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Thousands expected for annual Hydrangea Festival
by Tom Spigolon
June 04, 2014 03:16 PM | 2883 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Organizers are expecting almost 5,000 to attend Douglas County’s largest annual event this weekend.

The seventh annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival is set for Friday through Sunday with most activities at the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive in Douglasville.

The 2013 event brought visitors from 55 Georgia cities, 13 states and three foreign countries, said county spokesman Wes Tallon.

“We advertised in Southern Living magazine this year for the first time and have almost 1,000 inquiries from that ad alone,” Tallon said.

A Summer Sampler Wine Tasting is set to kick off the festival Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at West Pines Golf Club. Cost is $25 per person.

Southern Living Magazine’s “The Grumpy Gardener,” Steve Bender, is set to speak Saturday at 2 p.m. in Citizen’s Hall of the courthouse. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Free festival activities on Saturday and Sunday are set to include:

Flower market and artists market both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse.

A farmers market is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the same location.

Miniature gardens displayed in wheelbarrows and a vintage garden furniture exhibit at the Old Douglas County Courthouse’s Museum of History at 6754 Broad St.

Design gardens, butterfly garden, vegetable garden, scarecrow exhibit, nature trail and children’s garden at various locations. Maps will be available at the courthouse.

Standard flower show featuring the “ruby slippers” hydrangea and 500 horticultural entries, table design competition and artistic crafts Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Courthouse Atrium.

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