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Native Azalea Day

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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April 27

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10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Native Azalea Collection

Native Azalea Day

April 27, 2024

Visit the gardens this spring for Native Azalea Day, an invitation to celebrate and experience azaleas through the eyes of plant enthusiasts, botanists, and artists. In partnership with the Mountain Science Exposition, Native Azalea Day plans to bring even more excitement in its second year! For one day only, visitors can observe as plein air artists capture the scene in paint and pen, learn about the garden and its collection on a walking tour, and participate in hands-on activities for children and adults.

A shuttle to the Collection will be available between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., departing to and from the Baker Visitor Center throughout the event. Visitors are also welcome to walk to the Native Azalea Collection from the Gatehouse Parking Lot using Old Mill Road to Bent Creek Road, or can park at the Baker Visitor Center and walk down Running Cedar Road to Bent Creek Road. Walkers should be prepared to travel one mile over unpaved roads and paths. 

All activities, unless otherwise noted, are included with general admission fees.

 

 

Time Event / Activity Notes
8:30 AM

Birding Walk with Anthony Squitieri from Wild Bird Research Group

Pre-registration required; limited to 10 participants
10:30 AM Walking tour with Carson Ellis, Curator of the National Native Azalea Collection  Pre-registration required; limited to 12 participants
11:30 PM Walking tour with volunteer docent  Pre-registration required; limited to 12 participants
12:00 PM Cyanotype demonstration by Callisa Lawn 
12:30 PM Walking tour with volunteer docent  Pre-registration required; limited to 12 participants
1:30 PM Walking tour with volunteer docent Pre-registration required; limited to 12 participants
3:00 PM Shuttle service ends, last shuttle departs Native Azalea Collection