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Georgia garden tours for month of June 2014

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The Royal Horticultural Society knows what it is doing when it holds an annual flower show during springtime each year in London, as it inspires garden lovers across the pond and here at home to get out and work in their garden or to take a garden tour locally. In Georgia there are a number of places one can go to do that during the month of June.

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For example, this North Fulton online resource reported on May 31 that garden lovers would have seven gardens to tour this year during the Forsyth County Master Gardeners Tour on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (June 14, if it rains). Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

And if touring gardens created by master gardeners were not enough, you can also tour the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and even take a gardening study course in Plains at the end of June (24-26) thanks to the Garden Club of Georgia.

June 1-7 is National Garden Week, and if you are undecided about where to go to tour a garden this year the State Botanical Garden of Georgia offers a Sample Garden Tour, which features three of their largest attractions: the Main Conservatory, the Heritage Garden and the collections of the International Garden. And the best part is it is free to attend.

Admittance is always free to the state garden, so you can tour the Flower Garden, the Heritage Garden, the International Garden, or the Shade and Native Flora Garden anytime the gardens are open. But if you desire a guided garden tour, so you can have someone knowledgeable educate you about the flowers you see, then you will need to pay $5 per person and make reservations in advance of your visit. A minimum of 10 guests is required for a guided garden tour. But that is a pittance compared to what you might pay for admittance to one garden tour elsewhere.

Click through the slideshow on this page to see flowers that were used during the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London this year and get ideas for your own garden collection as you see why the former Lord of the Rings garden designer took home "Best Fresh Garden" at this years event.

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