What's upcoming at Hills & Dales Estate
September 20, 2014
BUSY AS A BEE
Saturday September 20, 10 a.m. – noon
Drones, queens, workers and guards—all are critical to a healthy beehive and we all need bees to pollinate our flower and vegetable gardens. Join apiarist Doug Roberts as he presents an illustrated talk about honey bees including: the hive, types of bees, honey production, the bee lifecycle, pollination and threats to survival. Doug will bring an observation hive so everyone can see live bees in action. All adult participants will get a small jar of local honey. Suitable for adults or children age 10 and up. $20 per adult. Add $5 for each accompanying child. Call 706-882-3242 to register.
September 21, 2014
THE HERB GARDEN IS IN GLORIOUS FORM
The Herb Garden loves the heat and, thanks to horticulturist Charlotte Baker, the plants are thriving. Highlights include angel’s trumpet, gomphrena ‘Strawberry fields’, scented geraniums and lemon grass. The Ray Garden is also in full bloom and the Sweet Autumn Clematis planted by Alice Callaway on the Arbor is a sight to behold. But if the heat is too much you can still tour the house and we can raincheck your ticket to be used at a later time when the weather is more pleasant. If you can stand the heat of August the garden is well worth the visit.
October 2, 2014
ANNUAL LECTURE: The Topiary Garden of Pearl Fryar
Join us Thursday, October 2, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for our 10th annual lecture featuring Pearl Fryar, a self-taught sculptor who uses live plant material to create original, elegantly abstract and expressive forms of topiary for his nationally renowned garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Fryar often uses plant cast-offs and looks for the potential in each plant to encourage its growth. When you come in contact with Pearl you will soon learn that he also has the same goal of inspiring young people to find their own potential. You can learn more about Pearl from his video A Man Named Pearl on YouTube. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by the lecture at 7:00. Reservations are required. $10 per person. Free for pass holders.
October 12, 2014
3RD ANNUAL STORIES IN THE GARDEN
Hills & Dales Estate and the Azalea Storytelling Committee are pleased to present Atlanta Kuumba storyteller Gwendolyn Napier and Troup County native Carol Cain as they offer an afternoon of family storytelling from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct 12. Allen Keeble will emcee the event, which will be held in the pecan grove near the garden. Gwendolyn Napier, known as Miss LuvDrop, creates stories that will keep audiences engaged through songs, music, movement, dance, instruments and props that make the stories come alive. Our very own Carol Cain will light up the stage with her zany folktales, family stories, and award-winning historical monologues. Admission is free and reservations are required. A limited number of chairs will be provided, and guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, the event will be held in the visitor center. Guests should enter through the Hills & Dales Drive entrance gate. The gate will close at 2:15 p.m. Call 706-882-3242 for reservations.
October 18, 2014
HALLOWEEN GHOSTS TO HAUNT YOUR PARTY
Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. – noon
If “decorating for Halloween” is a favorite activity for your family, these goblins made of cheesecloth and starch are guaranteed to lift your décor out of the ordinary. This workshop led by Charlotte Baker is designed for adults and children (age 6 and up). We’ll provide all supplies, refreshments AND will clean up the mess, so bring your child and join us for a morning of great fun! Each participant will make a friendly ghost sure to charmingly enhance the ‘Trick or Treat’ atmosphere of their home. $20 per adult. Add $5 for each accompanying child. Call 706-882-3242 to register.
October 31, 2014
HALLOWEEN AT THE CALLAWAY FAMILY HOME
The long tradition of celebrating Halloween at the estate will continue on Friday, October 31. Trick or treat for little goblins will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 8:00 p.m. To participate, enter the Hills & Dales Drive entrance gate and our staff will direct you to the north side of the house where we will continue the custom of giving candy bars to all costumed children.
November 1, 2014
FORCING THE ISSUE
10:00 a.m. - noon
It seems that gardeners always want what they cannot have, such as the plant not hardy to their zone or one blooming out of season. Greenhouse Manager David Brown will help solve that last dilemma as he demonstrates how to force pots of blooming bulbs on your own schedule. Included will be information on tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, amaryllis and other bulbs. All supplies are included and you will leave with your own pot of bulbs ready for forcing. $35 per person. Call 706-882-3242 to register.
November 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. - noon
Get ready for autumn and the Thanksgiving season with a beautiful centerpiece using fresh greenery and other fall materials. Floral Designer Vickie Rockwell will demonstrate how and help you to create an elegant arrangement to grace your table. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies will be provided. $35 per person. Call 706-882-3242 to register.
December 6, 2014
TWO CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOPS
10:00 a.m. - noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Get ready for the holidays by creating a Christmas wreath using fresh greenery and holly berries from the garden plus a beautiful holiday bow. Floral artist Helen Phillips will be on hand to guide your project from beginning to lovely completion. Bring clippers if you have them. All other supplies will be provided. $35 per person. This year we are offering morning and afternoon workshops. Call 706-882-3242 to register for either of these workshops.
December 20, 2014
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
This year marks our eighth annual Children’s Christmas Celebration at the estate. Activities will include decorating gingerbread houses and crafting Christmas ornaments. Santa will be here from 10 to 11 a.m. and a holiday sing-a-long accompanied by an old-fashioned Christmas story time will follow. We invite you to come and enjoy the festivities along with hot cider and Christmas cookies, but come early as our supply of gingerbread houses is limited. All children’s activities are free. Tours of the home decked out for the holidays will be available at regular price.
January 10, 2015
WINTER INTEREST GARDEN
10:00 a.m. - noon
There is no need to stay inside all winter waiting for the warmth of spring to get back into gardening. Even without color, our gardens are fascinating places! We can hone our skills of observation as we look for ways to improve plantings with additions or deletions of plants or by including more texture. At this workshop Helen Phillips will teach you about new and unusual plants and how to look for nature's signs of spring as we "sniff out" what's happening in the winter garden! $25 per person. Call 706-882-3242 to register.