Discover Georgia's Fragrant Flower Gardens

    We've enjoyed Writer, Janet Slagell travels, and this time she is sharing six great places to enjoy fragrant gardens throughout Georgia.

    The Atlanta Botanical Gardens - The 15 acres of outdoor gardens here offer the budding horticulturist as well as the experienced gardener hours of inspiration. From the rare plants in the Fuqua conservatory to the Japanese garden, roses, perennials and carnivorous plants garden, this is a great place to get new ideas and tips for your own gardens.

    Calloway Gardens (Pine Mountain) - As one of Georgia's most renowned public gardens, the 14,000 acre resort is like a slice of paradise. There are lakes and woodlands, a birds and butterflies house, and flower gardens with over 400 varieties ranging from the rare to the indigenous. Also on site is the resort area that has 63 holes of golf, 10 tennis courts, water recreation, fine dining and hours of outdoor activities.

    Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens (Savannah) - Visiting here is a fun way to learn about bamboo as it s North America's largest collection of bamboo open to the public. While there, you will also see more than 600 types of daylilies, magnolias, and many other plants and flowers.

    State Botanical Gardens (Athens) - This living laboratory fills more than 300 acres and boasts a 3 story conservatory where you will see tropical and semitropical plants, specialty gardens and along the 5 miles of trails many of the plants are labeled.

    Founders Memorial Garden and Houses (Athens) - This is the site of America's first garden club. You will see seasonal plants, especially fond of the Southern climate, azaleas, camellias, boxwood gardens and more.

    Barnsley Gardens (Adairsville) - Inspired by Jackson Downing, the grounds are known for the 88 species of pines and gardens, which were planted-and continue to bring delight-since the 19th century. Georgian's love their gardens. Whether it is a vegetable garden to use for their down home cooking or a flower garden to bring beauty to their home's décor and yard, you will see beautiful gardens all across the state. So take some to stop and smell the flowers-you will be glad you did.

    By Janet Slagell

    Getting There:

    For attractions and events happening throughout the state of Georgia, and to plan your trip visit the State of Georgia Tourism website at or call Toll-Free: 1-800-VISIT GA (847-4842).

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