Thursday, September 10, 2009

Callaway Gardens® Announces 2009 Fall Workshops and Hikes

Connect with nature at Callaway Gardens® and be inspired through a workshop or garden visit. Autumn at Callaway Gardens offers a bevy of opportunities to have fun and learn such as digital photography, gardening, painting and more:


Join Jim Henderson, the always entertaining, award winning “serious amateur” photographer of LaGrange, GA, through a series of programs on digital camera and photography skills.

A Beginner's Guide to DSLR Photography: What the Camera Manual Doesn't Tell You
Saturday, September 12, 2009
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fee: $70 includes lunch

Adventures in DSLR Photography I: Creative Photography Beyond the Auto Mode
Saturday, September 19, 2009
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fee: $70 includes lunch

Skillbuilder: Limited Enrollment Guided Photo Shoot (limit 10, must attend 9/19)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Fee: $40

Adventures in DSLR Photography II: Mastering Focus and Exposure
Saturday, November 7, 2009
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee: $70 includes lunch

Skillbuilder: Limited Enrollment Guided Photo Shoot (limit 10, must attend 11/7)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Fee: $40

Adventures in DSLR Photography III: Mastering Subjects in Motion
Saturday, November 14, 2009
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fee: $70 includes lunch

Adventures in DSLR Photography IV: Mastering Flash in Nature and General Photography
Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6, 2009
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Fee: $100 includes lunch on Sat.


Stained Glass Garden Workshop
Saturday, September 19, 2009
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Create a garden art piece using the "Louis Comfort Tiffany" method. Follow a pattern and learn how to cut and grind glass, use a soldering iron and apply black or copper patina. Finish the piece for hanging in your window or in your garden!

Instructor: Patricia Varnon
Fee: $80 includes all supplies,
Minimum: 3 Maximum: 5 students

Kids in Science
Saturday, October 10, 2009
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

In celebration of National Energy Month, kids participate in a hands-on class making a simple circuit using a light bulb and copper wire. Learn to add switches and take home supplies, directions, facts about T. Edison.

Instructor: Hazel Berger
Fee: $20/child

Pine Needle Baskets: A Beginners Class
Saturday, October 24, 2009
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of coil basketry and different stitches and coiling techniques to create a unique small basket or platter.

Instructor: Stephanie Tames
Fee: $85 includes all materials

Archeology Workshop
Saturday, October 24, 2009
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Become an archeologist for a day! Continue excavations from the Spring 2008 historic home site workshop.

Instructor: Dean Wood
Fee: $70 includes lunch

Capturing Fall Foliage in Watercolor

Saturday–Sunday, November 7-8, 2009
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Paint “on location” in the Gardens, focusing on a close-up view and a landscape garden scene. Class includes demonstrations, instruction, critique and individual coaching.

Instructor: Pat Fiorello.
Fee: $195

Wreath-making Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 2009
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Create a unique holiday wreath of your own design. Using a wire frame and greenery, add ribbons and other embellishments reflective of your own personality and style.

Instructor: Patricia Collins and Katie Steinhoff, Education Department
Fee: $45

Holiday Centerpiece

Saturday, December 12, 2009
10:00 a.m.–Noon

Create a fun and festive holiday centerpiece with floral oasis using fresh greenery and natural materials.

Instructor: Patricia Collins and Katie Steinhoff, Education Department
Fee: $45


Learn the time-honored principles of Chinese philosophy and culture while working with bamboo brushes and using water color on rice paper. No previous art training required.

Instructor: Tehwan Tso
Fee: $60 plus materials beginner’s set $30; $5 consumables.

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Brilliant Sunflowers
Session 1: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Glorious Chrysanthemums
Session 2: 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wisteria on Pine
Session 1: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
The Starring Lilies
Session 2: 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.


Limited enrollment, pre-registration required.

Archaeology Hike – Amazing People, Amazing Places
Saturday, September 26, 2009
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join a professional archaeologist and biologist to explore the Preserve at Callaway Gardens. See evidence of the people who lived on this land through history and understand how we manage the land today to create healthy forest habitat.

Length: 2.5 miles; moderate; Ages 10 and up
Fee: $5 members; $7 non-members

Owl Prowl/Night Walk
Saturday, October 10, 2009
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

As the sun sets explore the Gardens with a naturalist and see ‘who’ comes out when the sun goes down!

Length: 1.0 mile; easy; Ages 7 and up.
Fee: $5 members; $7 non-members

Columbus Day Ridge Hike
Monday, October 12, 2009
10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Spend a delightful fall day walking along the scenic Pine Mountain Ridge exploring the autumn forest.

Length: 6 miles; moderately strenuous; Ages 12 and up
Fee: $8 members; $10 non-members

Autumn Adventure Hike
Saturday, November 21, 2009
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Discover the wonders of the Cason J. Callaway Memorial Forest on this daylong ramble.

Length: 5 miles; moderately strenuous; Ages 12 and up
Fee: $8 members; $10 non-members

Mountain Creek Trail Stroll
Sunday, November 22, 2009
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Meander along the shore of Mountain Creek Lake with a naturalist as you delight in the sights and sounds of the fall season.

Length: 1.5 miles; easy; Ages 10 and up
Fee: $5 members; $7 non-members


Monarch Tagging
Saturday, October 10, 2009
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Observe migrating monarch butterflies being tagged and recorded to monitor flight paths and journey success.

Instructor: Michael Buchman, manager of the Day Butterfly Center
Free with Gardens’ Admission

Detailed descriptions of these programs can be found at then click on “Education.” Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required for all programs. Programs fill quickly, so register soon.

Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. To register call the Education Department at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), option 5, option 2; 706-663-5153 or email

For overnight accommodations for any of these workshops or hikes, ask for the special workshop rate starting at $89 in the Mountain Creek® Inn at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292). Based on availability, some restrictions apply.

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