Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs tonight and Saturday at Callaway Gardens

For the very first time, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs at Callaway Gardens about 35 miles north of Columbus on U.S. 27. The free concert is 8-9:30 p.m. on Robin Lake Beach.

Directed by Mei-Ann Chen, the assistant conductor of the ASO, "Musical Evening in the Gardens" includes popular tunes as well as a salute to the Armed Fores.

The Beach Gate opens at 5:30 p.m. for the concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic basket for dinner under the stars.

Can't make it tonight?

Saturday, from 10-11 a.m., the ASO Brass Quintet will perform "Music on the Green" in the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center.

This concert is included with admission to the Gardens.

If you're looking for flowering plants, the mountain laurel is still blooming and the rhododendron is just beginning to bloom, said Rachel Crumbley, the corporate relations manager.

Callaway Gardens is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Tickets are $13; $6.50 for children, ages 6-12; free for children ages 5 and younger.

Call 706-663-2281.