Every year, springtime brings warming temperatures and magnificent flowers to the landscape of North Georgia. One amazing way to experience these blossoms is at the Hamilton Gardens Festival at Lake Chatuge. This breathtaking botanical garden is bursting with dogwoods, azaleas, trillium, and the largest collection of rhododendron in the southeast! Visit the area during peak viewing season (early April through late May) and experience fragrant flowers, stunning views, and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald.
While you’re in town to enjoy the Hamilton Gardens Festival, be sure to leave some time to explore the rest of our beautiful area. Go fly fishing on the Soque, dine at delicious restaurants, and so much more. For a complete list of the best activities and attractions around Clarkesville, Georgia, request access to our Complimentary Vacation Guide! It’s full of expert tips and recommendations for restaurants, outdoor activities, must-see sites, and more. The perfect mountain vacation awaits!
Don’t Miss the Hamilton Gardens Festival
About the Festival
The Hamilton Gardens is one of the best attractions in North Georgia! came as a gift from Fred and Hazel Hamilton, who loved azaleas and rhododendrons. In the 1950s, Fred Hamilton bought a home in the Atlanta area and discovered tons of wonderful native plants on the grounds. He created a lush plot and incorporated many other varieties of flowers, especially rhododendrons, from all over the world. For years, the Hamiltons maintained two thriving gardens, one in Atlanta and the other in Towns County. They shared the beauty of their creation with visitors and invited guests to tour the grounds.
As the property continued to grow, the upkeep became challenging. Mr. Hamilton realized he could no longer take care of his extensive collection and began looking for a place to relocate his flowers. In 1982, he donated his rhododendrons to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, and they were transported to their current location to be cared for and appreciated by thousands of visitors each year. Today, many of the plants at the Hamilton Gardens are direct results of Mr. Hamilton’s hard work.
The Daffodil Project
The property takes part in the Daffodil Project each year to help honor and remember the children who lost their lives during the Holocaust. This international project aims to plant 1.5 million daffodils in honor of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. Be sure to visit and see the 600 daffodil bulbs planted in the Memorial Flower Bed!
Explore the Grounds
This popular spot is open all year, but peak blooming season takes place between early April and late May. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., guests are welcome to visit and see one of the largest collections of Hiawassee rhododendrons in the state of Georgia. Spend the weekend strolling through and taking in the aroma of fresh flowers. Guided walking and golf cart tours are available by appointment. During the spring season, you can even visit the greenhouse and purchase a beautiful plant of your own to take home!
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. All donations help preserve and maintain Mr. Hamilton’s historic grounds.
Unwind at Our Cozy Bed and Breakfast
After a wonderful afternoon out in the North Georgia sun, we welcome you back to Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville, Georgia. Our charming bed and breakfast is situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a short drive from the Hamilton Gardens Festival. Spend your time exploring nearby parks or viewing our own on-site floral displays. Enjoy spacious, luxurious accommodations, plush linens, and a complimentary gourmet breakfast. If you’re looking to learn more about the area, check out our favorite scenic drives in North Georgia!
Check our availability today and start looking forward to an incredible spring getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. We look forward to having you!