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Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds displays rhododendron garden

POSTED: July 26, 2012 12:30 a.m.

If you want to add a little color to your summer, the Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is open to visitors at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee.

The fairgrounds has operated the garden since 1982. To raise revenue for improvements, the garden's original greenhouses were restored and a Hamilton Garden Shop was added. It offers rows of rhododendron, locally grown annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and a variety of greenhouse-grown flowers. All sale profits will go toward restoration and new garden projects.

The Hamilton Garden is recognized as one of only six public rhododendron gardens in the United States and received the honor of a small grant from the American Rhododendron Society.The grant is based on a proposal to restore the original greenhouses and to start restoration on the garden.

Garden Shop manager Catherine Hansen and garden curator Paul Hansen will offer visitors a historical walk-through of Fred Hamilton’s original grounds and share knowledge of its origins. Guided group and cart tours are available.

The Garden Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 21.

For more information, call 706-896-4191 or visit www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.


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