An opening reception for the Southern Flame Azalea Invitational Art Show at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia will be held on Sunday, April 8, from 2-4 p.m.

The exhibition will feature 20 different interpretations of the Southern flame azalea—the garden’s signature plant for its 50th anniversary— created by local artists, who utilized their own unique styles. Artists were invited to participate in the show, which is part of the garden’s anniversary celebration.

The reception will be in the Gardenside Room, in the Visitor Center and Conservatory. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can votes for the artwork they like the most. The artist with the most votes will receive an Audience Choice Award.

The art, which was donated by the artists, will remain on display through April 27. All 20 pieces will be for sale, with proceeds going to support the State Botanical Garden.

The Southern flame azalea, known for its pleasant fragrance and fiery colors, is native to Georgia and grows throughout the entire state. The plant will be available for purchase at the garden’s gift shop.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a unit of the University of Georgia’s Office of Public Service and Outreach, this year celebrates 50 years of serving the citizens of Georgia. The garden attracts more than 230,000 visitors each year. With walking trails, garden displays and educational initiatives, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is dedicated to inspiring, educating and conserving.