Nothing gets the design ideas flowing like a walk through an impressive garden. Some are personal masterpieces and others are continuous life-long love affairs.

They all manifest the passion of their gardeners and will help ignite your passion for designing your own garden. Viewing what another garden designer has accomplished opens your eyes to what is attainable.

Scroll down for a preview of the private gardens to be featured during the tour.

*** NO STROLLERS OR PETS IN THE GARDENS (with exception to service dogs)

 

Explore the beautiful grounds of this 150-year-old historic landmark to learn about its remarkable history, first as a Catholic Church and, after surviving a 15-year vacancy, being restored to become a non-profit cultural center and event venue. Guests will marvel at the 15 styles of brick work, the elaborate Romanesque architecture, and the meticulous preservation efforts that keep the campus thriving with special events. It also serves as the home to nine non-profit organizations and small businesses. Even if you’ve admired the beauty of Sacred Heart before, don’t miss this special stop on the tour to see it in a whole new way! (Tour ends at 4:00 pm on Friday, April 26)

Select vendors on location:
Just Japanese Maples, a nursery providing various shapes, sizes and colors of Japanese maples.
Guild Garden Shed, offering a wide variety of potted plants and garden accessories. All proceeds will benefit the Guild of Sacred Heart. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

 

 

The gardens of this 1911 Dutch Colonial Revival home were originally designed by a Boston landscape architecture firm for the Chicago couple who built the lovely home as their winter residence. The gardens were later augmented with southern climate-friendly plants by Augusta’s Julia Lester Dillon, the South’s first female landscape designer. Twin Gables became the home for the presidents of Augusta University in 1984. It is now home to a young family who is lovingly caring for the gardens previously owned by her maternal great-grandparents from 1955-1972. The lush grounds are sure to delight visitors with its formal and casual entertainment areas.

Select vendor on location:
Trusty Farms, a retail plant nursery in Jackson, SC specializing in unusual perennials, mushrooms, etc.

 

This beautiful, historic home was originally built in 1823 but grew in size and ornamentation by successive owners. The home was owned by several notable Augustans in the 1800s, including a Georgia Governor, Charles J. Jenkins, and it served as the Governor's Mansion.  It was named Green Court in the 1920s by a northern businessman and founder of Quaker Oats, Henry Parsons Crowell, as his winter residence. Crowell, an acclaimed gardener,  created the lush gardens and invited the public for tours once a year. The current owners, who purchased Green Court two years ago, are lovingly restoring the gardens back to the original vision of Mr. Crowell. Gardeners at all levels will be inspired by the lovely results of their efforts.

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Historic Augusta will be selling its beautiful book commemorating the organization’s 50th anniversary and featuring an overview of Augusta’s history through its architecture from the 18th to the late twentieth centuries. Proceeds from book sales benefit the mission of Historic Augusta.

 

Explore the flower fields, gardens and rare plant nursery on this 1750’s farm that’s been featured in Southern Living, Garden and Gun and The New York Times. The ‘business’ side includes an organic lily farm specializing in big bulbs like milk and wine crinums and pineapple and spider lilies. Interplanted in those are rows of flowers and vegetables. Relax under towering pecans and explore the preserved barns which now serve as work spaces and educational spaces for gardening and writing classes. Around the home, Southern cottage gardens sprawl and old school perennials and shrubs fill the spaces around an old water tower, smoke house and donkey pasture. This is a magical farm where Jenks Farmer and Tom Hall work hard to preserve the integrity of the land and rural nature of simple country life. A visit is worth the short drive from downtown Augusta to revel in the joys of this “funky little flower farm.” Visitors to Jenks Farmer’s farm can enjoy family-friendly “Sowing the Seeds,” where gardeners of all ages learn the basics of seed germination and transplanting seedlings to their long-term home. Free with an adult paid ticket.

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Jenks will be offering a variety of items for purchase including specialty flower bulbs, other connoisseur plants, and copies of his four landscaping books. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

 

 

In 2017, an unused plot of land adjacent to The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen underwent a transformation into an urban farm, featuring 40 raised beds. Through the diligent efforts of Urban Farmer Cara Bliven and the support of community volunteers, an oasis emerged within a food desert. Golden Harvest’s Urban Farm has yielded over a ton of food annually since 2022, with 85% of the fresh produce directly contributing to meals served at The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen. The surplus produce is distributed to local pantry partners. Getting more fresh food into the hands of those who need it most is a source of pride, aligning with Golden Harvest Food Bank’s ongoing mission to transform lives by feeding our hungry neighbors today and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.

Select vendor on location:
Augusta Locally Grown, purchase local produce from Augusta Locally Grown with sales benefitting the mission of growing the sustainable local food community throughout the CSRA.