Now is the Time to Plant Shrubs and Trees! Fall Plant Sale Now in Progress

21 Oct
October 21, 2014

Now is the time to plant shrubs and trees … as well as add some pops of color with beautiful chrysanthemums. Stop by the Fall Plant Sale at Callaway Gardens’ Sibley Horticultural Center and stock up soon. Support a great cause and have your yard looking fantastic! Through November 9, or while supplies last.

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Walk Through Fantasy In Lights to Benefit Healthier Babies with March of Dimes Night Walk – Sun., Nov. 23

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

For the 22nd year, guests have the option to walk through the world-famous Fantasy In Lights on Sunday, Nov. 23.  Everyone may want to bring a flashlight to illuminate the walk for themselves on the roadway between scenes.  It is a fun and healthy way to see the lights.  Most guests still come back to see by vehicle or Jolly trolley as well.  All fun traditions and great memory-making experiences.

To make your advance reservation today, CLICK HERE or call 855.421.4199.

Add a room to make it an overnight getaway CLICK HERE.

For more information about Fantasy In Lights, visit CLICK HERE.

Merry Christmas from Callaway Gardens!

Bicycle Night at Fantasy In Lights – Sunday, Nov. 16

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

For the third year in a row, guests have the option to ride through the world-famous Fantasy In Lights on their bicycle on Sunday, Nov. 16.  Families with young children are encouraged to schedule an earlier time slot when there is a little more light. Everyone is required to have a bike light to illuminate for themselves on the roadway between scenes.  It is a fun and healthy way to see the lights.  Most guests still come back to see by vehicle or Jolly trolley as well.  All fun traditions and great memory-making experiences.

To make your advance reservation today, CLICK HERE or call 855.421.4199.

Add a room to make it an overnight getaway CLICK HERE.

For more information about Fantasy In Lights, visit

Merry Christmas from Callaway Gardens!

Motorcycle Night at Callaway Gardens Fantasy In Lights – Sat., Nov. 15, 2014

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

For the second year in a row see more than 8 million holiday lights by motorcycle!  Motorcyclists are invited to Fantasy In Lights on the special night of Sat., Nov. 15.  Purchase tickets in advance CLICK HERE or call 855.421.4199.

Or make it a getaway, CLICK HERE to add a room and not rush home.

For more information about Fantasy In Lights, visit CLICK HERE.

Merry Christmas!

New Fantasy In Lights’ Specialty Night – Pet Night, Fri., Nov. 14, 2015

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

This year bring your beloved pet to Fantasy In Lights.  Peruse the lights in your personal vehicle.  And, for friendly-pets, have a Christmas visit with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.  Join us for Pet Night on Fri., Nov. 14.  Purchase tickets in advance CLICK HERE or call 855.421.4199.

For more information about Fantasy In Lights, CLICK  HERE.

Merry Christmas!

Act by 10/31 and SAVE on 2015 Southern Gardening Symposium

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

Early-Bird Discounts for Registration and Room through October 31,2014

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.

Early–bird Specials!  There are two great offers for those who register by Oct. 31, 2014:  Registration: Receive $20 off the program registration fee.  Lodging:  Save $10 per night per room in the Mountain Creek® Inn.

For further information about SGS or to request a brochure, contact the Education Department at 1.844.265.7906 or

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 CLICK HERE.


Family Fright Night: Disney’s Hotel Transylvania – October 25, 2014

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

Don’t miss the last Family Fright Night version of our Movies on the Beach – it’s this Saturday. We’re showing Disney’s Hotel Transylvania.  Gates open at 5 p.m.  Movie starts at dark.  Admission is only $5 per person.  Free for overnight guests, day guests and annual passholders.  Be sure to bring a blanket or chair, and dress for the cooler night air.

Hope to see you here Saturday, October 25, 2014!

To add an overnight stay, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Callaway Gardens, CLICK HERE.

What?? Horseracing & Tailgating at Callaway Gardens – Sat., Nov. 1st

20 Oct
October 20, 2014


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Steeplechase is a competitive sporting event that provides spectators an opportunity to watch the thrills, smarts and athletic ability of Thoroughbred race horses as they jump over 52” high hurdles at premium speeds. Thoroughbreds, almost all of them converted from flat racing, compete in 12 states at some 36 National Steeplechase Association (NSA) stops both in the spring and fall of every year. They have lineages proven with official Jockey Club registration papers, and are ridden by the top steeplechase jockeys in the nation.

The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens has been one of these meets for the past 29 years. Mason Lampton, Race Chairman, was the visionary who combined his love of steeplechasing with the community’s needs. “Our mission has always been to support the arts in the community, using the steeplechase as a vehicle to do so,” Lampton stated. He continues, “This has proven to be a positive experience for everyone, both in the area of adding an additional sporting event which is entertaining for anyone at any age, as well as allowing us to contribute close to $3.3 million to the arts!”

The 2-3/8 mile course near Callaway Gardens has been cited as one of the most beautiful in the United States. The 200 acre site is cradled in hardwoods and statuesque Georgia pines with rolling hills overlooking Pine Mountain Ridge.  The scenery is punctuated with striking colors of the changing leaves.  It is a wonderful setting for a day in the country.

2013 Proceeds:
2013 was another successful year with a distribution of $162,000 to the Steeplechase’s five beneficiaries: The Columbus Museum, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Historic Columbus Foundation, The Springer Opera House and The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation.  An additional partnership with the Auburn Veterinary College of Medicine is made possible through the proceeds.

2014 Race Director:
Laura Smith Wickham is this year’s Race Director and Marie Wade Arnold is the Operations Chair.

This year’s total purse for The Steeplechase at Callaway is $160,000.  “It is extremely important to keep our purse at the upper level,” Lampton says, “ensuring quality horses that put on a quality show.  Your race has the best trainers and riders so patrons are watching the best of the best in steeplechasing.  After all, without the horses, there is no steeplechase!”

Sponsor Support:
Thanks to the generosity and long-standing support of Aflac, The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens continues the tradition of the Aflac U.S. Supreme Hurdle Novice Series Race with a total purse of $50,000 for this race alone.  “The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens is a high-energy, premiere event. What it has done for the arts in our region is tremendous, and Aflac is truly proud of its long association with this pre-eminent landmark in steeplechase racing,” says Kathleen Amos, President of the Aflac Foundation.

Another great and faithful benefactor is Don Leebern III with Georgia Crown.  He also enthusiastically embraces this Race with their sponsorship of the Crown Royal Sport of Queens Stakes.  This race is for fillies and mares and carries a purse of $50,000.  “We are honored to be able to support an event of this quality in this community,” Leebern stated.  “It has always been a great day for me; enjoying family and friends, as well as watching the thoroughbreds compete.”

Race Information:
There are a total of Seven Races (Five sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association).

  • Gates Open at 10 a.m.
  • Race A:  Wells Fargo Advisors Perpetual Pony Race, Race at 12 p.m.  Purse:  $200
  • Race B:  V’roooom Junior Hunter Race, Race at 12:30 p.m.  Purse: $200
  • 1st Race:  CB&T Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle, Race at 1 p.m.  Purse: $25,000
  • 2nd Race: Standard Concrete Products Highweight Hurdle, Race at 1:40 p.m. Purse: $25,000
  • 3rd Race: Aflac Championship Supreme Novice Hurdle, Race at 2:20 p.m.  Purse: $50,000
  • 4th Race: Crown Royal Sport of Queens Hurdles Stakes, Race at 3:00 p.m.  Purse: $50,000
  • 5th Race: WC Bradley Maiden Timber Race at 3:40 p.m.  Purse: $15,000

The post-race celebration is in the Winner’s Circle for box holders begins immediately following the last race with live entertainment.

Race Day Activities:
A variety of activities make the day even more engaging for guests.  A tentative activity schedule is posted on the website.  Here are some highlights:

  • Silent Auction in the Race Arcade.  Trips, jewelry, art, sports memorabilia and gift certificates are a sampling of items to be auctioned
  • Stick Pony Races for children age 10 and younger
  • Boomer 95.3 Tailgate Competition
  • Ledger Enquirer “Best Box” Competition
  • Southern Views Magazine sponsored Hat Contest- Winning categories are:  “Most Whimsical,” “Most Beautiful,” and “Best Children’s Hat.”  As part of this event, there will be a Parade of Hats that will include all the contestants
  • Horseshoes Tent is an upscale lunching and entertaining area for all those in box seating.  The fine fare includes wines from W.J. Deutsch Distributing.  Feel free to bring your own beverages as well. TVs will be showing ballgames throughout the day for your viewing pleasure.  Lunch and wine will be served 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Space is limited so buy your tickets early.
  • Jack Russell Terrier Races will have three separate heats.
  • The Taste of the Chase will again have Country’s Barbecue, along with other concessions in the Infield offering lemonade, ice cream and funnel cakes.
  • There will be a Vendor Village in the Infield featuring regional and local vendors.

From Columbus
: Take I-185 to Exit #30 at Hopewell Church Road.  Drive east eight miles to State Road #18.  Turn right on State Road #18.  Turn right on Nelson Road and follow the signs.

From Atlanta: Take I-85 south to Exit #21 at I-185. Take Exit #34 at State Road #18.  Drive east five miles to Nelson Road and follow the signs.

From Montgomery:  Take I-85 north.  Take Exit #21 at I-185.  Take Exit #34 at State Road #18.  Drive east five miles to Nelson Road and follow the signs.

Ticket Information:
Ticket pricing ranges from $25 per person and up.  Box seats range from $325 for six to $500 for six. Tent packages begin at $800 for six and are available for entertaining larger families or corporate guests by calling the Steeplechase Office.  Reserved Rail Packages in the Infield are $270 for six.  Single tickets or ticket packages are available for purchase online at  If you would like to arrange your purchase with our staff, please call 706.324.6252.  For ticket or sponsorship information, please call Executive Director, Kim Jinks at 706.324.6252 or email:

Overnight Packages:
Make it a weekend getaway.  Callaway Gardens offer both a package with tickets and a package for those who already have tickets.  For details, visit or call 1.855.421-4199.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

Fall Color Is On It’s Way – Reserve Your Getaway Trip Now

06 Oct
October 6, 2014

Callaway Gardens is a wonderful place to enjoy the colors of the Autumn season.  And, temperatures are cooler making it great to get into the woodland gardens and explore.  There are two great packages available:

Fall Colors Package

Fall Break Package

Make plans now to come and play outside!

For more information, call (855) 421-4199 or visit

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Online Auction Open Until October 12th to Benefit the Arts

03 Oct
October 3, 2014

Make Your Bids to Support the Arts!!

Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping support a great cause. The funds raised with help expand the educational outreach of area nonprofits through the arts. An arts-rich community has proven to bolster the economy, enhance classroom learning for students, enrich the area’s quality of life, and engage residents and tourist alike. Help us empower our community through the arts!

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For more information about the 30th running of The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens on Saturday, November 1, 2014, click HERE.

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