AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG)- After a three year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Garden City Festival is back at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

Sacred Heart is kicking off this beloved event by hosting a preview party where guests will have a first look of the horticulture and floral exhibits.

Augusta local Maureen Clairborne says, she is excited to continue a tradition that has been missed for three years. "It's amazing we come every year.”

This year, the tradition continued and it happened to fall on the weekend of her birthday. "So often it ends up near my birthday and my friends are here with us tonight and they’re just amazing.”

Claiborne along with dozens in the community came out to enjoy a sneak preview and all it has to offer.

Chaney Shumacher is a veteran volunteer and wants to help contribute to preserving the building. "Sacred Heart is one of the oldest buildings and it is a historic site.”

Shumacher says nearly every worker is a non-paid volunteer. All funds raised go towards the preservation of Sacred Heart. "It just can’t happen without the volunteers. The whole point is preserving this beautiful landmark and that just unfortunately takes means but if there is a will there is a way so we’re just going to keep trying.”

The two-day festival will feature a butterfly habitat, a vendor market, and private garden tours that enhance on why Augusta is known for being the garden city. "So, it’s a great marriage between celebrating the outdoors, gardening, and all of the beautiful flowers out this time of the year.”

According to executive director of Sacred Heart, Millie Hunt, the festival is their biggest fundraising event that helps preserve the historic beauty of the building. "Sacred heart is one of the most beautiful buildings in the community.”

The Garden City Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday. For more information on how you can attend you can click here. 

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