Friday, March 14, 2008


Add a little Veranda magazine style to your entertaining with tips and secrets from one of media’s leading authorities at a special luncheon March 27, 2008, benefiting the not-for-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™.

This “Let Nature Make Your Day” luncheon will feature Tom Woodham, senior editor of Veranda magazine, speaking on “Entertaining Veranda Style.”

Woodham traveled the world styling and photographing homes and gardens and shares his experiences through enlightening lectures and articles. Serving as both the garden editor and senior editor at the esteemed interior design magazine, Veranda, he has contributed to books, magazines and newspapers locally and internationally.

Woodham earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clemson University, which honored him with its Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award. For two decades he helped plan some of Atlanta’s most prestigious charity galas. A native South Carolinian, his current passion is restoring Hanoway, his ancestral home and farmstead.

His expertise in home and garden subjects, enthusiastic presentations and a genial personality have made Woodham a favorite on the garden, design and antiques show lecture circuit. A worldwide traveler, he is personable, knowledgeable, engaging and a great storyteller, teacher and listener.

In addition, the mother and daughter team-authors of Private Gardens of Georgia, Patty McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost, will be in attendance. Their book will be available for purchase and autographs.

Tickets for “Let Nature Make Your Day” are $60 per person and include admission to the lecture, luncheon and private preview of the Callaway Gardens Plant Fair and Sale.

This year’s event has been moved to March to coincide with the Callaway Gardens Plant Fair and Sale (March 28-30) and the Callaway Gardening School (March March 28) which this year features gardening experts Walter Reeves and Mildred Pinnell Fockele. Gardening School tickets are $60 per person.

Guests can participate in both the Thursday Woodham lecture and the Friday Gardening School for a special offer of $100 per person.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 5096.

Make it a getaway. Enjoy an overnight stay in the beautiful new Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens with admission to Callaway Gardens for only $229 per night, per room (other restrictions may apply; taxes and gratuities are additional). To book a room, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or email

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, a non-profit, 501c(3) organization dedicated to land stewardship and environmental education. The Foundation provides educational workshops, seminars, lectures, exhibits and a variety of interactive experiences to teach people about the living world around them. It is involved with conservation, restoration methods and research on plants and wildlife.

The Foundation is supported largely by donations from individuals and corporations. For more information about the Foundation or how to get involved in supporting it, call the Callaway Gardens Development Office at 706-663-5154.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit
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