2016 Garden Tour Planning
Nancy Golson and Susan Price
2016 Garden Tour Coordinators
Contact us at LeeMasterGardeners@gmail.com
The Garden Tour was a huge success with a record number of inspiring gardens, tour goers and volunteers. Thank you to all who participated! It was truly a community effort that brought us even closer in our efforts to provide horticultural learning and enjoyment! Click on our Summer Newsletter for some tour pictures and details.
The long awaited May 14 & 15, 2016 Garden Tour is almost here -- only two weekends away! Please buy your tickets today while prices are discounted to $28.
Also, one of the stops on the Garden Tour is Pioneer Park/Grandma's Garden -- See the full schedule of events is now available in Tour Information.
Preparations for the 2016 Tour are going nicely! Gardens are budding out with the warmer weather, and garden owners are putting finishing touches on everything. Tour publicity has begun, so if you need a tour representative to visit your group, call us soon! Sponsorships are complete, but other committees are still hard at work. Chicken Salad Chick, our lunch sponsor, is looking forward to serving our tourgoers a delicious and filling lunch. Ticket outlets have begun selling tickets at the "advance ticket" price of $28 so get yours today. With school ending soon, Mother's Day coming up, birthdays, etc., a surprise gift of tickets would be a wonderful way to say thank you and to show your love to family, friends and those you appreciate.
Garden Tour Tickets are available! We will now replace gift certificates with actual tickets. See Ticket Outlets shown above. Tickets are also still available online or through a local master gardener. Garden Coordinators continue preparations, the Sponsor List is complete and the Tour Booklet is going to print!
Garden Coordinators are meeting with Garden Owners and beginning to schedule volunteers for the Tour Weekend. Work is beginning on the Tour Booklet!
Jim Disque and his Sponsor Team are close to reaching their Sponsorship Goal for the Tour! Sponsorships still being accepted.
The unexpected warm weather this month has allowed us to continue some exciting garden planning and necessary preparations! Garden owners are readying themselves for your visit. You're going to be inspired!
For the 1st time ever, you can buy Gift Certificates early and online -- see Purchase Tickets above for details and easy shopping for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Birthdays and your special occasions! Gift Certificates will be exchanged for actual tickets when they are printed.
Beth Dorman holds her first informational meeting with the Garden Coordinators for each garden. She will organize this important group of volunteers who manage the scheduling of volunteers, plant labels, garden stories, etc. -- everything that makes the gardens informative and enjoyable.
LCMGA is now a member of both Auburn and Opelika Chambers of Commerce. The Tour Sponsorship Committee, headed up by Jim Disque, is actively lining up our 2016 Tour Sponsors. All levels of sponsorship and contributions are available from corporate to individual amounts. The Lee County Master Gardeners are officially a 501(c)3 organization now.
We are happy to announce all tour gardens have been selected for the 2016 Tour! They are diverse and provide inspiration for many types of gardening. We thank the generous homeowners (garden owners!) who so graciously allow us to add them to our tour selection.
We met with Gary Fuller seeking additional Opelika gardens for the tour. Each tour we attempt to have a nice selection of gardens in Auburn and Opelika city limits and the Lee County area.
We are very excited to be coordinating the 2016 Lee County Master Garden Tour. Our kick-off meeting on January 27 was well attended and we are beginning to identify the many tasks for a successful tour. The Garden Tour is a great time for our Master Gardeners to work as a team to raise funds and educate the community about gardening. We will be asking every Master Gardener and Master Gardener Friend to be actively involved over the next sixteen months. There are many roles to fill to make the tour a success. We're looking for ideal gardens for the next tour. If you have an idea of a great garden to be considered please let us know. We will contact the homeowners and visit the garden. Tour updates will be provided at our monthly meetings and though the newsletter.
Blog posted by Sarah Fair, 2010 Class & Webmaster.