Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens - 2021

2020-2021 Camellia Blooming Season and Festival of Camellias at Massee Lane Gardens: Therapy in the Gardens

Due to COVID-19 ALL indoor activities will require a face covering and maintain social distancing. All outdoor activities will observe social distancing.
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Massee Lane Gardens celebrates the 2021 Festival of Camellias and the value of Therapy in the Gardens for the entire month of February 2021. Although camellias bloom from late fall through early spring, February is the peak of the camellia blooming season. Visitors can stroll pathways through nine acres of specialty gardens full of blooming heirloom, modern, and species camellia plants.
Professionally guided tours and box lunches are available throughout the season for groups of ten or more. Tour lunches are available on a first come, first served basis. Boxed lunch tours are $15 each and will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Lunches are provided by Stephanie Goodman of PeeWee Bakery Sweets in Montezuma, Georgia. Tours may be scheduled before or after lunch.

  • Each lunch includes bag of chips, grapes, a homemade white chocolate cupcake, a bottle of water, mayo and mustard on the side, and utensils, napkin, salt & pepper.

  • Choices include ham, turkey or chicken salad on a croissant or a fresh garden salad. Please advise of any dietary restrictions when making reservations and placing an order for your group.

  • Download a lunch menu and then call toll free (877) 422-6355 to select the date of your choice and make reservations. Payment must be received two weeks in advance for luncheon tours. (Cancellations require a week’s advance notice.) Phone payments by credit card are accepted.

Camellia plants will be on sale throughout the season and during each event. The Garden Gift Shop will also be open with an eclectic collection of camellia and garden-themed gifts ranging from home decor to jewelry and accessories.

Spending time outdoors is proven to improve physical and mental health and strengthen the immune system. Over the past year we have all been subject to the stress of the recent health crisis. In appreciation of the important role gardens play in healing our mind and body, come join us! A schedule of fun activities will add to the joy of seeing so many different colors, sizes and forms of camellias, and educational presentations and workshops will offer information on developing, caring for, and enjoying camellias. You may also just take a stroll through the gardens.

Festival of Camellias Calendar of Events

Click here to download a printable event schedule.

Kick Off Celebration with Free Admission:

February 6, 2021

Admission will be free from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on February 6, 2021 to kick off the month of camellia fun. Activities include self-guided tours, complimentary nature scavenger hunts with prizes and fun art activities for children.

Enjoy the beautiful botanical artwork of Atlanta, GA artist, Linda Fraser. Mrs. Fraser is a botanical illustrator of native plants in the southeastern United States.  Over eighty-five of her watercolor and colored pencil paintings travel as the exhibit, A Walk Through the Seasons.  The paintings are hung in chronological order, showing plants found blooming side by side in specific environments.  Although her paintings can be a means of identification, they are also enjoyed simply for the beauty of the flowers and the fun of finding the colorful insects and other critters hiding or chewing on the plants. Mrs. Fraser will also give a presentation on Southeastern Native Plants, “Growing Wild Things in a Polite Neighborhood” and discusses the plants and insects featured in her artwork.

Guests will also enjoy a Camellia Waxing demonstration and workshop hosted by Jon Ann Beckmann. Many camellia lovers will wax their favorite camellias right before a freeze, or to prepare a large number of blooms for festive decorations.
Dipping camellias in a wax and mineral oil mixture preserves the blooms for days (and sometimes weeks). It gives camellias from the garden a sheen that makes them look like perfect porcelain sculptures. Waxed blooms do not need a vase or water. They can be displayed on a plate, elegant bowl, or lined up on a table top. The waxing demonstration is free with garden admission, advanced registration is required.

  The Sharp Shop, a mobile onsite tool sharpening service will be on hand to prepare your clippers for the spring camellia-pruning season or sharpen your favorite kitchen knives. Leave your lawn tools & blades at the beginning of the day and pick them up after the workshop. Prices are very reasonable and will help extend the life of your tools and make spring pruning and cutting much easier.


Little Buds Day

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Families will enjoy Little Buds Day on Saturday February 13, 2021. The event and activities are free for children 12 and under. 
Piccadilly Puppets Company will give two live puppet shows at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Mother Nature will narrate the story of Katy and Kevin Caterpillar through the stages of their lives - from egg to caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. Join these fun, colorful rod and hand puppets on their fascinating migration to Mexico and marvel as they return to the United States to lay their eggs, beginning the life cycle all over again. Kids learn what they can do to help Mother Nature!

Awarded the UNIMA Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, The Piccadilly Puppets Company has performed for regional, national, and international puppetry festivals and at the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Farm. The primary mission of The Piccadilly Puppets Company is to provide puppetry experiences of high artistic quality to young audiences. Most of the plays feature original scripts and music, and great care is taken to blend content with curriculum.

All of the puppeteers are professional performers. Nancy Riggs, the director, has performed for youth as an actor, puppeteer and teacher for over 20 years for many different companies such as the Center for Puppetry Arts, The Academy Theatre for Youth, and the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. She has been with The Piccadilly Puppets Company since 1997.

 Also, the Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences will be conducting a "Birds of Prey" wildlife program,featuring owls,for kids and adults alike. Young guests will also enjoy scavenger hunts, art activities, and pretending to sail around the world in an 18-foot inflatable slide ship. Complimentary nutritious snacks will be offered to each registered young guest.

The event is free with advance reservations by February 13, 2021.
Click here to email your name, phone number and the number in your party to make reservations.

Camellia Painting Class

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 2:00 p.m. 

A camellia painting class using the “One Stroke” acrylic painting technique will be taught at 2:00 p.m. by artist Shirley Rainwater of Lizella, Georgia. Rainwater holds a Level II Art Instruction Certification from Dewberry University in Orlando, Florida. She was taught by Donna Dewberry, who invented the one-stroke technique.

Registration is $35 and participants will complete an 11 x 14 canvas painting. Advance registration is required by February 19, 2021, which includes class supplies and garden admission.
Call (877) 422-6355 to make reservations and advance payment.

Middle Georgia Camellia Society & Flint Energies Non-Competitive Camellia Flower Exhibit

Saturday Feb. 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Sunday   Feb. 28, 2021,   1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The Middle Georgia Camellia Society will showcase hundreds of camellia blooms, showing the diversity of sizes, shapes and colors that make camellias such a prized addition to any garden.

Entries (open to all growers and the public) will be accepted from 7:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Experts will be on hand to assist the public with preparing blooms from your home garden to enter in the show.

The show will be open for public viewing, Saturday, around noon until  4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

                        Show Contact: Tommy Martin 
                        (478) 235-0096

Ongoing Events & Displays 

Free Tea Tastings

Each Monday in February

To celebrate the contributions of the tea plant and its health benefits, complimentary tea will be served each Monday in February. Visitors will taste a different variety of Biron Tea, which is carried in the Massee Lane Gardens gift shop. Biron teas use traditional Western, Chinese, and Ayurvedic herbs. The teas are 100 percent  natural and specially blended for taste and aroma, giving them exceptional flavor. The tea tasting is free with garden admission.

Andi Biron will discuss the health benefits of tea and how her company sustainably blends, bags, markets and distributes artisan tea from their factory at the Farmer's Market in Macon, Georgia.  

Biron has a master's in Nutrition Science and incorporated the insight and knowledge of many different cultures to select the best healing herbs for each blend. She will explain how her teas are designed to offer holistic experiences, from the physical body's sense of taste and smell, to the emotions where untapped potential and joy await.                                       

Bonsai Exhibit

February 1-18, 2021

Bonsai translates literally to mean “tray planting”. More specifically, this ancient art is a form of tiny landscape that is intended to mimic nature’s larger model. Come visit us and enjoy the meditative viewing of this exhibit by Jim Pruckler of Decatur, GA on display throughout the majority of the month.

Call now for Box Lunch and Guided Tour Reservations! Don’t delay in making your advanced, pre-paid reservations today. Tours and lunches are available on a first come, first served basis.

Professionally guided tours can be scheduled for groups of ten or more Tuesday through Friday in October 2020 - January 2021, and Monday through Friday in February.

Tours are $5 per person, and feature admission to the Massee Lane Gardens; a video presentation on the history of Massee Lane Gardens, the American Camellia Society, and camellia species and cultivars; a short informative speech by a Horticultural Expert; and a professionally guided tour of Massee Lane Gardens.

Deluxe boxed luncheon tours are also available for groups of ten or more with reservations two weeks in advance for $15. Lunches and guided tours are available now through April 2021. To download and print the menu and Click here box lunch order form.

Be sure to call  (877) 422-6355 to make or confirm reservations for your group's preferred date as well as note the scheduled date on the lunch order form.
Please return the form by attaching it to an email addressed to giftshop@americancamellias.org or faxing it to (478) 967-2083. Payment must be received two weeks in advance for luncheon tours. Cancellations require a week’s advance notice.
Phone payments by credit card are accepted.

Boxed lunches will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Annabelle Lundy Fetterman Gallery and Museum among breathtaking Boehm porcelain masterpieces. Tours can be scheduled either before or after the meal. Make your reservations early for the best scheduling options. Be sure to save time to visit our newly renovated gift shop and plant sale tent!

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.