Fall offers the most colorful time of year in the woodlands, with thousands of mums, asters, and pansies set off by of autumn’s color-rich hardwoods and hundreds of Japanese maples.
Early in February, hundreds of thousands of daffodils emerge throughout the Gardens, followed closely by thousands of fragrant hyacinths in a rainbow of colors. Late March to early April brings the annual Tulip Extravaganza, a lush display of spring color with close to 150,000 brilliant bulbs. Following daffodils and tulips, late spring offers colorful azalea and dogwood blooms, as butterflies float into Gardens for the summer season.
Hydrangeas take center stage in May and June in the Evans Celebration Garden and along Warren’s Woodland Walk and Singing Springs Gorge, accompanied by the lush plantings of the English style Flowering Border surrounding the Ellen Edmondson Great Lawn and Dierks Promenade. All through the summer, numerous waterfalls and cascades provide a refreshing backdrop for thousands of summer flowers and tropical plants.
Anthony Chapel Complex
The centerpiece of the complex, Anthony Chapel, soars 57 feet above the forest floor and features floor-to-ceiling windows, providing breathtaking views of Lake Hamilton and the surrounding woodlands. An elegant blend of native wood, glass, and stone, the 160-seat chapel is a serene sanctuary where visitors can pause for meditation and reflection. Additionally, the chapel plays host to nearly 200 weddings a year.
Flanking Anthony Chapel are the Millsaps Bride’s Hall and Evans Groom’s Quarters, discreetly nestled in the woodland setting. Enhancing the chapel complex is the tranquil Evans Celebration Garden, comprised of a gently cascading waterfall, picturesque stone bridge and pathways, and stone steps to an intimate lawn garden. Greeting visitors to the complex is the Anthony Family Carillon, a stunning 57-foot, copper-clad electronic bell tower, which chimes and plays music on the hour.
The Gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and the Chipmunk Café is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, offering a healthy menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and wraps made to order with only the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, whole grain breads and homemade sauces and dressings. The GardenShop, located inside the Pratt Welcome Center, offers a delightful selection of garden inspired giftware, art, and jewelry for the most discriminating shopper.
See the Gardens website for hours, admission prices, location map and more information.