NEW Saturday Night Italian Buffet Begins this Weekend! Delizioso

25 Feb
February 25, 2015

The Plant Room will begin a brand new Saturday Night Buffet begins this Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Executive Chef Michael Gonzalez and his culinary team have created a delicious menu.  To check it out, CLICK HERE.

The buffet is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the lobby of the Mountain Creek Inn.  The public is welcome.

Come and enjoy!

Two Singer-Songwriter Nights Announced at Callaway Gardens

23 Feb
February 23, 2015

Imagine cases littered about as the air vibrates with the strumming and tuning of guitars as performers  ready themselves to entertain you.  The intimate setting will be the open-air Ski Pavilion, suspended over beautiful Robin Lake Callaway Gardens. As the musicians take their seats, everything will get quiet and “Singer-Songwriter Night” will begin.  The performers represent a variety of genres and lyrical styles.  One by one, they will tell a story of how one of their particular songs came to be written and then play it for those fortunate to be in attendance.  Plan to participate in this intimate event.

To make an overnight reservation or to purchase tickets to the event by phone, call 1.800.852.3810.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15* per person; day of event are $20 per person. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.  Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Two nights to choose from:

Daniel Lee, Cory Quintard and Sam Koon – March 21 – BUY TICKETS HERE

Davis Nix, Kyle Wilson, Rick Brantley and Neal Lucas March 28 – BUY TICKETS HERE

To print a poster for the event, CLICK HERE.

St. Patrick’s Day Concerts Announced! Go Green!

10 Feb
February 10, 2015

Don your green and head to Robin Lake Beach on Saturday, March 14, 2015, for a great St. Patrick’s Day Party.  Daniel Lee and the Barstool Prophets will both be providing awesome entertainment.  Those who wear green can enter the St. Patty’s Day Outfit Contest and enjoy $2.50 beers.  The party starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.

Call your friends and make plans now to hang out at Callaway Gardens for a St. Patrick’s Day Concert Party.  Tickets are only $10 per person.  Tickets and overnight packages that include are available at www.callawaygardens.com/stpatricksday, or call 1.855.421.4199.

Hope to see you here!

Learn Something New this Winter and Spring at a Callaway Gardens Workshop

10 Feb
February 10, 2015

Cultivate your artistic skills and expand your gardening and natural history knowledge with Callaway Gardens’ Workshop Series!  Local experts and staff facilitate programs that allow you to explore new opportunities.

ART & GARDENING WORKSHOPS

Become a Raptor Ranger – Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Interested is identifying local raptors? Join us for this interactive workshop where you will learn the key field identifiers to native raptors while they are in flight or on a perch. Meet some of our live raptors, including an owl, hawk, and falcon, up close and personal. Our trained raptor specialists will recommend the best places to identify local raptors, as well as migratory tracts these beautiful predators take every winter. Discover how birds of prey are beneficial to have on your property and learn ways to attract them. If you like both songbirds and raptors, learn how the two can co-exist to create a healthier habitat in your own backyard. Bird identification materials are provided; bring your own binoculars (limited supply available for loan during class).

Invite Birds into your Yard and Garden – Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Encourage your favorite feathered friends to your backyard!  Learn how to attract year-round and migratory birds to your home landscape by using “homemade” bird feed, planting native plant species that provide cover and food.  Tour Callaway Gardens’ Certified Backyard Habitat to learn how to identify common, local backyard birds. Materials are provided; bring your own binoculars.

Pine Needle Basketry – Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You’ll make a basket using pine needles and coil basketry techniques.  This beginner class covers the basic skills needed to make the basket.  Complete the class with a basket reflecting personal taste and design.  Lunch is not included in the workshop, but participants may bring a lunch or pick up something from the Discovery Café.  All supplies are included.

Azalea Workshop – Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Here’s your chance to learn all about azaleas: varieties best suited for the Southeast, natives to enhance your landscape and extend the season, culture and when and what to prune!  After a classroom session which includes Questions and Answers, you will walk among Callaway Gardens’ azaleas with the instructor.

Basket Weaving: Catchall Cube – Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This basket is perfect for magazines, chair side projects or shelf storage.   Start by weaving a square base that measures 10” x 10” and evolves into a functional round basket as you weave up to the 10” height.   Finished with leather handles attached to the rim, this basket could be the secret to your organization.  Suitable for all levels of weavers.  Class Limited to 6 Participants

Make your own Garden Trough – Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
If you’ve admired the rustic beauty of English garden troughs, here’s your chance to make your very own ‘antique.’ Herbs, cacti, ferns and bonsai all work well in troughs and they add a wonderful decorative element to any garden.   Join Victoria Goddard-Fischer in this hands-on art and gardening adventure to make your own garden trough.. Limit 15 people.

Hanging Basket Workshop – Saturday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Make a summer hanging basket for yourself or to  give as a Mother’s Day gift.  Or perhaps give the workshop as a gift to someone special.  Learn about hanging baskets, best plants to use, best combinations and how to make them last throughout the summer season.  After an informative introduction you’ll get down to the ‘how-to’ so you can take home a creation all your own!  Bring your gardening gloves.  Other supplies included.

Basket Weaving: Delightful Versatility – Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Try your hand at a new technique for our Callaway Gardens basket making classes!  This basket features a 4” x 6” wood bottom and is finished with a square dip handle.  A wide assortment of natural materials will be provided for those who wish to embellish their baskets.  Great fun and very versatile!  An excellent project to welcome summer and suitable for beginning basket makers. Class Limited to 6 Participants

PREMIER GARDENING EVENTS

30th Southern Gardening Symposium – Friday, January 29-Sunday, January 31
The South’s premier gardening event features optional pre-conference workshops; a gardening marketplace; a silent auction; and speakers.

Annual Plant Fair and Sale – Thursday, March 26-Sunday, March 29
This exceptional shopping opportunity features a wide variety of plants and unique garden items from more than a dozen local and regional vendors. One of the Gardens’ largest fundraising events, proceeds help support the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation and its educational and environmental programming. Free Admission

For a complete listing or to register, CLICK HERE or visit www.callawaygardens.com and enter “workshops” the search box.  Or, call the Education Department at 1.844.265.7906 or email education@callawaygardens.com.  Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required.  Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each workshop begins.  Annual Passholders and Callaway Connection members qualify for special rates.

For overnight accommodations for any of these workshops, ask for the special “workshop rate” starting at $99* in the Mountain Creek® Inn at 1.855.421.4199.

2015 Callaway Gardens Fitness Series Schedule Announced

14 Jan
January 14, 2015

Each year Callaway Gardens® hosts a variety of fitness events that are nationally known for both their competitiveness and the beauty of the setting.

The 2015 Callaway Gardens Fitness Series includes:

Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K annually takes place in late-January (January 25). The marathon is US Track & Field Association certified and a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.  Interestingly, this particular marathon is popular among the 50 State Marathon Club, a group of athletes who attempt to compete in one marathon in each of the 50 U.S. States.  This Callaway Gardens event is one of the few that is a popular “repeat” event for many in the marathon club, which surely is a testimony to the beauty of Callaway Gardens.

Duathlon (5K run, 30K bike, 5K run) and 5K on May 10.  Duathlons are less common these days making this event at Callaway Gardens a unique opportunity.

Sprint Triathlon (1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 2 mile run) on June 21.  Now the biggest event of its kind in the Southeast, its quick ascent to the top is largely due to its popularity for first-time triathletes and for young athletes.

Triathlon (1K swim, 30K bike, 8K run) and 5K on September 6.  The Callaway Gardens event is the longest running triathlon in the continental United States.

Twilight 10K race on November 7.  Certified by US Track and Field, this event has been a qualifier for the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race since its beginning in 1998.

Individual athletes and teams can register for these events at www.active.com.  For more information, contact Dave Johnson Enterprises at 770-565-5208.  Participants’ registration fee includes admission to the Gardens.  Spectators accompanying Fitness Series Event participants can enter the Gardens for half-price of that day’s admission rate (general or special event).

Fitness Series participants can request a special rate for overnight lodging that includes admission to Callaway Gardens so they can be well rested for their events.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1.855.421.4199 or visit www.callawaygardens.com/fitness.

*Details subject to change.

Calling All Gardeners! Southern Gardening Symposium Coming Up In January 2015

29 Dec
December 29, 2014

Get inspired for next season’s “dream garden” at the 29th annual Southern Gardening Symposium, one of the nation’s premier gardening events at beautiful Callaway Gardens®.

Make plans to attend this symposium January 23-25, 2015, where you can listen and learn about gardening from an outstanding group of experts.  Designed for novice to expert gardeners, this jam-packed schedule includes lectures and presentations as well as optional pre-conference workshops.  Though content-rich, this event provides the unique opportunity for personal interaction with the speakers throughout the weekend.

Learn from experts including Authors Peter Loewer (Murder in the Garden), Troy Marden (Lessons from 20 Years of Gardening in the South), and Dr. Larry Mellichamp (Natives for Your Garden). These authors will have their books available for sale and will sign autographs throughout the weekend. Other lectures include Ben Page (Creating a Nurturing Garden), Jinni Hernandez (Tried, True and New Annuals), Kurt Straudt (Succulents in Your Garden), Michael Buckman (Gardening for Butterflies) and Dan Long (Clematis).

In addition to presentations, guests can indulge their passion at the SGS Marketplace offering one-stop shopping for the gardener.  You’ll find an assortment of choice plants, many of which are touted by Symposium speakers as the new “must-haves”; a superb book selection including new releases by SGS speakers, who will be available for autographing; and a delightful array of garden ornaments.

SGS participants will have an exciting opportunity to participate in both silent and live auctions.  The auction items include books and plants recommended by speakers; tours of private gardens; garden ornaments; botanical artwork by the late Athos Menaboni; special plants; items contributed by Marketplace vendors, speakers and much more.

Preregistration for SGS is required by Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.  The program registration fee of $259 includes Friday’s opening reception; Saturday’s continental breakfast, programs with printed materials, box lunch and evening banquet; and Sunday’s continental breakfast and programs with printed materials.

The Southern Gardening Symposium is approved for seven contact hours for Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Continuing Education Units.

Callaway Gardens provides a variety of lodging options for SGS participants.  The special rate of $89* per room per night is available in the recently renovated Mountain Creek Inn®. This rate includes admission to Callaway Gardens per night of stay and day of departure.  Nestled in the trees, the spacious Cottages and lovely Villas and Vacation Homes also are available for the choosing.

For further information about SGS or to request a brochure, contact the Education Department 1.844.815.6706 or education@callawaygardens.com.

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1.855.421.4199 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

*The above room rates are available only to registered SGS participants. Valid for Mountain Creek® Inn only and based on availability and double occupancy.  Some restrictions apply. Symposium registration fee is separate.  Rates for the more spacious Southern Pine Cottages and Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes also are available.

LAST DAY TO VOTE!

15 Dec
December 15, 2014

Today is the LAST day to Vote! Help Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy In Lights finish strong!  Please vote on every computer, laptop or smart phone! Click this link: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/fantasy-in-lights-callaway-gardens/ 

And, please share! Thank you!

2014 Ornament Available for Purchase at the Chrismtas Village

08 Dec
December 8, 2014

One of our favorite Fantasy In Lights scenes is “March of the Toy Soldiers.” Now, guests in our Christmas Village can purchase a Christmas ornament inspired by the special frames in that scene and designed to tug the heart strings on Christmas mornings for years to come!  The attached picture shows the different sides of the 2014 ornament.  For information on Fantasy in Lights, click here.

Clydesdales

03 Dec
December 3, 2014

The Clydesdales are coming to Callaway Gardens! This Sunday, Dec. 7, see these beautiful creatures near the Fantasy In Lights Christmas Village from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Make some Christmas memories! No admission to access this event in the Fantasy In Lights area.

Bring the Children to “Story Time with Mrs. Claus”

01 Dec
December 1, 2014

Join Santa’s lovely bride for a fun hour of storytelling and cupcake decorating! Children also will make a bag of reindeer food to take home for Rudolph’s Christmas Eve visit. This event is designed for children ages 12 and younger, and at least one accompanying adult.

“Story Time with Mrs. Claus” is available every Saturday and Sunday beginning Nov. 22 through Dec. 21, 2014.  There are two Saturday sessions to choose from:  1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and one Sunday session at 1 p.m.

The cost is $11 per person ages 2 and older. Taxes and service fees are additional. Reservations are required for each person attending.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Ages 2 and younger are admitted for free but require a “free child’s ticket” when placing the order.

Father Christmas, a.k.a. Santa, is available nightly for photos, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. inside the Fantasy In Lights Christmas Village Nov. 21 through Dec. 24, though he may take a break during the evening.  No admission or ticket is required to access the Christmas Village, which also features shopping and dining.

For details and reservations, call 800.852.3810 or visit www.callawaygardens.com/fil.  Overnight packages are a great way to turn this experience into a holiday getaway.

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