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Victoria Educational Gardens to mark 10-year anniversary with festival


Sept. 10, 2013 at 4:10 a.m.

A quote by Gertrude Jekyll greets visitors at the Victoria Educational Gardens, 333 Bachelor Drive. The Victoria County Master Gardener Association will  celebrate the garden's 10th anniversary Saturday with a Festival in the Gardens.

On a warm Friday morning, the Victoria Educational Gardens were alive with activity.

A tiny green lizard greeted visitors at the gate while butterflies and bees hovered among flowers. Meanwhile, spiders silently hunted lunch with sticky, wispy webs.

And one upcoming event aims to celebrate the 2-acre nature retreat that calls the Crossroads home.

The Victoria County Master Gardener Association on Saturday will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its educational gardens with Festival in the Gardens, said Linda Koehler, event chairwoman.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gardens, 333 Bachelor Drive.

"We want people to come out, learn about nature and celebrate with us," said Koehler, who joined the master gardeners two years ago. "We're excited."

The day begins at 8 a.m. with the master gardeners' annual plant sale, said Linda Lees, the association's publicity chairwoman. An educational symposium, silent auction, food and horticulture vendors and more also join the mix.

Symposium topics include bugs in the garden, fire-wise landscaping, attracting birds and butterflies and more, Lees said.

While the other events are free of charge, admission is $10 for the symposium, and visitors can register from 8 to 9 a.m.

The event is not geared solely for grown-ups, however. Children's craft projects, face painting, games and hayrides are available for the Crossroads' little nature lovers.

"Our children's activities are really the biggest draw," Koehler said. "We'll have a lot of things for them to do."

Longtime master gardener Charla Borchers Leon said she remembers when the garden first got its start.

"Ten years ago, we literally had a grassy piece of land," she said. "We started with the Children's Garden. It took us three years."

Today, 19 miniature gardens comprise the space, which first opened in 2003.

Borchers Leon said it would not have been possible without the thousands of volunteer hours put in by those in the community.

She said she looks forward to the weekend festival.

"We have a reason to celebrate. Ten years," she said. "It's gonna be a mammoth day."



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