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Snellville breaks ground on community garden

SNELLVILLE -- Let the planting begin.

Leaders broke ground Sunday -- Earth Day -- on The Community Garden@ Snellville, a planned spot for gardeners at Marigold Road and Sawyer Parkway in the city's T.W. Briscoe Park.

The garden, which will be built with donations and sponsorships, will allow residents an opportunity to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables for their own consumption or to donate to charities. A press release said it will also serve as an education venue and a destination for special events.

The education sessions began right away, with Master Gardener Martha Whitman teaching members of Girl Scout Daisy Troop 13686 how to plant flowers and herbs in pots. Also at Sunday's event, Girl Scout Troop 1400 demonstrated composting and Steve Rasmussen conducted a bee-keeping workshop.

"We have had a tremendous response not only from gardening enthusiasts, but from people who are interested in using the garden's demonstration areas for seminars, ecology-awareness events and school field trips," Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts said.

Councilman Bobby Howard added, "The Community Garden will be built in stages, and as you can see from the master plan, it will become a great location for weddings, receptions and private parties."