If you’re ready for an early spring, you’ll want to get your calendar in order for the middle of March because that’s when Georgia’s cherry blossoms are historically in their prime. Here’s where to find them.
Georgia Governors Mansion (Atlanta) – In March 2012, Gov. and Mrs. Deal hosted an official cherry tree planting ceremony on the grounds of the Georgia Governors Mansion in conjunction with the Consulate General of Japan. Visitors are welcome at the mansion each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Cherry Blossom Festival (Conyers) – It may not be the biggest cherry blossom-centric event in the state, but it is still filled with plenty of pink fun for everyone! Guests are invited to enjoy a multicultural experience at the festival, which features 300 art and craft booths, children’s activities and food courts. This year’s festival runs April 2-3 at the Georgia International Horse Park.
Gibbs Gardens (Ball Ground) – Sure, it’s off the beaten path, but a visit to Gibbs Gardens is worth the journey any time of the year, especially during their spring events. In mid-March their cherry blossoms are expected to be in full color. Admission to the gardens is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for children. Children five years old and younger receive complementary admission.
International Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon) – For two weeks each spring, Macon fills with the spirit of their annual festival. You won’t be able to turn a corner without seeing something pink. From a parade to the blossoming trees, there’s something for everyone. This year’s festival runs March 17-April 4. Admission to most events and the parade is free.
Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens (Macon) – After being completely devastated by storms in 2008, the grounds have come back to life. Among its thriving species are 10 varieties of weeping and upright cherry trees in their Cherry Grove. Admission to the gardens is free.