There’s nothing better than waking up on a warm day to the calm, refreshing scent of blooming flowers. Bursting with all of the colors of the rainbow, the many meadows and gardens in Georgia offer guests the unique opportunity to experience this kind of peace and relaxation throughout most of the year. The mild climate and abundant native species provide the perfect setting for strolling through the flowers and bonding with nature. Be sure to visit some of these stunning areas on your next trip to the North Georgia Mountains!
Hamilton Gardens: Located at Lake Chatuge, Hamilton’s is the only public botanical garden in the area. This paradise bursts with dogwood, native azaleas, wildflowers, trillium, and rhododendron – over 3,000 plants in all. Peak viewing season usually occurs early April through late May, when guests can experience fragrant flowers, stunning views of Lake Chatuge, and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak.
Gibbs Gardens: Beginning in March and continuing to mid-April, Gibbs Gardens explodes with over 20 million daffodils in 100 different varieties. Though these beauties steal the show, there are tons of gorgeous plants to see throughout the year, including azaleas, rhododendron, and roses in the spring, daylilies and crape myrtle in the summer, and Japanese maples and wildflowers in the fall. After you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to check out the Arbor Café for a delicious lunch or snack surrounded by the harmony of nature.
Smith-Gilbert Gardens: With over 3,000 species of plants, the historic Hiram Butler Home, and 31 sculptures, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens have something for everyone. 16 serene acres offer different areas of fascination, including a Bonsai exhibit, Palladino Camellia garden, tea house and waterfall area, rose garden, and conifer display. Guests can take a tour of the grounds, visit the gift shop and plant sale, or stroll through the gardens for a truly relaxing day out in the fresh air.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia: Located an hour and a half from the mountains in Athens, GA, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is home to a stunning range of collections, displays, and trails, as well as over 300,000 species of plant life. This facility is dedicated to teaching children, students, and the general public about the importance of a healthy environment and offers a variety of educational programs and events throughout the year.
Feel free to spend the day exploring the many gorgeous gardens of Georgia, then head back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn where you can have a magical experience just steps from your room! Our gardener, Marilla Martin, has been with us for 14 years and is the essence of dedication. She gently cares for each plant, from the glorious flowers to the unassuming shrubs, so that our guests can enjoy a beautiful display of endless color from April through November. Glen-Ella’s gardens are truly magnificent thanks to Marilla, and they are just waiting to be discovered by you!
To start planning your trip to the gardens in Georgia, download our free North Georgia Vacation Guide.
Photo: The Gardens at Glen-Ella Springs