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This is the ideal time of year to see the azaleas -- and other blossoms -- flowering

The Callaway Gardens folks know what they're doing.

For the spring azalea season, they've planted early blooming, mid-blooming and late-blooming plants in each of the two big gardens.

Rachel Crumbley, the gardens' corporate relations manager, said the most colorful display of azaleas can be seen now through late April.

Of course, she said that all depends on the weather.

"If the weather is temperate, we should have blossoms into late April," she said.

The native azaleas can be seen now through August, depending on the variety, she said.

The largest percentage of blossoms can be seen in the Overlook Garden right now.

"If we're lucky, it will stretch longer," Crumbley said. "If the temperatures spike up, then they'll fall off sooner."

The Callaway Brothers' Azalea Bowl will be blossoming after the Overlook Garden.

Callaway Gardens is in the midst of its annual Spring Celebration, which offers family-friendly events including concerts, classes and outdoor activities.

A highlight of Spring Celebration is a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. April 25 at Robin Lake Beach.

This Saturday and Sunday, it's "Explore the Gardens," where geo-cachers can find hidden tokens. Geo-caching is an increasingly popular sport. It's an outdoor treasure hunt where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to both hide and find caches.

The weekend of April 12-13 is "Music in the Gardens," where visitors can listen to various genres of music throughout the gardens.

April 19-20 is the celebration of Earth Day and April 26-27 is the Arbor Day celebration.

IF YOU GOWhat: Spring Celebration, an annual event at Callaway Gardens that celebrates spring with classes, workshops, music and nature walksWhen: The gardens is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Spring Celebration festivities are Saturday-Sunday.Where: Callaway Gardens, about 35 miles north of Columbus on Ga. 18Tickets: $13; $6.50 for children, ages 6-12; free for children ages 5 and youngerInformation: 706-663-2281. For a full schedule of every weekend's events, go to www.callawaygardens.com

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