Hills & Dales Estate proudly offers educational classes for your community group.

Several of our professional staff members provide educational presentations for civic and community groups.

A sample of topics are outlined below. To inquire about availability of staff presentations, call 706-882-3242.



Floral Design Techniques

Instructor: David Brown

Before coming to Hills & Dales in 2014, David taught high school horticulture for 30 years and was then an adjunct instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College for 8 years. Squeezed in there somewhere, he also owned and operated his own floral shop! David has a BS degree in Horticulture and Agriculture Education from Purdue University and uses his wealth of experience and knowledge as our Greenhouse Manager and Floral Designer. He currently lives in Fayette County.

Tricks of the Trade for Growing Herbs

Instructor: Tina Eturralde

Tina worked at Hills & Dales first as a volunteer for four years. Her passion for gardening led her to a career change and a full time position on our horticulture staff since 2004. After achieving lifetime membership in the Georgia Master Gardener program, Tina went on to earn a Diploma in Environmental Horticulture from Columbus Technical College in 2010. She resides in Coweta County.

Pruning 101 for Woody Ornamentals

Instructor: Jeremy Oxford

Jeremy holds a BSA degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia and has been at Hills & Dales since 2012. Before joining our staff, he honed his horticulture skills in the landscape industry for several years and is also a Certified Arborist, a valuable credential for his work here. Jeremy is originally from Snellville, Georgia but now calls LaGrange home.

Rediscovering Heirloom Plants

Instructor: Jo Phillips

Jo is the Horticulture Manager at Hills & Dales Estate and has been a member of the horticulture staff since 1994 when she was hired by Mrs. Alice Callaway. She was promoted to her current position in 2007. Jo had the privilege of working with Mrs. Callaway for four years until Alice’s death in 1998, after which work began on the project of opening the home and garden to the public in October 2004. Jo earned a BSA degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia and her work experience prior to Hills & Dales includes Callaway Gardens as well as retail garden center management. She lives in Meriwether County.

Creating a Dry Streambed

Instructor: Chris Smith

Chris earned his BS in Landscape Design from Auburn University, after which they retained him as Manager of the Plant Science Research Center. Prior to joining our horticulture staff he also garnered experience as Assistant Superintendent at Grand National Golf Course and then as Manager of Grounds at LaGrange College. Chris has been a horticulturist at Hills & Dales Estate since 2001 and resides in West Point.

A Living Legacy: The Story of Hills & Dales

Instructor: Carleton Wood

Carleton is the Executive Director of Hills & Dales Estate.  Prior to assuming his current role in 2002 he worked at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC and Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, NC.  Carleton has a B.E.D.L.A. from North Carolina State University and a M.S. in horticulture from the University of Georgia.  He is an active member of the Southern Garden History Society and lives in LaGrange.

Other available presentations include:

Container Gardening Savvy; Composting At Home; From Seed to Plant with Success; Getting Orchids to Re-Bloom; Heirloom Plants for Garden Fragrance; Hills & Dales Estate’s Signature Plants; Making a Succulent Wreath; Planting a Cutting Garden; Proper Tree and Shrub Selection and Planting.

Contact [email protected] for more information.