The Annual Camellia Festival kicks off in Fort Valley this weekend.
The festival lasts throughout February, the peak time for camellia blooms, according to an American Camellia Society news release.
The American Camellia Society headquarters resides in Central Georgia.
Massee Lane Gardens and the Society headquarters is a non-profit organization to promote camellias.
Saturday, Feb. 5, the gardens and buildings are open free to the public.
Former University of Georgia Athletic Director and Coach Vince Dooley will autograph his gardening book on February 26 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Massee Lane Gardens.
“Anyone can come and go through the gardens,” said Leisa Dortch, gift shop manager and events coordinator at Massee Lane Gardens.
During the month of February,the gardens will be open every day, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.