Public gardens with good to excellent azalea collections are a good way for the people to get to know azaleas, and in particular azaleas that thrive in their area. We are making a concerted effort to compile a list of gardens that have good azalea collections, and ask you to send notes to email@example.com if you have any that you can recommend.
Bellingrath Gardens & Home – http://bellingrath.org
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – http://www.bbgardens.org
Mobile Botanical Gardens – http://mobilebotanicalgardens.org
District of Columbia
Azalea collection at the U.S. National Arboretum.
The Gardens at the Norton Art Gallery and Museum –
McCrillis Gardens – http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/mccrillis_gardens.shtm
UNCC Botanical Gardens https://gardens.uncc.edu/
There is a 3 acre landscaped garden named Susie Hardwood Garden
Next to it is a 7 acre woodland garden named Van Landingham Glen
The only real issue with this place is parking is very minimal so you might want to note that. Also don’t go when UNCC has a football game as they take away parking for the garden. This place is free.
This may be premature to list but our chapter is helping CPCC Cato campus (large community college system in Charlotte area) establish an azalea garden /woodland garden. Over the next 2 years the program Chair, John Holmes, who is now a member is going to do classes on irrigation, bed prep, and planting. They do all the work, all our chapter has to do is provide azaleas and other plants. This is going to be a free garden open to the public. (If anyone has any cuttings or plants they would like to provide please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Any plants, not limited to azaleas, suited for the southeast would be appreciated)
WRAL-TV Azalea Gardens http://www.wral-gardens.com
They also have a pretty cool program that involves free azaleas to non-profits and contests with monetary prizes for who best utilized those azaleas through their azalea celebration.
High Point University http://www.highpoint.edu/gardens/
I visited here on a recent IPPS tour and this campus is a stunning oasis and a must see. The entire campus is basically a botanical garden. They have many themed gardens and an Azalea Path garden. I don’t know if it is free but assume so. They take big pride in being named “Tree Campus USA”. Maybe one day they could be an “Azalea Campus” on a play of the Azalea City. I know they would take great pride in it and give publicity to the ASA.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – http://lewisginter.org
Norfolk Botanical Garden – http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/