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Countdown to Savannah: Springtime Flowers and Festivals

Kathy Wood (kaydee)

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

The Best Time of Year to Visit Savannah

Residents and visitors seem to agree that springtime is the best time of year to visit Savannah. Savannah bursts into bloom in the spring, and flowering trees, colorful azaleas, and spring flowers are abundant in its beautiful squares, parks and private gardens. Temperatures are ideal (average high in April of 78 degrees with an average low of 53) for strolling and enjoying the outdoors, and many restaurants and cafes offer outdoor dining.

The city also emerges from a quiet winter with a burst of activities. In addition to our Slow Travel Gathering events and activities, we'll have a lot more to enjoy in Savannah the first weekend of April.

Savannah Garden and Antique Exposition

This annual exposition will be held the same weekend as our Gathering at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. There will be an “open air market” with over 50 booths of local, regional and national vendors selling plants, gardening accessories, gardening-related antiques, books, and gifts. The show includes demonstrations and speakers, and there are special walking tours of private gardens as well. (click this link for more information on the upcoming exposition)

Garden Tours

Our group will just miss the Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, but early arrivals can participate. There are also some tours with a garden theme; the Gates and Garden walk is one possibility.

Self-guided walking tours of private gardens are offered as part of the Garden and Antique Expo on Friday and Saturday (see more information here).

Savannah Music Festival

This annual festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts festival and features a variety of music (often involving renowned artists) in jazz, classical, blues, bluegrass, gospel and other styles of American and international roots music. (read about Savannah's diverse music culture)

Broughton Street International Festival

Each year the Savannah College of Art and Design hosts a free international festival on several blocks of Broughton Street (Savannah’s main downtown commercial street). The festival features traditional music, dance, art and food and recognizes the diversity of SCAD’s international arts community.

Savannah Spring Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show

This is another annual expo some Slow Travelers will want to check out. AKS Gem Shows are wholesale/retail gem, jewelry, rock, mineral and beads shows that are Open to the Public.

First Friday and First Saturday on the River

As luck (or maybe great planning Smile) will have it, our Savannah weekend is the first weekend of the month, a time of celebration in the warmer months. There will be fireworks on Friday night down on the waterfront and a street festival all along River Street on Saturday (9 am to 6 pm) featuring arts, crafts, fine foods, and entertainment.

It's cold in many parts of the USA, and I can't wait till spring. And what better place to be than Savannah in spring! (photo courtesy of the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Photo of Spring flowers

Spring Flowers in Savannah


All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)

Woods Family Grand Tour of Europe: List of articles and photo albums by Kathy Wood

Kathy is a former Human Resources executive who now works as a consultant and part-time college professor. She and Charley also lead The Luberon Experience (www.luberonexperience.com), a week-long, small-group trip based in Provence.

© Kathy Wood, 2008

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