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    Spring is still in bloom, much to the delight of Atlanta gardeners and flower lovers. On today’s segment of Around Atlanta, Cheri Felton with the American Hydrangea Society talks with co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick about this weekend’s tour of private gardens.

    The American Hydrangea Society was founded in 1994 to share enthusiasm for this special plant. The group meets three times a year and hosts speakers from around the world who present on landscaping, varieties and growing tips. Felton says at these meetings, generous sponsors donate 3- and 5-gallon plants to raffle away, and anyone in attendance can win, even if they aren’t members.

    This year, the society’s private garden tour committee curated a group of 5 homes with profoundly gorgeous gardens open to visitors. The process can be lengthy to be chosen as one of the homes, and the homes can stretch all across the Atlanta metro area. “We’re lucky this year,” Felton says, because all the homes are in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.

    The beauty of the tour is that guests can go visit just one or all five of the gardens. They can take their time at each home, taking notes and photos along the way. Felton says that docents are stationed in each garden to answer questions, guide visitors and to protect the private environment. Tickets are $35 or $45 and are available online, and will be sold at the first garden on Saturday. The ticket purchase comes with a membership to the society’s meetings. Volunteers will provide maps and details at that stop as well, or people can access that information online.

    Listen to today’s segment to learn more, and find details at the society’s website.

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