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Spring blooms at Callaway Gardens

Last Thursday and Friday, March 27 and 28, I was at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia to give a lecture and teach a garden design workshop. This is an event that I look forward to every year.   One of the things that makes this experience so enjoyable is the audience.  This year I was once again rewarded with an interested and enthusiastic group.  I also had the pleasure of being on the program with Andrea Wulf, award-winning author and historian.  Her topic and title of her book The Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation provided an interesting and insightful look at the founding fathers and “how their attitudes towards plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the American nation.  To find out more about her writing visit

Rhododendron canescens

When my mother and I were talking recently she described spring this year as  reluctant.  I have to  agree that it got off to a slow start.  The positive side to this is a banner year (at least here in the South) for saucer magnolias, flowering cherries, redbuds and more.  It seems as if blooms have lasted longer and colors have been a bit brighter.  At Callaway the first azaleas are showing color, including both native and exotic types.  Redbuds linger and the cherries hang on to their blossoms before they cover the ground with white.


Dogwoods will be in full bloom by now and masses of azaleas too.

As I walked along the trail of the wildflower gardens, I was thrilled to spot trilliums, green and gold, Pachysandra procumbens , trout lilies and other woodland gems.

Azaleas beginning to bloom March 27

fragrant flowers of Viburnum x burkwoodii

In my own garden Leucojums, Pulmonaria, hellebores and masses of daffodils are in full bloom.  Minor bulbs including Scillas and grape hyacinths are also in flower.  Yesterday temperatures shot up to over 70F and today it is predicted to be in the 80’s!  Welcome to the South.

Pachysandra procumbens, great native for the woodland

I look forward to watching Spring unfold with all that it has to offer.

grape hyacinth and daffodils in my garden

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5 Responses to “Spring blooms at Callaway Gardens”

  1. Virginia says:

    I love your news letter and so wish that you would consider doing another series of Gardner’s Diary.Would there be any way that someone could buy a set of the tapes of your shows. I have looked in ever store that sell garden books and can not fine them. Are there any out there? Thank you again for your news letter. Virginia

  2. Erica says:

    Thanks for your kind comments. Unfortunately HGTV owns the programs and does not offer them for sale.
    I will let you know if we ever tape another show. Happy spring. Erica

  3. Jane King says:

    Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your lecture/tour at Barnsley Gardens. Getting to have lunch with you and talk about any and everything was such a joy.
    You’re a true Southern Gal.

    I also enjoyed meeting the Rhonda, the blogger for Southern Hospitality.
    I’ll be looking for more of your events.


  4. Erica says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Barnsley. A great group, good weather, botanical delights and lunch in the garden.
    Hope to see you again. Enjoy this spring. Best

  5. robert pemberton says:

    Hello Erica,Callaway Gardens looks more interesting than I thought it might be. I thought it was a display garden with limited diversity compared to a botanical garden like Atlanta’s which we frequent. Is Callaway still good in May and June? We are relatively new to Atlanta have yet to get down to Callaway, but will now.
    I met Lyndy with the huge clematis collection on a hike with the GA Botanical Society. Do you have contact information for her? Many thanks, Robert

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