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For Immediate Release Contact: Margaret Chambliss Phone: 478-452-6968, Email: OACA April Garden Tour MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.- The Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy presents its inaugural “Not Your Mama’s Garden Tour” Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting at Saint Stephens Episcopal Church in downtown Milledgeville, the tour highlights six gardens in the picturesque small town. This unique tour is friendly for citizens of all ages. “There has not been a garden tour in Milledgeville in several years, and as a gardener myself, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and money for Citizen Advocacy,” Margaret Chambliss OACA Coordinator said. “The tour, however, would never have happened without the willingness of the gardeners, the Georgia College public relations team, the OACA board of directors and Master Gardener Rae Wade and her husband Arnold Wade.” The gardens featured on the tour range in size from a small, cottage style garden to a 10-acre traditional antebellum setting. An additional stop for house-plant lovers includes the Georgia College Greenhouse, home to many exotic cacti and succulents, open daily to the public. In addition to the tour, several items will be available to for direct purchase and raffle at Saint. Stephen’s the day of the event. Items for sale/raffle include gift baskets and garden ornaments. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at one for $5 and five for $20. Raffle winners will be drawn at Saint Stephen’s at 4:30 p.m. directly after a special presentation on garden ornaments. The gardens that were selected for the tour all reflect their owners’ love of horticulture. Tour gardener Betti Hodges sums up that love in this way: “Gardening enriches my soul; I feel peaceful whenever I walk out there.” All proceeds from Garden Tour will support the work of Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy, a nonprofit organization established in 1983, whose sole purpose is to provide protection and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities through personal relationships. There are currently 60 people involved in these relationships which enrich the lives of the people involved. -more-

Tickets can be purchased for $15 prior to the event by contacting OACA’s coordinators Margaret Chambliss or Brittany Curry at 478-452-6968 or the day of the tour at Saint Stephen’s. For more information visit The purpose of Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy is to provide protection and advocacy to people who have developmental disability labels by initiating and supporting one-to-one voluntary Citizen Advocacy relationships. ###

OACA Press Release- Not Your Mama's Garden Tour  

This press release was written in spring 2012 to inform the Milledgeville community and surrounding areas of OACA's garden tour

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