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.
International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon
For two weeks each spring, Macon fills with the spirit of the annual International Cherry Blossom 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 17-26, 2023. Admission to most events and the parade is free.
Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens in Macon
After being completely devastated by storms in 2008, the grounds at Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens at Middle Georgia State University in Macon have come back to life. Among its thriving species are 10 varieties of weeping and upright cherry trees in the cherry grove. Admission to the gardens is free, and you can take a self-guided tour.
Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
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 Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, which features art and craft booths, children's activities and food courts. This year's festival runs March 25-26, 2023, at the Georgia International Horse Park.
Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground
Sure, it's off the beaten path, but a visit to Gibbs Gardens is worth the journey, especially during their spring events. In mid-March, their cherry blossoms are expected to be in full color.
Georgia Governors Mansion in 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. Typically, visitors are welcome at the mansion each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.