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Fort Yargo flower beds win award

WINDER - Fort Yargo is officially one of the most beautifully decorated parks in the state. Or at least its front entrance is.

The park's flower beds in front of the office won second place in the beauty spot category of the Parks and Public Lands Beautification Program, sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia. Fort Yargo was one of five entrants in that category.

Volunteers with Tri-County Master Gardeners, from Barrow, Jackson and Walton counties, planted the flower beds last spring, replacing what was earlier an ordinary grassy area.

"The plantings criteria state that it had to be native plants from Georgia, so we were limited in what kinds of plants we could use," said Park Manager Eric Bentley. "By using natives, they will be more drought tolerant and deer resistant that other plants."

A cash award of $350 will be put back into the Friends of Fort Yargo account to buy more plants for the master gardeners to plant on site, Bentley said.