The Festival is named in memory of Penny McHenry, founder of the American Hydrangea Society. Penny received a hydrangea from a friend when she lost one of her daughters. She fell in love with the beautiful plant and began propagating hydrangeas and the rest is history. She became world famous as “The Hydrangea Lady”. Penny has been featured in too many articles and publications to mention, however, Steve Bender, Senior Garden Writer for Southern Living paid tribute to Penny in an article in the July 2006 issue after Penny’s passing during 2006. Both the “Penny Mac” and “Mini Penny” hydrangea varieties are named in her honor. Penny’s family has given the Festival permission to name the Festival in honor and memory of Penny.
An exhibit honoring Penny is on display at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art. The Festival was created by Co-Founders Susanne Hudson and Jeri Farmer under the umbrella of Douglas County Museum of History and Art and is supported by the City of Douglasville and Douglas County. The Festival has a number of events and exhibits, many of which are free. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this wonderful event.
Events and locations will be posted at a later date. Stay tuned!