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The Garden Enthusiast’s Silent Auction
February 4, 2019 - February 16, 2019
The Garden Enthusiast – Backyard Nature Station on Main Street in Tucker will hold a Silent Auction February 4 – 16, 2019 to benefit Tucker Butterfly Garden on LaVista Road at Tucker Recreation Center.
Linda Karr, a founder of both the garden and the popular birding and gardening store notes, “This will be our eighth Silent Auction to support one of our local parks. It’s a win-win – a fun event that also raises funds to enhance a park we all enjoy.”
During Silent Auction days, shoppers submit written bids on one or more of dozens of items up for auction. On the two Saturdays, February 9 and 16, Master Gardeners are in the store to answer questions and offer refreshments throughout the day. Local musicians entertain and keep the bidding lively.
Items at auction include: Primo All-in-One Kamado Ceramic Grill/Smoker made in Tucker; portable treadmill; consultation with a landscape architect; garden and birding items; jewelry, photography and artwork by local artists; consultation and design plan for a pollinator garden. The Garden Enthusiast Silent Auction offers treasures for bidders of every budget.
Tucker Butterfly Garden is a DeKalb County Master Gardener site established in 2008. “Ms. Fritillary,” the seven-foot scarecrow presiding over the garden in front of historic Browning Courthouse, is a familiar landmark in Tucker. The educational garden provides food and habitat for pollinators, including butterflies and bees. Signage teaches visitors the life cycle of the butterfly as well as the benefits of pesticide-free gardening.
Over the last decade, the original Butterfly Garden has been expanded along LaVista Road to include a native plant garden and an accessible garden path. Master Gardeners also tend an additional site behind the recreation center to showcase “Trees of Tucker,” featuring native trees and large native shrubs. Trees and plants in all these areas are labeled so that visitors can learn which species do well in this climate and support native wildlife, giving them ideas for their own yards.
Tucker Butterfly Garden’s Master Gardeners hope to raise $5000 at the February Silent Auction to fund construction of a 100-foot extension of the accessible pathway. Funds will also purchase soil amendments, plants and hardscapes. The expansion area is currently being “solarized,” which means that the ground in this area is covered with plastic, a non-chemical method that uses the sun’s energy to eliminate weeds and prepare the soil for planting.
Over the last five years, The Garden Enthusiast’s Silent Auctions have raised $24,500 to benefit local parks, including Kelly Cofer Park, John’s Homestead, and Henderson Park Native Plant and Wildlife Walk. The shop will accept donations for this auction through January 31.
The Garden Enthusiast – Backyard Nature Station is open Monday – Friday 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM. Plan to stop by the shop at 2316 Main Street, Suite D in Tucker, February 4 – 16 to bid on an item or two and support a beautiful local garden. Garden Enthusiast keeps bidders informed if they are outbid and gives them a chance to continue bidding. High bidders are contacted after close of business on February 16.
For more information, visit www.backyardnaturestation.com or call Linda Karr at 404-474-7072.