Due to safety concerns for our visitors and volunteers the following procedures are in effect until further notice.

Social Distancing required, masks are recommended

Trash removal services are limited, due to health concerns for our workers.

The picnic tables are available to use, but the motto is:

“Pack it in, pack it out”.

Enjoy your time in this beautiful garden and thank you for your cooperation and your support. Because of COVID-19, upcoming events may be postponed. Please check website or facebook for last minute changes. On behalf of Hamilton Gardens staff and board, stay safe and healthy.


33 Acres of
Garden Paradise

Located on the shoreline of Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Georgia…
This 33 acre woodland garden paradise is the largest collection of rhododendrons in the southeast. It is listed by the state of Georgia as a botanical garden and lives up to this name through the diversity of native wildflowers, plants, trees, and its ecosystem. Trilliums, shooting stars, wild ginger, trout lilies, and Solomon’s seal are just a few of the special plants found in the gardens. But what makes this garden really special is the more than 1,500 rhododendrons and native azaleas within its boundaries.

There are many varieties of rhododendrons in this collection which bloom in all colors, shapes, and sizes. The bloom season appears regularly from mid-April to mid-May and offers a spectacular visitor experience. It is celebrated each year as “A Blooming Affair at Hamilton Gardens”.

What Others are Saying

  • Lisa M.

    Beautiful gardens in a lovely setting in Hiawassee, GA. We walked the garden trails and loved it plus the views are amazing! Very well kept. A must see if you are in the area.

  • Dawson B.

    Beauty in the mountains! The volunteers take such great care of the gardens. Must see!

  • Hilary B.

    My sister held her wedding at the pavilion at the Gardens, and it was beautiful! The garden itself is lovely with the blooming flowers; lakeside trail; and several arbors, bridges and lookouts. We enjoy walking along the trails and taking in the mountain and lake vistas.

  • Kimberly M.

    I’ve been three times now and this is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. I look forward every year when the blooms arrive. The walking paths are great and the lake views are awesome.

Open Year round!

Honor donation $2/person, $5/family. Become a member!

No Pets or Smoking