Now that Spring has arrived in Georgia, make sure you check out the gorgeous cherry blossom trees on offer.
With cherry blossoms blooming every March through April, now’s the perfect time to check out some of the hotspots in and around Atlanta. Although there aren’t many blossoms in the city, the state as a whole hosts an array of events honoring the stunning tree. So keep your eyes peeled for sakura (the Japanese name for it), when exploring Georgia.
Here’s 5 spots to see cherry blossoms in Georgia:
1. International Cherry Blossom Festival
An hour or so away from Atlanta is the enchanting city of Macon. In late March, the city annually hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival. Almost 350,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees bloom around the city every year, and have done since 1982. There are several events happening throughout the festival which takes place in Macon from March 19-28.
2. Gibbs Garden
This mind-blowing garden is definitely one of Georgia’s floral gems. Set on the sprawling estate of Jim Gibbs, these 220 acres comprise 16 gardens in various styles. Their Japanese garden is absolutely stunning, and you’ll definitely bump into a cherry blossom or two.
3. Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens in Macon
It’s back to Macon for some more cherry blossom gorgeousness. Middle Georgia State University in Macon is home to the Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens. the Cherry Grove enjoys an extended blooming period, counting three Yoshino selections among its 10 varieties of weeping and upright cherry trees.
4. Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Although not a huge festival, this Cherry Blossom Fest still packs a punch with its fun, pink festivities. There’ll be art and craft booths, live music, children’s activities and food courts to celebrate the return of Spring. Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival runs March 27-28, 2021, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. It celebrates it’s 40th year this year!
5. The Governor’s Mansion
The Georgia Governors Mansion in Atlanta hosted an official cherry tree planting ceremony on the grounds in 2012. The tree plantation honors the Consulate General of Japan. Usually, the mansion is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. However, as of January 2021 and due to the ongoing pandemic, the Georgia Governor’s Mansion is closed to public tours until further notice.
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