Massee Lane Gardens
One of the world's finest collections of camellias fills a nine-acre area at Massee Lane, historic home of the American Camellia Society located five miles south of Fort Valley on Hwy. 49. Brick walkways surround the camellia trees for easy viewing.
The Abendroth Japanese Garden, the Scheibert Rose Garden, and beautiful plantings of daffodils, daylilies, chrysanthemums, azaleas, flowering trees, annuals and perennials add to the year-round beauty.
Every day in February acres of camellias burst into bloom at Massee Lane Gardens. The annual Festival of Camellias is a tradition of the American Camellia Society.
The festival encompasses the entire month of February when camellia blooms are at their peak. Blooms begin to show color in October and continue through March.
Two galleries of porcelain art showcase the world's largest public display of Edward Marshall Boehm porcelains. Other featured artists are Cybis, Connoisseur, and Bronn. New porcelains have been added to our extensive collection.
A landscaped greenhouse is always a delightful place to enjoy camellia blossoms as is the tea house in the Abendroth Japanese Garden. A charming gift shop offers camellia accessories and camellia plants.
Festival events include Senior Citizen Days with box lunches, camellia plant sales, a spring fashion show and lLuncheon and camellia workshops.
For more information visit the The American Camellia Society website.
American Camellia Society
100 Massee Lane
Fort Valley, Ga. 31030
Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. except February: 10-4:30 p.m. daily.
Admission is $5. ACS members and children under 12 Free. AAA discounts honored.
Lane Southern Orchards
Founded in 1908, Lane Southern Orchards. has grown from a small country packing shed to a well known tourist attraction. The Lane family has built a sprawling entertainment and shopping complex adjacent to its packing facility five minutes from downtown Fort Valley on Hwy. 96.
The complex features a roadside market with fresh seasonal produce, the Just Peachy Gift Shop featuring unique gifts with a Southern flair, the Peachtree Cafe serving lunch and desserts daily and a full service mail order department. The facilities have been expanded to cater to tourists, families and groups of all sizes.
Lane Southern Orchards offers three tours: the orchard tour, the packing line tour and the strawberry fields tour.
The guided Orchard Tour features a tram ride through the peach and pecan orchards. Tour guides explain the history of the peach industry in Georgia as well as how these crops are grown and harvested. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. Available May through August only. Admission is $5 per adult. Call in advance for group reservations.
The self guided packing line tour is free. Visitors can view the entire packing process from an elevated platform. Reservations are suggested for groups of 20 or more, Individuals can take the self-guided tour at anytime during the day. Viewing the entire process should take about 30 minutes. Due to the nature of the peach crop, the packing line does not run every day. Available mid May through mid August only.
The guided Strawberry Field Trip is $5 per student and is conducted in April and May only. Young students will enjoy this package tour. Tour guides will explain how strawberries are grown. Each student will pick one pound of berries and will enjoy a cup of fresh strawberry ice cream. A class photo will be sent back with the teachers to display in the classroom. A strawberry coloring book will be sent home with each child.
Lane Southern Orchards
P.O. Box 716
Hwy. 96 East & 50 Lane Road
Fort Valley, Ga. 31030
Toll-free: 800-27-PEACH (1-800-277-3224)
Fax: 478-825-7995 or 478-825-0015
Hours of operation
September-July: 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
May-August: 8 a.m until 8 p.m.
For more information visit The Lane Southern Orchards website.
The Pearson family has been growing sweet Georgia Peaches, Georgia Pecans and Vidalia Onions on the same land as the current owner's great-great grandparents for more than 100 years. For five generations, Pearson Farm has stood for honest values and traditional American southern hospitality. Pearson Farm ships Peaches, Georgia's signature fruit, and other farm products, like pecans, directly from its orchards all over the world!
Pearson Farm consists of 1,400 acres of peaches and 2,300 acres of pecans. They grow more than 30 varieties of peaches and 15 varieties of pecans, all selected for this growing area and soil. Peach trees live for about 15 years, but Pearson Farm has pecan trees that are more than 100 years old. Pearson Farm is certified under the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Primus programs which require particular procedures and monitoring to insure the safety and security of its products. It was one of the first three farms in Georgia to attain GAP status in 2002.
5575 Zenith Mill Rd
Fort Valley, GA 31030
For more information visit the The Pearson Farm website.