Home Depot to hold Gwinnett Village landscaping workshops

NORCROSS - A local improvement area is partnering with The Home Depot to offer workshops where Gwinnett residents can learn how to help their gardens survive the drought.

The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District spent $810,000 to landscape Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Indian Trail and Beaver Ruin roads' interchanges with Interstate 85.

Workshop attendees will receive information about how to make their own yards look similar to the interstate landscapes.

The workshops will be held at The Home Depot stores at 4136 Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross, 3755 Shackleford Road in Duluth and 4028 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn. They will begin at 10 a.m. Saturdays.

Attendees will get seasonal planting tips, including information on planting materials and tips for dealing with drought conditions.

Gwinnett Village residents and business owners will be able to buy the same materials used on the I-85 interchanges.

John McHenry, the CID's program director, said having residents landscape their yards like the on-ramps will show the group's commitment to the entire area.

"The interchanges show what we can do on a larger level," he said. "When things look better, they're better taken care of, people treat them better."

People coming to the workshops are asked to bring in a photograph and dimensions of the area they would like to landscape.

Home Depot associates will give advice on proper spacing and suggestion plant selections based on the location's exposure to sun.

A sample quote for a five by 10 foot installation including plants, compost, soil conditioner and mulch is about $260, and could be installed over a single weekend.