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Virginia Hand Callaway 1900-1995.
Nationally acclaimed conservationist, educator, and self-taught horticulturist Virginia Callaway, 94, died in February. Ms. Callaway and her husband, Carson J. Callaway, were co-founders and co-donors of the 14,000-acre Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. This recreational and public garden was begun in 1930 with the purchase of 2,500 acres of land around Blue Springs, Georgia. As the years progressed, the land around the Blue Springs site became Mrs. Callaway's main, interest and occupation. The location, established as natural gardens for public use, opened under a trust in 1952.

Lady Bird Johnson, who regarded Mrs. Callaway as a treasured personal friend, said: "Virginia shared my concerns, beliefs, and philosophies about conservation. Her deep commitment to creating a world of beauty and improving the quality of life has left a legacy that will enrich the lives of many in the in the decades to come."

Article copyright American Botanical Council.


By Barbara Johnston