Thursday, April 02, 2009

Hay House Presents Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight May 1-3, 2009

/PRNewswire / -- Hay House will host Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight Friday-Sunday, May 1-3, 2009. Central Georgia's premier home and garden event includes tours of private gardens and historic homes, a free garden market on the Hay House grounds, and free seminars by nationally recognized guest speakers Felder Rushing and Todd Goulding. Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight has received numerous designations as a "Top Twenty Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The venerable Secret Gardens Tour (Friday-Sunday) is now in its 16th year and will feature eight (8) gardens in the historic InTown neighborhood, including College Street, Orange Street, Magnolia Streets and Park Place. The romantic Moonlight Tour (Friday and Saturday evenings only) will features homes and gardens on Rogers and Clayton Avenues in historic Vineville neighborhood. The 8th annual Historic Homes Tour (Saturday and Sunday) will highlight four (4) homes, all designed by architect W. Elliott Dunwody, Jr., whose career spanned more than half a century and produced hundreds of projects in Macon

Guests may purchase a combination ticket for all three home and garden tours, or tickets are available for each tour individually. Every ticket purchase includes a complimentary tour of Hay House during the event weekend. Tickets are on sale now at all ACE Hardware Stores in Macon, Gray, Perry and Warner Robins, as well as Hay House, Creter's, Society Gardener, and Johnson's Garden Center in Macon. During the event, tickets can also be purchased at the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon at 730 College Street. An order form can also be downloaded from the website, printed and faxed to 478-745-4277, or mailed to Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon GA 31201. Special advance ticket prices are available for the Combination Tour and the Secret Garden Tour before April 30. All ticket holders should stop by Hay House or the Federated Garden Clubs to pick up a program book with maps and directions before starting their tour.

Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight also includes a free Garden Market held on the historic Hay House grounds. Specialty home and garden vendors will set up on the Hay House lawn to sell flowering plants, herbs, exotic flowers, garden art, planters, home decor and other accessories.

Felder Rushing, who is featured in the March 26 issue of the New York Times (, will speak at Hay House on Saturday, May 2 at 11 am and Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm. Rushing, a contributing editor for Horticulture Magazine, has written and photographed for Garden Design, Fine Gardening, National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, American Homestyle, Country Living Gardener, National Gardening, Old House Journal, Organic Gardening, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Record, and many more.

Todd Goulding, "Your Garden Guy," will speak at Hay House on Friday, May 1 at 2 pm and Saturday, May 2 at 2 pm. Todd Goulding is President of Goulding Design Group, LLC a residential landscape design, consulting, and installation company with offices in Macon, Atlanta, and Birmingham. Goulding Design Group LLC was formed in 1993. Todd is a contributing writer for Macon Magazine and columnist for The Telegraph.

All Seminars by Felder Rushing and Todd Goulding are free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by The Georgia Department of Tourism, Fickling and Company, Riverside Ford Lincoln Mercury, ACE Hardware, State Farm-Pat Patterson Agent, Chris R. Sheridan & Co., Butler Automotive Group, Cox Communications, The Telegraph, 13WMAZ, and Macon Magazine.

For more tour times and more information about Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight, please call 478-742-8155 or visit

Hay House is a National Historic Landmark and a property of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Hay House was featured on the 2007 "Oprah's Favorite Things" episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has also been featured on the A&E Channel program "America's Castles."

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