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9th annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival

The Douglas County Tourism and History Commission proudly announces that the 9th annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival will be held Saturday - Sunday, June 4th - 5th, 2016, at locations throughout Douglas County, Georgia. 


The theme is of the 2016 Festival is “America, the Beautiful!” and the theme flower is the Hydrangea Macrophylla Blue Wave, which is a lacecap and the first blue Hydrangea chosen in the Festival’s history. 


All Festival’s activities will use the Americana theme, including the Standard Flower Show, the Miniature Gardens, Master Gardeners’ Vegetable Garden Scarecrows, and the Courthouse Gallery Art Exhibit. Many new components are being added to the schedule including “Quilts of Valor” and “Quilts of Red, White and Blue” Exhibit and Rose Garden plus the official opening of the Butterfly Trail of Douglas County, which is registered with  the Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Trail.


The annual Festival, always held the first full weekend in June at the height of the Hydrangea growing season, has grown in size, quality and attendance each year.  The Festival is named for Atlanta native Penny McHenry, Founder of the American Hydrangea Society, who received her first Hydrangea as a memorial gift at the loss of her daughter.  Mrs. McHenry had close ties to Douglas County and her family has granted permission for the use of her name for the Festival. 


The Hydrangea Macrophylla Blue Wave is considered one of the finest of all Hydrangea lacecaps.  It is an unusually strong and hardy grower with beautifully shaped blue flowers in acid soils.  Numerous large ray flowers circle tiny center flower with supporting dark green foliage. 


The Festival is organized and produced by the Douglas County Tourism and History Commission,  with the support of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, and the City of Douglasville Mayor and Council.  Its purpose is to beautify our community; preserve our history, historic places and heirloom plants; and display our community to the world. 


Visit for updated activity schedules. For questions call 678.449.3939 or send us a message at



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