JUNE 5, 2021

Douglasville/Douglas County GA

In 2020, The Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, Garden Tour and Award-winning Flower Show was postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 virus.  As 2021 began and the virus was still an issue, a decision was made to again postpone the Festival as we know it; however, a decision was made to present the Garden Tour portion of the Festival for all to enjoy.

This spring, the hydrangeas are loaded with buds and the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Garden Tour should be spectacular, showcasing many varieties of hydrangeas, including the Penny Mac and Mini Penny, named for Penny McHenry. There are several of Douglasville | Douglas County’s most beautiful gardens participating in the Hydrangea Garden Tour, some of which have been featured in national magazines.  Visitors will enjoy seeing a number of outdoor retreats, architectural features and more.

Georgia Covid-19 precautions should be taken in accordance with the CDC guidelines including social distancing.

About Penny McHenry and the Festival

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.  Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this wonderful event.

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