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Upcoming Events for Georgia

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May 3, Plains
Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Spring Symposium
Plains Community Center

Learn how to create a four-season garden and a haven for pollinators. Includes a native plant sale, seed swap, silent auction, and book signing with speaker Erica Glasener , Senior Producer for A Greener World a PBS/CREATE TV series and A Gardener’s Diary a HGTV series. A limited number of Rosalynn Carter native azaleas will also be available for purchase. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., $30 ($35 after April 15) - snacks and brunch included, space is limited.

May 4, Cleveland
Spring Garden Extravaganza
White County Agri-Science Center

The Soque Garden Club is hosting the Fourth Annual Spring Garden Extravaganza from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is FREE! The event is a plant and garden sale, featuring regional nurseries and garden vendors. For more information: 404-512-6857 or Proceeds from the event help support scholarships, Habitat for Humanity and other community projects. 

May 4-5, Decatur
Wylde Garden Tour

Tour some of the Decatur area’s most beautiful private gardens. 10 am - 5 pm Saturday; 12 - 5 pm Sunday, $20 advance, $25 the day of the tour. For tickets and more information, visit or phone: (404) 371-1920

May 4, Douglasville
Douglas County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
DCMG Greenhouse (8750 Dorris Road)

8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, please call (770) 949-1003 or visit or

May 4, Augusta
22nd Annual Pendleton King Park Plant Sale
Franke Pavilion (1600 Troupe St.)

Family activities, vendors, live music. Plants and garden items for sale provided by Augusta Area Master Gardeners and Friends of the Park. Master Gardeners on hand for help with garden questions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Free. For more information go to or call 706-284-3991.

May 4, Watkinsville
Oconee Garden Tour

Five gardens include the home of Michael and Bonnie Dirr. For more information: The Annual Watkinsville Garden Glub Plant Sale is the same day:

May 4, Blue Ridge
The Unprotected Wildlands of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

Program presented by Sue Harmon, Board President, Georgia ForestWatch. 10-11 a.m., free. Sponsored by North Georgia Master Gardeners of Fannin County.

May 9, Acworth
Edible and Medicinal Mosey
Red Top Mountain State Park

Come learn about local plants, and how they have traditionally been used for food or medicine! This Ranger-led walk will be along the gently-hilled Iron Hill Trail. Program may be cancelled for inclement weather. 1-3 p.m., $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

May 10, Athens
Friends First Friday: Let’s Ramble!
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

From March through November the Nature Ramblers walk through the garden to learn about and photograph flora and fauna in the natural areas of the garden. Don Hunter, photographer and naturalist, describes these informal walks:  a great way to make new friends while learning more about the State Botanical Garden. Includes a full breakfast. 9-10:30 a.m., $12. Please make your reservation by noon, Friday, May 3, at or 706-542-6138. Sponsored by the Friends of the Garden.

May 11, St. Marys
Habitat for Bats, Crooked River State Park

Take the morning to learn more about Georgia bats and their habitats with Habitat for Bats. Guests will enjoy an educational program about bats and build their very own bat box to take home. 10 a.m. – noon, $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

May 11, Blue Ridge
North Georgia Master Gardener Plant Sale
United Community Bank Pavilion

Native and non-native plants at great prices. Master Gardeners available for assistance with plant selection. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Checks or cash accepted. 

May 11, Cobb County
17th Annual Garden Tour "Gardening is for the Birds"

This tour will feature six gardens, including four private gardens, a working daylily farm, and a Master Gardener project. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 the day of the tour. For more information and to purchase tickets:

May 11, Tucker
Hosta Show and Plant Sale
First Baptist Church of Tucker

Join the Georgia Hosta Society for a juried hosta show accredited by the American Hosta Society and visit our plant sale featuring hostas and companion plants.  Free, plant sale 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; show 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information, visit

May 11, Atlanta
Atlanta Rose Show
Atlanta Botanical Garden

Hosted by the Greater Atlanta Rose Society, the 62nd Atlanta Rose Show in Day Hall will feature cut-flower roses of every variety and color. This year’s Rose Show will take place May 11 – 12, 12-6 p.m.; consulting rosarians will be on hand to answer rose-related questions during the event. Free with Garden Admission

May 11, Athens
Insect Pollinators in Our Gardens
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Participants evaluate plant-insect interactions in gardens from an ecological perspective, focusing on the importance of maintaining plant and insect pollinator diversity and on the ecological factors that may influence this outcome. Among the factors that will be discussed in this course are the role of disease and pesticides on pollinator’s survival and how these factor could interact with plant species and produce certain outcomes. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., $50. Register and info at or 706–542–6156. 

May 14, Athens
Botanic Musicale and Afternoon Tea, Part of Chamber Music Athens
Cecil B. Day Chapel

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is pleased to be a part of ‘Chamber Music Athens’, a new ten day festival celebrating chamber music. Fine teas will be brewed, and baked goods and delicate finger sandwiches served at an afternoon tea in the tropical conservatory of our Visitor Center before guests stroll through display gardens to the intimate concert. You will enjoy the woodland setting, architectural details and exquisite acoustics of the beautiful Cecil B. Day Chapel. Shuttle service will be available between buildings. 4:30 p.m. tea, Visitor Center Great Room, 6-8 p.m. concert, Cecil B. Day Chapel, $35. Limited tickets available; please purchase your tickets at or 706-542-1244. 

May 18, Athens
Plant Taxonomy
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Taxonomy is the branch of science that names and classifies plants, animals, fungi, microbes, etc. A plant taxonomist analyses information to reveal groupings, relationships, and ultimately names. Simple dissection and observation of plant parts can quickly reveal the identity of most species. We shall turn to the world of plant morphology during this course. Learn the basic characteristics that botanists look at when investigating an unknown plant. Bring your hand lens! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $105. Register and info at or 706–542–6156.

May 11, Ball Ground
Plant Sale
Gibbs Gardens

Learn about pollination and the art of harvesting honey from expert beekeepers Nancy and Sean Cook. Honey harvested from Gibbs Gardens’ hives will be for sale. 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit 

May 18, Juliette
Farm Heritage Festival
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Middle Georgia's farm heritage comes to life at Jarrell Plantation with a tractor show, antique engine display, and volunteers demonstrating old-fashioned skills and work, like blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, weaving, and much more. 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $4 - $6.50, 478-986-5172.

May 18, Atlanta area
2019 Atlanta Pond & Garden Tour

The Atlanta Koi Club welcomes you to a one day, self-guided pond tour of uniquely beautiful ponds and gardens. The tour will display the many varieties of koi…living jewels of the pond and the ecosystem they exist in. No two ponds are alike and you will be able to learn what makes a great and unique pond. Take your time to enjoy, observe and ask questions you may have about koi, plants, equipment and pond design so that one day, you too can create your own water paradise. 9:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m., $15.

May 20, Lawrenceville
The Fascinating World of Fungi
Gwinnett Master Gardeners, Bethesda Senior Center

When mushroom expert Sam Landes was 5 years old, his mother began teaching him to forage for morel mushrooms, sparking a lifelong interest in the wonders of wild fungi. Now retired and an active member of the Mushroom Club of GA, Landes will open the door to the amazing world of fungi including tips on foraging, cooking, and “fun facts’ that make mushrooms an exciting topic to explore. Bring a covered dish to share for a potluck dinner at 6:30pm, presentation begins at 7pm. Free. 

May 18, Kennesaw
Make-and-Take Hypertufa Planter Class
Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Hypertufa is a versatile, human-made, lightweight, stone-like material that is useful for innumerable garden projects, like planters, birdbaths, sculptures and more. Master Gardener and hypertufa craftsman Lee Culver will teach you the recipe and techniques you can use to mix and form your own creations. Make your first hypertufa creation with us! Class materials and handouts are included. 9 a.m. – noon. $45.

May 18,  
All Saints 2019 Garden Tour
Hilton Head, SC

Mark your calendars now for the 32nd All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The 2019 tour will feature private gardens on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC and will provide inspiration for gardeners at all levels. Tickets are $35. Includes lunch served in the All Saints Church social hall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Also at the church you will find a boutique, local artisans, master gardeners available to answer questions and a display of landscape items offered by Taylors Quality Landscape Supply & Nursery. All net proceeds from the Tour are donated to local charities. Tickets are available on line at For further information look at our website or call 843-681-8333

May 25, Warm Springs
Snake ID and Safety in the Southeast
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

As summer approaches, snakes become more active. Ranger and former biologist Cindy Newman will show you how to identify snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, and how to be safe around them. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., suitable for ages 10 and up. Programs at 11 am, 1 pm, & 2 pm. $9-$14. 706-655-5870.

June 3 - July 22, Helen
Georgia Master Naturalist Training
Smithgall Woods State Park

In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through July 22. $250 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

June 5, Athens
Open House
The Gardens at UGA

We are proud to be once again on the Southern Garden Tour along with Young's Plant Farm in Alabama and Metrolina in North Carolina. We will be hosting our Open House Wednesday June 5th from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  Our address is 1030 West Green St.  Athens, GA. 30602. Limited parking is available around the garden but we recommend parking in the South Campus Deck, it's a short walk across the street due east from the deck to the garden. 100 Green Street  Athens, GA. 30602. This event is for any breeder, greenhouse operators, landscape professionals, horticulture students, and other horticulture professionals.  It's a great opportunity to network and put names to faces you may have already been in contact with.  We will be having attendees flagging their favorites and will post data online on which plants take the cake. RSVP is appreciated but not required to attend. For further questions please email them to or

June 8, Athens
Public Open House
The Trial Gardens at UGA
Mark your calendars for a morning of adventure in our garden, a great event for kids, adults, gardeners and plant-lovers alike! You'll be able to explore fun, new, beautiful varieties  that will be on the market in 2020! We'll love answering all your gardening and plant related questions and enjoying the scenery with you! 8 a.m. – noon. We ask a $5 cash/check donation for each party attending.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.