Dear friends of the Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge,

 

Due to unforeseen developments, we have temporarily discontinued the operation of the Gardens.  This became effective December 15, 2014.

 

We have attempted on several occasions to negotiate an operating agreement with the Georgia Mountain Fair, Inc.  However, we have been unable to reach a reasonable agreement that is mutually beneficial for both.  Therefore, we have suspended operations until such time a firm agreement can be reached.

 

The Georgia Mountain Fair Board of Directors has been unwilling to accept a reasonable agreement from us. We apologize for this inconvenience to you and hope that this matter can be resolved in the near future.

 

If you would like to see the Gardens reopen and maintained, please contact the Georgia Mountain Fair at 1311 Music Hall Rd.,  Hiawassee, GA 30546.

Welcome to Our ‘Vision for the Future’

We invite you stroll through our dream of a newly envisioned public garden in the pristine mountains of Northeast Georgia. Complete with both whimsy and history.  New hybrids and fields of heirlooms. Guaranteed to be an adventure for both the young and the mature garden traveler. Our plan embraces the the forested mountain trails and frames the shores of our hidden hillside cove on Lake Chatuge.  

Catherine and Paul Hansen have worked together for over 4 years developing a design that will be environmentally friendly as well as a botanical wonder.  They desire to make this a year-round attraction to be enjoyed by visitors from all over the country.

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Georgia is fast becoming the “Garden State of the South”  

as envision by the Governor and Mrs. Deal

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Concept, Design and Layout by Catherine and Paul Hansen
Artist rendering by Jeff McSwain

HamiltonGardensSITE (1200 x 718)This is a renovation project. The Hamilton Gardens current location offers everything a ‘destination botanical garden’ should offer; we  believe it could use just a little upgrading here and there. A few new trails. A couple of new attractions and, of course, lots of new focal beds and innovative landscaping.

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Concept, Design and Layout by Catherine and Paul Hansen
Artist rendering by Jeff McSwain

Hamilton Gardens Visitor Center-wc-REV2The Gardens desperately need a Visitor Center! We plan to incorporate a Life Lab Learning Center, a Multimedia Room, a Conference Room, an indoor-outdoor Garden Cafe and a spacious lobby for art shows and visitors comfort. Over sized windows look onto the Blue Ridge Mountains and will be centered on viewing the highest point in Georgia; Brasstown Bald’s Overlook Tower. 

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Concept, Design and Layout by Catherine and Paul Hansen
Artist rendering by Jeff McSwain

HamiltonBridge-wcTraversing our gardens hillside trails has been a challenge for the past 35 years; this is all about to change in a big way!  We are proposing to install ‘Pedestrian Trails’ as well as a designated ‘Tram Trail’. Visitors can choose to stroll the footpath through the wooded garden or hop on the Tram for an easier guided tour. Never will the two paths meet to ensure a more serene, secluded hike.

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View our video production, Vision for the Future

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Take some time to review our compiled stats on the making of the Hamilton Gardens as a Tourist Destination:

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Governor and Mrs. Deal Speak on Importance of Public Gardens in Georgia

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If you love public gardens and enjoy visiting them, please consider supporting our cause as we strive to make our Garden the best in the southeast.  To donate to the Garden we envision in the future, go to our Memorial and Tributes page by clicking on the menu bar above and then click on our Memorial and Tributes Brochure.

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Thank you for supporting Northeast Georgia’s only Public Botanical Garden.

For more information, contact us at: admin at fredhamiltongarden.org

 

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