The American Camellia Society
@ Massee Lane Gardens
One of the world's finest collections of camellias fills a nine-acre area at Massee Lane. Brick walkways surround the camellia trees for easy viewing.
Massee Lane had its beginnings as the private garden of David C. Strother in the 1930s. Mr. Strother donated this land to the American Camellia Society for its national headquarters in 1966.
The American Camellia Society is a national membership organization dedicated to fostering appreciation for and knowledge of plants of the genus Camellia. It was founded in 1945.
The Abendroth Japanese Garden, the Scheibert Rose Garden, and beautiful plantings of daffodils, daylilies, chrysanthemums, azaleas, flowering trees, annuals and perennials add to the year-round beauty.
Your walk in the gardens is enhanced by the 39 mill stones from corn grinding mills in the middle Georgia area featured throughout the gardens.
Pierced brick walls of 1760-90 brick used as ballast on ships coming from England into the port of Charleston, decorate the formal garden in front of the Headquarters building.
A particularly fine porcelain collection is on display for the thousands of visitors from the USA and abroad. Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful camellias from October through March. In their seasons, the fragrances of tea olives, roses, and daphne fill the air. Golden Lady Banksia roses climb huge pine trees, shielding the camellias and azaleas at their feet.
The visitor center is located in the Annabelle Lundy Fetterman building and has a recurring slide show informs visitors about camellias and the development of the Gardens. The gift shop, auditorium, and large reception room comprise the principal elements of this building. The Stevens-Taylor Gallery and the Annabelle Lundy Fetterman Educational Museum showcase the porcelain collection.
Massee Lane Gardens
How to Visit Massee Lane Gardens
I-75 exit 149 at Byron; take GA SR49 through Fort Valley to Massee Lane Gardens on left, 5 1/2 miles south of Fort Valley.
I-75 exit 135 at Perry; take GA SR127 to Marshallville, turn right onto GA SR49 to Massee Lane Gardens, 2 miles on right.
Professionally guided tours are available by advance appointment. Call toll free (877) 422-6355.
Visit the American Camellia Society website for more information.