First, there’s always a fall break in store this time of year and it includes children’s activities, arts and crafts demonstrations, the natural fall foliage, thousands of mums, college football and much more.
Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Callaway Gardens’ 6,500 acres of pristine natural surroundings offer breathtaking views of its scenic beauty. In addition to the changing colors of the leaves, fall is the time when Callaway Gardens is set ablaze with 10,000 brilliant chrysanthemums including garden mums, florist mums and cascading mums. Chrysanthemum Season is definitely something to experience whether traveling by with your family or a large group.
The John A. Sibley Horticultural Center is one of the focal points for mums in the fall.
A fun surprise in the Sibley Center is the Collegiate Football Topiary Display.
You can expect to find mascots from some well-known universities in the Southeast featured in topiary-form among floral displays in their school colors.
A little later in the fall, be sure to visit and enjoy the fairly rare cascading mums, which spill over their containers creating a waterfall of color, accenting the Sibley Center’s exotic plants, flowers and trees. And, there is a Fall Plant Sale providing the opportunity to take home some new finds for your own gardens.
As harvest season approaches, visitors to Callaway can enjoy Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden for Autumn Fest and find seasonal, family-friendly activities suited for all ages.
Each Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a different line-up of activities and demonstrations, such as: Scarecrow making, pumpkin painting (bring your own or pick and purchase one when you arrive) and leaf pounding crafts; scavenger hunts and hay bale mazes throughout Mr. Cason's Vegetable Garden; hands on demonstrations by potters, woodturners and the Georgia Gourd Society; nationally-acclaimed plein air ("in open air") painters and dulcimers musicians playing the sounds of simple stringed instruments of days gone by.
And be sure to stop by the 19th century-era Pioneer Log Cabin for a glimpse back to a time when life was, in many ways, much simpler, but also more difficult. There will be quilting demonstrations, corn dolls and other items on display reminiscent of the days when this two-bedroom log cabin was inhabited by families as large as 15.
There are game day specials to be found at The Vineyard Green Restaurant and Spirits with specials on wings, drinks and appetizers, while you catch the week's biggest college and professional football rivalries each Saturday and Sunday on an 80-inch projector screen.
Fall also includes some “can’t miss” special events such as the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit, (Through October 31); The Steeplechase at Callaway, a great day of tailgating and horse racing (Nov. 2); a Twilight 10 K (Nov. 2), which is one part of the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series and Founders’ Day (Nov. 6) with free admission for all to enjoy Callaway Gardens in memory of the Gardens’ founder, Cason Callaway.
In addition, there are tennis tournaments, fly-fishing schools, organ concerts and lots of hikes and workshops covering topics such as gardening, photography, crafts and more.
Callaway Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults; $15 for seniors 65 and over; $9 per child ages 6-12; and children age 5 and younger are admitted for no charge. Annual passes are available to visit most every day of the year for free. Some events require special ticketing and pricing.
For more information about group arrangements or to make a reservation for this array of fall activities at Callaway Gardens, you may call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-2592) or visit www. Callawaygardens.com.
Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.
For more than 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 thousands of 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.
Callaway Gardens offers nearly 80,000 square feet of meeting space, 689 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, zip line/obstacle courses and more.
You can also add a little scare to your October at the gardens as Halloween approaches.
Bring your detective skills along with an appetite to Callaway Gardens Saturday, Oct. 26, for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre themed as the “Witches and Warlocks Ball.”
Those who are not faint of heart will put their own powers of perception to the test while interacting with those from days gone by.
Every 100 years, the order of the Witches and Warlocks Coven gathers for their Bewitching Ball, and as the raven flies south, this is the year.
This is an event of merriment, mirth making and supernatural networking.Ê However, this year’s ball is marred by the murder of one of their own by one of their own. Such things are unheard of in witch and warlock society.
Can the witches and warlocks coven survive, or does this centennial ball come to an end this year?
For those who have been missing the fun, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater includes a little detective work while you dine on delicious cuisine from the Callaway Gardens culinary team led by Executive Chef Chris Smith. This evening of mystery will include opportunities for guests to interact with the cast. Guests selected just before the show will receive reading parts and will be cued to deliver their performances. Expect a few surprises and activities to add to the fun; plus, solving the mystery comes with token prizes for the winning team.
Packages include reception, dinner, the Mystery Theater, lodging and admission to famed Callaway Gardens and its many attractions for each day of stay and day of departure. Registration is limited.
The dinner menu for the Mystery Dinner Theatre Witches’ Apple Salad, a grilled and gutted “witches” apple stuffed with chopped Boston Bibb, romaine hearts and red oak lettuce with gorgonzola cheese, spiced walnuts and topped with blood orange vinaigrette and grape tomatoes; “Lambs and Fish to the Slaughter,” served as a dual entrée, which are pepper crusted lamb chops with tarragon demi-glace and seared grouper with roasted beet buerre blanc served alongside roasted red pepper parmesan risotto and “ghostly” white asparagus.
And for dessert, there are Creepy Crêpes, freshly grilled crêpes stuffed with cherries jubilee, topped with mint, fresh cream, shaved milk chocolate and crushed lady fingers.
Callaway Gardens is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation.