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 Events will be held at Massee Lane Gardens January and February 2018. Special events includes free admission kick-off day, self guided tours, tours guided by a professional horticulturist, and deluxe guided tours with boxed lunchs.

2018 Festival of Camellias: Winter is Sweeter at Massee Lane Gardens

Winter is sweeter at Massee Lane Gardens, Georgia’s most welcoming botanical garden and home to one of the world’s finest camellia collections. Camellias are called the winter rose because they bloom continuously from early fall through late spring. Over a thousand varieties of camellias burst into color every day from October through April. Massee Lane Gardens was the private farm and garden of David C. Strother, one of the founders of the American Camellia Society. Strother stared the garden in the 1930s and lovingly planted his favorite camellia varieties in a formal landscape. He expanded the garden as his collection grew, incorporating brick pathways millstones, telegraph mile markers, and brick fencing. Strother donated his 150 acre farm and camellia garden to the American Camellia Society as its permanent headquarters in 1968.

An International Garden of Excellence and American Camellia Trail Garden, Massee Lane Gardens includes seven separate specialty camellia gardens. There are over 300 camellia varieties and over 1,000 camellia plants in the nine-acre garden and landscaped greenhouse. While the largest number of cultivars is of Camellia japonica, Camellia sasanquas, Camellia hybrids and a number of Camellia species and fragrant tea olives and winter daphne add variety to these plantings. Two museum galleries showcase the largest collection of Edward Marshall Boehm porcelain sculptures on public display in the United States.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, and during cool weather, be sure to bring a jacket, gloves and a hat to make the experience more enjoyable. Two push wheel chairs are available on a first come, first served basis for no additional cost. Golf cart tours are available for small groups.

Click here to read a full article about Festival of Camellias activities.

  • The month-long Festival of Camellias kicks off on Saturday February 3, 2018 with free garden admission all day long.

  • Extended Hours: Massee Lane Gardens will be open every Monday in February with free tea tastings.

  • Children can enjoy free nature scavenger hunts and earn prizes.

  • Groups of ten or more may make their weekday visits even more special by making an advance appointment for professionally guided garden tours. (Please make reservations at least one week in advance: Call 1-877-422-6355)

  • Deluxe box luncheon tours for groups of ten or more. (Please make reservations at least two weeks in advance: Call 1-877-422-6355)

    • 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 luncheon reservations are first come, first served. Call soon for best selection of dates.

  • February 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch and Learn with Jim Pruckler

    • “Large High Grafting” – Jim will be grafting Higo camellias on to very large camellia rootstock in the west field species garden at Massee Lane Gardens.

    • Bring your own lunch.

    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Garden Demonstration

    • 11:30 a.m. until - Lunch with Question and Answer

Middle Georgia Camellia Society and Flint Energies Camellia Show

The Middle Georgia Camellia Society and Flint Energies are hosting a competitively judged camellia show on February 24 and 25, 2018. Growers from all over the Southeast will bring over a thousand camellia blooms to be judged by American Camellia Society accredited judges. A special novice show class is available for home gardeners to enter blooms and compete for prizes. Experts will be on hand to help Novice Exhibitors prepare blooms from entry. Simply pick your blooms and bring them to Massee Lane Gardens.

There is no cost to enter blooms and experts are available to help identify and prepare blooms for entry. Bloom entry is from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The show opens to public on Saturday 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., and there is no cost to view the show.

Call now for Box Lunch and Guided Tour Reservations!

Call (877) 422- 6355 toll free to make reservations for Garden Tours and Luncheons. Call soon for best selection of dates.

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. 

    • Extended February Hours!

    • Open every Monday in February 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    • Complimentary tea tastings are offered to guests each Monday in February. (The tea plant is a camellia species and our gift shop features an excellent selection of specialty teas, tea pots, tea cups, sugar cubes and tea accessories.)

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

  • Flint Energies Co-Op Connection and AAA 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.