The butterfly garden at Callaway Plantation has been a huge success with winged visitors as well as the touring visitors.
This year, the herb garden was re-cultivated and expanded. The plants that are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators ring the central herb area with color and flutters. Many of the vibrant plants are perennials and will give nectar and visual appeal for years to come. Some of the varieties are buddleia, milkweed, lantana, salvia, butterfly weed, gaillardia and zinnias.
The flourishing herbs include lemon balm, spearmint, peppermint, basil, oregano, rosemary, sage and parsley.
Callaway campground hostess Jean Ballew has the green thumb that is helping the plants thrive. The herbs and flowers get regular trims, water, food and harvesting under the supervisory eye of her constant companion, Deja the Dog. A hummingbird feeder in the garden has delighted both young and old garden fans.
Paired with old iron tubs sporting sunflowers, morning glories, moonflowers, and trailing lantanas, the old plantation is showing a bright face to new guests and returning friends.
- Susannah Johnson