"The Gardens were conceived and founded by Mr. and Mrs. Cason J. Callaway, Sr. for the benefit of mankind. The purpose is to maintain a place where all may find beauty, peace, inspiration, knowledge, and wholesome recreation."
The gardens have been open to the public since 1952. The garden features rhododendron and holly trails, wildflower trail, woodlands, greenhouses, lakes, the John A. Sibley Conservatory and the Day Butterfly Center.
"The greenhouse complex, including both indoor and outdoor plant displays to provide information about horticulture and the garden design, from traditional gardens through contemporary designs which have evolved to fit the new life styles of contemporary man. Included will be a variety of horticultural displays, and design ideas for the home gardener."
"In addition, examples of natural habitats will be offered, in the gradual transition from strongly structured gardens in and around the greenhouses, to the naturalistic meadow areas, to the completely natural flood plain swamp area beyond. In this way the gardens demonstrate the transition from man's desire to dominate nature to the present trend of man respecting and remaining subservient to natural forces."
Persons associated with the property include: Cason J. and Ida Callaway (former owners); Robert E. Marvin and Associates (landscape architect, 1974 to 1984).
Materials relating to the public gardens of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, located in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The folder includes a slide list, brochures, articles from publications featuring the gardens, and a description and worksheet completed by a GCA researcher at James R. Buckler and Associates. The gardens are noted for their emphasis on aesthetics.
Gardens have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, American Gardens (New York: Meredith Publishing Co., 1964)