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JAN-FEB 2019

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28 | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 FRESH STYLE I garden At the Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia, visitors get a lesson in history, horticulture, and the stewardship of the land By KIRK REED FORRESTER Legacy in the Leaves USING ON THE delayed gratifi cation of his profession, a landscape designer recently lamented to me, "Architecture and interiors look their best on day one. Landscape design, on the other hand, looks best 10, 20, 50 years after the project is finished." Given this line of thinking, Hills & Dales, the 178 year old estate in LaGrange, Georgia, is a garden in its prime. Conceived in 1841 by Sarah Ferrell, "The Terraces" as Sarah called it, was a series of six terraced formal boxwood gardens converted from her family's existing cotton fields. The plans took six years to complete, and it remains one of the best examples of a formal 19 th century boxwood garden in the country. The bones of the design, including a lane of magnolias planted from seeds, M a rare ginkgo tree that is now one of the largest in the South, and a China fir that now towers so tall it has its own lightning rod, would take decades to mature. The garden's cultivation, which dominated Sarah's days for 62 years, was the ministry of her deeply religious life and one she was eager to share with others. One frequent visitor was Fuller E. Callaway, a young man who would later become a textile magnate and philanthropist. Sarah sensed his interest in the property and urged him to buy the estate upon her death. Eight years after Sarah's death in 1903, Fuller purchased the property for his wife, Ida. As Ida began restoring parts of the garden that had fallen into disrepair, she wrote about her sense of stewardship of TOP: Completed in 1916, the Callaways' Italianate villa was designed to enhance the historic 19 th -century gardens already in place. ABOVE: A portrait of Ida Callaway reflects her love of nature and her garden.

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