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April 6, 2011

Augusta National: when a golf course blooms but once a year

Photo credit: Reuters

My dear husband (or DH, as we call our mates here at the Internet honeymoon cottage) is in Augusta, Ga., this week covering the Masters golf tournament, where the azeleas that fail to bloom at the perfect moment are pulled and replaced with more cooperative shrubs.

I, too, covered the Masters when I was a sportswriter, and it is true that Augusta National Golf Course is the place where spring is born.

You can see a photo gallery of the beautiful course at (Fans are not allowed to take cameras or cellphones onto the course during the tournamernt). It may be be as close as you ever  get. 

Membership at Augusta is limited to the cream of American money (and only men can be members) and it is by invitation only. The membership list is a closely held secret.

The estimated 40,000 tickets to watch the tournament are passed down through families. Even tickets to the practice round are premiums.

The tournament begins in earnest on Thursday and will have live television coverage on the weekend. Tune in for the flowers, if not for the golf.

(Even if you are not a golf fan, you might like to follow the clever Tweets of my DH during the tournament on Twitter. He is @garymihocesusat.)



Posted by Susan Reimer at 1:01 PM |
Categories: Garden news
About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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