Hills & Dales Estate’s garden display won six major awards at the 25th Annual Southeastern Flower Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.
The display entitled “Ida’s Cultivated Earth,” pays homage to Ida Cason Callaway who gardened at Hills & Dales from 1912 until 1936. The display was designed by Brooks Garcia of Fine Gardens and constructed by Hills & Dales Staff and Nate Tomsheck of LaGrange College.
“I don’t ever remember a display being decorated with six awards in one show. It’s just totally amazing! Everything just seemed to fall into place for a really special exhibit,” Garcia said.
“Ida’s Cultivated Earth” won The Governor’s Trophy, The Garden Club of Georgia Medal, The Chicago Horticultural Society Metal, The American Horticultural Society Environmental Award, The Magnolia Garden Club Environmental Educational Trophy and a Certificate of Excellence in Conservation from the Garden Club of America.
One judge’s comments said: “Attention to every detail. Executed with such perfection. Hard to imagine a garden this perfect.”
The display features a replica of the 1916 Neel Reid designed garden workhouse at Hills & Dales set adjacent to a vegetable and flower garden. The exhibit is enhanced with a compost pile, garden arbor, martin house, hot bed, cold frame and a chicken coop.
“People just love the chicken coop. There is just something about the geometry of the display that captivates people. Visitors are also commenting on the beautiful plants in the garden and the historical authenticity of the details,” said Carrie Mills, Hills and Dales staff member.
The Southeastern Flower show is open until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show is the largest flower show in the Southeast. Visit www.sehort.org to learn more about the show. For information about Hills & Dales Estate visit www.hillsanddales.org or call 706-882-3242.