A great azalea garden with 13 man-made lakes. There is are special collections of holly and of the local plumleaf azalea. The John A Sibley Horticultural Center has 5 acres of conservatory.
Callaway Gardens opened on May 21, 1952. It was created by Cason and Virginia Callaway. It is owned by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, whose mission is to connect man and nature in a way that benefits and honors both.
In addition to being a mature woodland garden, Callaway Gardens is highly regarded for its azalea gardens, holly collection and season displays.
What a wonderful day out I had with my husband and friends last Monday 11th April 2011. It was our friends Rev.Dr. Barry Davies and Mrs Laodice Davies's 43rd Wedding Anniversary. We were visiting from UK and as soon as I arrived back (Thurs.14th April) I emailed the Organiser of the visit, Cathy Stokes and thanked her for arranging such a beautiful Day Out. I sent her my amended Poem to reflect our time at Callaway Gardens and thought you may like to read it also.
THE BEAUTY AROUND US
Along life's bye-ways, as we pass;
Do we see the wood for the trees?
The daisies in the grass?
Perhaps it's blinkered vision as we hurry by
Too busy to see what's beneath our feet
or above us in the sky!
Notice the sunlight in the branches;
Where is it going? It simply entrances;
Changing the scene from grey to white
Bespangled with a profusion of light.
The hues of the azaleas, all shades so bright
Lifting our hearts, Oh! what a sight.
Look, a butterfly unfurling its wings;
And high on that branch a bird that sings;
Look at the colours, hear the sweet tones
Forget incessant noise of traffic and 'phones
Making life brittle, our energy is sapped
Like twigs in Winter, so easily snapped.
Our day has been graced with such beauty & fun
We've laughed and made friends out in the sun;
Friendships like flowers have bloomed today
We've stopped and admired the scenery around
The lakes,the gardens,the wildlife that abound
We've seen the beauty around us and we'll prayfully say:
"God's World is beautiful, it's been a beautiful day!"
PS Cathy Stokes, Tour Planner of Seniors On the Go Travel
says she is going to read the poem when out on their next Coach Trip.
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