Can anyone please give me some interesting facts on Callaway Gardens?

Question by sachi s: Can anyone please give me some interesting facts on Callaway Gardens?
I'm doing a project for school ( IN THE FREAKIN' SUMMER!!!!!) and I need some good facts on Callaway Gardens.

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Answer by texman
Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel at Callaway GardensCallaway Gardens is a 13,000 acre (53 kmĀ²) resort complex located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, just outside of Columbus, Georgia. The resort draws over 750,000 visitors annually.[1]

Callaway Gardens was founded in 1952 by Cason J. and Virginia Hand Callaway to promote and protect native azalea species. His son, Bo Callaway, helped develop and run the garden. Today, Callaway Gardens features a wide variety of recreational attractions including a large enclosed butterfly habitat, the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, and the John Sibley Horticultural Center, known for its wide variety of cultivars and native plants. The native palm Sabal minor maintains one of its northernmost populations in the area.

HistoryCallaway Gardens opened on May 21, 1952 as the Ida Cason Gardens, with a number of lakes, a golf course, and scenic drives. The gardens were named for the mother of founder Cason J. Callaway.

Robin Lake Beach and the Overlook Azalea Garden opened the following year.
The gardens were renamed Ida Cason Callaway Gardens in 1955.
The Masters Water-ski Tournament, now an annual event, held its first competition in 1959.
Founder Cason J. Callaway died on April 12, 1961 and was succeeded as Chairman of the Board by his wife, co-founder Virginia Hand Callaway.[3]
The Cason J. Callaway Memorial Forest opened in 1972, and the U.S. Department of the Interior named it a Natural Landmark.
The John A. Sibley Horticultural Center opened in 1984.
Mr. Cason's Vegetable Garden was the location for years of TV shows about growing your own vegetable garden, most notably the southern edition of The Victory Garden.
The annual Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens ran its first race in 1985. The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center opened on September 25, 1988. "Fantasy in Lights", a spectacular Christmas light display, debuted in 1992. The Azalea Bowl opened in 1999 as did the premiere of the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival.

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