Meet Callaway Gardens October Volunteer of the Month

26 Sep
September 26, 2014

We’d like you meet Janice Maher, our Callaway Gardens Volunteer of the Month for October.

Janice Maher started volunteering at Callaway Gardens in 1996 with her husband Jack. Her first experience was working in the hot production greenhouses in the Summer. After Jack’s death in 1998, she began office work, her true love. As a volunteer in the Education and Volunteer Office she does it all – answering the phones, logging volunteer hours, scheduling volunteers, managing workshop and symposia registration and generally keeping us in order!

She volunteers over 500 hours every year (two days a week) and says she’s a Jack-of-all-trades. Her motto is “If you’re going to do a job, do it right.” She loves the variety of jobs and considers it all a great adventure. In her spare time Janice is active in her church, the LaGrange New Comers Club and plays golf. Janice will soon be moving to the Atlanta area to be closer to family there. We’ll miss her dearly and wish her the best.

Thank you, Janice, for your amazing service over the many years!

For more information about the Callaway Gardens Volunteer program, click here or call (844) 265-7906.

Add Some Mystery, and Delicious Food, to October with a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

25 Sep
September 25, 2014

Add a little scare to your October as Halloween approaches.  Bring your detective skills and appetite to Callaway Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, for a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre with a twist.  This year’s dinner features a “Macabre Wedding.”  Those not faint of heart will put their own powers of aura perception to the test to determine who would commit such a dastardly deed.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the most unholy of matrimonies — a wedding like no other between a vampire groom and a true “witch” of a bride.  This festive occasion will be shared with family and friends, goblins and gremlins, zombies and zombettes. Some guests will be in the present and in person, some only in spirit.  But, this ghoulishly good time will be disrupted by a ghastly murder.  With so many suspects in the room, how in the devil will the perpetrator be discovered?  Guests will have to put aside their blood feuds and work together if the newlyweds are to make their midnight flight to their honeymoon destination … Transylvania.

For those who have been missing the fun, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater includes a little detective work while you dine on delicious cuisine from the Callaway Gardens culinary team led by Executive Chef Michael Gonzalez.  This evening’s mystery will include opportunities for guests to interact with the cast.  Guests selected just before the show will receive reading parts and will be cued to deliver their award-winning performances.   Expect a few surprises and activities to add to the fun; plus, solving the mystery comes with token prizes for the winning team.  And, guests are invited to dress up to match the evening’s theme.

Can you identify the guilty parties?  Reserve your “A Macabre Wedding” Fall Murder Mystery Dinner Theater overnight package today by calling 800-463-6990.  Starting at $124.50* in the Mountain Creek Inn, packages include reception, dinner, Mystery Theater, lodging and admission to the famed Callaway Gardens and its many attractions for each day of stay and day of departure. Registration is limited, so make reservations soon. Dinner theatre-only reservations are $89** per person and based on availability.

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 800-463-6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

Fall Plant Sales Begins October 3, 2014

25 Sep
September 25, 2014

Fall is a wonderful time to get plants in the ground in time to establish a beautiful garden for Spring and Summer.   Beginning Oct. 3, 2014, guests visiting Callaway Gardens this Fall will have the opportunity to purchase plants such as assorted trees, shrubs, and perennials. There also will be a limited assortment of garden mums while they last.  The Fall Plant Sale will be within the gift shop of the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center and is scheduled to be open through Nov. 9, 2014, or while supplies last.

 Proceeds from the sale support the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, owner and operator of Callaway Gardens.

General admission to Callaway Gardens is $18 per adult (ages 13-64); $15 per senior (65+); $9 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger (admission prices include tax).  Annual Passholders, with their pass and valid ID can enter the Gardens with up to five guests in the same vehicle for free per day.  Members of Military and their spouse receive free admission and half-price for up to four guests.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 800-463-6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

Visit the Current Largest Display of Blue Morpho Butterflies – Only in September

24 Sep
September 24, 2014

September is Blue Morpho Butterfly Month at Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center.  Typically there are a variety of more than 1,000 tropical butterflies flying freely throughout the conservatory; however, this month it will filled exclusively with spectacular Blue Morpho butterflies.

“During September, visitors to the Day Butterfly Center will witness the largest display of Blue Morphos on the planet at that moment,” said Michael Buckman, manager of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. “This is our fifth year filling the Center with Blue Morphos.  I’ve been told by suppliers that we are receiving all that they have. When I heard that, I knew then we were doing something very special.”

The Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is a spectacular iridescent blue butterfly native to the rainforests of South and Central America.  The undersides of the wings are brown with eyespots, but the contrasting upper sides could be considered the most brilliant, vivid blue that nature has to offer.  This iridescent color actually results from microscopic scales on the back of their wings reflecting light, giving the brilliant shimmering blue appearance.  As a Blue Morpho flies, its contrasting wing colors of brilliant blue and dull brown fool the eye and make the Morpho look as if it is appearing and disappearing.  The word ‘morpho’ actually means “to change or modify.”

This tropical butterfly is usually a forest dweller but will venture into sunny areas occasionally.  They are diurnal, or active during the day, and they can be territorial so they spend much of their time in flight.  When courting, they often fly in long chains of five or more to make a spectacular sight.

As one of the largest butterflies, with a wingspan of five to eight inches, the Blue Morpho makes a beautiful subject for photos and video.  And, because they feed on the juices of rotting fruit, they are usually easy to locate at the fruit feeders in the Day Butterfly Center.  Butterflies do most of their flying between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  For those looking to take photos, consider visiting when the butterflies are resting, before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m., for best results.

General admission* to Callaway Gardens, home of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, is $18 per adult (ages 13-64); $15 per senior (65+); $9 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger (admission prices include tax).  Annual Passholders, with their pass and valid ID can enter the Gardens with up to five guests in the same vehicle for free per day.  Military and their spouse receive free admission as well.  This price includes access to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions and activities.  The Day Butterfly Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break and enjoy the Day Butterfly Center and the many other attractions of Callaway Gardens.  Ask for the special Blue Morpho Overnight Package, available in September, starting at $139* in the Mountain Creek Inn and includes lodging; breakfast buffet at the Plant Room Restaurant, a special gift from the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, use of the Mountain Creek Inn Fitness Center and admission to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions for each day of stay and day of departure.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (855) 421-4199 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

October Movies on the Beach – Fun Family Fright Nights

23 Sep
September 23, 2014

Family Fright Nights will be the theme of the October “Movies on the Beach” series.  Families are invited to enjoy a fun, family Halloween movie on Robin Lake Beach.  The movies scheduled are:

October 11 Hocus Pocus
October 18 Frankenweenie
October 25 Hotel Transylvania

Movies will begin at dark, which is expected to be around 7 p.m.  Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy these movie nights. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Admission for these special nights is $5 per adult; $2.50 per child age 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.  Admission will be complimentary for annual passholders.

Guests visiting the Gardens during the day will be admitted to the movies at no additional cost.  Day admission is $18/adult; $9/child (ages 6 to 12); children 5 and younger are admitted for free.  The Gardens and its attractions are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call (855) 421-4199 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

We Appreciate Our Housekeepers!

19 Sep
September 19, 2014

To celebrate the 2014 International Housekeepers Week, Callaway Gardens feted our large team of housekeepers with a full week of celebration. Festivities culminated today with a delicious meal, inspirational videos, and a competition among the three housekeeping divisions to see which had the best and faster bedmaker. Before departing General Manager Russ Cronberg presented each with a thank you gift of an insulated lunch tote printed with “Our Housekeeping Team Keeps it Clean” and a huge message of appreciation. Whether you work here or elsewhere – thank you to all housekeepers!

Only 100 Days Until … Christmas. Fantasy In Lights to open In November!

16 Sep
September 16, 2014

The magic of Christmas is only 100 days away!  Fantasy In Lights is a memory-making must with your family, friends and co-workers.  The elves at Callaway Gardens are busy getting things ready!  For details, visit www.callawaygardens.com/fil or call (855) 421-4199.  You can purchase an overnight package with tickets or simply tickets to the event.  Admission includes admission to visit the Gardens by day the day of your visit or before Dec. 31, 2014.  And, if you stay overnight, you receive VIP Trolley loading.

Hope to see you at Callaway Gardens!

Volunteers Appreciated at Callaway Gardens

16 Sep
September 16, 2014

Did you realize that Callaway Garden is a non-profit organization?  Many people are surprised.  We have many people who volunteer to assist in the Gardens in a variety of capacities.  It could be greeting guests, helping at a special event or planting new flower beds.

Today we took time to thank our volunteers and recognize their contributions with a Volunteer Picnic that included an All-American cookout, raffle prizes and recognition of volunteer hours for 2013.

Of course, volunteering comes with perks such as special access to the Gardens, it’s special events and occasions – such as this fun picnic.

For more information about becoming a Callaway Gardens volunteer, CLICK HERE.

To Never Forget 9/11 … Today We Invite All to Find Peace in Nature

11 Sep
September 11, 2014

On the 13th anniversary of the tragedies of 9/11, Callaway Gardens would like to offer everyone the opportunity to visit Callaway Gardens on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at no cost.

Created to be a place to provide “nourishment for the soul, consolation for the heart and inspiration for the mind,” the natural surroundings of Callaway Gardens provide a wonderful place to reconnect with each other and focus on what is important in life.  Providing such experiences and opportunities fulfills the mission of the non-profit Callaway Gardens, “Connecting Man and Nature in a way that benefits both.”

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.

Visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1.800.463.6990.

 

The 2014 Traveling Exhibit of Junior Duck Stamp Art is at Callaway Gardens Through October 31

10 Sep
September 10, 2014

Callaway Gardens® is proud to host the 2014 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit.  This year is the 22nd anniversary of the Junior Duck Stamp program, which is made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to promote conservation through the arts.

Each year Georgia youth participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Students in grades K-12 select a North American duck, goose or swan; research the species and its habitat; then depict the bird in an artistic medium.

Following the competition, the artwork goes on an exhibition tour around Georgia.  The exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Daisy Classroom of Callaway Gardens’ Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center through Oct. 31, 2014.

Winners on the state level receive prizes and certificates.  Bethany Panhorst, 17, from Savannah Arts Academy, won the annual 2014 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition on April 8, in Atlanta.  Five judges unanimously selected Panhorst’s acrylic rendition of a green-winged teal out of 588 entries as the Georgia Best of Show.

Prizes and ribbons are also given for the best student conservation message that expresses the spirit of what they learned while researching and planning for their Duck Stamp Contest artwork entry. This year’s winning conservation message was submitted by 12-year-old Brock Taylor from Savannah Country Day School:  “Conservation is like a half-full cup, you can always do more.

To support conservation programs, Junior Duck Stamps may be purchased for $5, plus shipping and handling by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).  For program information, visit http://duckstamps.fws.gov.

The USFWS sponsors this program annually to promote conservation through arts.  It is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  Callaway Gardens exists to fulfill a similar mission of preserving the natural environment and helping others learn good stewardship of the earth.

According to the USFWS website, for every dollar spent on federal duck stamps, 98 cents goes directly to purchase vital habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps to hunters, stamp collectors and other conservationists have raised millions of dollars which has been used to acquire more than 5.3 million acres of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Admission to Callaway Gardens is $18/adult; $9/child (ages 6 to 12); children ages 5 and under are admitted for free.  Special event rates may apply. Tax is included.

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call (855) 421-4199 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

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