Tour of Gardens celebrates 10 years with favorite stops

The Rockwall County Master Gardener Association has featured this familiar image on its Tour of Gardens posters every year for the past decade.

Tickets are on sale now!

(ROCKWALL-April 19, 2013) The 10th Annual Tour of Gardens, the premier educational event of the Rockwall County Master Gardener Association, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, this year’s Tour of Gardens will include visits to favorite gardens from past tours. Cost is $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the tour. Tickets are on sale now at American National Bank – Ridge Road & North Goliad; Covington’s Nursery; Culver’s Restaurant; Land Art Nursery; The Life House; as well as from any Rockwall County Master Gardener.  They can also be purchased at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office located at 915 Whitmore, Suite B in Rockwall.  Visit or call 972-204-7660 for more information!

Ticket holders will be able to view four gardens; three of these private gardens are located in Old Town Rockwall and one is a showplace located in Heath.  Visitors on tour day will also view two public gardens.

Special activities at the Discovery Garden will include:

  • A variety of topiaries will be displayed in the community garden.  The creative botanical interpretations will be constructed by the Master Gardeners.
  • A company with whimsical whirligigs will be exhibiting a delightful selection of garden art.   Tour visitors will be able to order their favorite wind catchers from the vendor.
  • Ticket holders will also have an opportunity to support the Discovery Garden’s mission by purchasing a brick engraved with their choice of words.  The bricks will form a walkway in the garden that will highlight these generous donors.

Two fun contests will also be conducted during the tour:

  • Master Gardener volunteers have enjoyed the decorated hats worn by our tour visitors in past years.  A decorated hat or cap contest will be held on tour day!  Ticket holders who wear a fun garden themed hat or cap will be photographed at one of the sites on the tour.  The Master Gardeners will vote on the winner and a special prize will be rewarded.
  • Those tour visitors who got to all six garden sites and get their ticket stamped at each site will be eligible for chances to win the grand prizes awarded to our survey respondents.  After you go to all six garden locations,  write your name and a method of contact on the ticket and then leave the ticket at the last garden visited.  You must respond to the online survey during the two weeks after the tour for name to be eligible for more chances to win the top prizes.

The Rockwall County Master Gardener Association is coordinated by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with the support of theRockwall County Commissioners Court, under the direction of County Extension Agent Todd Williams. This group of trained volunteer educators is dedicated to expanding horticultural knowledge in Rockwall County through outreach, teaching and demonstration events.

The 2013 officers of the Rockwall County Master Gardener Association include Linsley Srygley, president; Anita McCoy, vice president; Kay McKown, secretary; and Millie Lambert, treasurer.  

Submitted by Shelly Spearman, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.