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by Rachel M. Crumbley
September 30, 2015

Winner receives SGS Registration for Self and Professor of Choice

For the eighth year, Callaway Gardens is accepting applications from qualified college students for the $1,000* Fred C. Galle Student Scholarship to attend the 30th annual Southern Gardening Symposium (SGS), one of the nation’s premier gardening events at beautiful Callaway Gardens.

SGS provides a great opportunity to listen and learn about gardening from an outstanding group of experts, as well as to network with leaders in the horticultural industry who are speaking at and attending this event. The scholarship is named for the late Fred C. Galle. Galle, an authority on azaleas and hollies, who served as the Callaway Gardens director of horticulture for many years, and was a significant influence in the horticultural development of Callaway Gardens, as well as the horticulture industry.

In 2016, Vince Dooley, author, gardener and celebrated speaker will deliver the keynote address, “The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach.”

Additional featured experts include Dr. Michael Dirr, “A Half Century of Horticultural Education, Research, Breeding and Gardening: Nourishing the Soul With New Woody Plants;" Dr. Larry Mellichamp, “Plants for the Winter Garden;” June Mays, “The Gardens of Downton Abbey;” Mary Beth Shaddix, “Incorporating Vegetables into Your Garden;” Dr. Arlie Powell, “Small Fruits for the Home Gardener;” Carol Reese, “Just Do It: Making the Landscape Serve your Lifestyle;” Doug Tallamy, “Restoring Nature's Relationships at Home;” and, C. Colston Burrell, "Finishing Touches: The Power of Details in Garden Design."

The complimentary program registration includes Friday’s opening reception, Saturday’s continental breakfast, programs with printed materials, box lunch and evening banquet, and Sunday’s continental breakfast and programs with printed materials. The complimentary lodging will be at the Mountain Creek Inn and includes admission to Callaway Gardens each day of stay and day of departure. Transportation is at the expense of the recipient. The scholarship includes symposium registration and lodging for the student recipient and the major professor of the recipient’s choice.

Applicant must be a full-time student in a college or university. In addition, the student must submit an application, written essay on why attending the program would be personally beneficial, and a letter of recommendation from a major professor. Deadline for submission is Dec. 4, 2015. The winner will be notified by Dec. 17, 2015.

To receive an application or for additional SGS information, contact the Education Department at 1.800.463.6990 or A downloadable application is available at

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, call 1.800.463.6990 or visit

*No cash value.

About Callaway Gardens

For more than 60 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve, and residential community on 6,500 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, a zip line/obstacle course, and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 80,000 square feet of meeting space, 689 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.

Five unique, close-knit residential communities — with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course — offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.

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