The Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association hosts tour of gardens

The 2013 Tour of Gardens, put on by the Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and will tour various gardens in the Gwinnett area. The tour costs $15 before May 10 and $20 after. The association is a non-profit organization that holds local fundraisers at school gardens and has monthly meetings January through November.

The tour features five certified National Wildlife Habitats and five private gardens. Properties include the McDaniel Farm, Norman Downes, Pet Parties Farm and Genia's Retreat located in the Duluth and Grayson cities in Gwinnett.

McDaniel Farm and Norman Downes are two properties in Duluth that feature a 1930s "Archie Garden" and farmhouse ground which donates vegetables to "Feed the Hungry", and a four-acre, certified wildlife habitat, located on Lake Norman with various wildlife and open sporting activity areas.

The Grayson properties, Genia's Retreat and Pet Parties Farm, offer two certified wildlife habitats that welcome anyone who enjoys pets or reading a nice book under the pergola. Becoming inspired to plan a garden project or just sitting down to watch wildlife in action is also a delight to the people who visit.

The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association was established in 1993 and is an educational non-profit adult volunteer group that requires many skills to become a member. The exclusive group requires a 13-week course in horticulture followed by a comprehensive exam and more than 50 hours of volunteer work, and recommends additional training classes at the University of Georgia.

For more information about the tour or about the Gwinnett County Master Gardener Association visit www.gwinnettmastergardeners.com or email gmggardentour2013@gmail.com.