We just moved to Warner Robins, GA a couple of months ago and decided, on a whim, last weekend to drive over to Massee Lane Gardens at Ft. Valley. It was the 4th of July, but they were still open their regular Sunday hours. Massee Lane Gardnes is known for their extensive collection of camellias outdoors, and their vast collection of Boehm porcelain indoors. First, let me say it is hot right now, even for Georgia. So, that may quickened what would otherwise be a leisurely stroll around the gardens. Also, the Japanese Garden was something of a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The stagnant water, while beautiful with some of the largest coy I've seen, was also drawing those little bloodsuckers like crazy.
The peak time for camellias is from late January through early March. I would strongly suggest visiting during those times. Otherwise, you just get a bunch of bushes and tress that would be vastly more beautiful if they were blooming.
This attraction operates with a very limited full-time staff, including one horticulturist, one membership lady, and one who keeps the gift store and collects the entrance fee. They are funded by the admission fees to the garden and the membership fees to the American Camellia Society. What they do on such limited funds is quite extraordinary and I'm sure we will be back in January to give them another $10.
There is a 10-minute film that explains the introduction of the camellia to western civilization, as well as the conception of Massee Lane Gardens and how they continue to contribute to the community today. The admission fee is $5/person. They are closed on Mondays.
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