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Sacred Heart Garden Festival

Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 at 9:00am

Sacred Heart Cultural Center
1301 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901


9 AM - 5 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

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Seedling Saturday

Children can experience gardening with hands-on activities such as planting sprouted seeds, making seed balls and learning different ways to start seeds and enjoy other gardening activities. Children 12 and under are FREE with a ticketed adult

Garden Speaker Times

9:30 AM: Karin Jeffcoat, Cote Designs
Garden Inspired Floral Arrangements

Cote Designs is owned and operated by lead floral designer and creative genius Karin Jeffcoat. Karin has spent 20 years refining her craft creating luxury events and serving as Augusta National's floral director, but you will always find her with a little dirt under her nails, a warm smile, and breathtaking florals spilling out of her suburban.

11:00 AM: Susan Meyers, Monarch Butterfly Expert
Monarchs and Milkweek Across Georgia

Susan Meyers has worked in the field of environmental education (EE) for more than twenty years. Now retired, she is now able to devote more time to her passion, “planting the seeds" of awareness, understanding and commitment to monarch education, conservation and research. Susan was “bitten by the bug” so to speak in 2003 after a visit to the monarch winter sanctuaries in Mexico’s Transvolcanic Mountain Range with Dr. Bill Calvert, the scientist upon which Sue Halpern’s travelogue, Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly, was based. Since that life-changing event, Susan has volunteered with Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG), coordinating trips to those Mexican sanctuaries for eight years, administering MAG’s Pollinator Habitat Grants and Certification programs, coordinating their Mexico Book Project and Plant Sales, facilitating teacher workshops, developing lessons and activities for students, and searching out every opportunity to learn more about this fascinating insect. She is a Trainer for the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP), a Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watch based at the University of Kansas, and routinely raises, tags and tests monarchs for Project Monarch Health, a citizen science program based at the University of Georgia. She is also a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Certified Environmental Educator, and a member of The Garden Club of Georgia. Her pollinator garden in Lilburn has six different species of Georgia native milkweeds and a variety of nectar and host plants for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in environmental science.

12:30 PM: P.J. Perea, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, UGA
Garden Critters

Join P.J. Perea as he talks about beneficial Garden Critters found in your garden and landscape. Participants will have a chance to meet many of these critters directly following the talk.

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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