1 folder+ 59 35 mm. slides and 54 glass lantern slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Georgia, Troup County, La Grange
Hills & Dales (La Grange, Georgia)
One of the earliest Italianate style gardens in the southeastern United States, this garden was started by Sarah Coleman Ferrell in 1841. Ferrell designed the garden closest to the house in a series of six descending terraces, covering approximately five and one half acres. A boxwood collection featured designs in a butterfly, a cross, "God," a clover leaf, and a bunch of grapes among others. The lower terraces, which are further away from the house, are informal and curvilinear. The gardens closer to the house are more formal and geometric. In the early 1900s, the Callaway family purchased the property and restored the terrace gardens. A rock garden, sunken garden, and cutting garden were added. In 1997, the Garden Conservancy advised the Callaway family on garden preservaton. The familiy established a foundation to preserve it. The house and thirty-four acres of the Ferrell Gardens at Hills and Dales opened to the public. In 2004, the Ferrell Callaway estate and gardens are once again under restoration.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. Mickleberry Ferrell (former owners); Sarah Coleman Ferrell (former owner, 1841-1907); Fuller E. Callaway, Sr. (former owner, 1912-1928); Ida Carson Callaway (1928-1936); Fuller E. and Alice Hand Callaway, Jr. (former owners, 1936-1998); Neel Reed (architect, 1914); and Rosemary Loudon (landscape architect); .
The folder includes a worksheet, postcards, and copies of articles.
Garden featured in Alice G. B. Lockwood, ed., Gardens of Colony and State (Garden Club of America, 1934), pp. 326-330)
Garden featured in Marta Mitchell, "Hills and Dales: The Fuller Callaway House," Garden History of Georgia, pp. 162-167
Garden featured in William Mitchell, Gardens of Georgia (Atlanta, Georgia: The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.), pp. 92-95
Garden featured in E. S. Draper, "The Gardens at Hills and Dales," in The House Beautiful (May 1932), p. 372
Gardens featured in Loraine M. Cooney, comp., and Hattie C. Rainwater, ed., Garden History of Georgia: 1733-1933, (Atlanta, Georgia: Peachtree Garden Club, 1933)
Garden featured in Jim Cothran, "An Italianate Renaissance Masterwork in Georgia," in Historic Preservation, Vol. XIII, No. 1 (Spring 2003), p. 2
Garden featured in Linda Askey, "Hills and Dales," in Southern Accents, Vol. 20 No. 3 (1997 May-June)