Cobb County Master Gardener's Tour "Through the Garden Gates"

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 2663 Johnson Ferry Rd Marietta GA 30062  See map



Tickets are available from members of

Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, Cobb County Extension Office,

770-528-4070, or online at



Advanced Tickets:   $10

Day-of-Tour Tickets:  $15 (available at any tour garden and at THE GARDEN PARTY)


Tickets are non-refundable and are required for everyone attending who is over 10 years of age.


Gardens are not wheelchair or stroller accessible, and some have multiple stairs or levels.  Please wear appropriate footwear

No pets, please.


Please Note:

This is a “rain or shine” event


Tour gardens are located in east and central Cobb County near Canton, Sandy Plains, Shallowford, Roswell, and Johnson Ferry Rds. 

Specific addresses are on the ticket and directions will be available after May 1 at www.cobbmastergardeners.org

 Through the Garden Gate


The 2012 Tour, Plant Sale

 Cobb County Master Gardeners   

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10 pm until 5 pm


Garden Party/Plant Sale

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10 am until 4pm

No ticket required


Gardens may be visited in any order


Linda Baird Garden 

Linda’s garden is comfortable with a country flair encouraging you to stroll and enjoy.  She has made great use of boulders and decking, creating visual impact and providing wonderful walkways while handling drainage concerns. Footpaths invite you to explore each of the areas from a sunny cottage garden to the cool shade of the lower yard set aside for wildlife. Nestled midst her ferns, hostas and hydrangeas are engaging statues and a patriotic themed porch.  This is a garden of fun and delight; don’t miss it! 


Carol Cavalli Garden 

Carol has a story of triumph- during the 2009 flood her back yard garden was swept away.  Instead of tears for the 21 year-old, lost landscape she saw opportunity to create. Enjoy her park like back yard incorporating trails, inviting sitting areas, a peaceful water feature, and even a tree house for their grandkids and plantings that survive their active dogs.  Wander through the sunny perennial area and delight in the cool shade loving plants. This garden shows what can be done in a short time with vision. 


Fred Duda Memorial Garden 

Fred’s garden is an amazing space with much loved iris, rose, and camellia transplants from California and newer plantings co-existing beautifully.  Fred was an avid gardener and volunteer in his community with a special love for roses. When he passed away in February of 2011, a gardening friend suggested his home be on the tour.  After one visit and with the loving support of his wife, Barbara, his garden is open for your pleasure. 




Van Swearingin Garden

Van transformed a steep corner challenge-filled lot into a peaceful oasis. The grass-free front wraps to a sunny side yard with rose varieties and Confederate and Carolina jessamine. The side yard carries you to a soothing water feature with shade loving hellebores, ferns, and Louisiana iris along the path dotted with sculpture and bird feeders. Van learned the lessons from his friend Fred Duda well; you will want to sit and drink it all in but there are more gardens to see! 


Marcie Radakovich Garden 

A wild and free garden of beauty and purpose awaits your discovery at Marcie’s.  This is a pollinator and bird paradise providing food and habitat and engaging all human senses as well. Perennials are the garden’s backbone, but herbs and bulbs are tucked about and shrubs provide definition.  Many plants in the backyard are from local plant rescues in keeping with her love of native plants. She has working beehives and looks forward to sharing her beekeeping knowledge with you.  Many new things await you in Marcie’s garden. 


CrossRoads Community Garden 

This second year community garden grew from a “Feed the Hungry” donation garden started in 2009 by Chestnut Ridge Christian Church.  The garden has expanded from three to over fifty beds with gardeners from the community leasing plots and growing their own food.  The CrossRoads steering committee works to provide education for the gardeners and the members continue to help feed the hungry with 10% of their yield donated to local food pantries.


Addison Elementary School Gardens

Addison Elementary is a school surrounded by gardens.  There are instructional raised bed gardens for science curriculum teaching, a Memorial Garden featuring roses, wisteria trellis, fountain, and perennial path taking you to the Monet Bridge. The pollinator and 5-senses gardens invite you to linger and explore. Don’t miss the Heritage and Native American gardens with heirloom and indigenous plants and planting methods from bygone days.   


Garden Party and Plant Sale!       

10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Chestnut

Ridge Christian Church, 2663 Johnson

Ferry Rd, Marietta, 30062    


Annual plant sale expanded:

  • Local artisans/growers
    • Yard art
    • Bird feeders & houses
    • Sculpture
    • Photography
    • Wright Environmental Center open
    • Children’s Activities
      • Face painting
      • Craft Sessions at 11:00 and 2:00 (Nice for Mother’s Day)
      • Children 10 and under
      • MUST be accompanied by an adult
      • $5.00 fee for materials
      • Complimentary drink/snack
      • Each session limited to 20 participants

Children’s snack and beverage compliments of Race Trac / Garden Party supplies compliments of E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning

THE MISSION OF THE MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEERS OF COBB COUNTY is to advance the horticultural education of its members and to promote the knowledge, interest, appreciation, and enjoyment of gardening and to extend this knowledge and enjoyment to the members and the public through newsletters, meetings and activities.

The Cobb County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a volunteer training program offered through county offices of the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in horticulture and related areas.

These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services, under the direction of their County Extension Agent, to help others through horticultural projects that benefit the community. Master Gardeners bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities' landscapes and gardens.


The “Through the Garden Gate Tour” is the MGVOCC’s only fundraising-event. 100% of the proceeds are dedicated to funding approved projects and activities. 





Janice May 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Thanks to Green Side Up who did such a wonderful job!


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