Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens

Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens

Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens

The 2018 Festival of Camellia features self guided tours, tours guided by a professional horticulturist, and deluxe guided tours with boxed lunches.

2019 Festival of Camellias: Celebrate Massee Lane Gardens’ Silver Anniversary

Massee Lane Gardens has been home to the most unique camellia collection in Georgia for half a century. The historic gardens became the headquarters of the American Camellia Society in 1968, preserving and promoting old and new camellias. Camellias of nearly every species, form and color bloom from October through April. Admission includes self-guided tours of seven specialty gardens and two museum galleries showcasing the largest collection of Boehm porcelain sculptures on public display in the United States.

The Festival of Camellias is celebrated every day in February, with the gardens also open on Mondays. Free admission is offered all day on Saturday February 2, 2019 with free face painting, scavenger hunts with prizes, and an art activity for children. A food truck will offer lunch and snacks.

Guided tours and boxed lunches are available for groups on weekdays. Each Monday, a different variety of tea will be offered to highlight the world’s most famous camellia species: Camellia sinensis, the common tea plant. Programs on camellias in the landscape, camellia waxing and camellia care will be offered on Wednesdays. Saturday activities include art in the garden with a paint class, photography walk, workshop on tea, tea mug painting class, competitive flower show, presentation by a camellia guidebook author, and yoga in the gardens.

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Visit www.americancamellias.org for a full schedule and directions. Call (877) 422-6355 toll-free to schedule a tour, boxed lunch or workshop.

Call now for Box Lunch and Guided Tour Reservations!

Make weekday visits for your group of ten or more even more special by scheduling a box lunch tour. Lunches and guided tours are available through March, 2019.

  • Cost: $15 per person, which includes admission, a tour guide and lunch prepared by Two Friends Casseroles of Montezuma, Georgia.

  • The box lunch menu includes a handcrafted sandwich on artisanal bread or croissant with a choice of Ham or Turkey, homemade Chicken Salad or Pimento Cheese, with a side of fresh fruit salad, chips, a pickle spear and homemade cookie, and chilled bottled water.

  • Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available.

  • Tours and luncheons are scheduled on a first come, first served basis through March, 2019, so call toll free (877) 422-6355 soon for the best selection of dates.

Massee Lane Gardens Hours and Admission

  • Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  (And Mondays in February)

  • Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for children under 12 and American Camellia Society members.

  • Flint Energies Co-Op Connection members are eligible for a dollar off the regular admission fee (please show membership card at Gift Shop to receive the discount.) (Admission discounts are not available for guided tours.)

  • Massee Lane Gardens is located at 100 Massee Lane, Ft. Valley, Georgia. Click here for driving instructions and information on the gardens.

  • Call toll free at (877) 422-6355 to schedule a guided tour or to reserve a boxed luncheon. For more information, email ask@americancamellias.org.