Sometimes you just need an escape from the daily grind to wind down and relax when the weekends hit. One of the best ways to do that is to stop and smell the roses, literally. Gardens throughout Georgia are booming with colorful flowers, plants, and trees that are just waiting for you to explore them. These six spots are open right now and you can hit them all before summer ends.

You can visit most of these locations from spring to fall. With each season comes a different variety of blooms so you'll be in for a new treat each time you visit.

Whether you want to take a solo trip or go on a unique date, whichever garden you choose to visit, each one is sure to bring you some tranquility.

Some of these spots even include butterfly gardens too, which makes these destinations a little more exciting. Tiptoe the tulip beds and watch butterflies swirl around you at these six Georgia gardens.

Gibbs Gardens

Price: $20

Address: 1987 Gibbs Dr., Ball Ground, GA

Why You Need To Go: Located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, this spot sits on about 220-acres that include a variety of gardens, including Japanese and Terrace spaces.

Callaway Resort & Gardens

Price: $19.95 online, $24.95 at the gate

Address: 17800 U.S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain, GA

Why You Need To Go: From hiking trails and a lake beach to ginormous gardens with various trees, plants and flowers, and even butterfly gardens, this location has it all. 


Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge

Price: $2 per person, or $5 per family 

Address: 96 Pavilion Rd., Hiawassee, GA

Why You Need To Go: You can explore 33-acres of blooming flowers, plants, and trees. This is also home to the largest collection of rhododendrons in the southeast.


State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Price: Free, but donations are accepted. 

Address: 2450 S Milledge Ave., Athens, GA 

Why You Need To Go: Every season, this garden is filled with colorful flowers and trees. You'll take an educational journey when you take a stroll through this destination too. 


Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Price: $10

Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw, GA

Why You Need To Go: This garden is best known for its Wings Butterfly House with hundreds of native butterflies fluttering around. There are always different exhibits depending on what season it is, so you'll always be able to see something new throughout the year.


Thomasville Rose Garden

Price: Free

Address: Thomasville Rose Garden, Covington Ave, Thomasville, GA

Why You Need To Go: Thomasville is Georgia's official rose city and you can find over 1500 rose bushes at this destination. There are gazebos that'll really have you relaxing and smelling the roses.

So what are you waiting for? Frolic the flowers and wander in Georgia's lush plant wonderlands.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.

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