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JAN-FEB 2019

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30 | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 FRESH STYLE I garden CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: Architect Neel Reid designed the fountain to echo the style of the house. • A view from the large green house leads to the herb garden and the formal gardens beyond. • Alice Callaway commissioned the bird gate to mark the original entrance of Sarah Ferrell's garden. • So many couples courted along this boxwood-lined path that it is known as Lover's Lane. the land. "Sarah's spirit seemed to overtake me as I began to work in her garden, reclaiming and restoring boxwood patterns," Ida said. In addition to making improvements to the gardens, the Callaways sought to build a grand house, enlisting the help of noted Atlanta architectural firm Hentz & Reid. The Italianate villa, completed in 1916, echoed the elegance of the gardens and anchored the estate, which the Callaways renamed Hills & Dales. Following Ida's death in 1936, her son Fuller Callaway Jr. and his wife, Alice, took over the property. A novice gardener, Alice was hesitant to take charge of such a large, storied place but soon became intimately acquainted with the garden's rhythms. Jo Phillips, the current horticulture manager, remembers when she got a job at the estate in 1994. "Alice Callaway started each weekday morning in the garden going over the day's goals with the staff," she said. "From 8 a.m. to noon Monday– Friday, Mrs. Callaway worked alongside us." Alice took care of Hills & Dales for 62 years, the exact length of time that Sarah did. Training the eye on a particular plot of earth for that many decades bestows certain lessons. "From gardening I have learned three things," wrote Alice, "patience, perseverance and acceptance." After Alice's death, the family opened the estate to the public, yet the imprint of the women who cared for the garden so devotedly hovers like a mist over the paths. "When Mr. Callaway bought Ferrell Gardens for me, he said he wanted me to live for a thousand years and die with a good taste in my mouth," Ida once said. "Gardening was the only way he believed this could be accomplished." For more information, see Sources, page 84 Sarah's spirit seemed to overtake me as I began to work in her garden, reclaiming and restoring boxwood patterns. —IDA CALLAWAY

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