Symphony of Garden Tours begin Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 29, 2010

NATCHEZ — Some of Natchez’s prettiest landmarks will be on display Friday and Saturday during the fourth annual Symphony of Garden Tours.

Event chairperson Karen Dardick said the two-day event is meant to educate and inspire gardeners.

“Seeing the beautiful flowers and designs and plant combinations in other gardens always gets ideas flowing of what can be done in your personal garden,” Dardick said. “You can learn about plants that you might not have thought about putting in your garden.”

The Symphony of Garden self-guided tours begin Friday and continue with tours and a workshop on Saturday.

“We’ve picked gardens of different sizes and types,” Dardick said. “There is something to appeal to everyone, no matter what type of gardener they are.”

Friday’s tour, from 4 to 7 p.m., includes Gloucester, Wilkins Town House and Thompson Garden. Saturday’s tour, from 9 a.m. to noon, includes The Towers, Monmouth, the Guercio Garden and the Fitch Garden.

Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass.

Saturday’s events also include an indoor garden workshop at 2 p.m. at the Natchez Convention Center. Dardick said the workshop was added to increase the educational value of the tours. Local gardening experts will be the presenters during the workshop.

Dardick, a rose gardener, will talk about roses and companion plants. Gabriel Cassagne will talk about the use of color in gardens. Lucy Miller will discuss the benefits and ways of making compost. Betty Lou Nettles, a local landscape designer will talk about landscape design in Natchez.

The workshop is free with a ticket to either the Friday or Saturday tour.

There will be door prizes and seed giveaways during the workshop.

“It is a really informal way to beef up the event and get advice from people who have figured out things that will work through their own trial and error,” Dardick said.

The tours are a fundraiser for the not-for-profit group Grow Natchez Gardens which offers gardening education on the local level.

Tickets can be purchased at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center, by calling 601-446-6345 or online at www.visitnatchez.org.