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Hamilton Gardens at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Rhododendron Festival

The Gardens are located on a gentle hillside on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee Georgia. Plants, both native and hybrid, sit quietly along 20 acres of majestic walking trails, spilling over as if to greet you with warmth and color. Some of them are as high as 40 feet tall. Their character is intriguing yet tranquil.

Hamilton GardensThe Rhododendron Festival at Hamilton Gardens takes place from mid-April to mid-May, everything will be in bloom, showing colors even an artist dreams about! Hundreds of varieties, and as many as 1,500 rhododendrons and azaleas create a magnificent backdrop for many other equally beautiful plants, such as Dogwoods, Redbuds, and Hydrangeas. Wildflowers native to the Appalachian Mountains like Solomon's seal, wild ginger, trout lily, and trillium will also be in bloom. Call to schedule a guided Garden tour!

The Gardens are open year-round and every season offers spectacular views. Located off US Highway 76 in Hiawassee, 96 Pavilion Road.

The entry fee is $5 per person, per visit, using the honor system. "Mr. Rhodie" is a receptacle located at the entrance to the gardens to collect your entry fee. The work to keep everything blooming, is constant and done in large part by volunteers. Donations tfor the gardens are kindly accepted by "Mr. Rhodie". Or perhaps find "Ms. Rhodie" or "Jr. Rhodie" who are also glad to accept your donation. They are located near the raised bed area and the pavilion area.

There are no pets allowed in the Gardens.


Open year-round from 8am to dusk.  There is a $5 entrance fee per person, free parking.  Handicap parking is available near the garden entrance. 

For more information, 706-896-4191,, or our web site Hamilton Gardens. Hamilton Gardens is a 501©3 non-profit organization.


Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens at Georgia Mountain Fairground
96 Pavilion Road. • Hiawassee GA 30546