Hills & Dales Estate Update 2015
by Hills & Dales
February 10, 2015

Between the Pages: The Callaway Library

In this day and age of digital communications, iPads, Kindles, Nooks and all sorts of e-books are rapidly replacing traditional paper books, which are slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past. Some people cling to hard copies and cannot imagine reading without flipping the pages of a real book, while others embrace the fact that thousands of titles are at their fingertips with a simple swipe. No matter which camp you favor, no one questions the beauty of an old library filled with vintage books. The great author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, once said: “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” One such room is the library at the Callaway home.


The greenhouse at the estate is home to a small collection of succulent plants, the most notable being several species and cultivars of Crassula, or jade plants, because of their long history here. Horticulture manager Jo Phillips, who is in her 21st year of employment in our gardens, recalls hearing stories about the jades over her tenure and has given the following interview to record them as well as her experience caring for these interesting specimens.

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row