For 60 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on 6,000 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.
With the arrival of spring, Callaway Gardens offers a seemingly endless array of choices to celebrate the beauty of the season with Celebrate Spring!
Theme weekends March 16 and through April 28 feature a series of family activities, workshops, seminars, events and unparalleled family fun…all set against the backdrop of one of the most gorgeous natural settings in America. Callaway Gardens’ world-famous azalea displays move front and center. Home of the world’s largest azalea garden, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Callaway Gardens is a site to behold during springtime.
Gardening earns the spotlight from March 21 through March 24, when gardening in the Gardens weekend is highlighted by the Callaway Gardens Annual Plant Fair and Sale. Admission to the Plant Fair is free. (Guests can pay gate admission to visit the Gardens and its many attractions.) This popular annual event features select nurserymen from around the Southeast showcasing their specialty plants and vendors selling unique garden-themed items beginning on Thursday (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.); Friday and Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Friday marks the return of the Callaway Gardening School, featuring author and TV personality Erica Glasener offering the latest and greatest tips for full-bloom gardening success.
Easter is always a perfect time for Renewal in the Gardens, especially at Callaway, and this year is certainly no exception. Easter Weekend, March 30-31, join the Easter Bunny for a fun-filled holiday showcasing a variety of activities highlighted by the annual Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (don’t forget to bring your Easter basket). Easter floral displays at the Sibley Horticultural Center always add to the beauty. The traditional topiary exhibit includes chicks, bunnies, eggs and more. Guests will be awed by one of the Southeast’s largest display of Easter Lilies. On Sunday morning, celebrate the meaning of the day with a moving lakeside sunrise service led. Admission is free of charge until 8 a.m. Following the service, attendees may want to enjoy a traditional Easter brunch featuring a variety of delicious options from Callaway Gardens’ culinary team.
Colors of the Gardens takes center stage April 20 through 22 as the third annual Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale finishes up with an exhibit available to guests. Thirty-nine juried artists from throughout the United States will be on hand to capture the beauty of spring in their works of art. Throughout the weekend, guests will be able to view and purchase these works so new that the paint may still be wet.
Sounds of the Gardens will be the theme April 26 through 28, when guests can explore the Gardens searching for the natural sounds of birds, water and more. Music wafting through the trees will add to the experience of visiting on a beautiful spring day. And, returning for the sixth year, Symphony on the Sand featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be on Friday, April 26, with a concert under the stars on Robin Lake Beach. Tickets, tables of eight and picnic baskets are available for reservation.
In addition, guests can enjoy the year-round attraction favorites including TreeTop Adventure, an aerial course more than obstacles and ziplines in the trees including a brand new portion opening March 1st, the acclaimed Birds of Prey shows, butterflies in free flight at the Day Butterfly Center, touring the Gardens on the 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail, newly planted gardens in Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, quiet moments at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel and more.
Callaway Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Callaway Gardens special event admission for Celebrate Spring! is $25/adult; $12.50/child (ages 6-12); and children 5 and under are admitted for free. Tax is included. Most activities occur from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. A small fee may be charged for some activities. An Annual Pass is a great way to enjoy Callaway Gardens’ many events and seasons.
Make your reservations for Callaway Gardens’ Celebrate Spring! Weekends by calling 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292). Overnight lodging is available for those interested in a quick getaway. For more information, visit www.callawaygardens.com. For news, special offers and more, click “like” at www.facebook.com/callawaygardens.com.