Hamilton Gardens was the gift of Hazel and Fred Hamilton to Towns County. The Hamilton’s were collectors of both native azaleas and rhododendrons as well as propagators of same. Many of the plants located in the gardens are hybrids from their work. They traveled extensively and added to their collection whenever possible, and maintained two spectacular gardens, one in Atlanta and one in Towns County. As they got older and maintenance of the gardens became more challenging, Mr. Hamilton began searching in Towns County for a location large enough to house the plants from his gardens. The perfect spot was found on property donated by the Tennessee Valley Authority to Towns County to be used by the county as a park. The present location is what became known as Hamilton Gardens, and was planted in 1981 with an initial 1,091 plants, most of which were rhododendrons and native azaleas. His only request was to maintain the gardens in perpetuity and to keep them open to the public.

Weddings and Rentals

Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge is a beautiful place to be married. It provides stunning views of the lake, countryside and Brasstown Bald. The Gardens and the Pavilion have been a popular place for family reunions and corporate outings.

Visit Pavilion Rules or Reserve the Pavilion by completing the Reservation form and Agreement.

Celebration Plaza


The Celebration Plaza at Hamilton Gardens is the perfect spot to recognize special people in our lives. Located in front of the Paris Pavilion, the Plaza is easily accessible and enhances the gardens property. It provides a unique opportunity to support the gardens by offering these beautiful stones for custom engraving through our donation program. Having a stone engraved in the Celebration Plaza is a beautiful way to honor or remember family, friends and loved ones in perpetuity.

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The Daffodil Project

The Daffodil Project is an international project which aspires to honor and remember the 1.5 million children who were murdered in the Holocaust. Hamilton Gardens is a part of this project and has planted 600 special daffodil bulbs in the Memorial Garden. The Dedication ceremony was held in the Spring of 2018.


Volunteer Opportunities

Coming soon.


Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC & D  

Baker Chiropractic

Bill Herold – REMAX Hiawassee Realty

Goldhagen Art Glass Studio

Young Harris College – Sodexo


Linda & Gordy Jones

Wine Cottage

Bacchus Wine, Beer & Growler