After a long cold winter, nothing says ‘spring is here’ quite like the blooming of the Rhododendron at Hamilton Gardens. This yearly tradition of strolling through the magnificent and rare beauty of over 400+ rhododendrons in an explosion of colors and varieties has just been made even
more wondrous – the Rhododendron Festival is back at the Hamilton Gardens!
The Rhododendron Festival begins Friday, April 18th and runs until Sunday, May 18th. Each weekend, specially selected vendors will be offering a variety of handcrafted garden art and crafts in Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds upper parking level, adjacent to the Hamilton Gardens entrance. The hours of operation will be Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 to 3:00 pm. Parking is free.
Fred Hamilton’s greenhouse will be open to the public for the gardens annual Spring Plant Sale. All proceeds from this event help to fund the gardens yearly care and upkeep. Featured are locally grown native perennials, and of course, rare and hard to find Rhododendron and Native Azalea! Towns and Union County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any of your ‘Gardening in the Mountains’ questions as well as giving personal and group tours in the Hamilton Gardens.
There will be hot drinks and warm sweets to help inspire your hike through the gardens nature trails.
Don’t let another blooming season pass you by – come out and visit the Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron Festival April 18th through May 18th.
The Hamilton Gardens is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization, so come out and help support their efforts to carry on and sustain the only Public Botanical Garden in the North Georgia Mountains.