Native Azaleas - Rododendrom

Historic Family Gardens


Slip into the quiet shadows of Woodlands' tall trees to discover a Georgia Piedmont forest as it existed before European settlers. Most of the seven acres that comprise Woodlands is forest and is being carefully preserved and restored with plantings indigenous to the upper Georgia Piedmont.

Towering oaks and poplars form the high canopy, while beneath these 100-year-old giants the forest is surprisingly airy and open - much as our forests appeared before the invasion of exotic plants. At mid-story, lovely native trees are making a comeback in Woodlands: musclewood, sourwood and sassafras, offering a beautiful fall show of reds, pinks, oranges and yellow.

Come spring, the visitor sees airy stands of native azaleas blooming at eye-level in delicate pinks, creamsicle orange, coral and red. Hugging the soft forest floor are more botanical wonders: wild gingers; ferns of all kinds, including the resurrection fern which springs to life after a good rain; mayapple leaves as big as a dinner plate; ephemerals that line the creek with white in early spring then disappear, leaf and all, for another year.

Check our visitors' page to find out how to see Woodlands and browse our online encyclopedia to learn about Georgia Piedmont native plants.

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