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Dear Peachtree Friends,Since its beginning in 1923, Peachtree Garden Club has nurtured its members with affection, friendship and challenge, always encouraging others to share our delight in nature and gardening. To me, it has been a special honor to be part of a group that has been important to so many ladies that I love, and I am especially delighted that Peachtree has chosen two wonderful sisters, my mother Laura Dorsey and my aunt Adair Sisk, to serve as the Honorary Chairs of the 2017 Christmas Home Tour.
Laura and Adair grew up in and around gardens, with a mother, grandmother and aunt who were Peachtree members, and for many years Peachtree has served as a source of friendship and inspiration. Both were involved in the development of Swan Woods as an ecological classroom, and both are talented and energetic gardeners themselves. They carried their enthusiasm and horticultural knowledge with them to their beloved Rabbit Hill Farm in Cherokee county, and established beautiful vegetable and perennial gardens there. My brother, sister and I, together with cousins and all our own children, have some of our deepest memories rooted in the beautiful surroundings that these two nurtured over the years. We are truly grateful for their wisdom and wonderful good sense of gardening.
As we begin preparations for a new Christmas Tour, I am reminded of the image of Laura and Adair happily manning the ticket table at a recent Christmas Tour, laughing and delighted to be together with their friends from Peachtree and the community! One special organization that has benefited from the tour is Gardens for Peace, an international network of gardens selected as symbols of peace, founded by Laura herself.
I hope you will consider making a contribution to support our treasured PGC Community Fund. As you know 100% of Tour proceeds go directly to our Community Fund, allowing Peachtree to continue making a significant impact throughout our city and community. Each of us shares the legacy of friendship, mentoring and education that Peachtree has fostered over our almost one hundred years, and it a privilege to honor Laura Dorsey and Adair Sisk as members who have helped that legacy thrive. Thank you in advance for your support, and we look forward to hosting another wonderful tour on Thursday, December 7th!
With heartfelt thanks,
Laura Rains Draper
HISTORY OF THE PEACHTREE GARDEN CLUB
CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
Founded in 1923, Peachtree Garden Club was the first garden club in Atlanta, Georgia. Our first Christmas Home Tour was held in 1949, a tradition that continued through the 1960’s. The tour was revived in 2008 as a way to give back to the community and is supported by Peachtree Garden Club members as well as corporate sponsors. All proceeds benefit the Peachtree Garden Club Community Fund, a 501(c) 3. Created in 2003 to serve charitable, scientific and educational needs in the fields of conservation and horticulture, the Community Fund has awarded over $400,000 in grants. Recent recipients include Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center/Swan Woods Trail, Cherokee Garden Library, Friends of English Avenue, Historic Oakland Cemetery, Neel Reid Scholarship Fund for the School of Environment and Design at UGA, Shepherd Center and Southeastern Horticultural Society.