7/19/2016 – Callaway Gardens’ large network of trails and gardens are bursting with flowers and other flora during the summer. For flower aficionados, the gardens offer a gorgeous and fragrant variety of blooms and blossoms that range in origin and size.
To make the most of your visit to the 2,500-acre gardens and resort, located just an hour southwest of downtown Atlanta, check out what’s blooming where at Callaway Gardens this summer.
The 5-mile scenic drive runs through Callaway Gardens and allows you to soak up the scenery from the comfort of your vehicle.
- Blueberry: A shrub that offers small white flowers, sweet blue fruit and bright fall foliage. Some of the blueberries planted in 1962 are alive and productive today.
- Bottlebrush buckeye: Flowers on this bush, native to the southeastern United States, usually last about three weeks in the Summer. The large white blossoms grow in clusters. These flowers can also be found at Hummingbird Lake and along the Garden’s trails.
- Plumleaf azalea: These plants usually range in height from about 5 feet to 8 feet and produce bright flowers ranging in color from apricot to red. The plumleaf, which is the emblem for Callaway Gardens, is a rare shrub that is native to only a handful of areas in Georgia and Alabama. These azaleas are also found by the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, along Discovery Parkway and on the Garden trails.
- Sourwood: With delicate white drooping spikes of blossoms, this deciduous tree has urn-shaped flowers. Native to the area, these trees also present bright foliage in fall. Also found near Mockingbird Lake, Mountain Creek Lake Trail and along the Discovery Bicycle Trail.
This drive runs along the western edge of Callaway Gardens, north of the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, a 40-acre garden featuring more than 3,000 native and hybrid azaleas. In addition to the Plumleaf azalea, these also are in bloom:
- Goldenrod: A tall plant that produces a long flower, goldenrod does not aggravate allergies as is commonly thought because its pollen is too heavy to become airborne.
- Southern magnolia: Large dark green leathery leaves and huge, creamy-white, fragrant blossoms adorn magnolia trees in the summer. The plant can grow in large bushes or into lofty trees. Southern magnolias are found throughout the Gardens.
Located near the Meadowlark Garden area, this wildflower trail is six-tenths of a mile long, and features a gazebo, waterfall and bridge crossing a cove of Mountain Creek Lake. In addition to the Bottlebrush Buckeye, Plumleaf Azalea and Goldenrod, these also are in bloom:
- Pitcher plant: Both beautiful and carnivorous, pitcher plants have long tubes with nectar at the base of the pitchers that attracts the insects on which the plant feeds. These plants are found in the bog along the trail.
- Joe Pye weed: Attractive to butterflies, Joe Pye weed is a perennial that produces large puffy flowers. These flowers are also found at Callaway Discovery Center.
Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center
The Day Butterfly Center is a large glass enclosure filled with tropical plants and around 1,000 butterflies where visitors can get up close with the butterflies. During the summer, the center offers a “Gardening for Butterflies” class that teaches you how to grow a garden that attracts these fluttery friends.
- Butterfly bush: These plants produce a fruity scent that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds alike. The long flower spikes come in a variety of colors including white, pink, red, purple and yellow. These plants are located just outside the Day Butterfly Center.
- Crepe myrtle: Among the most heat-resistant trees, the native crepe myrtle blooms in flowers of pink, purple, white or red. During the fall, the foliage turns gold or red. These trees can also be found at Robin Lake Beach.
Meadowlark Garden is home to the Holly Trail. It’s located by the Day Butterfly Center toward the center of Callaway Gardens.
- Spider lily: These bulb flowers sit atop single stems, with long anthers that radiate to form a spider-like shape. The red blooms are sweetly fragrant. These plants are also found in the Overlook Azalea Garden.
Whether you are visiting Callaway Gardens for the a fun day at Robin Lake Beach, or perhaps a summer overnight getaway, you will be able to enjoy plenty of natural scenery during your getaway.