Did you know more native azaleas are found growing naturally in Georgia than any other state?

April may bring showers, but it also brings the Roswell Azalea Festival, a whole month dedicated to all things azalea. This is the third year of the Roswell Azalea Festival, and it promises to be chock-full of blooming fun. Everything from high teas to art exhibits and (of course) plant sales will be going on throughout the city.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) of Roswell is to be honored for 40 years of environmental education and community service as part of the festival.

One way to get your native azalea fix is to be very selective at your local garden store. The CNC will have its annual Spring Native Plant Sale at the end of March/ early April. Hundreds of species of native plants – including plenty of azaleas – will be for sale along with plenty of Master Gardeners and horticulturalists who can help select the perfect plants for the garden. Plenty of healthy veggies will also be for sale. chattnaturecenter.org

The Roswell Azalea Festival runs the entire month of April throughout Roswell. For events and information, visit http://www.roswellazaleafestival.com.

The Azalea Festival Gala on April 30th begins with a reception on the patio overlooking Vickery Creek, and a performance by the Briefcase Brigade. This group of business men, in sunglasses carrying briefcases, is known for the entertaining line dance they perform annually in the Christmas Parade down Peachtree to raise money for Children’s Healthcare. They are not trained in professional dance, but they sure put on a great performance! Most of all, they have fun while adding a lot of enjoyment for those watching (think Bruno Mars). A silent auction adds to the fun and guests will move indoors to enjoy dinner, dancing, lively conversations and the highlight of honoring Chattahoochee Nature Center for 40 years of environmental education and community service.

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