The John A. Sibley Horticultural Center at Callaway Gardens

One of the most beautiful places at Callaway Gardens is the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center.  If you enjoy scenic views, stunning flowers, and a serene setting, then you are sure to be as smitten with the center as I am.

This five acre garden and greenhouse is truly one-of-a-kind.  No matter the season, you will always find something in bloom.  There are a large variety of native and exotic plants within the diverse center.  You will find:

  • tropical conservatory
  • sub-Mediterranean conservatory
  • sculpture garden containing “Dove of Peace” Carrata Marble Sculpture
  • fern grotto
  • main conservatory
  • outdoor garden. 

Add to all of this an exhilarating 22-foot indoor waterfall, “Partners in Time” bronze sculpture and spectacular seasonal displays, and you will find that any visit, no matter the season, is sure to be an event to remember.

Indoor displays change at least eight times per year and the outdoor displays change a minimum of five times per year complementing the permanent foundation plantings.  Guests expect to see cymbidium orchids in the Spring, topiaries in the Summer, chrysanthemums in the Fall and poinsettias during Winter.
The indoor and outdoor gardens flow together as a seamless landscape separated only seasonally by 26 folding glass doors.  Measuring 24 feet high and each weighing 1,600 pounds, the unique design of these massive doors allows them to be opened and closed manually by the Sibley Horticultural Center staff.  Due to the moderate Pine Mountain, Georgia, climate, the doors are able to remain open more than closed during a year’s time.

My family had the opportunity to enjoy all that the Sibley Horticultural Center has to offer on a recent visit to the gardens.  I have to say that this is one place I could spend the entire day and be perfectly content.  There is beautiful plant life to see, seasonal displays to enjoy, and best of all a beautiful setting to relax in.

Around the perimeter of the outdoor garden, you will find large wooden swings.  We enjoy kicking our feet up and swinging the day away.  I do have to be careful how long I sit here as I could easily literally swing the entire day away and miss everything else that Callaway Gardens has to offer.

A visit to the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center is included in the Gardens Admission at Callaway Gardens.

I will leave you today with photographs from our most recent trip to the Horticultural Center.