Women's Club hosts backyard tours

DULUTH - This summer, the Women's Club of Sugarloaf Country Club wants Gwinnett residents consider a new vacation destination: their own backyards.

Six homes in the luxury golf community in Duluth will be open for backyard tours Saturday, and proceeds from the first-ever Outdoor Living Tour will benefit the Duluth Cooperative Ministry, the Foster Children's Foundation and the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center.

"The idea was to promote the staycation that seems to be popular," said Jane Denton, president of the women's club's charity board. "You know, have a vacation in your own backyard type of premise. (The tour is) a way to bring people in to enjoy their own backyards."

Guests will tour pool, patio and deck areas featuring outdoor kitchens, fire pits and more for the ultimate relaxation destination.

"Each outdoor living space is unique and offer a wide range of staycation ideas," Denton said.

At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., a presentation will be given on "Creating the Vision in Landscapes" at the first home on the tour, while certified arborist Theresa Schrum, a producer and expert on Walter Reeves' "Lawn and Garden Show" on WSB 750-AM, will answer questions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the third home on the tour.

Children under the age of 13 are not permitted on the Outdoor Living Tour. For more information on the event, visit www.sugarloaftour.com.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Outdoor Living Tour

· When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Sugarloaf Country Club off Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth

· Cost: $12 in advance and $15 at the door

· For more information: Visit www.sugarloaftour.com