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“not much plant diversity”

Fred Hamilton Gardens
Ranked #7 of 23 things to do in Hiawassee
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Owner description: Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, sits a rare and special treasure. A botanical paradise fairly bursting with dogwoods, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wild flowers, trillium, and of course, rhododendron. There are over 400 varieties of rhododendron - 3,000 plants in all. Welcome to the Hamilton Gardens, a truly enchanted spot, boasting the largest collection of rhododendron in the state of Georgia. Stroll tranquil pine bark trails as they wind through lush foliage. Drink in the stunning views of Lake Chatuge and breathtaking countryside, including the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak.
Reviewed 24 July 2017

mostly Mtn. Laurel and Rhododendrons. nice clean path though and you can walk to lake chatuge from the path, free

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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We must have went at the wrong time of year bc there weren't too many flowers inside the garden. There was a lot of greenery and seemed to be the same greenery over and over. The lake path was closed off so we couldn't take that route but that prob would have made it more enjoyable. If you are looking for something free to do, you might as well hit it up :) wear closed shoes trail is mulched!

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

These garden jave been lovingly restored to their former glory. They have a stunning assortment of azaleas and rhodadendrums in April and May. Situated on the slopes overlooking Lake Chatuge, they are a peaceful and lovely stroll anytime. There is no charge but a donation is appreciated as the gardens are privately funded by local volunteers.

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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

I wish there was a way to know it was closed! I drove 30 minutes and was planning to have a pretty and relaxing walk with my dog. There ended up being a concert and the only way to enter the gardens was to pay admission to the concert. Bummer.

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

A beautiful walk in a beautiful garden. There were still some azaleas and rhododendrons blooming. It must have been amazing a few weeks prior to our stay there. You can walk as little or as much as you want. We spoke to one of the groundskeepers about some of the best times to visit. She was very knowledgeable of the plantings. Great view of the lake as well. There are benches throughout to rest or just to sit and gaze around. All this is free. They do have a donation box, which we added to. There is even a covered picnic area.

Thank Joan A
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