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Sacred Heart Garden Festival

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 9:00am

Sacred Heart Cultural Center
1301 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901


9 AM - 9 PM: Garden Festival

Enjoy inspiring landscape and floral exhibits, discover hard to find plants, garden accessories and unique decorative items in the Garden Market and enjoy educational and entertaining speakers at Sacred Heart Cultural Center during Festival hours.

$25 Three Day Garden Tour Ticket until April 25: $30 at the door - Includes admission to Sacred Heart Cultural Center and the Garden Tour
$10 Daily Sacred Heart Cultural Center Admission - Exhibits, Garden Market and Lectures (Does NOT include Garden Tour)

12 PM - 5 PM: Tour of Gardens

Visit exceptional private gardens which are generally not open to the public. Visit the garden tours for more information about the specific gardens featured this year.

$25 three day ticket in advance // $30 at the door
Includes admission to Sacred Heart Exhibits, Garden Market, Lectures & Tours

5 PM - 9 PM: Friday Night in the Garden

Unwind with great music, signature beverages, flavorful eats and more in Sacred Heart's courtyard garden. In addition, enjoy visiting the exhibits and vendors in the vibrant atmosphere of a Spring Night.

Tickets: $10
Included with Preview Party Ticket & Three Day Festival and Garden Tour Ticket

Garden Speaker Times

9:30 AM: Gerald Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana
Simplicity in Landscape Design

Gerald Stephens attended Clemson University to study engineering. Duty to his country interrupted his college career and Gerald enlisted in the army and was a 1st Lieutenant in Germany and Vietnam. Upon returning to the States, his brother, Ted Stephens, asked him to help with Nurseries Caroliniana before heading back to college. That was forty-six years ago and he has been VP of the nursery since. Gerald also works as a landscape designer and one of his specialties is to diagnosis disease and problems in plants. Gerald is married to his “sweetheart” of 45 years and has two sons who have joined him at the nursery. Many people wonder about the nursery’s name. "Caroliniana" is a botanical species epithet meaning "from the Carolinas" in Latin. For instance, Carolina cherry is Prunus caroliniana, or literally, "a prune from the Carolinas.”

11:00 AM: Becky Griffin, UGA Community & School Garden Coordinator and Certified GA Beekeeper
Our fascinating Georgia bees - from honey bees to native bees

Becky Griffin is University of Georgia (UGA) Extension’s Community & School Garden Coordinator where she works with UGA Extension agents across the state helping create successful gardens. Becky believes in the whole ecosystem of the garden and frequently teaches workshops on beneficial entomology and integrated pest management. She is the coordinator of the 2019 Great Georgia Pollinator Census and participates in pollinator research. Being a certified Georgia beekeeper, Becky has great affection for all of our Georgia bees!

Butterfly House presented by Bedford Greenhouses
Daily during Festival Hours

Experience live butterflies up close! Wander through and feed beautiful butterflies in their thoughfully created habitat made possible by Bedford Greenhouses and McKnight Construction Company. Learn about these fascinating creatures in this exhibit that proves to be magical, yet entertaining.

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