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.

2018 Festival of Camellias: Guided Tours and Luncheons Available through March

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.


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, 2018.
  • 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, 2018, 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. 
  • 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.