Love and Homegrown Tomatoes coming to Heritage Park



By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent


If you’ve got a hankering for fresh tomatoes from the garden, you’re in luck.

Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Love and Homegrown Tomatoes fundraiser, sponsored by the Community Garden of Henry County. The event is set for June 28, from 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Park on Lake Dow Road in McDonough.



The Community Gardens of Henry County’s Helping Harvest Garden. Special photo


Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 15. Toddlers will be admitted at no charge.

“This is our big annual fundraising event for the Helping Harvest Gardens,” says Glenda Garris, executive director of the Community Gardens of Henry County. “Helping Harvest provided 13,000 pounds of fresh produce last year to our local food pantry and organizations such as the Haven House domestic violence shelter.”

Funds from the event will also be used to expand garden space for local community gardeners. Garris says, in her experience, people who maintain their own gardens are able to eat healthier food without spending as much money, because they grow it themselves.

“We probably, right now, have about 80 community gardeners,” she says. “Some of them may be families that garden together. We were really ahead of the curve as far as creating community gardens south of Atlanta.”

Garris says despite the county’s growth in recent years, farming and agriculture are still vital to the area.

“It’s interesting to see the county pull away from farming,” she says. “Even though we’re not primarily a farming community, the demand exists because new developments for housing do not allow space for vegetable gardening. That’s also true of people who live in apartments.”

The Heritage Village Garden, which is managed by the Community Gardens organization, will be open for tours during the fundraiser. The group also oversees gardens at Wesley Way United Methodist Church in McDonough and at the Henry County Water Authority’s Cubihatcha Nature Preserve in Locust Grove.

“These gardens are truly a community project,” says Garris.

Memberships for the Community Gardens of Henry County are available to individuals who want to tend their own garden plots but do not have a suitable place at their home.

Tickets for the event are available at all locations of Moye’s Pharmacy, Eagle’s Landing Pharmacy, Wilson Brothers Nursery and the Main Street offices in McDonough, Hampton and Locust Grove. For more information and to order tickets visit www.henrygardens.com.

Vendor spaces for the fundraiser are $35 each for individuals selling homemade art and craft items. Non-profit groups will have the opportunity to host a booth at no charge. For a registration form or more information, call 770-954-0000 or e-mail com munitygardens@bellsouth.net.