just before we reboarded the bus and was surprised to read a portion on Iris Gardens.   We did not actually see the iris’ when we were there, as they were in another area, but I thought you might find the brochure interesting.


Iris Gardens
(Retyped from a brochure about a Prairie Homestead in the Bad Lands, Philip, South Dakota)

“When the first Homesteaders came to this area many of them brought iris plants from home, knowing that the hardy plant could withstand the trip west for weeks or months on end, in the hot summer as well as the cold winter.  These little iris plants grew and multiplied rapidly, therefore they were shared with neighbors and used as decorative plants to place on graves.  There are still some of the original iris, often called flags, on the prairies where a homesteader once lived.  The buildings may be gone but the iris lives on at these abandoned home sites.  Throughout the Great Plains, from Mexico to Canada, iris can be found blooming in and around old cemeteries.
“After extensive research, we have found that there are also varieties of iris than can be found in the old cemeteries, many of them having been there for at least one hundred years.  Whenever we find iris that have spread away from the graves as well as outside the fences, perhaps in nearby ditches, we take samples and plant them near the north entrance to Prairie Homestead.  Many of these cemeteries contain graves dating back to the Civil War and the early 1900’s.
“It is also thought that early Episcopal pastors may have distributed a particular variety of iris to their parishioners here in western South Dakota, as the same color and variety can be found existing in many of their old cemeteries.
“The iris that we have collected indicate that they have lived and multiplied without any care, through intense heat, bitter cold and lack of rainfall, and are not one of the new varieties found today.  The samples are labeled on a small cross with the name of the cemetery and when possible the nearest town.
The iris around the entrance sign are a mixture of the old iris as well as some of the newest hybrids, many donated by interested family and friends.”

2011 Gwinnett County Fair Home Garden Exhibit Info

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  • Entries are to be brought to the fairgrounds on Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. You do not have to pre-register any of the home garden exhibits. Directions to the fairgrounds can be found at www.gwinnettcountyfair.com
  • Exhibits must be grown by name on entry or will be disqualified.
  • Pick up will be Monday, September 26th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. After that time, entries will be disposed of. You can pick up your prize money at this time also.
  • Prize money: 1st – $7.00, 2nd – $5.00, and 3rd – $4.00. Exhibits with no competition will receive 1st place ribbon and 2nd place money. Judging of entries will be 10:30 a.m. on the day of take-in.
  • Exhibits not listed in a class may be displayed and if sufficient amount of entries, a class can be added. In some classes, ribbons may be awarded but no money.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for attaching their name, address, email address, phone number and class number to entries. No special tag is required; however, tags are available for pick-up at the Gwinnett Extension Office or available at “take-in.”
  • Exhibitors may prepare their exhibits by cleaning, washing and polishing or waxing their entries. Produce may be displayed on foam trays, sturdy paper plates, baskets, etc. Exhibitors are responsible for picking up any display materials they wish to keep on pick up day. Materials not picked up will be disposed of.


1. Apples – 3
2. Beans – Lima/Butterbeans – handful
3. Beans – String – handful
4. Beans – Other – handful
5. Berries – Small tray or basket – pint size
6. Corn – White 3
7. Corn – Yellow 3
8. Corn – Best stalks – 3
9. Cucumbers – 2
10. Dried – Lima/ butterbeans – 1 pint
11. Dried – Other – 1 pint
12. Dried – Peas – 1 pint
13. Dried – Seeds – 1 pint
14. Eggplant – 1
15. Figs – 3
16. Gourds – Martin type – 1
17. Gourds – Other – 1
18. Honey – 1 pint with comb
19. Honey – 1 pint NO comb
20. Muscadines – 1 pint container
21. Nuts – Chestnuts – small tray or basket
22. Nuts – Other – small tray or basket
23. Okra – Green – 6
24. Okra – Other – 6
25. Onions (bunch)
26. Peanuts – 1 single plant
27. Pears – 3
28. Peas – handful
29. Pepper – Bell – 3
30. Pepper – Banana – 3 (hot & sweet)
31. Pepper – Hot – 3
32. Pepper – Other – 3
33. Pepper – Potted – 3 on a bush
34. Potatoes – Irish Red – 3
35. Potatoes – Irish White – 3
36. Potatoes – Sweet – 3
37. Pumpkin – Small pie – 1
38. Pumpkin – Orange – 1
39. Pumpkin – Largest – 1
40. Pumpkin – Tan – 1
41. Pumpkin – Ornamentals
42. Squash – Butternut – 3
43. Squash – Yellow – 3
44. Squash – Zucchini – 3
45. Squash – Other – 3
46. Sunflower – Largest
47. Sunflower – Novelty
48. Tomatoes – Novelty
49. Tomatoes – Red – 3
50. Tomatoes – Yellow – 3
51. Watermelon – Icebox
52. Watermelon – Largest
53. Other – Miscellaneous
54. Creative Vegetable Display
Display can consist of a variety of vegetables,
gourds, etc. Not to exceed space of 18 x 18”.
Youth Classes – 15 years and Under
55. Decorated Fruit or vegetable (1)
56. Garden Friend – Scarecrow or garden companion
57. Pictures made with seeds. Let your imagination go wild on a thick piece of mat board, or thin wood, bring in your picture created with garden seeds. No need for framing, just trimmed out nicely. Picture must be completely made of seeds that you plant in the garden. Finished size can be no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches. This class is for youth 15 years and under only. Rules will be followed or will be disqualified.
Questions: Contact Tim Daly at Gwinnett Extension
678-377-4010 or tdaly@uga.edu

2011 GCMGA Plant Sale

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 – 9:30 a.m to while supplies last

Cool-Ray Field Parking Lot

2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Need any vegetable plants such as Tomatoes and peppers for your garden? How about some Blueberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry plants? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you need to join us for our Annual Plant Sale. This year we have moved to another location and have expanded to be even bigger and better.

Here are some of the plants that will be available: Hellebores, native azaleas, Iris, day lilies, hosta, ferns, annuals, perennials, and much more. Our plants are locally “dug” in our community, so they are the “tried and true” for doing great in our area.

Gwinnett Master Gardeners will be there to answer all your plant questions and assist you with selections best suited for your landscape whether it be sun or shade.

We will also offer fantastic yard art to accent your landscape and garden. We will have bluebird houses, bird feeders, stepping stones, painted gourds and much more at very reasonable prices.

Rain or shine, we will have the sale. Come early and get the best selections.

Questions should be addressed to: Aaron Tulin at aarontulin@remax.net.

Tell your friends and see you at the sale.